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“Relaxing break, lovely hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Between The Bridges, Abu Dhabi 114304, United Arab Emirates   |  
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Ranked #13 of 120 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
London, United Kingdom
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“Relaxing break, lovely hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My girlfriend and I stayed at this hotel for a week in April and really enjoyed our stay. The room was spacious and the bed was so comfortable! It was a good time of year as the hotel wasn't too full, meaning more space on the beach/poolside.

We had a half board package which included breakfast and dinner. My girlfriend is a sushi fan and says the sushi at this hotel was brilliant, a view that was shared by other guests within the hotel. The food was very good and the chefs were very efficient and helpful with additional requests. The only negative relating to the hotel staff is that we found the waiters at dinner time to be a bit forgetful.

Benjamin on the concierge desk was very helpful with regards to local attractions.

All in all this was an ideal relaxing break and a great hotel. Would recommend.

Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I spent a week in Abu Dhabi on someone else's bill. And that someone else put me up in the Fairmont on the canal, right opposite the big mosque. Even better, that someone else put me up in one of their Fairmont Gold rooms. This is a really class place: breakfast on the seventh floor overlooking the canal was outstanding, and the early evening 'happy hour' was good, with drinks and enough snacks that some evenings I didn't have to go out and find dinner. The hotel has a really nice, large, swimming pool and an ordinary beach on the canal. The beach is well groomed. The hotel has a few restaurants that I did not use, but that looked good. Not far away is a commercial area that has some excellent restaurants that I did use, and there is a canalfront walkway that is about a kilometer long, past the Trader's, Shangri-la and the Souk area with shops. The hotel is not far from downtown Abu Dhabi and the airport. It costs more than I am usually willing to pay. But, Hey! If someone else is paying the bill...

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beach is not clan in weekend Fam brunch and all Fam in the pool even you are not a guest in hotel
We are disappointed. Building and rooms are 5 star italien restaurant we recommend. If you have a group are congrès in hotel the guests have to make place for them


  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Spent 5 nights at this hotel during a trip to Abu Dhabi. The hotel is really nice, the rooms are fantastic, and the food in the hotel restaurants was great (although quite pricey compared to other restaurants in the area). In short, we really enjoyed our stay. My only small negative (and the only reason it wasn't a full five stars for me) was that I felt the hotel lacked a bit of personality. Everything was very polished, and I wish a bit more had been done to make areas like the lobby, the bar area, the breakfast restaurant a bit more cosy. But this is really a minor negative for an otherwise great hotel. Tip: The nearby Shangri-La hotel has (in my opinion) a much nicer outside area for drinks. It’s a 15 minute walk and definitely worth trying.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Having just returned from a 11 nights stay at the gold floor,what a wonderful holiday my family had for my special birthday,on arrival we where upgraded to a fantastic suite,the staff who take care of you are outstanding nothing is any bother to them they made my holiday wonderful,and I will most definitely return .

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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FairmontBabAlBahr, General Manager at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, responded to this review, 3 days ago
Dear Isabella D,

Thank you for choosing Fairmont Bab Al Bahr to celebrate your birthday with your family and for allowing us to be part of your special day. We are delighted that we were able to turn your moments into lasting memories. It would be our great pleasure to have you stay with us once again for another fantastic holiday soon.

Kindest regards,

Nils Axing
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is absolutely amazing - I chose this hotel as we wanted a luxurious relaxing break and we weren't disappointed.

From the moment we stepped out of our taxi the staff were so friendly and helpful. Abu Dhabi really knows how to do customer service. We never had to ask twice for anything and they were always available without being overbearing.

The swimming pools are lovely, I especially like the swimming pool bar. The beach is great, and I love that they're so close together, meaning if one loves the pool and the other loves the sea, you can do both and return to your lounger in the middle to dry off. Everything was clean and there were always fresh towels and cold bottled water available.

The bedroom was fantastic - absolutely huge bed and gigantic bathroom with a bath looking over the Grand Mosque and the beach. I felt so relaxed here. Always clean, lovely crisp fresh sheets and a fantastic view. Free wifi too which is very important.

We ate at the Marco Pierre White restaurant and it was one of the best steaks I've ever had. The buffet was like non I'd ever been to - you can have a 12 course breakfast if you really wanted to. You can either eat inside in the air con or sit outside in the sunshine, although beware as the birds might come and pinch your toast!

All in all, this place really knows how to do 5*. We didn't want for anything and had the most incredible holiday. I can't wait to return!

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  • Stayed March 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FairmontBabAlBahr, General Manager at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, responded to this review, 3 days ago
Dear crvw,

Thank you very much for staying with us while visiting Abu Dhabi. We really appreciate when our guests share their fond memories at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. It brings us great pleasure to know that you found our hotel amazing and that you particularly enjoyed your dining experience at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill. Rest assured that your positive review will be conveyed to our entire team. We are looking forward to welcoming you back for another unforgettable stay in the near future.

Kindest regards,

Nils Axing
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stayed here over Easter for some last minute sun, and chose this Hotel due to past great experiences with the Fairmont, and we were not disappointed.

Excellent service as always, staff were some of the most friendly and helpful we have experienced throughout the World.

Swimming Pool area excellent, as was Beach. Clean, very helpful staff, lots of lifeguards which is great if you have kids. Towels readily available. FREE WATER all day, which was really good in the heat and saves a lot of money. Free iced Lolly each morning to cool you down, a really nice touch.

Rooms were excellent, very tidy and spacious.

So much choose for eating. Italian ( Frankies ), Marco Pierre White, and main restaurant ( buffet ) were all amazing. Many more which we didnt have time to try.

Breakfast choose was amazing too.

Free wifi when you join the Presidents Club (free).

A wonderful experience, one of the best holidays we have had. Thank you !

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FairmontBabAlBahr, General Manager at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, responded to this review, 3 days ago
Dear CJBPimlico_London,

Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful experience at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. It was a great pleasure to have you as our guest. Rest assured that we will pass on your kind compliments to our entire team who provided excellent service during your recent visit. We are looking forward to welcoming you once again for another memorable holiday.

Kindest regards,

Nils Axing
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Address: Between The Bridges, Abu Dhabi 114304, United Arab Emirates
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Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Abu Dhabi > Abu Dhabi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#7 Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#11 Romantic Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#12 Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Fairmont Bab Al Bahr 5*
Number of rooms: 369
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr boasts a prime location at the mainland gateway to the cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi. With its striking, contemporary design, this beachfront hotel offers the highest level of comfort and elegance throughout its 369 rooms and suites. Guests can enjoy world class on-site amenities, including private sandy beaches, an Olympic-length swimming pool, covered children’s pool, separate ladies’ and mixed-use gyms, business services and state-of-the-art conference facilities. Add to this an awarding winning portfolio of eight dining options; all delivered with genuine Arabic hospitality - the result is certain to exceed every guest’s highest expectations. ... more   less 
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