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“Half-term break in the sun” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

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Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Ranked #16 of 130 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Half-term break in the sun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014

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.

Room Tip: Any room with a view towards the Grand Mosque on the creek side
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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FairmontBabAlBahr, General Manager at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, responded to this review, 23 February 2014
Dear MaccaMedia ,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share this review and recommendation. Your compliments are greatly appreciated especially regarding our service. It was indeed a pleasure to have you as our guest and I am pleased that you have enjoyed your recent stay with us.

Our entire team is looking forward to welcoming you back at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr soon.

Kindest regards,

Nils Axing
General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014

Stayed as a family for the fourth time in Oct 2013 half term. Once again from the moment we arrived we were treated like royalty. The staff in this wonderful hotel cannot do enough for you. We stayed on the gold floor which is well worth the extra. We tried the Hilton as a comparison but after one night we moved straight back to the Fairmont! The pool and beach area is spacious, immaculately kept and beautiful. We stayed during the FIFA under 17 world cup football tournament - FIFA were staying at the hotel and the Fairmont even arranged for them to take us on their bus to the game. ot sure FIFA were happy about it but the hotel just told them they did not have a choice! This hotel is amazing and we will be back very soon.

Room Tip: Stay on the gold floor
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Munich, Germany
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

Overall a really fantastic hotel. The restaurant selection is outstanding. The concierge are very knowledgeable and helpful. The room design and decor is fantastic - even the standard ones. The view is beautiful. I was lucky enough to be there over Christmas period, the hotel organises lots of events and christmas like celebrations. There was a bonfire on the beach front with egg nog and caroles, which was very sweet. The actual Christmas lunch was.... there are no words... unremarkable, like a five star fine dining experience of all foods and cultures possible.
The service of all staff at the Fairmont was so exceptional, so friendly and charming from the bar tenders to the waiters to the management. The pool and beach area is great to relax, there is a jacuzzi on the beach front, and lots of deckchairs to lye on - I recommend placing a book or towel on a deckchair early to get one... in high season they tend to get booked quickly. The jacuzzi area is great for during half price cocktails at sunset!! There is also an array of games on the beach, e.g. table tennis

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Fauve D
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FairmontBabAlBahr, General Manager at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, responded to this review, 22 February 2014
Dear Fauve D,

Thank you very much for choosing to stay at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr and for taking the time to post this positive review. We are very humbled by your kind words and I will ensure that your compliments will be conveyed to our entire team. It will also be our pleasure to welcome you again for another great experience in the near future.

Kindest regards,

Nils Axing
General Manager
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2014 via mobile

I had my breakfast at the main resturant and I must say that it was a very nice experience, the staff were really welcoming and the food quality was up to standard, although the only comment I had was the croissant,,, the chef do prepare them on early morning and by the time it loses the crunchy famous taste of it because of humidity, I spoke to the chef and he sent me some from the kitchen and there was a huge deference in taste it was crunchy, fresh and delicious, the manager passed by and took my comment regarding that and he was a really gentle, polite and taking care about every detail, Mr. Prageeth kumar I hope that this small issue we'll be fixed ASAP, looking forward to come again and try the croissant to see if they have skipped that hump. I really recommend visiting this place and hope you enjoy,,,

Mansour Alkhajeh

Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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FairmontBabAlBahr, General Manager at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, responded to this review, 19 February 2014
Dear Mr. Alkhajeh,

On behalf of the entire Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Team, I would like to thank you for taking the time to post this review. We value all our guest comments and therefore have shared your feedback with our relevant departments.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kindest regards,

Nils Axing
General Manager
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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

This is by far the most amazing hotel ive ever stayed in, the place is just fantastic and the staff were very friendly. The rooms are top notch and serviced a few times a day. The pool was fantastic also with great views of the grand mosque. Breakfast was great with a fantastic selection each morning. I would definetly reccomend this hotel and the location is good and in a nice area.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank iano c
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Belfast, Ireland
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53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

I had a room on the 6th floor, which faced the Grand mosque over the waterway..

The room itself was very spacious, with comfortable bed, sofa, extensive TV channels (great if you like football). The bathroom was a wet room , while the washing facilities were excellent.

The food in the buffet wasa wide variety of international, Arabian and Asian. There was also a selection of suchi and other cold fish dishes, while there was a wide selection of salads. The staff in the buffet, as in the rest of the hotel were uniformly excellent and friendly.

Mainly, this is a business hotel, but as a vacation base in Abu Dhabi, I recommend it with hesitation.

Room Tip: A room at the back gives you the views over the water and the Mosque
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Gerry53021
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FairmontBabAlBahr, General Manager at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, responded to this review, 17 February 2014
Dear Gerry53021,

Greetings from Fairmont Bab Al Bahr!

Thank you very much for taking the time to share this wonderful review and recommendation. We are very pleased to know that you had a great stay with us and that you particularly enjoyed your dining experience in our CuiScene Restaurant.

Our entire team is looking forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kindest regards,

Nils Axing
General Manager
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196 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014

Stayed here January 2014 as an Emirates stop over on the way to Mauritius, a 1.5 hour drive from frantic Dubai. This place is sanctuary, particularly as we booked a room on the Executive 7th floor - breakfast, afternoon tea, evening canapés, cocktail happy hour and late night deserts all included. I could not speak too highly of the service level and personal touch but I will say Rod / Rodrigues makes a mean dirty martini at the bar ! Go the extra mile and stay here.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Address: Fairmont Bab al Bahr Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Rd, Abu Dhabi 114304, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number:
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:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#11 Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#12 Family Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#16 Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#18 Romantic 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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