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Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Ranked #24 of 128 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 5, 2012

We went to spend 4 days in Abu Dhabi and as always trusted TripAdvisor for the hotel choice. And we were not disappointed.

We were given a room with a beautiful scenic view over the pool, lagoon and over the mosque. The bed was extremely comfy and the room, as for the rest of the hotel, is furnished with design furniture, a change to these (boring...) palaces made of only marble and wooden furniture.

We were very positively surprised, as we switched on the TV, to be given an introduction about safety and security - first time we have ever seen this and glad to see the hotel attached so much importance to it.

The service was excellent throughout the stay - concierge Daryl was particularly helpful. Even though we had ever stayed in a Fairmont hotel before, we were welcome at the President's Club desk and they managed to make a very positive first impression!

The only 2 minor disappointment are the breakfast and the hotel location. The breakfast service was very poor (each morning it took so long to be served coffee that we had already finished our breakfast) and the array of dishes available not so impressive for a hotel of that standing. As for the location, nicely situated on the side of a river, but fairly far from the centre (located halfway between the airport and the marina) - it cost 45-50 Dhs for a taxi trip to either location.


We have a trip planned in January with our family - we would love to stay at the hotel again, although we will most likely look for something more central.

Room Tip: Definitely pick a Scenic View room (they have full height window and an amazing view over the pool a...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

While working in Abu Dhabi I was placed in the amazing Fairmont Hotel. What can I say? It has it ALL. The location is perfect. Whilst being a short inexpensive taxi ride from the airport, the hotel also boasts a close proximity to the city centre, which is fantastic when time is precious. The staff are second to none. They are always extremely polite, friendly and helpful, and will always find you the information you need immediately. The hotel rooms are luxurious and perfectly cleaned and restocked everyday. There is also the well-equipped Business Centre, beauty salons for men and women, and plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars for all needs. The Breakfast Buffet is superb. It has a wide range of foods from Arabic to American, from Asian to Continental. The hotel has a great view across the water to the Grand Mosque etc, the beach is on your doorstep. For the active, there is a good, fully equipped, segregated gym and beautiful swimming pools, one in which you can do 50m lengths if you're up early enough in the morning before all the sun-bathers come down to set up for the day. All in all, a fantastic Fairmont experience from start to finish!

Room Tip: Be sure to specify if you want a smoking or non-smoking room and the staff will organise it straight...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

I stayed on the Gold Floor for two nights whilst stopping over on a flight from the UK to Australia. The hotel is luxurious and pretty much perfect in every way for recovering from a long flight before heading off again on your next leg. It's close enough to the airport and easy taxi ride to the city, which worked for me. The facilities are excellent - everything you'd expect from a 5* but it is the staff make this property extra special - they go out of their way to remember your name, your favourite drink and newspaper. They were very accomodating when I asked for early check in and late check-out due to flight times. Highly recommend the Gold Floor with its included drinks, canapes, afternoon tea and breakfast. The only negative comments I'd make are around the lobby area and pool. The lobby was not the usual hive of activity as I think there is no bar there - it makes the hotel seem a little cold somehow. The pool is too small for the size of the hotel and they should have an adult-only area I think. Overall a great experience and I would go back for a stopover again.

Room Tip: Get one with a view of the mosque on the Gold Floor.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I chose to stop over in Abu dhabi on the way back from 2 weeks in Tokyo. Our wish was simply for a few days rest and relaxation and the Fairmont certainly exceeded expectation!
As it was our wedding anniversary, my husband had secretly upgraded us to gold club level. It was amazing. We arrived at 5am and were greeted with fresh apple juice and immediately given a room which was massive and absolutely beautiful with stunning views of the grand mosque (definitely worth a visit).
Gold club level has its own breakfast area however you can also use the main breakfast area. Gold level residents also have access to complimentary afternoon tea served from 2pm-5pm and sundowner canapés served from 6pm-8pm. Free bar is also available from 6.30pm-9pm. Residents can enjoy all this while overlooking the creek and grand mosque. Simply stunning!
High level of service throughout the hotel. Beautiful beach and pool area with complimentary bottled water, smoothie shots and fruit kebabs. Swim up pool bar, table tennis, shisha bar, poolside restaurant.
The hotel also offers a free shuttle bus to the grand mosque, malls, yas circuit and Ferrari world.
Overall, a perfect stay in one of the best hotels ever!

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed August 30, 2012 via mobile

This hotel has some of the most spacious rooms in any hotel worldwide. The service and courtesy is what you expect from Fairmont. The location is great. It is out of the downtown Abu Dhabi area but close to the industrial zones of Musaffah and on the way to Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. My lace of choice for a business stay in Abu Dhabi and I am almost there every week.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

A 5star hospitality in a superb hotel eventhough a little far away from down town. Perfect location for Ferrari amusement park, formula one circuit and the international airport. A must reservation should be the one that the room faces the mosque -ask for it and pay the upgrade if not for free- with the persian gulf reflects on the bottom. Great swimming pool, variety of restaurants and impecable room service. Excellent value for money, with polite and helpfull personel and an impressive breakfast with food variety of international cuisines.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

My wife and i recently stayed here for our anniversary/wife's birthday and WOW were we impressed with the palatial quality of the hotel products & service. The first thing you notice when walking into the hotel is the amazing & inviting aroma. It was so delicious we even bought some for ourselves to take back to us :) The next thing that blew us away was the beautiful architecture and interior design of the place. Everything has been planned methodically and in a manner that only invokes relaxation. Upon being greeted with the biggest smiles we were taken to a private check-in where we celebrated for our occasion and escorted to our magnificent chambers where if the views dont making you get excited, then the rooms will most certainly tantalize your senses. This review really doesnt do it justice. The rooms are the best i have ever seen! I travel ALOT and stay in many hotels but this is hands down something from heaven. Bath products are gorgeous, food is of a consistently high standard whether you're eating in the lounge or dining in the restaurants. The only regret we had was that we couldnt stay longer :( Next time! Enjoy!

Room Tip: Upgrade to Gold Lounge
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

Address: | Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi 114304, 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 Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#11 Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#18 Romantic Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#24 Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi
Price Range: $147 - $486 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Fairmont Bab Al Bahr 5*
Number of rooms: 369
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr boasts a prime location at the mainland gateway to the cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi. With its striking, contemporary design, this beachfront hotel offers the highest level of comfort and elegance throughout its 369 rooms and suites. Guests can enjoy world class on-site amenities, including private sandy beaches, an Olympic-length swimming pool, covered children’s pool, separate ladies’ and mixed-use gyms, business services and state-of-the-art conference facilities. Add to this an awarding winning portfolio of eight dining options; all delivered with genuine Arabic hospitality - the result is certain to exceed every guest’s highest expectations. ... more   less 
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