Why we like it:
• You can visit the ancient sites of Fujairah from here
• The laidback vibe of Joe’s Sports Bar
• At the rooftop pool you have a great view
Location: It’s fair to say that when most people head to Fujairah, they’re probably going to Khor Fakkan and staying at one of the beach resorts for a spot of diving and some seaside relaxation. We’re here to say that it doesn’t need to be that way. You can go into Fujairah city itself and have just as entertaining a time. The Millennium is a new hotel, on the new Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Road. It’s attached to a new (huge) City Centre Mall too. It’s a few minutes’ drive to Fujairah Fort, Fujairah Museum, Al Hayl Castle and Al Bidyah Mosque, the UAE’s oldest house of worship. If you’re coming from the UAE, the drive through the Hajar Mountains is pretty dramatic.
Character: The hotel is clean, efficient and perfunctory. Primarily a business hotel, there aren’t many frills but that’s okay, we don’t need ornate sculptures in every hotel. There are also some great rates and deals on offer.
Service: In keeping with the rest of the hotel, the service is simple and efficient. Staff were welcoming when we arrived and helped us settle. They also helped us get out and about to see the sights, which is what you’ll probably want to do if you’re there. The bar staff in Joe’s Sports Bar were great, as they were in the spa.
Rooms: Subtly decorated, with muted colours and tasteful furnishings. The rooms are all a good size and have views of the mountain range that surrounds Fujairah’s centre. There’s a comprehensive media hub, and good entertainment centre, mini bar and Wi-Fi in all of the rooms. Bathrooms are spacious and the beds comfortable. The suites offer access to the Executive Lounge, which has drinks and food available daily.
Restaurants & bars: The main restaurant is Al Rihla on the ground floor. It serves impressive buffet breakfasts, lunches and dinners, with live cooking stations and an open kitchen. There’s also a Mediterranean restaurant, though it wasn’t open on our visit, a lobby café, and a bar at the rooftop pool (also not open when we stayed). However, Joe’s Sports Bar was open, and it was brilliant. The American-style hangout has lots of screens, innovative mixed beverages and a good selection of hops. There’s also a pool room and a bar menu if you fancy a snack. Despite still being very new, Joe’s already had a decent crowd in.
Facilities: There is a business centre, and a swish meeting room in the Club Lounge too. You get access to that if you’re staying on one of the three Executive Club floors, which also has its own reception, late check-out, in-room breakfast and discounts in the spa. A kids’ club is available and there’s a gym complete with Jacuzzi and steam room. We had a 60-minute sports massage at the spa that really did the job.
Activities: The rooftop pool was busy with good reason, because it was brilliant. There were lots of sun loungers around the pool, which was long enough to do a few lengths. Or it would have been if it hadn’t been so busy. Kids were loving it and the music was enough to get a party started. Now the pool bar's open, we think that has happened.
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Value: 150 AED
Min Spend: 400 AED
Redemption period: 14.12.2015 - 21.12.2015
Booking/Checkin period: 06.12.2015 - 23.03.2016
Markets: all markets