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Ear­lier this month we dis­cov­ered from the rooftop of the brand new Aloft Ho­tel Al Ain that the gar­den city has truly great views at night. In this me­trop­o­lis of low-rises with zero sky­scrapers, the wind­ing street lights of Jebel Hafeet’s moun­tain road re­sem­ble a lev­i­tat­ing stair­way, and the place to see it from is the only rooftop lounge in town.

While the lounge (called the Rooftop) and its stun­ning views is the star at­trac­tion at the new ho­tel, part of Star­wood Ho­tels’ bou­tique Aloft brand, there’s plenty more here that makes it a great stay­ca­tion. For starters, the 175 guest rooms are some of the most spa­cious we’ve seen in the city. In keep­ing with the de­sign-led style of Aloft, all are dec­o­rated in cheerful bright colours, with arc floor lamps and roomy walk-in bath­rooms stocked with Bliss toi­letries. The ho­tel, the fourth Aloft ho­tel in the UAE, is lo­cated in the Hazza Bin Zayed Sta­dium mixed-use de­vel­op­ment, which houses the 25,000 ca­pac­ity sport­ing arena that’s also Al Ain Foot­ball Club’s home – make sure you’re wear­ing pur­ple dur­ing a home game. Those who aren’t fans of the game can kick off pro­ceed­ings in the rooftop pool or check out the snooker ta­ble in the lobby. Aloft Al Ain’s F&B con­cepts in­clude the brand’s W XYZ bar and re:fuel, a 24-hour grab-and-go snack bar that’s stocked with choco­lates, juices, wa­ter, protein bars and even mag­a­zines to mull over as you munch. At Olive Tree, the all-day din­ing restau­rant, try the spicy noo­dle box or the three­con­ti­nent risotto, then burn it off in the 24-hour fit­ness cen­tre re:charge. There’s also a meet­ing space called Tac­tic. Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, Al Ain is far from sleepy. Have a word with the ho­tel front desk and they’ll ar­range for vis­its to Wadi Ad­ven­ture, an ad­ven­ture theme park with white-wa­ter raft­ing, zip lin­ing and a gi­ant swing; or guide you to Al Ain Oa­sis, Al Ain Palace Mu­seum or Al Ain Zoo. Rooms from Dh350 in­clud­ing break­fast for two.


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