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InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Ranked #21 of 129 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Surrey, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Clean, stylish and spacious grounds. Lovely beach area”
Reviewed November 28, 2009

I went to Abu Dhabi for business reasons and had this hotel booked for me as a favourite of a local. Whilst by June the temperature was soaring, I did manage to get out into the pool early one morning, and was fascinated by the bar in the swimming pool. A little disconcernting to be swimming past business men in their breakfast meetings however. The hotel reception and bar are equally good meeting places. My only tip would be to wear warm clothes to breakfast as the air-conditionning is fierce.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled on business
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Barcelona
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Reviewed October 13, 2009

I usually trael to this area and Interncontinental Hotel has ben an excllent experience. The hotel is excellently located, the service is excellent, molre close to a 7 star hotel. The ambient int he common areas is relaxed, elegant and cozy. It has many services for the traveller, the different restaurants is another reason to visiti it. Its restaurant The Yatch Club, in a lovely marina made me feel in Côte d'Axur. Excellent experience that I strongly recommend.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
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Thank Maria Carme
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London
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2009

Nearly killed myself because of a defectuous toilet seat ! how can staff let this happen ? You cannot rent an intercontinental room with this basic detail going wrong ! one it's unpleasant and second it can turn up to be very dangerous. (I can see you laughing at the back ;-) )

Bar staff had an attitude and kept on moaning and grumbling between themselves.
The fish Market restaurant needs some refurbishment IMHO.

Now the most annoying : I specified that I would checkout at 12h00 sharp. I put a do not disturb on my door and on the phone console. Missed a call at 10h50 that I believe is from reception (they deny) and while taking my shower/shaving some staff banged on the door several times maybe fearing I would clear the room at 12h01.... was no in a mood to shout on anyone so ignored this banging hoping that someone would gain reason meanwhile and continued my slow calm wake up routine.

forgot to mention that the remote was out of order.

Now the pro's :
Pool staff was great and the cool box is a brilliant Idea. Reception staff was helpful

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
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1 Thank mmarco1974
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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Reviewed September 9, 2009

Although very popular with business users this hotel is great for tourists. The staff are helpful, courteous, friendly and efficient. There are a variety of restaurants, a bit on the pricey side but good value for money. We stayed for 7 nights and thoroughly enjoyed it. The Chamas restaurant is a must at least once during your trip but don't eat for a while when visiting as the portions are gargantuan. The only down side of the hotel is the beach which is being reduced by land reclamation nearby but even considering that, it is very pleasant and peaceful. The location is only a short taxi journey away from the town centre and is easily reached (fare around 7-10 dirhams, or 20 dirhams by limousine). All in all this is a fine well run hotel with pleasant comfortable rooms and friendly staff.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank meekin
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Toronto
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79 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2009

I’ve stayed in this hotel almost every year for 15 years. The reception staff varies; some are knowledgeable and helpful while others need more training. The rooms were re-done a couple of years ago. They are quite stylish and comfortable with good closet space, good A/C, and great bathrooms. Housekeeping keeps the rooms in great shape. There are several restaurants and bars to suit most travelers’ needs, and the staff are good. Breakfast is great. There is also a very good gym with a variety of free weights and machines as well as squash and tennis courts. The hotel had a very nice stretch of beach, but land fill activity just off shore has made it less attractive. But, there is also a nice pool and large pool deck with great views out over the Gulf. The hotel is somewhat isolated on the edge of “downtown”, but there are lots of cheap taxis, or more expensive Audi taxis, and it’s a nice walk through the parks to the Corniche.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled on business
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2 Thank TOCDNTRAVELER
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Australia
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2009

Our flight arrived very early and we were prepared to wait until our room was ready. This wasnt necessary as the staff went out of their way to make it available. very much appreciated after a l4 hour flight.

The pool made the hot weather bearable and the pool staff were always efficient and friendly.

Nothing was a problem and recommendations for restaurants and sight seeing were invaluable.
We are stopping over again on our way back to Australia and do not regret re booking this hotel and are looking forward to it.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
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2 Thank ObrienAustralia
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2009

Have just returned from 1 week at the Intercontinental and from my experience we could not find any faults at all and we have stayed at many 4 and 5 star hotels all over the world.
Our room was large and comforable and the a/c worked fine. The TV and radio worked and the minibar was always well stocked. The bathroom was spotless and always full of clean towels.
The pool was glorious and and pool guys so very attentive as were every single member of staff we encountered. However on listening to how some of the guests spoke to the staff I am not surprised they received the cold shoulder or a negative response, it was disgraceful the way they were spoken to sometimes. It doesnt hurt to be courteous and polite, we try to be and without fail always get a positive response.
The restaurants were fabulous, especially Chamas which was my favourite! Great food and unlimited Caipurinos, heaven!
Yes the drinks are a little expensive but I think this is to be expected in a hotel of this standard but the food we found to be very good value for money.
The free shuttle to Marina Mall is a bonus and the Concierge were very helpful in booking trips and taxis.
So all in all a great holiday and I would go back there is a heartbeat.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank jackielear
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ICAUHPR, Dirctor of PR & Communications at InterContinental Abu Dhabi, responded to this review, August 10, 2009
Thanks you very much for your kind words. Your comments were shared by the colleagues at the hotel.

We all look forward to welcome you again at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi.

Best regards
Reema Baroudi
Director of PR & Communications
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Additional Information about InterContinental Abu Dhabi

Property: InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Address: Abu Dhabi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St | King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, Abu Dhabi 4171, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number:
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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#12 Spa Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#21 Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#22 Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#23 Family Hotel in Abu Dhabi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — InterContinental Abu Dhabi 5*
Number of rooms: 390
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
InterContinental Abu Dhabi is perfectly situated on the beach and less than 10 minutes from bustling downtown and the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Centre. Heritage Village, the Cultural Foundation and Lulu Island are also close by. For a unique shopping experience, the Gold Souk (market) is a must while the Marina and Abu Dhabi Malls offer more contemporary alternatives. The hotel concierge can arrange a 4x4 desert safari for those looking for adventure. Our Bayshore Beach Club offers the beast recreiation facilities, 300 meters white sandy beach, an adult pool with a wish up bar, a children's splash pool with a slide and a shaded children's pool. The Bayshore Beach area also includes a beach bar and a restaurant offering delicoius snacks and drinks. Guests can also continue to enjoy our outdoor pool located on the 3rd floor of the main hotel building. ... more   less 
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