Stayed three nights, and left quite satisfied. To start with, I received an upgrade to a sea-view standard room (not much of a “sea”, but I welcomed the view of turquoise waters and a green tree-less golf course, giving me that “oasis in the desert” feeling).
My second floor room was bright and adequately lighted (the way I like it!), modern (cheery contemporary vibe) and well-appointed. There was lots of room to stretch out, even though I was given a room with two single beds rather than my preferred king bed (can’t complain, I was grateful for the upgraded view). The wavy carpet design may not please everyone, but I liked it …. and the severe dark browns of the headboard, furniture, carpet and closets were relieved by those funky waves and splashes of bright orange and green on wall murals.
Good stuff: Ample storage space in drawers and shelves ….
fluffy white robes for my use …
lots of complimentary water to drink (one huge bottle plus two smaller bottles, better than any hotel I’ve tried --- or is it a staple for hot desert days?) ….
lots of charging outlets for a variety of battery chargers ...
huge mirrors, at least 3 in the room itself ....
a nice little balcony (that I never got to use) ....
a new, still-polished feel to the whole room.
The bathroom was also well-lighted, clean and spacious. The round table under the corner lamp was perfect for laptop work and snacks. (What I missed: a stuffed, comfy armchair for lounging and TV watching.)
Less-than-good stuff: Too many protruding chair legs and sharp corners in room, so watch out ….
the trash can in the bathroom was needlessly tiny, with a tricky metal lid ….
plumbing sounds (tub draining, toilet flushing) are loud and distracting ….
The tub drain worked very, very slowly …
the blue rubber guest slippers were rough and itchy, and thus virtually useless (good thing I packed a pair of my own) ....
Supply of room amenities was inconsistent (only one tiny soap slab on day 1 … toothbrush/toothpaste supplied only on day 3 … no writing stationery provided on all 3 days, except for tiny little note pads), but I fault myself for not calling housekeeping to ask for more supplies.
Surprise treat: On night 3, I found an inviting snack selection arrayed on my round table --- cheese, olives, bread & tomatoes. Since I returned to my room close to midnight, the bread was a little bit stale (must have been there since the afternoon), but I nonetheless appreciated the unexpected snack.
Great stuff: Friendly staff, accommodating and prompt service everywhere (front desk, room service), especially at the Asymettri restaurant for breakfast. My congratulations to the Radisson Blu team! A special mention to Jocelyn D. (sales coordinator) and Ruby B. (events director) who went out of their way to help me and my colleagues in setting up a meeting room for our strategy sessions (alas, this was a business trip) and pampering us with food and special attention to our needs.
The breakfast buffet at Assymetri: I found the selection rather limited (compared to many other hotels in Asia), but all the basics were there, and the food was tasty enough. There was an Arabic mezze (did I spell that right?) selection I favored, and there were pancakes, French toast, a choice of sausages, a cheese tray and lots of bread available every day. (Rice was served only on my third day.) The food hall was airy, bright, inviting, with lots of tables to choose from (much better than the crowded, cramped breakfast buffet halls in some other hotels I’ve stayed in).
The hotel façade was undergoing repairs during my stay, so I had to put up with some unsightly fencing and scaffolding at the lobby entry area …. but, thankfully, there was no noise.
Final verdict: This is a very good hotel, perfectly decent for a business trip if you’re working in or around the Yas Island and Abu Dhabi airport area (as I was). I hope they set up a free shuttle service to the city center, which is quite far away. I used to think that Abu Dhabi was a bit parched (sorry) for good hotels at reasonable prices. Some years back, I recall paying a high price for average hotels like the Crowne Plaza (at Abu Dhabi city center) and the disappointing Khalidiya Hotel (it was a Sheraton hotel when I stayed there in 2007). The Radisson Blu gave my group a decent-value price (about USD80 per standard room), and for that we got comfortable rooms, great service in most aspects, and an overall enjoyable stay. Oasis, indeed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Yas Island, the Radisson Blu Hotel offers spectacular views of the sea, Yas Links Golf club and the Yas Marina Circuit. The hotel offers 397 guestrooms; Italian and International restaurants; Meetings & Events facilities to host from 10 to 445 persons and a Spa. Conveniently located 7 minutes from international airport, 15 minutes from Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Diplomatic Area; 20 minutes from City Centre and is 50 minutes drive from Dubai. ... more less
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