We decided to have a weekend break and selected this hotel. As it was coming up to the weekend I selected on impulse and having not stayed at this group before thought I would give it a go. As we drove from Dubai to Abu Dhabi the lack of signage directing you here is breathtakingly sparse so much so that we found the hotel more by luck than judgement.
When we checked in on Thursday evening it would have been good if we had been told that the French Restaurant would be unavailable on the Friday night due to a Gala dinner as we would have selected that, however as we were unaware we went for the Chinese which it transpired was fully booked so instead went for the Vietnamese which was very good, but tonight we are stuck as its Vietnamese again or a buffet.The rooms are very good although getting to them can be a bit of a walk and going down instead of up in the elevator was a new experience. The breakfast is very poor and the selection minimal and asking staff 5 times for tea and coffee in a very empty breakfast room wore a little thin. The beach is very small however the constant drone of jet ski's and speed boats can get very irritating. The Hotel may well say this is beyond there control but when you want to relax its impossible to do. Getting a drink or food can also be a pain as there is no one around. The sun beds are also very uncomfortable. So in summing up its ok not great. I would'nt come back.
- 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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- Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi Hotel Abu Dhabi