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Abu Dhabi Airport Hotel
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Horrible but convenient”
Reviewed 23 December 2011

There is really nothing special about this tired, nasty hotel except for its convenient location in the Abu Dhabi airport. You may be so tired upon your arrival here that you do not mind but the rooms are quite depressing and unpleasantly decorated, so hopefully you will not do anything but sleep and shower here. The beds are not particularly comfortable and the common areas are faily ugly and institutional. The place seemed only moderately clean - there was a long hair on the floor in the bathroom when we arrived which I really found gross. The bathrooms themselves need a revamp - they look like they were put in in the early 90s. If you need to stay longer than several hours, stay in a proper hotel because this place is fairly depressing to spend time in.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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8 Thank William M
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Mssunshine12
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60 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2011

Facing a 15 hour transit after a mammoth 14 hour flight from Sydney, I was in dire need of time out from this travelling malarky.

So after reviewing my options a month earlier, I had decided on the airport hotel which sounded perfect for my transiting turmoil. Mind you, I wasn't terribly excited by the price - $185 for a single person! However, whose to argue when you've been awake over 24hours and feel completely wrecked eh?!

The hotel is conveniently located in Terminal 1. So I basically hopped, skipped and hurdled my over to the hotel where I was swiftly checked-in and given access to my little room. The place was spotless, comfortable and there was a working shower! Result! There are a few watch-outs to consider though, like being closely positioned next to the airport grounds so you kinda feel like your sleeping on the runway a little....the walls aren't the thickest either so don't be taken aback if you hear your neighbour fart or something. But you'll be too tired to notice so just suck it up and enjoy the stay.

I was glad to have booked a room in advance as there are only 30 rooms. Many people had to sit and wait for cancellations so whatever you do book ahead and secure some short-term sanity.

Needless to say I felt human enough to board my next flight.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2010

If you are ever unfortunate enough to have a long layover in transit at Abu Dhabi airport then do yourself a favour and check in to the airport transit hotel for a few hours sleep.

The airport itself is where fun goes to die but the transit hotel is clean and very quiet. The rooms are large and the bathrooms with both bath and shower are very welcome after a long flight.

The beds are a little hard ( for my liking ) but this is a minor inconvenience when compared to the alternative of walking an airport that is reminiscent of a George A. Romero zombie movie.

It's not exactly 5 star but it is perfectly acceptable as a place to sleep while waiting for your flight to leave the insufferable airport.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled solo
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11 Thank Ethagala
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Karachi, Pakistan
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32 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2010

Instead of idling at the Abu Dhabi airport during our 15 hour transit - we took the room for day use ... and boy are we glad. Clean, comfortable and nice... I would say it is a great value for money deal! Best thing - decent bathroom and shower area ... !

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank Samkins
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Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 31 July 2010

The Transit Hotel or Abu Dhabi International Airport Hotel are other names this place is known by.
As it is 'airside' within the airport, meaning you do not have to go through Passport control or actually leave the departure gates of the Hotel the location is very good. The issue is that there are not many rooms and it was fully booked when we arrived at 9.30 pm and had to wait in the lounge (similar to Frequent Flyer / Qantas Club lounge at U$28 / 4 hours) until 1.30am hoping for a cancellation which we got.

The rooms are all nice, but seem to have 'paper thin' walls. When we got into our room, we could hear the toilet & shower in the next room, then the TV and finally his snoring. But tired is tire and eventually once we were asleep it was fine.

Pricing is in US Dollars; but charged in local currency. A little bit pricey for budget travellers andnot sure if it is local custom or not, but priceing is per person in the room and not per room.

Check out is 8am.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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7 Thank Mick A
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Dublin
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2010

Travelled with my family in March on the way home from Bahrain. We were going to be stuck in the airport for approx 10 hours went straight to the hotel to see they have a room for the night they had none available they said we could stay in their lounge but we had to pay and could only stay for 4 hours they wanted approx 90 dollars from us to sit in their lounge, wouldn't mind if it was decent but it wasn't. I wouldn't give them 1 euro to sit in. There was only one couch for the 3 of us to sit in and we were going to be their through the night. Thinking maybe the hotel could help us and let us know if there were other hotels in the area we could stay in so I asked them the girl behind the counter just said no and that she couldn’t talk about other hotels and couldn’t help me”. Luckily the Eithad desk was open and they were helpful and they booked into a hotel that was 10 mins away and it only cost us 100 euro to stay. It was a lovely hotel and the staff was very friendly and ordered us a taxi for the next morning. my advice to anybody stuck in the airport through the night don't bother paying for a horrible airport lounge pay just a small amount extra and stay in one the lovely hotels in the area. We stayed in the Park Inn hotel which had a number of hotels around it.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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9 Thank DeeDublin
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Houston, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2009

We had a long transit in Abu Dhabi, so we decided to stay at the airport hotel. From the check in time, first bad impression: the hotel does not have hourly rates, like any other airport hotel, you can only check in by a nightly rate. Of course when you leave, they can re-use your room for another full nightly rate. This way we ended up paying around 240$ for just 8 hours stay. Second comes the location, it's in a different terminal than the new international terminal, so you have to go through security check all over again before getting to your flight. Third and the most unpleasant experience, is the cleanliness, or lack of it actually. The sheets and the towels were clean, or seemed to be, but the rest, stained chairs, dirty shower, or maybe just old -dirty looking, the TV remote is a story on itself, old and broken, has been taped shut with a piece of paper so the batteries don't fall, now this tape was gone, leaving behind a disgusting dirty, sticky surface, impossible to touch.
Also keep in mind that the rooms are very cold during the winter season, even though it is mild winter you can still fell it when the rooms you're staying in don't have any type of heating unit.
The food isn't that great also, very dry and tasteless, try to eat before getting there so you wont have to try it.
The only good thing about this hotel was the service, very friendly, helpful staff, offering to provide room service for us in a hotel that has none, no room service, no minibar, just two bottles of complementary water.
I hope we'll never have to stay there again. This will affect our airline choice for our next trip, so we can avoid Abu Dhabi airport.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank LiviaDrusilla11
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Property: Abu Dhabi Airport Hotel
Address: airport road p.o.box 5821 | Abu Dhabi Airport, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Abu Dhabi > Abu Dhabi
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Ranked #5 of 33 Speciality Lodging in Abu Dhabi
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Hotel Class:4 star — Abu Dhabi Airport Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 28

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