A week before we traveled to LA, we had the opportunity to stay at Al Maha Arjaan in Abu Dhabi once again. They just renovated their rooms so it was a pleasant surprise. The whole look and feel of the hotel is so much different from the last time we were there!
Related: Staycation at Al Maha Arjaan
Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana
Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana is a 5 star hotel at the heart of Deira, Dubai. The hotel is linked to one of the oldest malls in Dubai – Al Ghurair Centre. With its recent expansion adding the hotel and a major revamp on its retail and F&B tenant mix, Al Ghurair Centre is once again becoming a favorite destination in Dubai.
During my family’s visit last April, we decided to visit the capital – Abu Dhabi. I asked my cousin to look for a good place to stay (read – affordable!). We were a big group so we needed a big place to stay in. The plan was to stay for one night and then go back to Dubai the next day.
September last year, we spent 2 nights at La Clusaz, France. We stayed in a charming chalet-style apartment which is just a 3-minute walk from the ski slopes…
Rèsidences Les Grandes Alpes
Each apartment has its own private balcony facing the mountains. Imagine waking up to this view …
Some time in July (2015) we decided to go visit the capital, Abu Dhabi. It was a long weekend because of the Eid holidays so we had time to burn. We wanted to have the usual staycation but Dubai hotels are super expensive during this time and they were all fully booked by the time we were able to confirm our days off.
So, a trip to Abu Dhabi happened. To be honest, we were on a budget so a resort hotel was out of the question. We decided to stay at Al Maha Arjaan Rotana because of several reasons.
- It offered reasonable rates.
- They honored The Entertainer vouchers.
- It is at the heart of the city!
Al Maha Arjaan Rotana, Abu Dhabi
2015 has been a good year for staycations. We’ve managed to stay in hotels for a whopping number of 7 times (including out of country vacations). Three of those hotel stays were within the UAE. That’s huge because we don’t do that. Ever. Blake thinks we are going to stay in a hotel whenever we are out. 😛
After San Diego, we checked in at Lemon Tree Hotel & Suites in Anaheim, CA. We were going to Disney California Adventure the next day so it was the best way to maximise our trip.
Lemon Tree Hotel and Suites is located at 1600 E. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim CA. which is about 10 minutes away from Disneyland by car.
[This is part of our AB&Me Travels : US Trip last March 2015. I am in Dubai at the time of this writing]
Red Roof Inn – San Diego
After a full day at San Diego Zoo, we checked in at Red Roof Inn Pacific Beach/SeaWorld Area, San Diego.
After a very stressful week at work, I was given an extra day off to compensate. That meant I will be having a “long weekend”! Most employees can relate to having just one day off from work. Fridays are sacred. We stay home and recharge. But with an extra day, we decided to book a hotel and make the most out of it!
When we agreed to attend the event in Ferrari World last week, we decided that we will spend the night in Abu Dhabi instead of driving all the way back to Dubai. With kids in tow, it’s more convenient that way. Plus, we adults also want to relax, yes?
Grace (Sandier Pastures) and I were not sure if we can still get accommodations since it’s all very last-minute but luckily Yas Island Rotana took us in. Yay!! They were very professional and thoughtful as they even offered to have an extra bed for the kids (Grace had 2 kids while I had A & B with me).