I spent 3 nights recenty at the Fairmont and was very impressed overall. Upon checking in, I was given a complimentary upgrade to a pool/creek facing room with views to the stunning grand mosque, so great first impressions. The room was a good size, and had a particularly good shower and bath area. The only slight snag was that the air conditioning only had a cooling function, so even setting at higher temperatures didn't necessarily give me the balance I wanted.
The pool area is a real standout - a very large multi-depth pool with separate jacuzzi, and plenty of sunloungers dotted amongst palm trees to provide respite from the often fierce heat. The beach fringing the creek was also stocked plentifully with sun loungers, although the water in the creek was not particularly inviting. Service at the swim-up poolside bar is often slow, but this tends to be the case at many resorts. All in all, an oasis of calm and leisure catering for couples, families, young and old.
I didn't have breakfast at the hotel, but ate at the Lebanese restaurant (Cedar Lounge) and the international buffet (Cuiscene). Both were excellent, if on the pricier side. I am not a fan of buffets, but the choice and quality of food at Cuiscene was amongst the best I've experienced at a buffet. There is also a cafe (Chocolate Gallery) which does great coffees and patisserie items - again pricey, but to be expected at a Fairmont property.
Staff were unfailingly helpful and friendly, and a constant, unobtrusive and reliable presence.
Though the hotel is located some distance from the core centre of Abu Dhabi, there are free shuttle buses 4 times a day which were very handy, and taxis are cheap so there was no real disadvantage to this. In fact it was nice to be away from the bustling centre in an oasis of calm, and I would happily stay here again were I to return to Abu Dhabi.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel Abu Dhabi