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Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
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Reviewed December 15, 2011

First of all I should start by saying there is nothing wrong with this hotel, it is newish but traditional whereas my husband and I prefer modern boutique. We upgraded from an executive garden room to a premier room at a special cost of approximately £30 per night. We were told this end of the hotel (south) had the use of a private beach and we could literally walk from the room to this beach - this clinched the deal, unfortunately, the beach was closed for the whole of our stay and when we checked out we said we were disappointed we could not use this beach only to be told that it was not, in fact, a private beach - any case, after some discussion, the hotel graciously agreed to waive the additional nightly charge.

Sometimes you read other peoples' reviews and you think did we stay at the same place. One reviewer refers to a splendid beach - no way, there is a small beach which is approximately half a kilometer in length, faces the mosque and building works across a strait of water with bridges at each end. There is a small area sectioned off for swimming - the hotel had a low occupancy during our stay and there were probably only 6-8 people on the beach, during high occupancy I can imagine everyone would be packed in like sardines. There is an infinity pool and another small pool up from the beach which seemed to be permanently in shade. I don't know where the beautiful grounds were, we didn't see them. Traders Hotel which is the other side of the souk is owned by the Shangri and you can use the beach there, we didn't bother to investigate. The closed beach has a bigger swimming area and again is not big and is much nearer to one of the bridges so you can watch the traffic go by.

The staff are charming and helpful and the buffet breakfasts (approx £50 per couple) are varied and plentiful but be warned for the sleepyheads it closes at 10.30 am sharp.

My husband had 3 or 4 treatments at the Chi Spa which he said were very good but at a £100 (cheapest) per hour they should be. The gym was small and you could only use the steam/sauna if a treatment had been booked.

We didn't eat at the hotel but ate at the Yas, Fairmont, Ushna and Sho Cho in the souk, see reviews.

You can get around easily by taxis which are modern, clean and cheap but really there is not a lot to do. We went to the Marina Mall which is awful, we checked out Ferrari World but had been told it was not worth the entrance price of £50 per head, huge queues to get tickets, some of the attractions were closed and frankly who wants a virtual tour of the factory to see how a ferrari is made unless, of course, you own a ferrari I guess. The Mosque, largest in Abu Dahbi, across from the hotel has a free guided tour, we didn't get to do that but it is apparently worth a visit - not sure if women are allowed, check out first.

Abu Dhabi is definitely Dubai's country cousin, it doesn't have the buzz of Dubai (haven't been post crash) and the hotels are for the most part set up for business. When we walked into the Shangri La my husband said it felt like many hotels he had stayed in on business, the leisure hotels haven't arrived yet it would seem.

By day 3 we thoroughly bored, the weather wasn't brilliant and it was quite chilly in the evenings - I think 2 days on the way to or from somewhere else would be enough.

The souk nextdoor doesn't have much to commend it, there is a selection of restaurants, shops selling dates, strong perfumes, arab dress etc but there is a Starbucks and I mention this because the coffee in the hotel is not good.

Would we go back to this hotel, no, would we go back to A.D, no. I would say that the position of the hotel is a big plus and not overrun by building works - if you visit the Emirates Palace it is the middle of a huge construction area, dusty and noisy.

I ought to say that the premier room was very spacious with a small office area, walk in changing area, big bathroom.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank shoegirlat44
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Reviewed December 11, 2011

We arrived at 8am after an overnight flight and were given a complimentary early check in and were in our room by 9am. The hotel has beautiful grounds and the staff can not do enough for you but are not in your face. The standard room is more than adequate, spacious with everything you could want. We had breakfast on our balcony daily and this was beautiful and the service was efficient. We had lunch in Sofra on a couple of occasions and the food was beautiful (large portions). We also ate in Pearls & Cavier one evening. This was a treat but was well worth it.
Free shuttle bus is useful but takes a long time to get to the Marina. We used it on our first trip out and it gave us some idea of where everything was. Taxi's however are not expensive and it is easy to eat in central Abu Dhabi whilst staying here.
We requested a late check out and was given a compimentary extension until 3PM and informed that we could use the facilities in the spa which was perfect.
Can not fault this hotel and would return in ever back in Abu Dhabi.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank cdbridge01
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Reviewed December 5, 2011

Very high standards, some of the best food we have had anywhere, great location, staff incredibly helpful and knowlable, rooms well above the usual standard of this fantastic chain. We were upgraded to a suite, which looked straight over the water to the most amazing mosque in the World. The suite was spacious, spotless and service was terrific. The front desk staff will give you all the best tips to get most out of your stay. The meal we had in the French retsaurant was one of the best ever, with food, service and ambience to die for. The front desk staff will aid you with all the best there is to see and explain how to get into places and areas which you thought would not be possible. This was our final stay following a two week tour of India and it was the perfect place to relax, eat well and sightsee if you wanted it. We can thougherly reccomend a stay here.

Room Tip: The suite upgrade is well worth it, if you want complete relaxation and pampering.
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 5, 2011

Truly outstanding hotel in every respect. This was a business trip combined with a couple of days R&R tagged on at the beginning. You could not ask for better in an Hotel/Spa complex and the staff were just the best we have ever encountered. While I was missing for work for 2 days they could not have been bettered in terms of the way my wife was treated. This is a 5 Star hotel which more than lives up to rating. The Hotel was busy as our visit started with the New Year celebrations and ended with the 40th anniversary of the founding of the UAE state but everything was flawless throughout the stay.

Room Tip: Restaurants in the adjoining Souk offer very good value for money if you want to eat off the property. Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi is very disappointing unless you simply cannot do without the UK High Street brands for a few days. Dont miss the visit to the Mosque and time your visit to get on one of the guided tours. Charming and educating.
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled on business
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1  Thank Patrick K
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

Just got back from 5 nights at the Shangri-La in AD. For a winter break, we would recommend highly - temperatures circa 25 degrees C and not at all humid. A low rise hotel with great views of the Mosque across the water.Rooms well appointed and hotel not particularly busy immediately post Grand Prix but service still first rate from initial check in through to check out. Would recommend the international buffet lunch on Fridays (not big fans of such buffets but this was exceptional) as well as the Pearls & Caviar restaurant over the water with its superb rooftop bar. The infinity pool was never busy and sunbeds freely available either near to one of the pools or on the beach. Staff were polite, courteous and efficient. The free one hour Mosque tour also worth doing if you want a break from chilling out as is venturing downtown to experience the high rise part of the city...walking along the Corniche is a good way to do this. We will definitely return....

Room Tip: Ask for a view of the Mosque
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank MRGSG
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