We booked this hotel for our 10th wedding anniversary and were very pleased that we had. Before our trip I emailed a couple of times to clarify rooms etc and make a couple of changes all of which were dealt with promptly.
We took the option to use the Club Millesime lounge as our booking was room only and this had been suggested to us. This was a great choice as it meant we had use all day of the lounge on the 36th floor, breakfast was lovely with great service from Rangana. A nice choice of hot food eggs pancakes and also a good spread from the buffet of pastries, hams, cheeses, fruit and cereals. We were not in the hotel much during the day but throughout the day there were different options at certain times. In the evening we used the lounge for a light snack and also made use of the drinks and cocktails that were served by Dev who was also excellent. Due to the cost of drinks in Abu Dhabi this is a great way of starting the evening.
I must have mentioned to the hotel that is was our anniversary and when we checked in the hotel had kindly upgraded us to a room on the 30h floor and also in the room was a cake with happy anniversary written on it - a nice touch we thought.
The pool is on a raised level about 10 floors up but because of the way the hotel is designed only gets occasional sun until about 3pm when it is in full sun until sunset. There is also a bar at the pool so really nice to relax.
The main beaches in ABu Dhabi are the public ones on the Corniche, do not be put off by the 'public' bit here as this is Adu Dhabi and they are spotless. They are all beach clubs really with sun lounges, toilets, life guards, security and the Sofitel hotel gives you a pass to use these for free and also a courtesy bus to drop of and pick up. Collect a bag of towels and water from the concierge and he will also recommend which beach is most suitable for you as they are all numbered and some are for couples and some are more family friendly. These buses run throughout the day and also are available to take you to Ferrari world and Yas Island.
The hotel is 12 months old and is real luxury based on the Corniche which is perfect for a stroll in the evening. There are a choice of restaurants although because of the time of year they were not busy. Taxis are very cheap in the city so this was a great location to base ourselves and then get around from. Highly recommend a visit to the F1 circuit (make sure you book in advance) and also the Grand Mosque is simply stunning.
All in all this was a bit of luxury in a great location and with excellent service. If you are unsure of anything just ask the staff, they are most definitely trained to help.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in the first quarter 2012, the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche (part of Capital Plaza building) is ideally situated in the heart of the city, close to the seafront and the business and financial center. It enjoys a privileged location on Corniche Road, one of the most prestigious district. The maritime centre Port Zayed, the Souk, famous for its rugs and Dhow Harbour, home to the traditional transport and fishing boats which still take to the waters of the Arabian Gulf, are all a short distance from the hotel. The hotel offers all the services of a world-class French establishment, blending its origins with the best of the Oriental influences: butler service and executive lounge access (Club Millesime) for club rooms and suites, and the famous MyBed concept and Bose wave in all rooms. Each of the rooms offer breathtaking views over city and Arabian Gulf. Additionally, the hotel offers 3 signature restaurants and 3 bars, a pool, a spa and wellness space and 9 meeting rooms. A ballroom can also welcome up to 1000 visitors and therefore host any kind of events. ... more less
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