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Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
Ranked #5 of 128 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 17, 2013

We have visited Abu Dhabi six times in the last year and a half, and the last four visits we have stayed at The Yas Viceroy Hotel, which kind of tells you that we love it and think it’s a great place to stay. On this our fourth stay we were celebrating my husband’s 40th birthday and they certainly looked after us and of course being repeat guests we were very much welcomed back.

Our 5 night stay during the Easter weekend started by being greeted at the airport and transferred to the hotel in their BMW 7 series and welcomed to the hotel by the very friendly night duty Manager, Mohammed. After a hot towel refreshment and a very speedy and slick check-in we were escorted to our Suite overlooking the Marina. Landing at 7am, the fact that our room was ready for occupancy was excellent.

Having stayed previously stayed in rooms overlooking the F1 track (main building) and the Marina, we prefer the Marina wing as it is nearer to Longitude our preferred choice of pool as it is classed as a quiet pool. Latitude being the family pool located over the main building. Our Suite was lovely, clean and contemporary and very spacious indeed consisting of an entrance hallway, guest wc, separate lounge area, large bedroom and bathroom with a huge shower area and oval bathtub and a dressing area. The room boys are ever so friendly and do take pride in their work, ensuring the high standards of cleanliness were met every time they serviced our room twice a day.

As the hotel is located over the F1 track, it’s fascinating to watch the Aston Martins and F3000’s etc drive by, and you can see them from the pool and of course hear them. The initial engine noise often encouraged sun worshipers to peer over the roof and watch them whizz by, coupled with the planes passing overhead, you really feel like you are at the hub of transportation, but weirdly it does not spoil any ambiance or relaxation, in fact quite the opposite to us as we found it rather exciting.

Both pools have the same snack menu and a varied choice is available, the staff are really pleasant and friendly. The pool is so welcoming and the complimentary ice lollies are always a bonus to cool down in the hot Middle Eastern sunshine.

There is also the option to visit the Yas Beach, which is a privately owned fee payable beach. Complimentary entrance tickets are available from The Concierge Desk and a complimentary trip in the 7 series takes and collects you when you want to visit. Only a couple of minutes away in the car, it is nice but it was a little crowded on our visit and only a small bar and basic snacks being served, however, we understand there are plans to expand the facilities in the near future.

A fairly recent addition to Yas Island is the Yas Express shuttle bus that takes you to the main attractions, ie; Ferrari World, F1 Circuit and Yas Waterpark. We hopped on this and got the opportunity to see the huge Mall that is currently under construction close by to Ferrari World. When this opens, it will be a great addition to Yas Island.

Every evening we enjoyed the relaxing tunes from DJ Anya in Skylite Bar for pre-dinner drinks. Skylite has to be one of the coolest bars ever; open air and so chilled out and serving amazing cocktails, and it was no problem when we asked for drinks not even listed on the menu – fabulous Espresso Martini’s! It was lovely to meet up with LiLi who did a double take when he saw us on our first night, as it was only last November when we were last chatting with him. Smiley Ali and Binod also looked after us efficiently as well and are a credit to Cris and Dominik

We dined every morning in Origins, one of the best buffet breakfasts we’ve ever experienced. A very cool and spacious restaurant and like all the other restaurants at the Yas, there are tables outside with either views of the race track or marina. The food is extremely fresh and replenished frequently. The scrambled eggs are gorgeously creamy and the pastries are scrumptious!

Of the seven restaurants at The Yas, we have dined in four, Amici (Italian), Angar (Indian), Noodle Box (Chinese) and previously mentioned Origins. Check out my individual Trip Advisor reviews of each of these restaurants – a lovely experience of excellent food choices at each. A special thanks to Chef Andrea of Amici for making Mathew’s birthday extra special.

ESPA at The Yas is one of the most relaxing and super cool spa’s we have been too. The relaxing massages are divine and we always book a treatment each when we visit and are never disappointed.

An excellent hotel is often just deemed by its location and amenities, but the Yas Viceroy staff take it that extra bit further and are a credit to its success and it goes without saying to say a massive thank you especially to Niazy for making all the pre-arrangements from our room to the wonderful gifts for Mathew’s birthday, making it such a special and memorable occasion and treating us as VIP guests on every level. Huge thanks to all the Skylite guys previously mentioned and of course the friendly staff in ESPA and last but by no means least to Sujan (working in the lobby area)..... our special friend.

