We arrived mid-afternoon on 04 July for two nights. It’s difficult to fault anything in a Shangri-La hotel, and this new (late 2007) addition is no exception.
At check-in we were advised that there were no non-smoking rooms available for our reserved room class; we agreed to take a smoking room, and were immediately upgraded to a poolside executive room with private veranda and direct pool access. There was absolutely no tobacco odour in the room.
Earlier reviews have already described the splendid room design; the sole criticism we had was that by turning the desk to the wall, rather than protruding into the room, a small occasional table could easily have been added, which would have been considerably more cosy than sitting on opposite sides of the desk.
Services throughout were faultless; chargeable services, such as laundry, were pricey, but then one gets what one pays for. Nevertheless, it did cross my mind that buying new socks and underwear would have been a less expensive option.
The pool (one of five) was small but excellent, and poolside service was everything desired. Beach access was adjacent to the pool, and multi-jet showers were located next to the pool.
On the first evening we ate at “Hoi An”, offering Vietnamese cuisine. Our sole complaint was that the quantity served for the main course was greatly in excess of what either of us had expected or, indeed, could eat.
Breakfast was in the main restaurant, Sofra boulevard, and comprised an extensive buffet and eggs cooked to order.
For dinner on the second evening we selected “Pearls & Caviar”. Our Kir Royale were the most expensive I have ever experienced priced at AED 140 (USD 40) each – if vintage champagne was used then this was an unnecessary and untasted waste! My scallops carpaccio was exquisite, as was my main course risotto nero and lobster tail, although I found the waiter’s warning that this would be black to be somewhat condescending – if problems have been experienced with previous customers then surely a footnote to the menu would suffice. My companion had as a starter thinly sliced raw tuna with avocado, which was quite delicious, although as she told the Chef, the avocado was totally superfluous. Her main course was grilled Omani lobster with a lemon sauce. We were pleased that the Chef visited our table; it was instructive to discuss the meal with him.
On the final morning we took the complimentary hotel shuttle to join the 10:00 tour at the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque which we absolutely recommend. The driver collected us again at 11:30.
Needless to say, check-out, porterage and valet car parking were all smilingly efficient.
- 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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