The hotel is located opposite the new Ferrari World F1 racetrack and amenities, and is one of about 5 hotels all surrounding a round-about. It appears that the hotel is built specifically to cater for the annual F1 racers, and the occasional function that is held in the F1 facilities (such as the recent UFC fight). Therefore the only downside to staying at the hotel is the distance from the center of Abu Dhabi. However the highways leading to Abu Dhabi are absolutely fantastic - usually running at about 6 lanes wide with very little traffic - and so it only took me 20 to 25 minutes of driving time to get me to my meetings at Abu Dhabi mall. If you have your own transport (as I did) then this is the place to stay. If you rely on taxis then you are at the mercy of the quality of the taxi driver. I did notice that there are ample numbers of taxis waiting outside the hotel each day for passengers, and that they do use the meter. I took one taxi back from Abu Dhabi one night after a few drinks, and the fare was 41 dirhams.
The hotel is located right at the water's edge, so sitting by the pool (and it is a wonderful pool along with a bar) you get a lovely view at sunset over the islands. The breakfast is wonderful quality and variety. The service was excellent - although I guess this may be due to lower occupancy? I also used the gym and it was much better than the other hotels I've used.
Usually I stay in the Sheraton Khalidya, which can cost anything from US$350 to US$750 per night - and it doesn't have any of the ambience, quality or value that the Radisson Blu has. Noise was also a problem at the Khalidya, but sleeping was a dream (pun intended) at the Radisson Blu.
Definitely will be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Yas Island, the Radisson Blu Hotel offers spectacular views of the sea, Yas Links Golf club and the Yas Marina Circuit. The hotel offers 397 guestrooms; Italian and International restaurants; Meetings & Events facilities to host from 10 to 445 persons and a Spa. Conveniently located 7 minutes from international airport, 15 minutes from Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Diplomatic Area; 20 minutes from City Centre and is 50 minutes drive from Dubai. ... more less
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- Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island Hotel Yas Island