We are already planning our fifth visit!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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YasViceroy, Hotel Manager at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2013

Dear MildredMopton,

Thank you for sharing your extensive review about Yas Viceroy!

The entire team is thrilled with your comments and it was a great pleasure to have you with us. You have wonderfully touched on all the aspects of Yas Viceroy and Yas Island as a destination. There is certainly a lot more development going to happen, which will make our island even better than it is now!

I do hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the near future.

Kind regards,

Oliver Bruns

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

We had 16 nights away on our holiday and only one was spent in the Yas Viceroy, yet when my son was asked to tell his class about his holiday he spent most of it talking about this hotel! It is a spectacular building and very F1 oriented. The sound of the karts whizzing round at nearby Ferrari World just enhances the motor-racy feel.

The pool feels quite special - being on the 9th floor but still having an infinity aspect, and the biggest softest loungers ever seen, we all loved it. Also enjoyed the romantic atmosphere of the Skyline bar.

Rooms are bright and spacious with large comfy beds, beautiful bathrooms and interesting views. Only downside was that we couldn't access the balcony. Very quite and efficient AC.

We loved this hotel. My 13-year-old son, a hotel veteran, has declared this his farourite ever and we would return in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank CJANDRU
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YasViceroy, Hotel Manager at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2013

Dear CJANDRU,

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of Yas Viceroy.

It was truly a pleasure to have you and your family with us and I am glad to read that you enjoyed your experience.

I do hope that we will have the pleasure to have you back with us again - hopefully for a longer stay so that you can enjoy all of Yas Island's facilities.

Kind regards,

Oliver Bruns

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Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

I enjoyed my stat with my family in Yas Viceroy. We had 2 connecting with plenty of space, modern design & a view on Yas track which has a marina ! The room service was quick and effecient. The only thing that was bothering me was the glass doors of the bathroom/ toilet knowing that I have small kids who like to wait for mama outside the bathroom!

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Thank TripleAmama
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YasViceroy, Hotel Manager at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2013

Dear TripleAmama,

Thank you for sharing your review on TripAdvisor. I am so happy to read that you and your family enjoyed our modern rooms and facilities.

Since you are nearby in Oman, I do hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you and your family back very soon.

Kind regards,

Oliver Bruns

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Reviewed April 14, 2013

I really enjoyed every moment spend in this hotel. The rooms are fantastic and the staff is friendly. From the moment you arrive at the valet untill you leave you do feel special. The beds are the best hotelbed we have ever slept in, the bedding was great. Everything was just great.

Room Tip: Chose a room without the cover over the hotel.
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank hanreDoha
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YasViceroy, Hotel Manager at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2013

Dear hanreDoha,

Thank you for sharing your brief impression of Yas Viceroy on TripAdvisor. I am glad to read that you were made feel special by our team.

I hope that we will have the pleasure to welcome you back soon.

Kind regards,

Oliver Bruns

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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Two standard rooms with kids in tow. Whilst this is not made clear anywhere, the Hotel does have a number of interconnecting rooms available.
Arrived at approx 8.30 am and was promptly checked in - had asked for this, but always a pleasant surprise to have two rooms ready and waiting so early in the day.
Ordered room service breakfasts which were delivered promptly, were presented beuatifully and were of excellent quality. Other interactions with both room service and housekeeping always went perfectly.
Rooms as previously described - very stylish and modernist, however couple of repeat niggles. Non opening balconies (managed to open and close one of our room balcony doors ignoring the signage saying don't and can now see why it's there!). The remote control room lighting options mean you actually have about 4 choices of how your room is lit which is stupid as it actually limits how you can use the lights in the room. My biggest concern however, is how the rooms and indeed public areas of the hotel will wear as time goes by. Almost everything is white and plasticky / formica style white at that. Scuffs, sctraches, rips, tears and cracks simply can't be hidden away with these kind of materials and already various parts of the room and public areas were looking quite shabby.
Concierge desk were always polite and helpful.
Shuttle bus to other attractions on Yas Island runs regularly from Hotel entrance.
Very nice reception lobby coffee bar with lovely indoor and outdoor seating area.
Family rooftop swimming pool is quite small, but the area is beautiful and has a pleasant Cafe adjacent - great views from here.
Origins buffet restaurant served a good variety of food at Breakfast and Dinnertimes. However, the food was repetitive except for a feature night. The waiting staff in this restaurant are pretty inexperienced and many had a poor grasp of the English language. The furniture in the restauarnt is worn and dirty.
The setting of the hotel is stunning overlooking the racetrack and adjacent to a flash marina.
The Hotel has it's own nighclub which is situated on the lower part of the bridge straddling the racetrack. This plays loud music till 3am+ particularly over the Arabic weekend. To avoid the noise of this, you need to request rooms way from the bridge area.
The noise from the racetrack is very infrequent and depends on what events are being run at any time. The dragstrip seemed to make more noise than the circuit itself whilst we strayed there. There is some noise from the nearby Airport which effects all the hotels on the island.. The level of the noise varies a lot dependent on whether planes are taking off or approaching the runway and also the time of day makes a lot of difference to aircraft noise as Etihad flights come and go in waves.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank JudithChalmersWannaB
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YasViceroy, Hotel Manager at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2013

