We are expat residents of Abu Dhabi , and made a spur of the moment decision to spend the weekend in a hotel in Yas Island . After browsing thru the net for the best hotel in the area, we had our heart set on Radisson Blu Hotel for the scenic view of the golf course and the Arabian gulf , as described in its website.
Upon arriving we were greeted by a friendly valet parking attendant to whom we have handed over the car keys. The lobby is stylish with a contemporary design, very spacious with lofty ceiling, and airy as enhanced by the glass curtain walls on both the entrance and the rear side. Checking in was a breeze, considering we had no prior booking, so we were in our room in no time.
The room interiors were just as elegantly-designed. I was actually surprised to find it more spacious than what the picture depicted. Furnishings are tasteful and comfortable, amenities are modern, complete with an LCD TV. The bathroom is likewise very roomy and contemporary. I was all the more thrilled with the balcony which indeed has an awesome view of the golf course, the sea, and the pool below. I actually feel guilty because we paid so much less than what it’s worth (it’s a lean-season rate).
To get the most of the pleasant late afternoon weather, we headed to the pool when it was near sundown. I loved the palm trees scattered along the edge of the pool. They don’t only give some shade, they also bring a breezy ambience, something you find only by the sea. We enjoyed swimming a lot, the water being neither hot nor cold, just enough to calm down our stressed nerves.
Iftar dinner at Assymetri is not very eventful, aside from being too crowded, the food is bland for our tastebuds. We retired to our room afterwards just to watch movies on TV as there aren’t too much to do in Yas Island . The streets are empty so walking by your lonesome selves isn’t so appealing.
We hit the pool once again the following morning and basked in the relaxing atmosphere for a while. Wished we can stay in the pool all day, but the mid-day heat will be ruthless, plus the fact we had to check out exactly at noontime.
We left with a heavy heart so to speak. Radisson Blu is absolutely a home away from home. The amenities are truly remarkable, and there’s something about the atmosphere which makes you feel at home. The staffs are very polite and cordial, never intrusive, as they let you go about your business with no one ogling you. But they are on their feet once you need them.
We’re definitely coming back, and we highly recommend Radisson Blu to the weary and stressed-out expats out there in Abu Dhabi .
- 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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