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Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island
Ranked #50 of 129 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

Stayed here for three nights to do Waterworld, Ferrari World and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (all of these well worth a visit especially the latter). We've seen the hotel from the road when we've been at the Grand Prix and always thought that it would be a bit 'tired' by now but boy were we wrong. This hotel is in great nick, the rooms are large and well appointed with spacious bathrooms. The staff were good especially at the reception and one small issue in the room which required a visit from maintenance was resolved immediately. The breakfast buffet was very good with a great selection and the Italian restaurant was also very good. We also ate at the Mexican restaurant which was at the sister hotel next door and that was good too. All in all we would definitely recommend this hotel and look forward to our next visit.

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Reviewed 28 June 2013 via mobile

I must say the views across the beach, golf course and downtown skyline are immense. Good breakfast in the main restaurant , nice big business rooms. A little out the way for Abu Dhabi but perfect for Yas Marina etc.

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Reviewed 23 June 2013 via mobile

Great facilities, great service, great food and right on door step of some great attractions not far from the airport. Couldn't have asked for a better place to stay, the food on site was delicious and the breakfast every morning was a great way to start the day

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Reviewed 23 June 2013

Hotel perfectly located near all you need in Abu Dhabi. Staff friendly, service offering world class and room with a beautiful view. A must when travelling to Abu Dhabi. Near to Ferrari World, YasWater World and other attractions. Will return in the future to enjoy their hospitality. Hotel suitable for business travellers, families and couples getaways.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

Hotels in UAE have never disappointed and this one demonstrates what a 4 star should really be, other Radissons and so called 4*'s take note. Great location 15 mins airport, was working so did not see the sights, but had a good day at the pool. Food, service great. SPA good value. Only negative is be clear on what you ask for and what your billing, not because they are deceitful but misrepresent maybe. I asked for a sea view, got it and more, fab room but equally they billed me for it as an upgrade....so clarity is necessary. Enjoy

Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

I only had the pleasure of staying here for one night, but I quickly wished I could extend my stay! This is exactly what a Radisson Blu should be. This is the standard that should be met by ALL Radisson Blus. The rooms are very large, the bathrooms are enormous. The balconies are quite large as well with room for 2 chairs and a table, and mine had a beautiful view of the pool area and the golf course. It was a very serene setting.
The bed was one of the most comfortable beds I have EVER slept in.
The bathtub had two shower heads to use, and it was a relaxing event to be in that shower! Wonderful thick towels.
I ordered room service, and it was prompt. The food was varied and quite ample.
For the breakfast buffet, I have to say this was one of the most luxurious buffet breakfasts I have ever experienced at a Radisson Blu. At least 10 kinds of bread, 10 kinds of cereal. Lots of juices, 2 kinds of smoothies. Nice cheese assortment. Nice marmalade selection.
I cannot say anything negative about this hotel....except that it's kind of in the middle of nowhere. If you don't have a car or easy access to one, you're kind of stuck here (or at one of the neighbouring hotels). For one night....or even for a week....who cares! You're already in the middle of perfection.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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CraigBruceGM, General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2013

Dear Anita
Thank you for taking the time to review the hotel. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay, and appreciate all your comments. We hope that next time you will be with us for longer, and have the opportunity to try more of the breakfast buffet and hotel facilities!
Sincerely
Craig Bruce – General Manager

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Reviewed 19 June 2013

I have lived in the Radisson Blu going on three months now and must take this opportunity to write a recommendation for this fine hotel.
Check in: upon arrival you are immediately assisted with your luggage at the taxi by the hotel staff. They will do all the work and transport everything to your room. The front desk staff are always eager to assist with your needs in accommodations.

Concierge: The concierges helped me with everything from when I left my phone in a taxi cab (they coordinated with security and were able to determine via CCTV which taxi number I had exited from. We were then able to call the cab company and contact the specific driver who personally delivered the phone back to me at the hotel.)

Room: I have stayed in five different rooms in the hotel, with the suite being my favorite. The best rooms are on any the ones ending in -11 on any of the floors. e.g. 111, 211, 311... The views are spectacular (full wrap around balcony.) There are two bathrooms, a separate bedroom, two TV's, a small fridge, walk-in rain shower, large bath tub, sofa, desk.

Business Lounge: One of the highlights of my stay. Every evening from 6-8pm they serve free drinks. The selection is usually pretty good. All types of spirits, including Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Gin, vodka, white and red wine, Fosters and Busweiser bottled beer. There is a good selection of hot and cold snacks as well. There are two computers with access to a printer. The ambiance is nice, with leather padded walls, a TV, and a closed off meeting room with a conference table. They also serve breakfast in the lounge, which is not as large of a spread as in the main buffet restaurant, but is free with your business class room.

Pool: The swimming pool is very large, with excellent views of the golf course and gulf. There are sofa loungers in several shaded cabanas that fill up quick. Weekends (Friday-Saturday) are very busy at the pool. Especially Fridays, when many locals bring their families to brunch.

Food: Fresh, diverse, and tasty. I especially enjoy eating at Filini's, the in-house Italian restaurant.

Activities: There is a free shuttle bus that will take you to Marina Mall in downtown Abu Dhabi 3x per day. You are also entitled to use the newly constructed Yas Beach (a 10 minute walk). The beach normally charges 50AED during weekdays and 100AED ($27USD) on weekends, so this is a pretty good perk. Buying Yas Waterworld tickets from the concierge won't save you any money, but it will save you time by not having to stand in the queue for tickets at Waterworld. There is a free shuttle that will take you to Yas Links Golf Course. Simply ask the concierge and the golf cart will meet you out in back of the hotel between the Radisson and Crowne Plaza. There are two good bars right next door to Radisson Blu. The Y Bar at Rotana across the street, and Stills at the Crowne Plaza next door. Ladies night is on Thursday at Stills. Ladies get free drinks until 11pm. The Radisson likes to attract a different clientele, so doesn't have any loud or noisy bars. Instead, there is a small lobby bar called Fast Track, which is perfect for grabbing a drink to take upstairs, or you can sit outside at the Pool Bar. Walking distance is the Viceroy hotel with an outstanding bar on the top floor. If you want nightlife action be sure to visit Rush in the Viceroy. Next door in the Park Inn (part of the Radisson Family of hotels) is Amerigo's Mexican restaurant. Steak night is on Wednesdays, and I highly recommend it! Guess the weight of your steak within 1Gram and it's free.

Spa: I really haven't used the spa, except for the hot tub, so I can't make a good assessment. I do wish the water in the hot tub was a bit warmer, however.

Gym: a bit on the small side, but the equipment is all good. It is lacking an area for things such as yoga, which is why I always practice on my balcony (where the views are fantastic!)

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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CraigBruceGM, General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2013

Dear Jeff
Thank you for your very comprehensive review of the hotel and facilities. Three months is a long time to be in a hotel, and we are very happy to hear that it has been a positive experience so far. Your extensive comments will certainly help future guests plan their trip, and we look forward to continuing to serve you during your time here in Abu Dhabi.
sincerely
Craig Bruce – General Manager

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Address: Golf Plaza | Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Abu Dhabi > Abu Dhabi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#21 On the Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#24 Family Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#30 Spa Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#30 Romantic Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#46 Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi
Price Range: £60 - £118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island 4*
Number of rooms: 397
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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