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Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
Ranked #15 of 128 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
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Cotswolds, United Kingdom
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152 reviews
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“Excellent first night stay”
Reviewed April 15, 2012

My wife and I stayed here on the first night of our recent visit to Abu Dhabi to see our son who is working there for six months. He recommended it as it is not too far from the airport where we were arriving late. We had a wonderful welcome and were shown straight to our room (444) which has a lovely balcony overlooking the grounds of the hotel. Our son had arranged a bottle of champagne for us on arrival and this was waiting for us. He then arrived so we sat on the balcony sipping chilled champagne and eating strawberries and cream. The girl who showed us to our room could not have been more welcoming.

We decided to dine outside at Hoi Ann, the Vietnamese restaurant, which was very good indeed. Our son said it was the best meal he had had in Abu Dhabi. We then had breakfast in our room as we were leaving that morning to go to the Qasr al Sarab Hotel in the desert. We therefore only had a very short stay at the Shangri La but it could not have been bettered.

Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Doha, Qatar
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

I enjoy my stay at the hotel, the food in room dinning was Excellent and they deliver it on time.
the bathroom space and the room according to the price matchable.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

just returned from shangrila abu dhabi. first of all would like to say we were a little aprehensive regarding the location of the hotel but the hotel surroundings ,rooms and personal touches from all of the staff totally outweighed the location dilemma. upon arrival greeted by doorman dressed in full arabic uniform showed into grand reception area greeted again by two asian door ladies full of smiles. first impressions last and this was a wonderfull first impression. arrived 5 hours earlier than check in but was looked after by the service manager marianna who was very friendly and made you feel at ease straight away. she gave us a temporary room to shower and relax then provided our pre booked room an hour earlier than expected. from start to finish the staff were really friendly and personable towards us from the lifeguards to the managers of the hotel. the property is grand and the rooms are beautiful (premium room was much larger than standard room) all in all we would most definately stay at this hotel again on returning to abu dhabi. last note we travelled with our 6 year old daughter ,being no childrens club at the hotel dont let this put you off because they do cater for children in a small capacity which was enough for us. excellent hotel

Room Tip: premium room on right hand side of hotel has better view
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2012

On the whole this is a great hotel. We stayed for 7 nights in Abu Dhabi as an alternative to Dubai which continues to look like a building site.

Positives:

Excellent food. Well appointed spacious rooms with nice balconies. Very good attentive house keeping. Friendly staff.

Negatives:

Not sure that the beach is what you would expect. I've always considered a beach to be by the sea. The beaches at the Shangri-la are on a river bank! The two main pools by the hotel can get very crowded with little privacy (the sun loungers are placed all around the pool so you feel that you are being continually watched by someone).

The service at the buffet (both breakfast and in the evening) can be erratic and inconsistent. The staff are very friendly but don't appear to have set areas. Consequently you can be forgotten or subject to several waiters at any one time.

The food in the evening buffet is excellent (although it is expensive at 226 AED per person) but none of the dishes are labelled. Therefore you don't always know what you have selected (particulary the case with the numerous curry dishes). You could ask one of the many chefs but they are often too occupied when the buffet is busy. Descriptions by the food would improve the buffet considerably.

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There are two other swimming pools just past the souk (3 minute walk from the Hotel). These are almost deserted and are much more enjoyable.

Easily missed (only evident by an unattractive 1980's fridge display) is the barbecue by the side of the main hotel pool. Excellent food and service here.

In the souk, there is a small very well equipped supermarket. Great for buying some rolls and cheese and having lunch on the balcony of your room (and considerably cheaper than having lunch in the hotel).

Room Tip: The balcony rooms offer more privacy than those on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed March 29, 2012

Excellent hotel. The staff shows a lot of hospitality in order to create the real Shangri-La feeling for you in Abu Dabhi. The Premier King room is very comfortabel and room with much space in a semi arabic style.The cleaning of the room is execellent.is
The breakfast is not cheap but a winner with a wide range of food.. Very good with a kind staff in morining.

A minus with the balconydoor open is the noise from the roadtraffic across the bridge and from the airtraffic. Sometimes the music from the Pearls and Caviarclub is more than acceptable.

The distance to Abu Dhabicity is more than expected. It takes a 20 minutes taxidrive tl get in
the center of Abu Dhabi but the taxicosts are surpisingly very moderate.

The view to the Grand Mosque is amazing.

A loungechair at the pool is overpriced but the view to the Grand Mosque compensates a lot.

Eating outside at the pool requires a lot of patience. The service collapsed completly. Long waiting for drinks and food. Cold food in the end. Nerving. Where is the manager?.
Wednesdayevening when is buffetday it is better the avoid the restaurant. Complete chaos.

However the overall conclusion is try the Shangri-La in Abu Dhabi. You won't regret.

Room Tip: A premier king room is value for money at its best. Third floor is very quiet.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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London
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134 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2012

Stayed here for two nights in February on the way out to Australia and another two on the way back. What a fabulous place. Rooms are excellent and very clean and the food is amazing. Hot or cold buffet for all three daily meals with so much choice it's really difficult to decide. The staff are probably the best of any hotel I've ever stayed at. Friendly, happy and can't do enough for you. Really delightful people. The hotel is just over the water from the Grand Mosque and a visit to it is not to be missed. One of the most stunning buildings in the world. The hotel even provides free transport there and back. An experience not to be missed.

Room Tip: Higher floors have the best views of the mosque. All have private balconies and are very quiet.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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London
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2012

Great hotel for families, vacation and business. Incredibly polite staff. The Choice of restaurants is exceptional and the quality of the food very good. All round worth while staying at.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

Property: Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
Address: Qaryat Al Beri Complex | Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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 Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#2 Family Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#8 Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#10 Spa Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#15 Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi 5*
Number of rooms: 213
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on a one-kilometre stretch of private beach overlooking the strait that separates Abu Dhabi Island from the mainland, the hotel is situated ten minutes drive from the city's international airport, five minutes from the golf course and the new Convention Centre and 15 minutes from the Corniche and the city centre. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, features 213 luxurious rooms and suites, all furnished to the highest standards in a modern Arabic style. Each room also has a balcony or a terrace providing an ideal setting for viewing striking ocean sunsets and traditional Arabic domes and minarets. Accommodation choices also include six spectacular villas comprising four bedrooms and a private swimming pool. Regarded as an ideal hotel in Abu Dhabi for longer stays, the Shangri-La Residences include 161 spacious serviced apartments ranging from studios to four-bedroom units.The 8.5 Hectare hotel complex provides a wide range of facilities and services for the discerning traveller. These include the signature CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, and a dedicated well-being zone comprising two gymnasiums, a swimming pool and a yoga room. In addition, there are four swimming pools within the grounds. The Souk traditional Arabian market built in a modern setting offers a variety of shops under one roof which are connected by a waterway featuring Arabic gondolas, or abras, which slowly meander through this unique architecture lush garden scenery. Supreme waterfront lifestyle enhanced with Shangri-La hospitality. Designed with luxury and comfort in mind, the Shangri-La Residences has all the features of the hotel at their doorstep. ... more   less 
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