Wednesday, February 12, 2014

HOTEL REVIEW: Nour Arjaan by Rotana, Fujairah

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Nour Arjaan by Rotana, Fujairah is located around 800 metres from Fujairah International AirportOur first stay in one of Rotana’s ‘Arjaan’ branded hotels was so memorable (check out AroundTheUAE.com’s review of BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana, Dubai to find out more), that we decided to visit another one of the ‘Arjaan’ properties… this time in Fujairah!

Fujairah, once a sleepy fishing village, is the only emirate with a coastline exclusively on the Gulf of Oman, unlike its neighbours overlooking the Persian Gulf. This prime location has led to the development of a booming tourism industry and most people associate Fujairah hotels with luxurious seaside resorts that offer pristine beaches, clear blue sea and year-round sunshine.

However, alongside the emirate’s growth as a tourism destination, it has also established itself as a strategic hub for government and business activities, especially in terms of shipping, logistics and oil exports. As a result, there is rising demand for business hotels too in more central, downtown locations. And that’s the niche captured by Nour Arjaan by Rotana, Fujairah.

Located around 800 metres from Fujairah International Airport, the hotel is attached to a multi-storey car park, which is handy for drivers coming from other parts of the UAE (or further afield), plus valet parking is also available. After stepping into the property, you’re greeted by the check-in counters to one side and an open-plan cafe lounge on the other. Both were a hive of activity during our weekend stay, not only with business travellers but also a number of families too.

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The check-in process was fast and smooth (thanks to the friendly, multi-lingual staff), and guests can take their pick from a total of 255 rooms and suites (including non-smoking), each with modern amenities such as high-speed internet access, multi-channel satellite television, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, international direct dialling (IDD) telephone with voice mail, mini bar and in-room safe.

Nour Arjaan by Rotana, Fujairah offers a total of 255 rooms and suites Such facilities are important for business travellers and Rotana obviously understands the needs of its target market. What’s more, a variety of optional facilities are also offered, including laundry and dry-cleaning, car limousine rental, currency exchange, a business centre and three fully-equipped meeting rooms with the latest audio-visual equipment. Basically, all the important things that you could need during a short, medium or long business trip are covered.

And for those who are lucky enough to have personal time during their business trip, there’s a rooftop temperature-controlled swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms, and the hotel even provides a range of relaxing massages, which we tried out and thoroughly enjoyed – it was a highlight of our trip! A Bodylines Health and Fitness Centre is located inside the hotel too, offering a fully equipped gymnasium with weight training and cardiovascular facilities.

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In terms of food and beverage, there are various options available. We already mentioned the lobby lounge, which offers a selection of tea, coffee and à la carte menu, and then there’s the Murjan Café & Restaurant (an all-day dining restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets in addition to à la carte) and the Aquarius Pool Café (for casual dining and refreshments by the pool). In-room dining is also available for guests on a 24-hour basis.

Relax at Nour Arjaan by Rotana's rooftop temperature-controlled swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms
And remember those families we mentioned earlier? Upon further investigation, we learned that the beach is only five minutes away, plus the hotel also offers a ‘Flippers’ kids club, babysitting service (upon request) and has a doctor on call, which are all family friendly! However, while the Nour Arjaan by Rotana, Fujairah could pass as a family hotel, its continued success is mainly based around its status as one of Fujairah’s leading business hotels, and that’s where it really manages to stand out from the crowd.

Nour Arjaan by Rotana, Fujairah has a number of special “Escape” packages available until 31st December 2014. Whether you are visiting the emirate for a weekend break, romantic getaway or a diving trip, there is a great value package for you! Find out more at: http://www.rotanatimes.com/nourarjaanbyrotana/escapes/

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