We REALLY enjoyed ourselves (husband, me, and our 3 boys ages 7, 5, and 3)....just drove from Dubai for the weekend to Abu Dhabi. Service was above and beyond our expectations (everyone was acommodating....even if we wanted something that wasn't on the menu, they would try their best to oblige, etc). Staff VERY friendly, and we really notice and appreciate good service when we see it.
The rooms were FANTASTIC (big and beautifully decored...the bathrooms were super nice, too), and we had a wonderful view of the mosque. We had 2 adjoining rooms, although it was basically one entrance with 2 proper room doors, So as long as you close the main door, you could have both room doors open to eachother, or close them for added privacy, if you like. We loved that feature.
The kids loved the boat ride through the canal to the other parts of the hotel, and the Traders had a great play park that even us parents got to play around in!
The beach was so nice and crystaline, and some of the loungers are on the grass close to the water, which was really pretty and very practical. The weather (early Feb) was too cool for swimming, but we still enjoyed ourselves very much in the breeze and sunshine.
One thing that bothered us a bit was the loud music at night coming from the nightclub...we could here it even with the balcony door shut (did I mention the balcony was so charming?!), but it was probably because we were close to the disco, or because it was the weekend. Not loud enough to put us off from the hotel!! Oh no!
Breakfast buffet had everything under the sun....and everything was delicious. Our kids especially loved the waffles and pancakes with all their yummy toppings :)
We thought the hotel was quiet and peaceful...didn't even notice the highway (as the other reader said), and only heard/saw one army plane. We are very much looking forward to staying there again next time we go to Abu Dhabi :) Really, it was a pleasure!
- 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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