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Ibis Abu Dhabi Gate
Ranked #57 of 127 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
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“Near to airport and mosque but nothing else around!”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

I had a one night stopover in Abu Dhabi on the way from UK to Australia. I booked this hotel before it had opened and got a cheap deal with breakfast (USD75) and they gave me a late checkout on a complimentary basis. As the previous review states, taxi drivers do not know it - I had a print out of the name, address and a google map, but they were still confused. In the end, I directed them which is ironic since I have only been to AD once before!! So have a clear map printed out.

I arrived at 2am and the reception was busy - only one person on duty. Once I was served, he was polite, but I did have to clarify that I had been offered a late checkout. Later on, I was called in my room at 2pm asking why I had not checked out; I again confirmed that the manager had arranged late checkout. And finally this was again questionned on checkout - so the service was a bit patchy; why didn't they check notes before disturbing me.

The hotel is in the middle of nowhere. As the weather was cooler, I walked to the Grand Mosque (1 hour) and taxied back. You could take a taxi to the Corniche. They do not have an airport shuttle, but taxis are cheap here - the airport is close and about USD 8 cost. If you want shops and restaurants close by don't stay here - it is in an area without anything but houses and a petrol station.

My room was a typical ibis room - comfortable and functional, but not luxury (you get what you pay for). The shower was good with strong water pressure. The TV was small and not many English channels (lots in Arabic as you would expect). I was disappointed by breakfast - pretty average selection.

The pool is shared with the sister Novotel next door; I was told that I would have to pay AED 50 to use the pool - this seems odd as I have never stayed anywhere where in-house guests pay to use the pool.

There is free wifi that worked well throughout the hotel.

Overall, I was happy with my stay, but I was only there for a night and have been to Abu Dhabi before - I recommend this for a cheap stopover, but if you want to explore and stay longer, I think an option nearer the centre would suit better.

Room Tip: Ask for high floor as you will get a view over houses which were interesting.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

First things first, the hotel just opened so taxi drivers have no idea where it is. After an hour long ride from the airport, we finally lucked into finding the place by just driving around the "gate area" of the city. So if you are staying here, get a map printed before getting on a plane.

The hotel is a budget, no frills sort of establishment that is just what I needed. Check in was very fast and the room was comfortable with a very good bed and great pillows. The room was small, but not too much so. Great breakfast buffet (it is on the 2nd floor).

According to the front desk, they share a gym and pool with a the attached hotel, but I didn't have time to see it.

So if you are going to be in town for a day or two and need a quick, cheap, nice place to stay, then this is the place for you.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Property: Ibis Abu Dhabi Gate
Address: 34 St, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Abu Dhabi > Abu Dhabi
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #57 of 127 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
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Hotel Class:3 star — Ibis Abu Dhabi Gate 3*
Number of rooms: 294
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 3-star Ibis Abu Dhabi Gate Hotel is ideally located at the end of the creek between Abu Dhabi Gate City and Bain Al Jessrain in Al Maqta area. Ibis Abu Dhabi Gate hotel is perfect for both business and leisure. ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre) and Abu Dhabi Airport are just 15 minutes away while Yas Water World and Ferrari World are just 20 minutes away. Free high speed Wi-Fi is provided in all public areas and rooms. Featuring 252 individually decorated, modern, spacious and comfortable standard rooms and 42 one bedroom apartments with kitchen facilities, 24-hour room service and safety deposit boxes. For entertainment each room is fitted with a flat-screen LCD TV with satellite channels. Guests can enjoy an eclectic dining experience at Belgian Cafe, a modern yet traditional Italian journey in Gabbiano Italian Restaurant and 24 hour service in Fusion lounge. Wok & Co Restaurant serves an extensive quality breakfast buffet from 06:30am - 10:30am every day. For lunch you can enjoy an extensive international buffet and an Indian dining experience for dinner in Horizon Restaurant Access to the outdoor swimming pool on the 2nd floor with children's pool, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Moroccan bath, Steam room and spa are also available at the attached hotel for an additional fee. Abu Dhabi International Airport is a 15 minutes' drive from the property. Complimentary valet parking and self-parking are available on site. ... more   less 
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