We travel often to the Gulf on family vacations, and make it a practice to stay in apartment hotels. This was our first stay at the Grand Millenium - we had a 2 bedroom apartment for our family (one 4 yr old, 1 baby). while the apartment is tastefully furnished and the bedrooms relatively spacious, we found 2 major drawbacks: 1) no dishwasher, which was totally impractical for a family who is eating in 1-2 times a day, and 2) the dining area was simply a high bar with tall bar chairs - smaller children could not begin to get on these chairs . Therefore, we were forced to eat in the living room hunched over the coffee table in order to eat as a family. Also, some small nuisances: the lighting was a bit confounding (figuring out which switches worked with which lights), and the closets were not deep enough for a good-size suitcase. There was plenty of closet shelving in the children's room, but not so much in the adult's room. An important tip for anyone getting a baby cot: our baby got dangerously tangled up between the mattress & the side-netting, and we realized that the cot had not been properly assembled. That is definitely worth a double check prior to using.
Plusses: the bedroom areas were carpeted, which was cozy (and alleviated my concerns about children falling out of bed), and there was lighting in the closets (these made good night lights!). The bathrooms were very spacious, including a full-size bathtub and large walk-in shower. There was a clothing washer/dryer too, as well as a DVD player.
The pool area was well designed, so as to have partial shade/sun throughout the day, and there was a children's pool. The big pool had a swim up bar (which was more frequented by kids playing on the in-pool seats!). One could also order lunch at the pool restaurant , from the room-service menu
We enjoyed evening drinks and small snacks in the Arab-style hospitality tent (with privacy curtains) down in the lobby, which we would highly recommend, as it lent a local touch and was fun for the kids.
Buffet breakfast had a very nice, extensive selection, but only runs until 10:30am which is difficult for those of us still on European time.
We didn't try the children's club, but it appears to be available for 3 hours at a time for AED 50.
The staff at the hotel was very courteous and helpful, although we occasionally experienced crossed wires with housekeeping requests. We were able to valet park our car at no additional charge during our stay. Appreciated the free wi-fi !
Next door in the Al Wahda mall was a "hypermarket" (a very big, somewhat frenetic supermarket) in the basement, where babyfood could be purchased.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This elegant five-star hotel with direct access to the mall opened in October 2010. Its spacious 585 hotel rooms and 265 residences have all been designed in a luxurious contemporary style, offering unrivaled comfort and high-tech connectivity, with features such as multi-line telephones with data ports, wireless internet connection, 37-inch LCD televisions, Bose sound systems, and heated towel racks. The hotel also boasts the largest health club in the city with a 2,700 sqm spa, rooftop swimming pool and a supersized gym equipped with top-of-the-line Technogym aerobic and weight training machines. Multiple dining venues beckon with authentic and wide-ranging international cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Millennium Al Wahda Hotel Abu Dhabi