If you are looking for a hotel in Abu Dhabi with great beach and pool facilities, then the Hilton is a great choice. With 2 decent sized pools (unshaded by neighbouring buildings), and private beach access with watersports - you couldn't ask for more. These are accessed via an underpass to cross the main Corniche road - at most a 10 minute walk.
However, that's where the positives end. The hotel itself is tired (photos in reception suggest it was first built in the 70's). For a supposed 5 star hotel, the rooms are distinctly average, with the "spectacular view of the gulf" in reality being a 1m wide window. Enamel was chipping off the bathtub, water pressure was poor and with significant temperature fluctuations. Decorative condition was okay, but nothing to write home about.
Although there is wireless access throughout the hotel - in the rooms it is chargeable, and in common areas access is rationed out in 1 hour chunks via access codes from reception. Speed was poor and service availability flaky, and reception staff could not have cared less.
None of these downsides are things which would spoil a holiday, but when you've paid for a 5 start hotel - they leave you with the feeling you could have got a better deal elsewhere.
Staff were generally good, in particular Yesu who gave us some great advice on where to buy good quality saffron - drawing us a map, putting us in a can and making sure the driver knew where to take us.
So all in all - if your priority is beach and pool access, this is a great choice. If you want a real 5 star experience - there are better options available.
- 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
- Hilton Hotel Abu Dhabi