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Al Maqta Area, Abu Dhabi 91888 United Arab Emirates
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#5 of 163 in Abu Dhabi
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Retreat to premier luxury at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal. Our 5-star hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates is set against the backdrop of the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and it offers views of sunrises over Al Maqta Creek. Stay with us an enjoy our stately architecture evoking the Italian Renaissance and our tranquil waterfront location.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Entertainment staff
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Valet parking
Paid wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Fitness classes
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Kid-friendly buffet
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Kids club
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Additional bathroom
Interconnected rooms available
Flatscreen TV
Private balcony
Room service
VIP room facilities
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Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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dawgmaf16 wrote a review May 23
Balad, Iraq5 contributions
The experience I’ve had at the Ritz Carlton Grand Canal has simply been phenomenal. From the customer service, food quality, amenities, facilities, pool, and gym, it’s been just great. Definitely recommend the hotel to anyone. I also want to recognize the personnel at the Club Lounge for making my stay fantastic: Joseph, Charlotte, Ranga, Betty, Casey, Edwin, Isabella, Chef Lila, Roy and Raoul. They made my stay extra special.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Asiya Parekh wrote a review May 22
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We have stayed on this fabulous resort for 10 nights. It is overall stunning, has great facilities and the rooms with views are gorgeous. What we loved most about this is the fantastic pool area where Sajid has provided us with the best customer service we have received on holiday ever. He is attentive, polite and extremely hardworking. We can honestly say we would stay here again for the pleasure of seeing him once more. Sajid has looked after us extremely well and if you do visit please ask for him, you won't be disappointed with his friendliness and mannerisms. Thank you for all your hard work and for looking after us Sajid. Mr & Mrs Rawat
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Clare G wrote a review May 22
Crewe, United Kingdom8 contributions2 helpful votes
It’s check out time and I’m devastated to leave this fabulous place. Everything is so perfect, the location, views, food and most importantly the staff. They have made this trip so special. From a majestic lobby welcome everyday from Serigne, to Raoul and Christley from the concierge team who looked after each and every enquiry. Priya at Giornotte for reservation support and the fantastic pool team of Sajid, Yoga and Vignesh for looking after us every day. From bottles of iced water, to ice pops and delicious happy hour cocktails our pool days could not have been better!! This hotel is a magical place with an amazing team who could not do enough for our trip! A huge thanks to Gerard on reception for rescuing two ladies with a terrible homeward bound flight time and giving us extra time in our room to refresh. Thank you so much to this wonderful team, we will be back soon!! Already looking to book our next trip with you!!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Nick G wrote a review May 19
Devon, United Kingdom21 contributions28 helpful votes
Our first visit to this hotel and we recently stayed for 12 nights with our family. Our normal location of choice in the Middle East would be Dubai so in our minds we were benchmarking to some of their premier hotels. We were not disappointed in any way. We were fortunate in securing Executive Suites and I would recommend reserving a room with Club access.. Wonderful large rooms and our first thanks to the housekeeping team and Minakshi in particular for the way in which in which the room was beautifully cleaned every day. Rooms had great views looking out over the resort and whilst there are a few with Mosque views we decided this worked better for us. Club facilities have been covered in many other reviews and one of the best club facilities we have seen. A big call out to Charlotte, Joseph, Casey, Raoul, Ranga and Mohammed. Food choice was excellent, great views and a constant determination to make most things possible. We were there with our grand-daughter aged 2 and a half and the team were fantastic in looking out for her. The pool area stood out for the service and this is where I am benchmarking to previous hotels we have stayed in. It certainly felt like the challenges of the past few years has allowed the team to invest significantly in the development of the team and it shows. Great pool and we enjoyed the quality of the food in the pool bar and restaurant. A big call out to the whole team and in particular Rafiq, Sajid, Vishal, Rajitha, Anil, Ventakesh and Sajeesh - Teresa will be proud of you. We thought the dining was excellent and well done to Kevin and the team. We particularly enjoyed Li Jiang. Loved the food, try the crispy duck and spectacular views of the Mosque which in itself is a must visit. Brunch with the family was also a lovely experience and whilst not being in a position to compare to alternative brunches in Abu Dhabi we would have no problem in recommending. Finally our thanks to the front office location who were always on hand to help with any requirements and again many everything so easy for our family. Thanks to Lara, Christley, Milan and Irfan. Overall I would finish with the one important statement. We would not hesitate to return and we will along with being happy to recommend the hotel to anyone reading this review. Well done to Christian and the whole team.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: Recommend club access
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Ersin wrote a review May 19
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Everything was perfect. So clean.. great food and service.. big thanks to Ibrahim and Salman at the entrance, Wildan and Nette at reception and of course to Abbos a super waiter!! All the staff were very helpful and always solution oriented. Thank you so much. Best regards Ersin Kaya
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Geraldo J wrote a review May 17
Shanghai, China12 contributions3 helpful votes
Since my wife and I arrived at the hotel for our weekend anniversary, we've experienced daily surprises from the staff. The breakfast is delicious, and the pool is so pleasant, the pool team is really attentive. If you have a special weekend planned and want to spend it with your loved one, the Ritz Carlton Grand Canal is the place to go. Also, the view from the Grand Mosque is just divine..... the sunset is the star of the day. Last but not least, big thanks to "Edgar Martinez " who organized the booking and helped with all arrangements.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Michael E wrote a review May 17
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I spent over a month at the Ritz Carlton Grand Canal. The overall service is incredible. Casey, Ranga, Raoul, Charlotte, Nazim, Joseph in the club level provide amazing service during the day and evening. Your wine glass will never be empty :) Valerie (Pastry kitchen) and Subbodh, Matthew, Gandhar (Chefs) always made the best meals and deserts. My room was always well kept by Ronke (Housekeeping) and Gautam and Pradeep (Stewarding). When you go to the pool and beach, make sure you look for Anees to take care of you. He provided the best pool service during my stay. Will be back very soon.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled
Shannon S wrote a review May 16
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I was at the Ritz for just over 3 months for business. My stay would not have been nearly as great without the Lounge staff. They made such an effort to make me feel at home. They’re worthy of all the praise. They made an effort to remember me, remember my favorite coffee order, and really go above and beyond their call of duty as hospitality. I will genuinely miss seeing them everyday. Thank you Ritz Lounge staff: Raoul, Ranga, Joseph, Casey, Charlotte, Isabella, Betty and all of the others who cared for me so genuinely. I will never forget you guys! With love, Shannon
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled
Response from Executive Office, General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Shannons7300, We’re glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay here with us and very much appreciate that you’ve taken time out of your schedule to post this wonderful review. We hope that upon your next visit to Abu Dhabi, we here at The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal will be your choice of Hotel and hope that we can further exceed your expectations. Best regards, Christian Hoehn General Manager.
