We first visited this hotel in 2004 and always said we would return. Obviously there have been many changes to the hotel and to Abu Dhabi. The most notable change is to the hotel surroundings, now very built up with the sea view from the beach all but gone. Fortunately by reading Tripadvisor reviews we were prepared. We didn,t go in the sea but the pool remains just as pleasant and there was never any problem obtaining loungers.
Our room was large and clean but had odd shaped furniture and a dressing table whose mirror was useless unless I knelt on the floor!. We had a small balcony which would of been nice to use but there was no chairs. The bed was comfortable but we were kept awake by the noisy air con, so the choice be hot or awake!. The housekeeping was very hit and miss, room kept clean but as for the stocking of tea and coffee, fresh towels and toiletries we had constantly ask for items. One day we waited over an hour for bath towels and eventually I had to go out on to the corridor and ask again just to be told " my colleague will see to it ". finally I found " the colleague" and demanded towels NOW!
Meals were taken in the Essence restaurant and were hot ,tasty if a little repetitive.
The staff were friendly and helpful.
Over all the we enjoyed the holiday but found the changes disappointing including the attached Abu Dhabi Mall which is now somewhat shabby.