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Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Ranked #22 of 128 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco, California
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64 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

If you're looking for a hotel in a quieter part of Abu Dhabi, the Fairmont is it. It's not very convenient if you're looking for cheaper public transportation to get around, but taxis are easy to fetch in the area. If you're also looking for cheaper eats, you will definitely need to take a taxi.

Service, however, was top notch. The staff at the main entrance went out of their way to help us when we were in need. They also checked back in with us when we returned to our room to see if we were alright.

The room was beautiful. Since the front desk did made an error during the room assignment, they upgraded us to the ocean view. The view was fantastic! View aside, the room was large, spacious, and very comfortable. One minor complaint is that the shower is located in the same compartment as the bath tub, so if you are uncomfortable with showering with another, you will have to wait your turn!

Overall, the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr was a wonderful hotel. It was a relaxing experience away from the city of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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FairmontBabAlBahr, General Manager at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, responded to this review, August 24, 2013
Dear arthursiew,

Greetings from Fairmont Bab Al Bahr!

Thank you for taking the time to share this review and for choosing to stay with us while visiting Abu Dhabi. Your comments are greatly appreciated especially your compliments regarding our service. It is a pleasure to share them to our entire team particularly to our front of the house staff.

We are all looking forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kindest regards,

Nils Axing
General Manager
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Visited Abu Dhabi for just a day and had the pleasure of staying at this beautiful and very luxury property that faces out to Sheikh Zayed Mosque across the water.

There were a nice variety of restaurants and a very beautiful patio. Amenities were great!

The pool is beautiful and pool area is beautiful!!! At night the private beach area is beautiful with all the lights.

The lobby was really nice and was fun hanging out there and having a drink.

Rooms were very spacious and were beautifully decorated. Washrooms were great as well!

Room Tip: Ask for a Shaikh Zayed Mosque facing view (on the waterfront)
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

WOW ! what a fantastic place ! from opening the door to the rooms everything was perfect , the Marco restaurant was the best steak we have ever had ! we have stayed in some of the best hotels in the world and this ranks with them ! the very very cool and friendly concierge to all the staff a big THANK YOU for making this a very memorable stay ! WE WILL BE BACK !

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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FairmontBabAlBahr, General Manager at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
Dear Eric696969,

Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful experience at our hotel. We are delighted that you had a great dining experience at our Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill. It is my pleasure to pass your compliments to our entire team especially to our brand ambassadors at the Concierge that made your stay a memorable one.

We are all looking forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kindest regards,

Nils Axing
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Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is one of the best destination if you want to relaxon the beach or to enjoy agreat arabic food , do your hair ....

The only thing that should be more feasible is the service of the staff in some of the restaurestaurants there. But for sure not the lebanese ones.
The beach was crowded but everyone can find his own place to enjoy the sun.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Spent a great 5 days at the Fairmont in June while attending a conference. The hotel was fantastic, great views of the Grand Mosque. Really good pool with a great swim-up bar! the man made lock is a little strange to swim in and is extremely warm - almost hot actually. the bar prices are a little on the steep side but I guess this is the price you pay in a 5* hotel in the UAE. A place to visit and relax in.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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FairmontBabAlBahr, General Manager at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Dear BobbyDBexley_Kent,

Thank you very much for staying with us and taking the time to post your review. It brings us great pleasure to know that you had a great time during your conference at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr.

Our entire team is looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kindest regards,

Nils Axing
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

We spent a week at the Fairmont for a bit of 'winter sun' and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The hotel is really sleek and modern with well appointed, spacious and comfortable rooms. We opted for one of the 'creek view' rooms which offered us a marvellous view of the hotel grounds, the creek and the Grand Mosque.

The service at the hotel was great and all of the staff very friendly and happy to help, assisting us with restaurant bookings outside of the hotel and advising on tourist attractions. On one occasion the concierge even managed to get us a table at a restaurant that had claimed to be fully booked. It's also great that the hotel operates a shuttle bus service towards the city, which we took advantage of a couple of times to get around.

We tried out most (if not all) of the restaurants at the hotel (as well as a few in the souk down the road - it was great that there was so much choice in the area) and enjoyed all of the meals we had - particular highlights at the Fairmont were some of the Lebanese flavours at the Cedar Lounge, some of the Italian dishes at Frankies, and I know my husband enjoyed his steak & chips at Marco Pierre White. We also enjoyed several cocktails in the outdoors lounge bar, and delicious coffees, teas and sweet treats at the Chocolate Gallery.

The pool/beach area was nicely maintained and generally there was enough space (and enough sun loungers) for everybody except on Friday, when it was super busy. It was only a shame that the jet skiiers were so noisy, making the beach a less relaxing place to chill out.

The fitness facilities were not bad - the gym was a fair size and had the usual range of machines. It got very hot in there when the sun was pouring in, but otherwise a good facility to have.

The only thing that let this hotel down for me was that it didn't have a spa. I would have expected a hotel of this level of modernity and luxury to have one and was really surprised when I realised I clearly hadn't done my homework properly before booking! It wasn't the end of the world because there was a spa at a nearby hotel we could use but it's just a shame there wasn't one in the building.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

This is a good place to stay in Abu Dhabi for 1 or 2 nights, between the marina and the ferrari park and next to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque.
The room was large and clean with all the amenities. We stayed in the Gold section and felt it was worth the extra price for the lounge access (good selection for breakfast).

The staff was always helpful and gave us good tips to explore the city.
Nice pools and restaurants as well.

Room Tip: Gold section worth the price
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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FairmontBabAlBahr, General Manager at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Dear Georges_AS,

Greetings from Fairmont Bab Al Bahr!

Thank you very much for taking the time to share this positive review and recommendation. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Fairmont Gold and our entire team is looking forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kindest regards,

Nils Axing
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Property: 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 On the Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#10 Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#11 Family Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#17 Romantic Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#22 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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