We have stayed at every Hotel on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi at various times of the year. But we saved this one until last, because we thought it would be the best, unfortunately it wasn't. We had taken many photos of this hotel from afar and we both agreed it looked fabulous, especially at night. We promised ourselves that even though it was the most expensive hotel on Yas, we would stay there one day, and we did ! We booked an Excecutive Room which entitled us to a Luxury Room with access to the Excecutive Lounge and all the benefits that go with it. The Hotel is laid out in two buildings, The Main Building, which sits mainly over the F1 Yas Marina Circuit and The Marina Wing, which sits over the water and looks over the Marina. We were put in the Marina Wing, which was a very long and complicated (more later!) walk from Reception. We were told that the room has great views on to the Marina, but also that it faced a nearby Club and therefore there may be a LITTLE NOISE! Having travelled in two different lifts and walked down numerous corridors, we eventually arrived at our room. The room itself was fantastic and we were more than pleased with what we had booked. Because the Yas Viceroy has an overhanging roof, it obstructs what would have been a wonderful view of the Marina. Everything about the Hotel is Contemporary, most of the time it works, sometimes it doesn't. The roof, although it looks fantastic, is very often in the way, and, as we found out later, makes a lot of noise when the wind blows through it. The dining opportunities are limitless and the Staff are some of the most helpful we have ever come across. The food is very good and we certainly had no complaints there. The problems started after we went to bed on our first night !!!!! We were woken just before Midnight by music that was as if it was directly outside our window, this very very loud music from the Club continued and kept us awake until 4 in the morning. I phoned Reception demanding a move after Breakfast that morning. They apologised, said they would move us and offered us ear plugs in the mean time......I hung up! The following morning, after very little sleep, we were moved. Probably because they felt so guilty for putting us in that noisy room in the first place, they upgraded us to what they called The Grand Suite. This was an absolutely amazing room, the likes of which we had never seen before. Its such a shame we only had one night left of our two day break. All the bad things were forgotten and we were looking forward to our second and last day in our fabulous room with a view. This room was in the Main Building, which made things easier for us, the room in the Marina Wing was very difficult to find. We had to go on two lifts as certain lifts only went so far and then you had to find the correct lift to continue. That afternoon we decided to have a nap as we were very tired from a lack of sleep the night before. We had been asleep for about ten minutes and then it started !!! Racing Cars started to go round the Track, which was directly underneath us, this went on all afternoon, so no sleep for us again ! We took some fabulous photos that night and visited The Skylight Bar and the Rush Bar. Both were very contemporary in style and very enjoyable. The Skylight Bar, which is directly under the roof, is definitely worth a visit, but not a place to have something to eat, as the menu is quite limited. When we went to bed that night, because of the overhanging roof, the wind, which was quite strong that night, was making a very loud noise blowing through the roof, these made for another disturbed nights sleep. In summary. This is a very unusually designed contemporary Hotel, which has very many good things going for it. We imagine that during the week, when the club is closed and maybe no cars are driving round the track, it probably is a nice stay, but keep away at the weekend and DONT GET A ROOM AT THE BACK OF THE MARINA WING BUILDING !!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As Yas Island Abu Dhabi's premier hotel, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi sets the standard for exceptional service throughout its 499 impeccable rooms and suites, 11 fantastic dining venues and lounges, and the luxurious ESPA at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. Guests marvel at the incredible LED canopy that not only emits a concert of colour and shade but also embraces the exhilarating Yas Marina Formula 1™ Circuit, defining the Abu Dhabi hotel as a landmark across Yas Island and one of the world's most extraordinary destinations. Delight in the art of cuisine at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. Choose from a colourful host of eateries, from the freshest seafood and sushi to rustic Italian, regional Indian cuisine, and a stylish array of bars and lounges. For fantastic cuisine throughout the day, we have the perfect Abu Dhabi dining spot for every taste. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel Yas Island