We were booked into the Sofitel by daughter's employer - sight unseen and unexplored - unusual for us. But it's the one they use all the time which means they (and we) get excellent rates - which certainly helps. So we started with no preconceptions. And it was really very good and somewhat undersells itself.
The staff are charming and ever so well trained - and the head concierge knows his stuff (his colleagues don't yet though -so go for the guy in the tails!) There's a large pool with loungers, lifeguards and a bar which is delightful - though not sunny. And there is a happy hour by the pool (1600 - 2000 daily) with beer at 15 AED - which is startlingly inexpensive. Plus outdoor screens usually showing football in the evening (though tonight - inexplicably - showing the formula 1 racing coming from nearby Yas island and NOT Arsenal v Liverpool.)
The hotel runs a free shuttle to the Corniche beach - with free entrance there and lovely, complementary hotel beach towels - and a shuttle also to the waterworld on Yas island which is a great day out.But they don't tell you about shuttle or beach unless you ask - which seemed strange to us but apparently it's because this is a new service.
Rooms are clean, well-designed and high spec and all have a sea view. We weren't sure about the beds - I think they were trying too hard. Housekeeping staff delightful. The breakfast is ace with good coffee and assorted fresh food stations for eggs, waffles and the like. The gym is fine. We didn't try the restaurants but there are several. Spicy chips by the pool a must!
- 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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