We have recently returned from our very first Dubai Family Holiday Dubai is somewhere we have always wanted to visit and never got there. It’s hard prioritising your travel wish list isn’t it? Sometimes you just don’t know where to travel next. Dubai has always been there hovering on the Christie travel wish list. And we finally made it and stayed at the Rove Downtown Dubai.
The Rove Hotel is unlike any hotel we have ever stayed at for so many reasons, we did not know what to expect. But we had a great time exploring the hotel and its surroundings. It is a great affordable family hotel in Dubai.
What You Will Find Here
The Rove is not just a Budget hotel; it has style.
The Rove’s mission is to provide travel without borders and it most certainly does. The hotel had only been open briefly and seemed a relatively new concept in the region. The Rove aims to take down the boundaries to travel on such a budget and give travellers more freedom and choice, which is affordable but also stylish, and cool, making it a great place to stay.
The price does not mean a compromise on style. And whilst the Rove does not have a traditional lounge bar, it has a hotel mini-market located next to the lounge where you can grab a snack, salad soft drink or coffee to enjoy in the lounge. You can eat relatively cheaply whilst on your travels using the mini-market and attached Starbucks; they offer fantastic value for money.
And if you are travelling as a family booking two joining rooms will not break the bank, but it will give you extra comfort and a much-needed extra bathroom when travelling to Dubai with teens.
Style And Service At The Rove Downtown Dubai Hotel
From the minute you walk into the Rove, you are struck but the funky cool but professional vibe. The team are ultra cool but ultra friendly and professional. Nothing is too much trouble, making the Rove a great place to stay. The hotel has a contemporary style that links in with the region’s heritage, and is such, that you can’t take it all in. Every day you notice something new and different.
And for the kids, there is a play station and iMac area for them to chill; it is situated in a super cool cargo hangar in the lounge. But as you can imagine it is popular so sometimes you have a wait a while for your turn.
Although the hotel may not be a 5-star hotel, the team has a 5-star attitude. The attention to detail is incredible, which ensures The Rove is immaculate. You could argue that this is quite a new hotel so should it be? But during our stay, I witnessed paintwork being washed down, and plants being cleaned to keep the hotel looking perfect. And even the little things such as the perfume of the hotel, as soon as you walked in the doors and that gorgeous smell hits you; you felt like you were home.
The Rooms At The Rove Hotel In Dubai
The rooms are stylish, modern and spotlessly clean with all amenities you want in a hotel room, a hairdryer, shower gel, lots of plug sockets and charging points. Flat-screen TV, fridge and water refilled daily. The only thing missing was an iron. However, the Rove has a full laundry, either self-service, or alternatively if you are too chilled to iron and do laundry you can pay and get it done for you. Thus you have everything you could need for a family holiday.
The beds are super comfortable; in fact, some mornings I could have happily had a long lie-in, and the rooms were quiet which meant we slept so well during our stay. We had a Burj Khalifa view, which was fantastic at night; the boys loved sitting in bed watching the lights change colour.
The Rove has a pool deck, which although not huge is perfect for cooling down in the hot Dubai sun. We never had any issues getting a sunbed and a pool attendant was at hand to move sunbeds around to ensure we sat together. Free towels are available to use around the pool, and once or twice a day complimentary lemonade is served to cool you down once or twice a day.
Should you want a drink between these times, plan ahead and grab a drink from the mini-market or the vending machine which is not far from the pool.
Food At The Rove
If you want to dine rather than eat from the supermarket the Daily Restaurant at the Rove is a fantastic market-style restaurant, which offers a breakfast buffet with hot and cold options including made-to-order egg dishes such as egg Benedict and omelette. At lunch and dinner, you can order from a full menu. You can also order beer and wine to go with your meal. We ate several times in The Daily and our food was always great. As was the friendly team, the service was great and it felt like a cool place to be.
Location In Downtown Dubai
The location of the Rove is fantastic. When you first arrive it appears to be a bit out of it. But on further investigation, we found it was a 5-minute walk to the Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains. The Downtown area is so cool; there is so much to see and do. There are also lots of dining options should you want a change. And it’s all right there on your doorstep. So if you want an affordable hotel near downtown Dubai The Rove is a great choice.
The Rove Describes itself as an affordable hotel in Dubai; a statement like that would usually make me run for the hills. However, I do believe that Rove undersells itself somewhat here. It is much more than an affordable hotel. It is a cool, stylish, friendly, warm and professional hotel. And yes it may not have some of the features you would expect in a 5-star hotel. But it more than makes up for that in other areas. Thank you to all the team; we had a wonderful stay at the Rove. So yes staying here will allow you to enjoy a cheap holiday to Dubai in a cool environment.
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