With its natural springs, open green spaces and date-palm plantations, it’s no wonder Al Ain is known locally as the Garden City. It sits close to the Oman border, and what it lacks in futuristic skyscrapers, it makes up for in Unesco World Heritage sites. To sample all this place has to offer, make one of these top-rated hotels your city base.
The vibe at Aloft Al Ain is contemporary cool, with stylish rooms featuring pops of colour and the rest of the communal areas following the same funky aesthetic. There’s a host of trendy eateries downstairs, but its crowning jewel is the stunning rooftop pool. Here, you can admire the views while grazing on the all-day menu. Come nightfall, the rooftop lounge is a great place to grab a drink, with live DJs doing their thing. Another perk of this hotel is its central location, with easy access to the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium for sport and music events and the restaurants on Al Ain Square.
If you’re looking for a conveniently located base, this hotel hits the mark. Attractions such as Al Ain Zoo and Hili Fun City theme park are in reach for day trips, while the Oman border is five minutes away by car. Hili Mall is also next door if you fancy a spot of retail therapy. The hotel has 254 modern rooms and suites with muted Arabian-inspired decor, king or twin beds and lovely views. The Sundeck Pool Café offers a relaxing alcohol-free environment late into the evening.
Kalpana Satish contributed additional reporting to this article.
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