Located about 10 mins from the airport away from Abu Dhabi, the Shangri-La is not actually on Abu Dhabi island but it is only 15 - 20mins drive to the cornice and center of Abu Dhabi.
This is the hotel we stayed in while in Abu Dhabi for the one night. A large lobby area with a nice sized seating area and a bar off to the side and the buffet restaurant down a staircase. There was also a large Christmas tree set up in the middle of the seating area, with real presents set up underneath it, the staff said any children in the hotel on Christmas will get a gift from the tree.
The design of the hotel was very ancient Arabia, with large wooden doors in the hallways and rooms and large lamps like fire torches either side of room doors. Yet still maintaining a modern feel. The rooms were really nice, lots of space. The bathroom area isn’t separated from the bedroom but can closed off with large floor to ceiling sliding doors.
Rooms all have a 32inch flat screen TV, from which you can check your room bill and look up the per minute call charges to various countries if you want to use the phone.
As the hotel is mainly a business hotel you will find a stationary set in the desk drawer also should you need it. We were on the ground floor and the rooms had a small terrace area with tables and chairs and direct access to a medium sized pool and then the beach also. The beach is nice and is right across the creek from Abu Dhabi island with a great view of the Royal Mosque.
There are about 4 construction projects which can be seen across the creek, while some noise can be heard from the beach it is not very loud and would not cause disturbance. There is an infinity pool also which seemed very nice, slightly elevated overlooking the creek. The hotel also has its own souk, although not a real one. Just a small shopping area designed after a souk (which means no haggling of prices either) which is good from gifts and souvenir shopping. There is a spa & hair salon area and also two gyms (one male one female).
Really enjoyed the stay here even though it was only the one night. There's also a river which runs through the hotel grounds with boats that allow guest to sail up and down it, try it, it's a nice little journey.
- 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