In a great location, almost on the sea-front (but not quite), this 5* hotel has almost everything. The staff were great, friendly and helpful. The hotel itself was clean and smart. The rooms were clean and very well furnished and equipped. It's difficult to put my finger on why I don't feel this hotel rates as a 5 'tripadvisor blobs' hotel as opposed to a 4 (and I realise that being short on specifics doesn't make for a great review), but having stayed in other Sofitel's this one was just not quite as good somehow. Perhaps it was the feeling that everything was designed to engender a feeling of disconnectedness. The breakfast area has a large screen in front of it so it has no view of anything other than the breakfast area. The restaurants also felt a little isolated and hidden. This may be down to local customs, I guess, but it made the place feel slightly furtive. The large reception area and people milling around meant that talking to reception staff was done in hushed tones. The restaurants are good quality but expensive and there are cheaper and equal quality places for a bite nearby. The rooms are faultless though - nothing here to let the hotel down. The bed was very comfy, as were the pillows. Don't get me wrong, this hotel was not disappointing, just not quite up there with the very best.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in the first quarter 2012, the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche (part of Capital Plaza building) is ideally situated in the heart of the city, close to the seafront and the business and financial center. It enjoys a privileged location on Corniche Road, one of the most prestigious district. The maritime centre Port Zayed, the Souk, famous for its rugs and Dhow Harbour, home to the traditional transport and fishing boats which still take to the waters of the Arabian Gulf, are all a short distance from the hotel. The hotel offers all the services of a world-class French establishment, blending its origins with the best of the Oriental influences: butler service and executive lounge access (Club Millesime) for club rooms and suites, and the famous MyBed concept and Bose wave in all rooms. Each of the rooms offer breathtaking views over city and Arabian Gulf. Additionally, the hotel offers 3 signature restaurants and 3 bars, a pool, a spa and wellness space and 9 meeting rooms. A ballroom can also welcome up to 1000 visitors and therefore host any kind of events. ... more less
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