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“If you are a light sleeper, don't stay here” 3 of 5 stars
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Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Ranked #21 of 127 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
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11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“If you are a light sleeper, don't stay here”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

I would not advise staying here if you are a light sleeper like me! The building is made from glass and as it heats up in the mornings, the windows (which make up the exterior wall in each bedroom) creak and pop loudly. This goes on for about 3 hours and is loud. On the positive side, the rooms are large with very comfortable beds. We were also disappointed that the hotel doesn't have a spa (although the gym is very well appointed and with great views of the beach and mosque). Lastly, we thought that the service was below five star standards (for example, our room service orders were consistently wrong and they are very under-staffed on the beach and by the pool).

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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2 Thank cobnob
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

Recently spent 4 days in this hotel on business and can strongly recommend it for business or holiday. The facilities, rooms, and service were fantastic. I was impressed that the concierge staff all seemed to remember my name and were incredibly helpful. This hotel really tries and succeeds in providing great service.

Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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1 Thank DocEvans
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Great hotel, worth paying a little extra to upgrade to a gold room. A little out of the city, but taxis are cheap and it would be entirely possible to stay and enjoy the luxuries of the restaurants and pools without needing to leave. Great view of the mosque, recommend having twilight drinks at the outdoor bars.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Cazz50
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We stayed at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr for 4 days as part of a large group. The Hotel itself was fantastic, the rooms & Beds were amazing, the Pool and beach area fabulous and the location great. I can't sing the praises of the housekeeping and hotel staff enough!

We ate in a few of the restaurants and had 2 set evenings as larger events and the food was good at these also.

I would say that we had some issues with the waiters and waitresses and the level of service. Although the food and drink service on the beach was very friendly it was very very slow and sporadic, food appearing and random times and we worked out that you had to generally ask for something 3 times before you got what you asked for. However we were a large group and can see this would get confusing.

However at breakfast we were just a table of 2 or 4. The food is buffet style and you have to order hot drinks. One morning I ordered the hot drinks and for a table setting to be set up as no others were available, 20 mins later still no hot drink and I reset the table myself. One morning whilst the waitress was setting the knives and forks I asked for the drinks she asked me to wait until she had put the knives and forks down before I spoke again.

We also ate as a large group in the (rather pricey)Marco Pierre White Steak restaurant one evening and the service was about the same level there. It just seemed to be a level of confusion when ordering food or drink.

The house keeping staff were amazing, Roy who looked after us in Housekeeping could not have been more helpful and this goes for the reception staff.

All in all we really enjoyed our break at the Fairmont.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Raq108
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76 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

If you enjoy the sea view you should visit Fairmint Bab Al Bahar .. Very relaxing and it's really worth it. There are many coffee shops and one chocolate shop and florist as well .. And a nail saloon for ladies.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Shahrazaad A
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

The hotel has an amazing design from the outside and also from the inside. The lobby is pretty too. It has a small beach where you can swin to a not that amazing river type. If you are not a fan of this, the hotel also has a great swimming pool. The rooms are very nice and clean and the service great!

Room Tip: Must get a room with a view to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Pierre S
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Marlow
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52 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Its hard to include all of the great aspects of this truly five star hotel - but one certainly shines out - the incredibly well turned out and polite staff. Oh and the food - and the pool, and the walk in shower and huge room!

Room Tip: Every room is of a high standard -
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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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
Hotel Style:
#11 Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#12 Family Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#18 Romantic Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#21 Luxury 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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