We stayed for 8 nights in February to celebrate my birthday and retirement. We have been many times in Dubai for a holiday in winter and always stayed in The Jumeirah Beach Hotel, so going to a different hotel and to Abu Dhabi, was a bit of an change for us. I have to say it was great. Abu Dhabi is a good deal less frantic than Dubai, maybe doesn't have the glitz, but we liked it a lot.
The Fairmont was excellent in almost every respect. We took the club package and that was great value with the staff in the lounge looking after us superbly well. They even produced a cake on my birthday. OK, it was 1000 calories a slice but a very nice touch. The evening happy hour is great fun and a nice way to meet your fellow guests. We met some lovely people. Food in all of the outlets was fantastic and the Friday brunch was one of the best buffets I have ever seen. My starters were foie gras, oysters and a bit of waffle stuffed with caviar and clotted cream. Sounds like I'm a real pig, but it was small portions and that's what a buffet is all about, right? The Marco Pierre White station at the buffet was fabulous and the roast beef that I had was just the best I have ever had and I'm picky about beef.
Our only gripe was the overcrowding at the pool. There's plenty of room at the beach, but if you want to be at the pool then be prepared for your fellow guests to be just a metre away from your sunbed. There is so much frontage at this hotel that I'm sure the pool area could be extended so that we are not crammed together like sardines. That apart, it was a fantastic holiday and we will be back.
- 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