I tried this hotel on the basis of it being at the top of the Tripadvisor rating and now I know how overrated this place was. Located on a creek between two of AD's main bridges, alongside Shangri La & Traders hotels and flanked by two buildings under construction, the beach was small with stagnant murky water (waves only generated by passing boats/jetski). Having stayed during the busy public holidays, it's impossible to get at deckchair by late morning as the pool and health club facilities are also open for day trippers and club members. Screaming kids are also aplenty and can be heard even from my 3rd floor creek facing room which was glass fronted with no window openings.
The service was super attentive...without the "Do Not Disturb" sign at the door, the door bell would ring quite often with offerings of fruits, water, sweets, restocking the minibar etc. And as if I would want to stay beyond the standard 12pm checkout, the front desk also called my room at 11am to confirm my checkout time. As for the valet service, although efficient, the cars are parked outdoors under the melting hot sun / morning drizzle.
The only plus points were the sizeable 45sqm room with picturesque view of the Abu Dhabi sunset and the restaurants in the hotels, especially Frankie's. So, at AED1.3k a night, I would get better value at hotels near the Corniche.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel Abu Dhabi