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Review of Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

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Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Ranked #16 of 130 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Beautiful, Amazing Staff and Great Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

I stayed with a business group (18 people). We all stayed in Gold Level Rooms. Be sure to get a room with a view of the Grand Mosque! Gorgeous! The Concierge staff on the 7th floor was amazing and very attentive to our needs. The hotel itself was very nice and luxurious. It even smells wonderful upon arrival from the light incense they burn. The pool and beach area at the hotel are very well kept. The Lebanese Restaurant is very good. Shishas included. Lots of fun!

We had a business/group breakfast as well - 75 in attendance - in the Saqr Ballroom. The event was flawless. The staff made sure everything was perfect from the room setup to the food. Great job coming up with ideas for last minute items I needed. Very well done.

I would definitely recommend this hotel - mainly to business customers, couples and friends. Not so much for children. Great hotel!

Room Tip: Be sure to get a Fairmont Gold View Room. Access to the complimentary lounge all day and great views...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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227 reviews
39 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

Just a couple of days at this nice hotel. Rooms are absolutely great, outdoor area with restaurants and lounge seats. Just a bit far from the Abu Dhabi Corniche but with view on the Sheikh Zayed Mosque.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

Although a little way from the centre of Abu Dhabi this is the perfect location to relax and unwind. The room I was given (upgrade to Club Floor ) was excellent, spacious and quiet with a wonderfully comfortable bed. The breakfast is excellent by any international standards and I can 100% recommend the Friday Brunch ( all you can eat and drink from 12:00-16:00) with a selection of international cuisine that in itself would put many high class restaurants to shame.

All in all a great place to stay at a reasonable price--ask for an upgrade to Club Rooms --if you don@t ask you won't get!!!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

Stayed here for 3 nights on a holiday. As we spent an extended time in Abu Dhabi, instead of staying in one hotel, we tried several (Capital Gate, Eastern Mangroves, Fairmont, Viceroy).

Room: Large wonderful rooms. Very large windows with a wonderful view on the mosque. The bathroom is “interesting” in such way that you wonder where the shower is (bathtub is obvious), but just try it, it is great! Nice music system in the tv as well.

Facilities: By far the best from all hotels we have been to in the Middle East. So many things going on, a lot of areas, corners, etc. Really a nice resort to spend an extended time. The beach is very nice. When we were there it was not crowded, so at any time of the day you could pick your favorite spot. Waiters bring you cold water, towels provided.

Location: It is not in Abu Dhabi center, more towards the airport. But a 25-30 minute taxi ride brings you to the most popular malls. Also Fairmont (in conjunction with Traders and Shangri-La) provided a free shuttle service to the mosque and malls in Abu Dhabi. Good service. Approximately a 10 minute walk from the Fairmont is the Souk mall. Not much to shop area, but a very nice area to walk around in the evenings and some good restaurants. Whilst we would not recommend the Lebanese restaurant (bad/slow service and mediocre food quality), the Meat Co. is really a great place with delicious food (not cheap though, but worth it).

Reception/Staff: Everyone is very friendly and professional. The waiters at the breakfast place are very attentive. The lady at the entrance of the breakfast place needs a special compliment as she makes you feel very welcome.

Breakfast: Breakfast is very good. The only comment I could make is to have more fruit juice selection, but the waiters always brought us fresh carrot juice upon request. Large selection of delicious food. The almond croissants are really great.

Overall: We really enjoyed our stay and couldn’t think of any criticism. A very nice place, where you feel to be away from it all on holidays and the staff makes you feel like that too. Only can recommend this place (especially compared to all other hotels we stayed it has the best rate!)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

Stay in Fairmont Gold - fab rooms, brilliant staff......love it. The personal check in, the food , the helpfulness of the staff. Marychu is the Fairmont Gold manager and she is so thoughtful, professional and is obviously backed by an excellent team.

Room Tip: Try and get a room overlooking the beach and the Grand Mosque
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

This hotel certainly lives up to its service award. We opted for a gold room and from the moment we arrived every request for a restaurant booking, local information etc was met by the excellent concierge team on the 7th floor. The upgrade was well worth paying extra as this included complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and early evening drinks and canapés amongst other things. Our room had a lovely outlook over the mosque and the views towards Abu Dhabi island are spectacular. Having stayed before at the Emirates Palace we found the staff here more animated and genuinely interested in making our stay as good as it could be. I didn't fancy swimming in the creek but the large pool was inviting, the beach area very clean and the staff there very obliging, supplying iced water on request-necessary with rising temperatures. Overall the hotel bridges the leisure/business clientele well and the staff make this a place to which I would have no hesitation in returning.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

I spent almost 9 months at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in 2011; and it has been one of my favorite hotel stays. The Fairmont is one of the most luxurious and modern hotels in Abu Dhabi, and rivals many of the fancier hotels in nearby Dubai.

The Fairmont is located is twenty minutes from the city center, but has a beautiful view of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and has a small beachfront facing a river/creek that is great for a cool swim/ watersports.

Key highlights:
F&B : The quality of the food was great, especially at the Frankie’s Italian Restaurant and at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill. For long stay guests, like me it was our favorite place to get some simple and authentic Italian food. Marco Pierre was great for celebrating at key milestones.
SERVICE: Being a 5 star, good service is expected. However, most of staff made a special effort to provide individualised service and recognition.

I would definitely choose Fairmont Bab Al Bahr for my next trip to Abu Dhabi.

Room Tip: Creek facing rooms
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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FairmontBabAlBahr, General Manager at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Greetings from Fairmont Bab Al Bahr!

Thank you very much for sharing your great experience at our hotel. It is my pleasure to pass your compliments to our entire team that made your stay a memorable one.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kindest regards,

Nils Axing
General Manager
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Property: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Address: Fairmont Bab al Bahr Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Rd, Abu Dhabi 114304, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number:
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:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#11 Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#12 Family Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#16 Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#18 Romantic Hotel in Abu Dhabi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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