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“Very nice beach hotel in Abu Dhabi”

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Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Ranked #22 of 127 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
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Terneuzen, The Netherlands
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“Very nice beach hotel in Abu Dhabi”
Reviewed 1 January 2014 via mobile

Very nice hotel, beautiful modern and clean rooms with excellent beds and bathrooms. We had 2 rooms 65m2, beautiful view (grand mosque). Swimming pool is great, also for young children. Beach also very nice (not enough beds during Christmas holiday, so you have to be quick! Only dissapointing experience is the staff in the restaurants. They are not qualified, don't understand the client's needs. Quality is average. Dinner on New Years eve at Frankies was very good (but service...). Last complaint: the quality of wifi was terrible, even in the rooms.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

We found the service to be just okay. Which was no issue really- we are pretty able to take care of ourselves but it just seemed that everyone working there was not really happy to be there! Not sure why that was- but just seemed to be doing their job. We found the food places good but not great- we had a dinner at Cuisine (not the buffet) and were very disappointed with the food. We also has really slow food service at the Italian restaurant. Difficult to get reservations at all the places which I thought we should have been told when we checked in. In addition, we arrived and asked the concierge about going to Ferrari World - he said that was a good idea because the weather was not so good but we got there and found out we should have bought the tickets online instead of waiting 1.5 hours to get tickets. The pool and beach area were amazing and our room was excellent- very big with a great view and nice sofa area and interesting shower in the bathroom! Breakfast was huge and the gym was also very good. Many of the restaurants did not open til 7 pm so there were not many options if you wanted to eat with the family earlier.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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FairmontBabAlBahr, General Manager at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, responded to this review, 2 January 2014
Dear ToniS1111 ,

Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback. We do appreciate your review and have shared your comments with the relevant departments. We are sorry to learn that your experience did not live up to your expectations this time. Would you please be able to get in touch with us directly by emailing babalbahr@fairmont.com so that we can welcome you back and ensure that your next stay with us is seamless?

Kindest regards,

Nils Axing
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

Recently back from 9 night stay at the abu dabi Fairmont. Fantastic food and service.

Although I've rated excellent there was one small gripe. I booked 6 weeks before arrival a twin room but didnt get one until the 3rd night. There wasn't even a put up bed on night one so me and my male friend had to share a double.

Other than that it was superb. Room service is unbelievable. We had fine dining at 4am following a night out twice. Great.

Going back next year but I will phone ahead to make sure i get a twin if I need one.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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FairmontBabAlBahr, General Manager at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, responded to this review, 29 December 2013
Dear Nick W,

On behalf of our entire team, thank you for staying with us and taking the time to post this review. We are sorry to learn that your room preference was unavailable during your recent visit. We value all your comments and I have shared them with the relevant departments. Our Front Office Manager, Mr. Tamer Hussein would be delighted to assist you with the hotel arrangements and ensure that your next stay with us is seamless. Please feel free to contact him at tamer.hussein@fairmont.com.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr.

Kindest regards,

Nils Axing
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2013

We stayed at this hotel in early December 2013 fora birthday celebration. The hotel were very accommodating and made the surprise very special, leaving a cake and a few extra bits and pieces in the room. We had Gold experience and had a beautiful room, as described on the website of the hotel with a fantastic view of the mosque to match. Every single member of staff in the hotel from the pool staff to the concierge were friendly, polite, welcoming and ready to help with anything. The food choices were excellent and the extra special touches really made a difference to our experience. We had a fantastic stay and we cannot wait to go back again- which we definitely will. If you want a relaxing, beautiful and special weekend then I would highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Creek view room has a beautiful view Gold lounge rooms located on the 7th floor were fabulous.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2013 via mobile

Fairmont bab albahr is really one of the most busy and wonderful hotel in abudhabi. Lot of things had been changed since my last visit to this hotel 2 years ago of course better than before, the outside amenities are wonderful. The staff are very helpful and friendly. The atmosphere is generally excellent

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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FairmontBabAlBahr, General Manager at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, responded to this review, 15 December 2013
Dear usatripp,

Thank you very much for choosing Fairmont Bab Al Bahr once again. I am delighted to share your compliments to our entire team who made your recent stay a memorable one. It will be our pleasure to welcome you again for another great experience in the near future.

Kindest regards,

Nils Axing
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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2013

With the hectic days of the week, the traffic on the roads, not enough time with the family the best escapade will be to the Fairmont.

A hotel with it's modern looks & nice outdoors, gets you to relax, enjoy the silence, have a few drinks & unwind.

With it's warm swimming pool water, the frisky sea water, you get to enjoy he change & differences between the two.

Taking the kids on a sea trip, canoeing, having them jumping from the iceberg, fun time, ending up in the Jacuzzi relaxing & sipping on your nice cold beer.

Ending your day with a perfect Shisha & a nice dinner will be then end of a beautiful day,

Room Tip: Rooms facing the pool & the beach
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2013

We cannot praise this hotel enough. Having stayed in many 5* hotels, this one really was superb. We stayed for a week in November 2013 and the stay was perfect.

We would definitely recommend the upgrade to Fairmont Gold. We actually worked out that it was not much more expensive than paying for breakfast every morning in the main restaurant (not included in your room price) but it was fantastic value. Fairmont Gold offers your own dedicated floor with check in desk, breakfast, afternoon tea (sandwiches and cakes) from 2-4pm, evening snacks from 6-8pm, alcohol served for free from 6:30-9pm and desserts from 8-10pm. It saved us a fortune as we never had to buy lunch! This is all with a fantastic view of the mosque and really friendly waiters and waitresses.

The location is very good, you are right near the Shangri-La and Traders hotels. There is also a souk within walking distance with some excellent restaurants (Ushna Indian restaurant is excellent - again with excellent views of the mosque).

All of the staff in the hotel were incredibly professional and friendly and made the stay very welcoming.

The gym was excellent and really well equipped.

The only thing to be critical of was the lack of spa facilities, which was a shame, but you can always wander to the Shangri-La and make use of theirs!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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FairmontBabAlBahr, General Manager at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Dear DonnaandGreg,

Greetings from Fairmont Bab Al Bahr!

Thank you for taking the time to share this great review and for choosing to stay with us while visiting Abu Dhabi. It was indeed a great pleasure to have you as our guest. I am glad that you have enjoyed your stay at the Fairmont Gold.

Our entire team is looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kindest regards,

Nils Axing
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Property: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Address: | Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi 114304, 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 Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#10 Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#11 Family Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#17 Romantic Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#22 Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Fairmont Bab Al Bahr 5*
Number of rooms: 369
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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