Hotel Review: Villa Rotana Dubai

My wife and I had a very relaxing stay at Villa Rotana Dubai, an elegant five-storey hotel apartment with an ornate stone and glass facade and is strategically located on Sheikh Zayed Road. You may have chanced upon the hotel when you commute via metro or drive by SZR. The hotel has been around more than ten years yet the place is very clean and well-maintained.

This is the first hotel review where we stayed along Sheikh Zayed Road and I was excited to experience how it’s like to “live” right next to the famous Dubai highway. We really had a “staycation” as we spent the two days either in our room or at the rooftop pool.

reception area

lobby reception

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Villa Rotana – beautiful building (much more when you see it at night)

Staycation at Villa Rotana Hotel Apartment on Sheikh Zayed Road

Villa Rotana offers easy access to the Dubai Mall and Business Bay area. This is a convenient option for tourists and business travellers who want to stay in a central location of the city.

We checked in about 3pm and were assisted by the courteous staff. We got into our room and settled in quickly.

elevators villa rotana


moka cafe

Moka Cafe restaurant

Premium Studio Room

We had a Premium Studio room which is quite spacious at 36 square meters. It comes with a King-size bed, office desk, and a kitchenette.

Villa Rotana has 118 luxurious studios and suites with a fully equipped kitchenette and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities. Linens and pillows were fresh, crisp and soft, a standard from Rotana hotels.

premium studio villa rotana

king bed

villa rotana room

spacious bedroom

kitchen counter


The bathroom includes a bathtub and shower, toilet and a standalone bidet. There are also complete toiletries as well as thick and fluffy Rotana towels. I liked the simple grey and white accent designs which made the bathroom modern and elegant.

bathroom villa rotana hotel

grey and white accents inside the bathroom

bathroom villa rotana

inside the bathroom

View of Burj Khalifa

Our Premium Studio room came with a view of Burj Khalifa, something we were really happy about. It was nice to feel like we lived in the city even if only for two days.

sheikh zayed road view

Sheikh Zayed Road view from our room

room windows


villa rotana view premium studio

view of Burj Khalifa and SZR

Rooftop Swimming Pool

It’s summer season and we couldn’t wait to just take a swim in their pool. They would close the pool about 11pm which gave us more time to hang around and cool down from the heat at night.

villa rotana pool

swimming pool

rooftop view villa rotana

taken from the rooftop

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night time at the pool

Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club

If you are looking to get some exercise done, you can head to Bodylines, their fitness & wellness club located at the 5th floor, with state-of-the-art equipment for cardio and weight training.

They also have separate locker room facilities for men and women. Each has their own steam, sauna and jacuzzi. Hotel guests can use the facilities while walk-ins can sign up for a membership fee.

bodylines fitness center


gym villa rotana

Bodyline Fitness gym

Moka Cafe All Day Dining Restaurant

Moka Cafe is the main and only restaurant in the hotel. We’ve dined here before during an iftar night buffet event. This restaurant, designed like an indoor courtyard with high ceiling, makes it even more spacious and inviting to dine in. However, we only got to eat here once before checking out.

inside villa rotana hotel

view of the restaurant from the 2nd floor

breakfast at moka cafe

our breakfast before checking out

In Room Dining Service

The reason why we ate at Moka Cafe only once is because we took pleasure in the 24-hour in-room dining service of the hotel. Food is great and service was excellent. We really enjoyed dining in our room and we looked forward to having late lunch and dinner in both days.

Note: The hotel does not serve alcohol, but they have some fresh juices available.

dining inside the room

lovely food presentation and the quality & taste is splendid!

chocolate cake villa rotana

in room dining service at Villa Rotana

Enjoying the Staycation

I initially thought of going out for an event in the city, but my wife and I ultimately decided to just stay in so we could maximize the time of doing nothing. We enjoyed the staycation as we lounged in the pool and just remained in our room.

This was surely a break I was looking for. A lazy break in the comfort of the hotel. The staff also made sure to make our stay a very pleasant one.

afternoon swim

afternoon at the pool area

villa rotana staff

friendly and professional staff

Video: Villa Rotana

Here’s a quick video tour of our experience in the hotel:

Note: We were invited to a complimentary stay at Villa Rotana. All opinions in this post are my own.

Contact Information: Villa Rotana Hotel Apartment

Address: Sheikh Zayed Rd – Dubai
Phone: +971 4 321 6111
Instagram: @villarotana

Google Map Location

Below is a map guide how you can get to Villa Rotana. Coming from Sharjah on E11 highway, we took Exit 49. The nearest metro station is Business Bay metro (Red Line).

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