One to One has been open almost a year, and I have had the pleasure of spending a majority of about half that time at this property. Our company has business in town and arranged long-term stay arrangements. So far, we have had 10 or so colleagues through (some for several months) and I've brought my family (wife and 12 yo daughter). Four words..."everyone loves this place."
I've read through some of the other reviews and have to think there are a few people you can just not make happy. Yes, early in our stay getting here was a little tough as taxis were unfamiliar. Now, every driver knows where it is because this gem is no longer hidden. As for waiting for taxis, at any time there are usually 3-10 taxis available, plus the hotel will either call you a taxi (which may take a few minutes at busy times) or offer you a ride in one of their hotel vehicles if you're in a rush. I've also noted a few people commented about the friendliness of staff. Really? I think it may be a "get what you give", or perception, issue because I have not found a more friendly - 100% of the time - staff anywhere. To qualify that, I am upper level/premiere status with quite a number of airlines, hotels and cruises.
We took a chance booking here, but the staff were not only welcoming, but endearing in their pre-arrival communications. Upon arrival at the airport, all our transfer arrangements were accomplished as promised. The rooms are wonderful and larger than your average hotel. Cleanliness? They clean your room twice a day (one normally, again on turn down service - yes, some places still provide that!)
Now, there are still some "newness" matters being sorted, and some newer staff are undergoing training, but any issues you may have are always met with a "let me fix that immediately" attitude. If you're just looking to get your room for free for an errant matter, well, you're on your own, because these people put their guests first.
The restaurants on site are wonderful. From the common to the extraordinary. The new pool area (just opened) with swim up bar is an instant hit. The Village Club outdoor dining (especially in slightly cooler weather) is a wonderful experience for friends to gather or for a romantic evening.
If you're worried about the location, admittedly there is little to nothing within walking distance. But for $2-8 USD, you can be most anywhere in the "tourist" area, and walk from there. (Try getting a cab in Manhattan to take you anywhere for $2.) Most locations in the city can be reached in 5-10 minutes.
Traveling with your family? This place is safe, clean, friendly and kids are welcomed. My wife and daughter had no worries, nor did I during their stay (and they're constantly asking to come back.) Business? Great amenities and some quality locations to entertain colleagues or clients. Quick get-away, its as quiet or lively as you wish to make it. There's a rockin' dance club, or a quiet massage (or both!) to meet your want. Room furnishings are modern/chic and bath amenities are quality (my wife keeps asking me to bring some home for her because they are so good.) The bed is a blessing to the weary traveller. Comfy, great linens/bedding and pillows galore.
If you absolutely must stay at a "name brand", knock yourself out. But I can't see twice the money for half the room and service. Take a chance, you will not be disappointed...except when you realise it's time to leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One to One Hotel - the Village, a tranquil urban sanctuary in the thriving heart of Abu Dhabi. This Abu Dhabi four-star hotel has opened its doors as a unique home-away-from-home for both high-profile business executives and weekend leisure travelers. Contemporary decor and casual ambiance evoke a liberating atmosphere of relaxation, creating a sense of calm throughout 128 guest rooms, world-class dining venues and modern meeting facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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