The setting: I chose this hotel because I wanted to stay closer to the city center, in a new, comfortable property, with beach access. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is a new deluxe property; it is one of five towers in a complex which includes office and residential towers. The hotel looks fresh and stylish. It is well adorned with numerous restaurants, a state of the art gym and spa and a lovely pool area with what seems to be a man-made beach. The beach is on the smaller side and the sand is not granular or soft; the water of the gulf is fresh and cool, whereas the pools were like a lukewarm bath. The lobby is impressive, and well adorned. There are smoking and non-smoking areas and plenty of seating to have drinks or tea. There is a nice bar on the sixty second floor. Locals and tourists frequent the public areas of the hotel.
The rooms: We had a regular tower room and a deluxe room. The difference was the size, with the deluxe having a slightly larger bedroom and a much larger bathroom with a stylish bath tub. Both rooms were extremely well appointed. The high tech climate control and extensive television channels were a plus. The amenities included samples of products from the spa, deluxe sets of bath/hair products, excellent tea varieties, espresso cartridges and plenty of complimentary water. The bedding was plush and made sleeping luxurious. Each night, tasty, turtle shaped chocolates of different varieties were delivered to the room as well as nice fruit platters. Internet here is complimentary, but is frustratingly slow pool side, but of decent speed in the lobby and up in the rooms. It is a shame that a premier hotel in UAE, a first rate, modern destination has developing world internet speeds. This is the only thing this hotel should correct.
The food: There is a generous breakfast buffet for @ US $40/person, with continental, Middle Eastern and Asian options. There is no point in booking a room with breakfast included if you are staying alone, as the difference in rates between a room without and with breakfast reflects an extra charge of @ US $80/night; you end up paying for breakfast for two people in that case. If you are staying at the hotel on Fridays, don’t miss brunch. Reserve a table for brunch in advance, in order to sit outdoors. I would recommend requesting an outdoor table away from the pool, as you will be eating besides hotel guests who enter and exit the pool your entire meal. Brunch is an extraordinary affair here, with a massive selection of cheeses, smoked fish, oysters, sushi, salads grilled meats and seafood, pasta and desserts. At @ US 65/person, skip breakfast and hold out for brunch. If I am not mistaken, brunch is also offered on Saturdays, as the UAE weekend is Friday and Saturday. The hotel has at least six restaurants to choose from. BICE is a solid option for quality Italian and Scott’s is a delectable seafood restaurant, well worth a visit.
All in all, Jumeirah Hotel at Eithad Option is by far the best option in terms of price, value for your money, amenities/comfort level, beach/pool access and restaurant options on site. The regular rooms are a bit on the smaller side, furnished with queen-size instead of king-size beds at the most economical price point. Don’t let this be a deterrent; this is an incredible property!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jumeirah at Etihad Towers - experience contemporary luxury with genuine hospitality and personalized service in a setting of spectacular design and dramatic architecture in Abu Dhabi's premier location; the Corniche. Enjoy a range of exceptional leisure options, unwind in one of the design-led rooms, suites, and serviced residences, be impressed by unique venues for social events including outstanding conference and meeting facilities, and discover unparalleled culinary experiences. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jumeirah At Etihad Towers Hotel Abu Dhabi