A 5 night stay to celebrate a birthday from 7th - 12th March 2011.
This is an excellent hotel with very professional staff and that can do attitude. The decor is very modern but done with style.
I was impressed with the room which was exactly as advertised on the website. Floor to ceiling windows with an amazing view of the Mosque. Very clean, spacious and modern, it had that quality feel. All those extras you expect from a top notch hotel. TV could have been a little bigger though. The bathroom and rain shower where excellent. Thank you for the tasty chocolate birthday cake and fruit ready when we arrived!.
The Pool Area was where I first noticed the exceptional service. Acknowledgement by smiling staff escort you to your choice of seating. A bucket of ice with bottles of water are soon with you (complimentary). Throughout the day cold towels, Fruit skewers and frozen fruit shots are served to you (also complimentary). If you ask for anything nothing is too much trouble and the task is completed with a genuine willingness to make your stay a most excellent one.
The food is very good. The Buffet "Elements" restaurant which we went quite a few times was a mix of Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Med food. The Sushi was some of best I have ever had!. There are other restaurants such as a steak house which are also very good. There is a souk and the Shangri La Hotel just down the road with other very good food choices if things get repetitive.
The bars in the evening are very quiet but comfortable. Drinks are London prices with a decent choice. Ask for the drinks menu as each bar has different prices. If its not on the menu just ask. We did and there was no problem getting our favourite beverages. Cigar menu pretty good too. Again excellent service. Nothing better than relaxing outside in the Chameleon bar with that view of the Mosque in the evening. Winner.
The reception and concierge are most helpful and organised a few things for us. Join the Fairmont Presidents Club for free Wi Fi and extras.
First time to Abu Dhabi. Hotel standard of service did surprise me it was equal to that of Mauritius which I thought is the best I have encountered. This Fairmont is doing all the right things and I hope it continues. An excellent hotel just out of the hustle of the city but only a cheap taxi ride away from the action. I have already recommended others as a place to get some winter sun that is not as long haul as other places. They are about to book . Lucky peoples...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fairmont Bab Al Bahr boasts a prime location at the mainland gateway to the cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi. With its striking, contemporary design, this beachfront hotel offers the highest level of comfort and elegance throughout its 369 rooms and suites. Guests can enjoy world class on-site amenities, including private sandy beaches, an Olympic-length swimming pool, covered children’s pool, separate ladies’ and mixed-use gyms, business services and state-of-the-art conference facilities. Add to this an awarding winning portfolio of eight dining options; all delivered with genuine Arabic hospitality - the result is certain to exceed every guest’s highest expectations. ... more less
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