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Hotel Choice: Location

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Oldham, United...
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Hotel Choice: Location

The wife and i will be visiting Abu Dhabi in Feb 2014 and, as usual,can't decide on the hotel.

The main ones we are considering are: The Hilton, Traders, Fairmont, Sofitel, Shangri-La Hotel, and Beach Rotana.

Can anyone advise on the location of these hotels?.

As we don't normally eat in hotels (usually too expensive for our budget) ideally we would like to be in an area where there is a choice of reasonably priced restaurants within walking distance.

A decent swimming pool that gets the sun all day is also another of our preferences

All advice will be gratefully received, as will suggestions for any hotels we haven't yet considered

Cheers

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1. Re: Hotel Choice: Location

Unable to help with your specific question but you may be interested that British Airways holidays have some excellent deals in the Emirates Palace. We were extremely lucky as we had complimentary half board with a significant discount. May be interested in my recent trip report and photographs:-

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g294013-i3754-k5…

Enjoy!

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Thanks for your reply Welshtraveller111. The Palace is outside our budget but interesting report nevertheless.

cheers

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Your welcome. Have a great trip.

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I stayed at Traders hotel in February 2013 in a club room which was excellent value for money. Traders hotel is next to the Fairmont and the Shangri la hotel all just a short drive from the airport. Traders is the least expensive of all three hotels. During our stay the sun was on the pool for most of the day although it was not a very big swimming pool. We spent most of our day on the beach, although the sea was freezing! There is a souk next door to Traders hotel which is also attached to the Shangri la hotel, here you will find restaurants and a mini supermarket. The beach Rotana hotel is attached to a mall so if you did not want to eat in the hotels restaurants you could eat in the various dining places in the mall. I am visiting again in a few weeks to stay at the Sofitel and Etihad towers. On previous visits I have stayed at Emirates Palace on a half board deal which was excellent value and at Qasr al Sarab which is an amazing hotel.

Enjoy your trip

Oldham, United...
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Thanks for your reply kerryjack01, could i just ask you about the souk, is it "artificial" i.e. built by the hotels or a real one?

Also are the restaurants within the souk of reasonable quality and price?

enjoy your next trip.

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For hotels, the Hilton, the Sofitel and the Beach Rotana hotels are all in town which means you are able to walk to neighbourhood restaurants and therefore eat more cheaply - lots and lots of cafes, coffee shops and cheap and nice restaurants BUT you will not be able to get alcohol in any of these places. Alcohol is only available (in Abu Dhabi) in restaurants that are located inside hotels.

The beach for the Beach Rotana is small and now overlooked by Al Mariyah Island, but it is still a nice place to sit but not really with any view. The Sofitel is not on the beach but it is close to the Corniche and the Hilton has a good beach and pools but it gets busy, especially at weekends.

Traders, Shangri-La and Fairmont are all outside of the main downtown area - a taxi from say the Fairmont to downtown would be around 40AED each way. As mentioned by someone else, Traders is the four star option and Shangri-La and Fairmont are five star. They are all lovely hotels. The area near these hotels is more residential and there are a couple of local restaurants but not that many at all, although a Subway did just open and they do do delivery!! LOL.

Shangri-La - smallish pool with access to beach. Restaurants in the hotel are nice but pricey - French, Vietnamese, Chinese and buffet. Attached to the hotel is The Souk which is man made and not original, but is quite nice. There are cheaper options for food here and there is also a Starbucks etc. The Souk has some shops, a supermarket etc and also there is a spa here.

The Fairmont is about 2 minutes away by taxi and has a bigger pool (Olympic length but not Olympic width) and again is on the beach. The hotel has a few restaurants.

Not been to Traders, but it does share the same beach front as Fairmont and Shangri-La.

So I guess it depends if you would prefer to be in town and have access to those amenities, or if you would prefer to stay somewhere a little quieter but perhaps have to get a taxi into town to get food. Taxis are cheap and easy to get so getting around wouldn't be too difficult.

Hope this helps.

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From the airport as you drive into Abu Dhabi we have a cluster of hotel just before downtown Abu Dhabi which are Ritz Carlton Grand Canal, Fairmont, Traders, Shangri-la & the Souk. The recommend the Fairmont. Most restaurants are pricey in the hotel & the Souk since you are on budget. If you stay here The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is very close. You can even see the mosque from the beach of Fairmont. From this area if you drive 20 mins, there many restaurants & Malls in downtown Abu Dhabi which you can walk from the Hotel. Hotels in downtown area are Hilton Bayunah, Le Royal Meridian, Sheraton, Etihad Tower & Emirates Palace.

Edited: 30 July 2013, 09:59
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The Souk at Qaryat Al Beri (next to Shangri-La, Traders and Fairmont) has many restaurants including an Indian, Meat Co, Noodle House, Italian, Lebanese, etc. These are non-hotel restaurants but still not lowest budget (quite classy and some are licenced to serve alcohol such as Left Bank bar). This "souk" is not a traditional one (no such thing as a traditional souk in Abu Dhabi these days). Ritz Carlton Grand Canal is across the water and not the same area at all (certainly not walking distance like the other places are).

There are dozens of hotels in the downtown area. If you want to eat in food courts or really low cost "local" restaurants then somewhere like Beach Rotana (next to AD Mall) or Millennium Al Wahda (next to Al Wahda Mall) are better options.

Hilton is a good option close to Marina Mall (walkable in February) and a nice pool and beach. BTW Hilton Baynunah is closed.

Edited: 31 July 2013, 07:11
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Hi, We stayed at the Al Raha Beach Hotel in June for 11 nts, which is lovely and has quite a nice area too, it is though out of town about 20 min drive, we hired a car so was ok, also the hotel has a small shopping Mall attached which is useful for supermarket and some resturants. We did go in the Beach Rotana and it looks nice very busy though and as the other reply states the beach is not upto much now there, but you are in the heart of everythig and can walk to resturants. Have a great trip

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10. Re: Hotel Choice: Location

Thanks for your reply Tillybean17, nice detailed report.

I quite fancied the Hilton and the one who must be obeyed (wife) liked the look of the Fairmont.

Guess which one we have picked? correct: the Fairmont, but as you say we can always get a taxi downtown for an alternative.

Cheers for the info.