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Molly1107 wrote a review May 16
United Kingdom361 contributions209 helpful votes
This was our 7th trip to the UAE so we have a reasonable idea what to expect from a 5* hotel there. Check-in was flawless and we were allowed into our room early and this was appreciated. Room We found it to be quite dated and the patio furniture rusting in places. It was very clean although several days into our stay we discovered a family of ants next to the coffee machine – this was quickly sorted. Room service was good although several days the room was cleaned quite late, just when we were returning from the pool. Turn-down was a hit or a miss – happened 3 nights out of 6. The bed was ok but the pillows were not comfy, even when we asked for them to be swapped. We found the AC to be quite inefficient and disturbed our sleep each night as we were too warm. We asked a member of staff to take a look but it appeared it was as good as it could be. Pool The large pool was a definite no-go due to noise levels. The adult pool was amazing and we were well looked after by Louis and Clovis. There was no food/beveridge service there but that didn’t concern us greatly. Staff The staff are a tremendous asset to the hotel. Everyone said hello when we passed by and service was always with a smile. Food This was greatly disappointing and not what we would expect from a 5* hotel. In hindsight, we would have opted for bed and breakfast rather than half board. Breakfast was good although the sausages, bacon, tomato and mushrooms were lukewarm each day. By the time we got to the table, the food was cold. Flavia was wonderful and cooked us eggs to order each day – she even made some French toast for us. On half board, you can visit 4 restaurants, including the buffet. The buffet choice was good but again the “hot” choices were lukewarm. We did complain to a waiter who summoned a manager but we noticed no improvement going forward. I wouldn’t be surprised if some guests suffer with bad tummies. We visited the buffet one night to be told it was pizza and pasta night and as it had been advertised externally, there were no tables available for hotel guests. There had been no pre-warning of this – a simple sign at breakfast would have been helpful. We managed to get into the Lebanese restaurant but watched many couples/families being turned away. The best night was Saturday as the sea food was fantastic. We did try the “hot” food but again, cold. Also, you could tell the food was left over from the earlier Brunch. The Italian dishes were stodgy, they had obviously been sitting since lunch time. The Lebanese restaurant was amazing. Large choice and plenty of food – cooked and served to perfection. The Asian was not so good – the dumplings were bland, and I could not eat the main course as it contained so much salt – I mentioned it to the waitress but no action was taken. The Forge was average – the service, surroundings, and ambience lovely but a very small menus choice – again, the mashed potato was returned as it was stone cold. We fully understand the pressure the hospitality industry is under, just getting back on its knees from the pandemic. Our own business was adversely affected. That said, at £300 per night, being served cold and at times sub-standard food is unacceptable and something that could be resolved easily. We would not return to this hotel. It would do well to visit the Shangri La and Anantara across the canal – the food there is superb.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Executive Office, General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Molly, Greetings from The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal. Thank you for your constructive feedback following your recent stay with The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi. We welcome comments such as this one from our valued guest; as it’s the only way we can improve our services and facilities further. I am of course, most concerned to learn about your disappointments and would like to extend my sincere apologies for the inconvenience that may have caused. Please allow me to reassure you that I have personally reviewed and investigated issues raised and have addressed all shortfalls in service with the concerned department heads, actions have been taken to ensure the same will not re occur in future. I do hope that you will provide us with an opportunity to restore your confidence in The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal and will visit us again. Should an occasion arise in the future, please do contact me directly and we will ensure that you have an exceptional experience with us. Once again, thank you for taking the time and sharing your feedback. Thank you, Rakesh Kumar Director of Quality
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YousufK wrote a review May 16
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Really enjoyed the stay at The Ritz. Hospitality at its best! The staff has a keen attention to details in meeting the requirements of their guests. The facilities are top-notch. I will definitely come back. Preferred for a family visit/stay.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Response from Executive Office, General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Yousufk821, We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our hotel. We do our best to create the right atmosphere and experiences that accentuate the uniqueness of our property for our guests. Your high praise is the best reward for our efforts. Best regards, Christian Hoehn General Manager.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
Which popular attractions are close to The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal?
Nearby attractions include Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center (0.6 miles), Sheikh Zayed Bridge (0.6 miles), and Wahat Al Karama (Oasis of Dignity) (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal?
Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pool Bar & Restaurant, Hoi An, and Shang Palace.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal have airport transportation?
Yes, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.