This is a very good choice for Abu Dhabi. The service here was some of the best I've had at any hotel anywhere. Without exception, it was incredibly friendly and helpful. When we left, about 8 of the staff we'd dealt with, came out to say goodbye and wish us a good trip.
The location is great. It's a little bit out of the centre of town, but directly across the water from the Grand Mosque. It is great to swim in the infinity pool or lie on the private beach looking across at this magnificent building. (Again, the service here was exceptional. We had one guy come to clean our sunglasses saying it would be the deepest honour to clean them for us).
The breakfast buffet was one of the best we've had. Especially great was the mobile fresh juice and smoothy bar with unique combinations of flavours and ingredients - all of which were delicious.
We booked a Club Room. It was a little more expensive, but we got great value from the free food and alcoholic beverages every night. We ended up saving money on dinner by going each night.
Overall, a lovely hotel in a lovely location. Highly recommended. On our visit, we also stayed at Qasr al Sarab and Jumeirah Towers - both of which were also excellent, but Shangri-La was certainly up there with them in terms of service.
- 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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