Hotel stay a stone's throw from Dubai International Airport - Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, Dubai.

When a hotel has an excellent location as Al Bustan Rotana and when it has just scooped a World Traveller's Award again for Best City hotel, one is curious to see a couple things. Firstly, does it offer more than a good location? Secondly, what are the impressive features of the hotel that would warrant it receiving such an accolade? Finally, being someone who is passionate about food, I wanted to see how its Food Beverage offering stands up? 

The atrium is imposing, and if ever I have to stand in line while checking in, I would not mind doing at this hotel. There is something about date palms in the Middle East that really connect me to the place, and when I am in a lobby and I see them so impressively upright, surrounded by stone, I feel genuinely moved by the aesthetic element, which is accentuated by an equally visually arresting wooden sculpture of half a globe. 

The hotel has 275 rooms and suites and our premium room featuring a balcony with a view of airplanes taking off and coming in, has a lovely sitting area. Premium toiletries by L'Occitane are an added benefit to these rooms. 


The hotel has a stellar range of restaurants. In addition to its all-day dining restaurant, Choices, the hotel has Rodeo Grill, a  classic American steakhouse with premium cuts of beef. If you prefer Asian dishes, Blue Elephant and Benihana offer guests  the best of Thai and Japanese cuisine respectively. 
Choices All Day Dining

During my stay, I experienced Mega Night, a unique concept that allows guests to try dishes at Benihana and Blue Elephant. It is an evening worth going for, especially f you consider the the price that allows you to have some wonderful Asian dishes. For a full review, have a read here: Mega Night at Al Bustan

Of course, no Al Bustan experience can be complete with trying their Friday Brunch. The brunch is grand indeed, with an expansive area that showcases the hotel's restaurants. For a full review, read here: TheGrand Friday Brunch at Al Bustan Rotana

Al Bustan Rotana, overall, offers guests so much more than an excellent location, on the doorstep of the airport. Comfortable rooms, an excellent selection of restaurants and well-trained staff who genuinely cater for your every need. Finally, rooms are very well priced. In the run up to this article, the average cost for a Premium room was around 600AED. Finally, a very family friendly hotel, Al Bustan Rotana will ensure that the whole family is looked after. 

The Essentials

Al Bustan Rotana Hotel
Al Garhoud (Airport area)
+971 282 00004 
Rates are seasonal
Brandon Stoltenkamp

Disclaimer: I was invited by the hotel to try its outlets. All views are my own.