This hotel is lovely, the staff are friendly and it is very clean however there are some things to be aware of before you decide whether you want to stay or not:
All the hotels on Yas Island are directly under the flight path with night arrival/departures until approx 3am.
The sun disappears behind the hotel by 3:30pm, all sun loungers and the pool are then in shade.
The hotel restaurants are very expensive; the nearest Mall (a small one) with food court/restaurants is a 15 min taxi ride.
The only 2 hotel shuttle buses to town are 9am and 1:15pm so not conducive for an evening meal out. Although Taxis are not expensive it is 30-45mins into town which is approx £30 for a round trip; still cheaper than eating at the hotel.
Residents of Abu Dhabi can pay a daily fee to use the pool facilities; on some days it was like a public baths and everyone was asked to sign a disclaimer as they were too busy to complete all checks! The Jacuzzi on these days was full of children. There were times when hotel guests were unable to find sun loungers. Although this is a feature of all the hotels it felt that there was no limit to numbers and this also made it very noisy.
On one night we were awoken around 2am by a gathering of locals in approx 10-15 cars on the road outside the hotel revving engines, wheel spinning and racing.
This is not a hotel to stay in if you wish peace and quiet for your holiday and is just a bit too far out of town. It is however great for the F1 race circuit (which the hotel overlooked), Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld. There is also a Mall being built which should help with choice of restaurants and somewhere a little more local to be able to go in an evening to get out of the hotel.
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- Also Known As:
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