The Formula 1 weekend has just finished and I had decided to visit YAS Island for a 3 day stay. After two nights I have found out that YAS is great if you're visiting the F1 circuit, Ferrari World or a concert at the YAS Arena, but not so much for visiting anything else... On top of that the circuit is closed for the public at the moment because all the teams are testing the new Pirelli tires for the new season...
Having said that: the hotel itself is wonderful! It has a great pool area and a squash court. The hotel doesn't have a SPA, but nearby hotels (Radisson Blu and Rotana, both a 2 minute walk away) have good SPAs. The hotel does have a salon, but I haven't and won't be using this facility.
Check-in: as I checked in during a holiday (Eid al Adha) the hotel was fully packed and that showed at the check-in desk. The elite desk had been transformed into a check-out desk and therefore there was no desk for gold- and platinum members. After quite a long wait, the rest of the check-in process went smooth and was dealt with in a matter of minutes. The check-in agent was friendly and efficient and asked if any help was needed with any luggage.
Rooms: being a platinum Priority Club member and despite the fact that the hotel was fully booked, my room was upgraded from a superior to a club room that included lounge access which was a pleasant and welcome surprise (room upgrades are usually only given based on availability).
The rooms are quite new have a balcony with a small seating area. The size of the rooms were decent and the bedding was excellent. Upon arrival a complementary fruit basket was delivered to the room with some chocolate dates on the side. Internet is free throughout the hotel and you can connect by WiFi.
On this trip I get the feeling that Crowne Plaza is taking better care of Priority Club elite members than its more luxurious sister hotel Intercontinental...
The bathroom is stylish and has a bath tub /shower combination; the bath tub does get very slippery and the positioning of the shower head makes for an inconvenient shower as I was constantly struggling not to slip... Maybe a anti slip mat would be a simple solution to the problem...
Furthermore there is a squash court in the hotel, and as I was traveling by myself and did not have a squash partner, one of the staff offered to play a game with me... Lost with 2 games to 0, but had a great work out! ;-) Fortunately there were some other guests who were willing to play and gave me an opportunity to win a few games... :-)
Breakfast was included due to the upgrade and could be taken in either the club lounge or the restaurant downstairs. Yesterday I had my breakfast in the lounge, I might just check breakfast in the lounge today. Breakfast in the restaurant was average to good with a decent selection of breads, omelets to order and the usual scrambled eggs, sausages and (beef /veal) bacon. There was also a selection of waffles, pancakes and french toast and a selection of healthy options.
The lounge is a mainly 'serviced lounge' which means that drinks were served; there was no fridge with soft drinks or juice dispensers. "Afternoon tea" had a selection of croissants, danish pastries and donuts and some fruits and nuts while the evening snacks were a selection of chicken nuggets, fish fingers, Arabic beef snacks, and more which were all very tasty. The lounge attendant was most helpful and very attentive. The lounge closes at 10pm but there's no alcohol and /or food after 8pm.
Restaurants: there's nothing in the area other than other hotels and the racing track, Ferrari World and the Yas Arena, so be prepared to either travel a long way into town or to eat in one of the hotel's restaurants. I had dinner in Barouk, which serves Arabic style food. A mixed grill + fries + 1 small bottle of water puts the bill to 120AED. Quality of the food was excellent and the service in the restaurants was average to okay. I traveled into town for today's dinner and might just eat indoors tomorrow; there's plenty of choice if you're prepared to pay the price (in comparison: a meal at a local restaurant costs 120AED for 3 persons!)...
Despite the crowds I feel that all staff in general are attentive and courteous and although it does take a while for requests to be responded to (it took 30+ minutes to get something simple delivered to the room; not room service) they do cope well with a full house.
If you need to be on YAS Island then this hotel is highly recommended otherwise check out the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi (Hamdan Street) or the Intercontinental near the Emirates Palace!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fuse business with leisure at the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island hotel, located in the UAE's electrifying sports and entertainment hub.Leave your car with our complimentary valet and enter the vibrant Lobby at Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island, with its deep blue, turquoise and gold design. Relax in the lavish spherical booths hanging from the high ceiling. A vista of verdant mangroves stretches out from our 24-hour Lobby lounge, or you can head to your room or Suite for a soothing rest in our luxury bedding.Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island is next to Yas Links golf course and minutes' walk to both Yas Marina Circuit, home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi theme park. You're 10 minutes' drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport, while our complimentary shuttle wings you to city-centre souks and shopping malls in 20 minutes.With 10 meeting rooms and a wealth of dining options, our hotel is primed for business and banquets. The Kids' Club will entertain the children while you energise in our Fitness Centre or squash court. Swim up to Sundowner bar for a cocktail in our pool as the sun sinks into the Gulf.Your Concierge can book tickets for Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre's year-round events calendar. Join us for gourmet dining during the Grand Prix and be sure to treat Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island as your second home. ... more less
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