Just returned after spending a night at the Emirates Park Resort - we purchased a Groupon deal which was well worth it. It took us a while to find the place coming from Dubai - there were no signs leading up to the place until we nearly there. We managed thanks to GPS.
Check in was ok - staff look like they could do with a bit more training- Eventually we were given a standard chalet - 218. My first thought was if this was standard - i wonder what the deluxe would be like.
You have a large lounge area and a separate bedroom - with a very large bed - unfortunately the pillows were a bit hard for our liking- which was one of the few down sides for us. There is free wi-fi in the rooms which was fast. The rooms are clean as well. There is a tea/coffee making heater but no tea/coffee sachets !! - go figure. The washroom is small compared to the rest of the chalet but the water pressure excellent and no issues with hot water.
The rooms surround the Giraffe enclosure (though there were gazelles and zebra's as well) on the attached Emirates Park Zoo (see separate review). There is a restaurant right next to the zoo but that is one area the resort can improve on - limited options for breakfast and took a while to deliver - same with dinner - food was just average and service slow.
The chalets have direct access to the zoo - and would recommend an early morning and late evening walk around the zoo - this is the time we really got to see the animals alert and also less crowds.
These were minor areas the resort can improve on and it will just make the experience all the more enjoyable. Well worth a one night stay for families with kids and for adults with an interest in animals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Abu Dhabi, Emirates Park Resort comes with an attached zoo with large collection of animals. It offers air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony overlooking the zoo, cave or garden. It also features 7 coffee shops.All air-conditioned chalets at Emirates Park features printed wallpapers and tiled floors. Each chalet offers living room with a sofa, a flat-screen TV and a wardrobe. The kitchenette includes an electric kettle and kitchenware.Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet at the main restaurant with a huge assortment of continental dishes. The coffee shop serves fresh juices, light snacks and shisha. Room service is available 24 hours.The hotel is a 2-minute drive from the Formula One Public Assembly Point, and Ferrari World is 10 minutes by car. Abu Dhabi International Airport is a 20-minute drive. Free private parking is possible on site. ... more less
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