My husband and I stayed at the Yas Viceroy for a week as part of a business trip in June- we were both working, but still had plenty of time to check out the various aspects of the hotel.
The design and decor of the hotel is futuristic- stunningly so. It honestly wouldn't be our cup of tea, but I can absolutely see how people just love it. It's dazzlingly white, superbly clean and shiny, and (as someone else said) very like staying in a mothership.
I did burst out laughing when I saw our room. I immediately thought "James Bond circa 1968 meets Star Trek". The leather covered swivel chair was just made for a villain stroking a cat.
All in all, the food was good, the beds were comfortable, and the staff were friendly and accommodating.
A few comments (as with my previous reviews, this isn't meant to criticise, but to help other travellers to make decisions)
The design of the rooms isn't suitable for two people who are getting up at different times. The rooms are huge, with huge bathrooms, but the bathrooms are separated from the bedrooms only with walls of frosted glass. If you turn on the (very bright) lights in the bathroom. the whole bedroom lights up with the light through the glass. During our stay at the hotel, we had to be up at different times from each other every day- so one of us might have been getting up at 5 a.m. while the other was getting up at 7.30, etc. It was MONUMENTALLY annoying to have the room as bright as day at 5 a.m. just because my poor husband had to turn on the light in the bathroom to have his shower. (It was even more annoying for him on the days when the schedule was reversed!)
Even if you were there on a holiday, this would be annoying, as if someone has to get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night the whole room is flooded with light. We compromised by the end of the week by using the little automatic light in the wardrobe if one of us was getting up/dressed in the early hours. (Cue a lot of thumping about, falling over, and muttered curses.) Design fail? Yes. (Perhaps the designer was single and didn't have to worry about any of this!)
We did notice a slightly musty smell in our room. We weren't too bothered, but I had the occasion to visit two other colleagues' rooms and they smelled very strongly of damp and must. Perhaps it was an a/c issue, but it didn't give a good impression at all.
Regarding the food, it was a little annoying that the main restaurant was buffet ONLY. The buffet was excellent food and pretty good value if you were in the mood to eat your own body weight in roast beef, but if you just wanted a bowl of soup/salad/sandwich for lunch you had to order room service, as there is no restaurant in the hotel that caters for this type of snack. Room service was expensive.
We really liked the Japanese restaurant and found the food and the service absolutely excellent. I would go back to Yas just for that restaurant.
At the weekend the hotel was absolutely jammed with people. There were so many people at breakfast that we were directed to the overflow restaurant. We were all crammed in so tightly that it really wasn't much fun. The staff were doing their absolute best to help everyone but it was a bit of a bun fight, to be honest. If you can, get up early for weekend breakfast.
There isn't a late hotel bar (there isn't really a bar at all, though happy hour on the terrace of the restaurant is pretty good value) so if you want a drink after 11 pm you have to go to the nightclub. The nightclub is simply awful. We popped up just to have a look one night. Because we were hotel guests we were allowed in, but were made to feel that this was A Very Special Treat because it was A Very Exclusive Place. Not, as it turned out. A dreadful, noisy hole of a place full of poseurs and fake smoke- like being stuck in the naffest nightclub in Europe in the 1980s. I pity the poor business person who comes in from a long day and just wants to relax in a quiet bar for an hour, and then finds himself/herself in That Place.
Anyway, that's my assessment. Would I stay there again? Yes, for work if someone else was paying- but I'd bring my eye shades and a scented candle. Would I pay my own money to stay there? Not in a million years.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As Yas Island Abu Dhabi's premier hotel, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi sets the standard for exceptional service throughout its 499 impeccable rooms and suites, 11 fantastic dining venues and lounges, and the luxurious ESPA at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. Guests marvel at the incredible LED canopy that not only emits a concert of colour and shade but also embraces the exhilarating Yas Marina Formula 1™ Circuit, defining the Abu Dhabi hotel as a landmark across Yas Island and one of the world's most extraordinary destinations. Delight in the art of cuisine at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. Choose from a colourful host of eateries, from the freshest seafood and sushi to rustic Italian, regional Indian cuisine, and a stylish array of bars and lounges. For fantastic cuisine throughout the day, we have the perfect Abu Dhabi dining spot for every taste. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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