We'd been to Dubai so wanted to try something with slightly less glitz but still a high level of service. This hotel matched that expectation perfectly.
Five star but certainly not stuffy. Staff could not have been more helpful or informative while the standard of service was absolutely impeccable.
We stayed in a standard Fairmont room on the fourth floor with a magnificent view of the Grand Mosque (definitely a MUST see) and spent 90 per cent of our time on the beach or around the pool which was fantastic. Again the service at Poolside was excellent and the food and drinks up to Fairmont's high standards.
We ate in Frankie's (Italian) Cedar Lounge (Lebanese) and the buffet at Cuiscene and couldn't really fault any of the restaurants where the service matched our expectation and the food was top quality.
It's not cheap but then again this is five star hotel and certainly no more expensive than Fairmont's Savoy while the service certainly matched London - and that's the best we've experienced anywhere in the world.
Of course, 75+ degrees in February certainly helps but I would happily recommend the Bab Al Bahr to anybody at any time of the year.
- 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