Dear JudithChalmersWannaB,

Thank you for sharing your review on TripAdvisor.

I am glad to read all your comments about so many different aspects of your stay. I will personally review with the team to ensure we work on the maintenance items you highlighted. On another note, I am happy to share with you that we are replacing all of the hotel's balcony doors this year and expect to complete this project by November. The new doors are rather easy to open and close.

I do hope that we will have the pleasure to welcome you back to Yas Viceroy in the near future.

Kind regards,

Oliver Bruns

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

If you want the Yas island experience with luxury and a variety of excellent dining experiences, then this is your place. I took my 9 & 11 year old boys with me and my husband for a couple of days and they thought it was WOW. The breakfast is an amazing start to the day with so many food options you can fill them up. We jammed into a twin deluxe but had to get a rollaway bed and really should have upgraded to larger beds as two in a bed doesn't work in this category.
They have shuttles to and fro Ferrari World, the beach and Yas Waterworld so it's easy to get around. The hotel structure is great and there is something quite special in the shell of the building watching it light up at night.
We opted for the Japanese restaurant and it was incredible food. Excellent service all the time. Quick to bring snacks to the room. The room was a destination in its own right with a nice relaxing space and airy lighting.
Sitting on top of the F1 track and seeing the boats parked in the marina was a great novelty for the kids.
Our family was made welcome and the boys given great guest status instead of being looked down upon in a luxury setting so we would definitely recommend this place to other families.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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YasViceroy, Hotel Manager at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2013

Dear Fiona T,

Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts on TripAdvisor. It was a pleasure to have you and your family with us.

Families are truly important to us in particular with Yas WaterWorld, Ferrari World, Yas Beach and later on Yas Mall on the island - I am glad your family could feel it.

I hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back very soon.

Kind regards,

Oliver Bruns

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Noisy hotel, night club goes on until 3am. We were on 4th floor but you hear the nightclub very loud. It's near airport at the end of the runway, and when planes take off they almost fly in your hotel room. Flights continue all night. If you want a normal night sleep, please avoid this hotel

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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YasViceroy, Hotel Manager at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2013

Dear HJO78,

I am very sorry to read of your experience and I would like to apologize for the noisy stay. It would be great if you could contact me directly on oliver.bruns@viceroyhotelsandresorts.com so that I can review this further with you.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Oliver Bruns

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Address: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Abu Dhabi > Abu Dhabi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#4 Spa Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#4 Romantic Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#4 Family Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#5 Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#7 Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi
Price Range: $128 - $261 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi 5*
Number of rooms: 499
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As Yas Island Abu Dhabi's premier hotel, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi sets the standard for exceptional service throughout its 499 impeccable rooms and suites, 11 fantastic dining venues and lounges, and the luxurious ESPA at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. Guests marvel at the incredible LED canopy that not only emits a concert of colour and shade but also embraces the exhilarating Yas Marina Formula 1™ Circuit, defining the Abu Dhabi hotel as a landmark across Yas Island and one of the world's most extraordinary destinations. Delight in the art of cuisine at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. Choose from a colourful host of eateries, from the freshest seafood and sushi to rustic Italian, regional Indian cuisine, and a stylish array of bars and lounges. For fantastic cuisine throughout the day, we have the perfect Abu Dhabi dining spot for every taste. ... more   less 
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