Stayed here to split up our journey home from Australia. Arrived at 8am and were delighted to be given an upgrade, allowing us to get a room immediately. This was typical of the general level of service which was excellent.
The hotel is one of the oldest in Abu dhabi and the rooms were a little dated though they were clean and the bed was extremely comfortable.
The pool area was accessed via an underpass - this was not an issue and this area was very good.
I ate at a couple of the restaurants which were ok, nothing brilliant but pricey for the standard. And this is where my issues begin:-
A 750ml bottle of water was over 30 dirhams when adding service charge and tourist tax.
Service charge - a personal pet hate no matter where I am in the world. As previously stated service could not be faulted, therefore, I don't mind it being added but why do they then ask for a tip on top.
On my first night I went to Hemingways, a bar in the hotel which shows live football. The bar was busy, mostly with Brits working in AD. The majority were friendly but one acted as if he owned the place, deciding what match should be shown on his 'personal' tv. I happened to be watching the game on said tv and objected to the changing of channel. Both the barman and myself were subjected to a foul mouthed tirade of abuse - ' who the f.. Was I and he spends f...... Money here every day. This language was repeated on several occasions - something which may be expected down the 'local' but not in a five star hotel. Why does management allow such an ignoramus in their property, I'm pretty sure he wasn't a resident.
Generally this hotel is best suited to the business traveller but I would look for an alternative if on holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on the vibrant Corniche, Abu Dhabi's prime beach location, the stylish Hilton Abu Dhabi hotel places you at the heart of the capital. Hiltonia, our beach club, fitness center and spa offers a spectacular beach, featuring 11,000 square meters of pristine white sand, three swimming pools, water slides, a relaxing spa, an indoor and outdoor whirlpool, a sauna, steam room, modern fitness center and a variety of water activities ranging from paddle boarding to power boat trips. The relaxing guest rooms at Hilton Abu Dhabi feature air conditioning, satellite TV, a seating area, work desk, mini-bar and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Select a Guest Room Sea View for spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf. Stay in an Executive Room for access to the Executive Lounge, which provides an exclusive check-in desk, complimentary in-room internet, breakfast and refreshments. Discover a selection of award-winning restaurants, lounges and bars at Hilton Abu Dhabi. Experience Italian dining at Bocca, international flavors at Vasco's, authentic Japanese cuisine at Toki, and soulful jazz at Jazz Bar and Dining. Hilton Abu Dhabi is a 10-minute drive from the city centre, 5-minute drive from Marina Mall, 7-minute drive from the Heritage Village and 20-minute drive from Sheikh Zayed Mosque. The hotel offers 24-hour room service, front desk service and complimentary on-site private parking. Complimentary WiFi is available in public areas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton International Abu Dhabi
- Abu Dhabi Hilton
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