Sometimes you stay somewhere that is the perfect fit for you – the newly opened Rove City Centre Dubai was exactly that for us. If I had a hotel soul mate, it might just be it!
From the moment we drove into the massive basement carpark to the last minute when we begrudgingly checked-out, we only have positive things to say.
The staff throughout our entire stay were friendly, attentive and approachable, without being even a little over-bearing – it was clear that all guests to Rove are welcomed in as friends first and foremost, which, for us, is what it’s all about.
Someone with a real eye for detail was obviously put in charge of the interior design and they hit it out of the park. The little details in the communal spaces were spot on making them a pleasure to spend time in. We’re not normally ones to sit in a lobby but with the amazing aromatherapy smells drifting about (honestly, a hotel has never smelt so good!), the gorgeous decorations and the comfortable seating, it was impossible not to.
Rove City Centre is perfectly positioned near the main Dubai airport (DXB), making it a fantastic choice for stopovers and people looking for a place to stay before/after their flights.
As a base, the whole city is easily accessible by car or one of Dubai’s affordable taxis. Dubai itself is incredibly spread out along Sheikh Zayed Road so wherever you find yourself in the city, you’ll cover a fair few kilometres as you work your way between the airport, Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab (though if you’d prefer, Rove also have a Downtown property right beside the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, famous for its dancing fountains).
Everything about Rove City Centre has been thoughtfully considered.
Looking to unwind in the city? The rooftop pool and sundeck will see you right. Alternatively, challenge your travel partner to a game of table tennis, get in some putting practice on the mini-golf green or see how quickly you can solve a rubies cube.
Keen to work off all of the glorious food on offer in Dubai? See you in the gym, where you’ll find a full range of machinery, weights, the biggest TV you’ve ever seen and plenty of workout towels on hand (we told you they’ve thought of everything).
In town for work? They’ve got a range of funky and functional conference rooms and facilities ready to take care of your business needs.
Need to touch base with home or keep up with what’s happening in the world? You’ll find complimentary (and fast!) wifi in all of the rooms and hotel spaces and iMacs on hand should you forego travelling with your laptop.
Hungry? Potentially the only place we’ve ever stayed that has a fully-stocked mini-mart open 24/7 (with affordable pricing to boot).
Coming from another holiday destination? They’ve got both self-wash and serviced laundry facilities so you can be ready for your next stop.
Do you have a late departure? Rove will give you a 2pm checkout without even needing to ask.
The rooms themselves are of a good size – more than enough for us to relax in and spread ourselves out. With a comfy king-sized bed and good quality linen getting a good nights sleep was easy, and thanks to the incredible black-out curtains, we both slept in longer than we’d planned – not that we were complaining!
After freshening up (in our powerful rain shower) we made our way down to The Daily for breakfast – make sure you set your alarm as I promise, you don’t want to miss it!
Freshly baked croissants and chocolate pastries, banana bread, assorted toasts, fresh fruit, yoghurt, hot dishes and a selection of more exotic breakfast fare (labneh, bircher musli, soft cheese, nuts, seeds and more) was just the start. In addition, a range of cooked-to-order meals, including omelettes, shakshuka, a full farmers breakfast and paneer bhaji, were available.
Sometimes when we travel we find breakfasts largely catering for locals – that wasn’t the case here though with plenty on offer to cater to all palettes. For the two mornings that we were in Dubai, breakfast literally became one of the highlights of each day!
In addition to their delicious food, breakfast included barista coffees, an assortment or fresh juice and, our personal favourite, strawberry and mango smoothies (if you visit Rove, go for the mango – it’s out of this world!)
Regardless of whether you’re passing through Dubai briefly or are spending more time in the city, Rove offers great value for money, a warm and welcoming environment, all the facilities you could need and a funky, modern style. We couldn’t have asked for more from our first Rove experience and are pleased to say, we’re definitely Rovers now!
Rooms at Rove City Centre will generally set you back a very reasonable AED250 (room only – AED340 if you want to include breakfast, and we recommend you do). We’ve stayed in three other Dubai hotels around this price-point and can say without doubt, that we believe Rove offers the best value in the city.
Thank you to Rove for so generously hosting us for the purpose of this review. All thoughts are our own. Rove really is as good as it sounds!