My husband and I went for a 'relaxing' weekend away from Dubai, unfortunately it wasn't. I feel for the staff as they deserved 5 stars, otherwise this review would be 2 stars so added just the one!
99% of the staff are great and couldn't be more accommodating
Good view on Mosque side
Good location if you want to see the mosque/close to airport, probably about 20mins into AD city itself
Rooms are a good size, facilities in room as to be expected from a 5 star hotel
Nice lounge in Gold Class very comfy seats in TV/Quiet area
Afternoon Tea, 2-4pm, in Gold Class was OK and filled a gap but not great choice for gluten free eaters, so ended up having to eat at other restaurants
Gold Class worth the money if you know you are going to have a few drinks every night if not go for a standard room, other 'club rooms' we have been to have provided soft drinks throughout the day, there is only happy hour here 6.30-9pm to get free drinks
Gym as you would expect in 5 star with Sauna etc
BIG NEGATIVE We didn't realise it was a young arab hangout so the beach and pool bar always busy especially at the weekend, we went in the Summer so who knows what it would be like in the Winter when busier. We positioned ourselves as far away from the bar as possible but it was still blaring, in fact some of the other 'customers' had their own music systems playing as well next to them on the beach!
It had, in the corridors, a very corporate feel 'the green mile effect'
All the food was the usual 5 star fair and expensive, 100AED 1pax for a poolside lunch inc a soft drink, easily 200AED 1pax for evening meal inc soft drink (reviewed restaurants under their own cover)
There is no pork at breakfast, which can be important for those travelling within GCC
The master switch for the lights in the bedroom was by the bed but it had to be switched on to get any of the other lights one, not great when you went to the washroom in the middle of the night as all the lights came on, woke other occupants/you forgot the switch needed to be on and wondering again why the lights weren't working ad traipsing back and forth to get it to work
Not enough hooks in the bathroom area, there is a walk in shower which is really good but then on one place to put your towel for it to dry with any space is in the walk in shower cubicle so it will get wet again
For gluten free eaters there isn't much choice at breakfast, they do provide gluten free bread but it isn't the nicest, but OK toasted, (please Fairmont try Mrs Crimbles easy and it comes in a packet so anyone can do it) there are the usual cheap sliced meats, smoked ham, fruit & yogurt but after a few days, quite dull and not unfortunately the tastiest
The keys to the room kept not working in 4 days I think we had to go to reception 5 times to get it fixed
Beds quite soft and we didn't sleep that well but this is subjective and suits some
Pool really busy
Staff around the poolside had to be waved for attention to get served sometimes this would take 15mins (I know lazy but for a 5 star you shouldn't expect to have to get up all the time) would recommend that the waiting staff went around periodically asking if anyone needed anything
Effectively, and they have the space, they need to create another pool for 'quiet' relaxing space
Unfortunately wouldn't go back unless we really had to/forced, will stick to other spots
- 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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