We booked the Sofitel Abu Dhabi just as we were boarding our flight to Abu Dhabi. Apart from the very reasonable price for room and breakfast, it's location and room size appealed to us. It did not disappoint. After arriving at Abu Dhabi at 11 pm at night, Check in was made fairly quickly and effortlessly. A cold welcome drink was offered on check in and our luggage was delivered promptly to our room. You'd be surprised at how hard it is for other hotels that are supposedly 5 star, to even achieve that level of service. (St Regis Saadiyat Island, I'm looking at you). Our room was a city view on the 28th floor. The room is spacious, important when travelling with a toddler.
We had breakfast included in the room rate and it was extensive. I thought it was good value for money compared to other hotels I've stayed at for the range of food that the breakfast buffet provided. The pool area is small by Abu Dhabi standards, but comfortable. It probably looks smaller that it actually is because of the temporary air conditioned tent they have set up for the summer. Understandable considering it gets to 40 degrees here.
The staff at the Sofitel are very friendly and accommodating. I have been finding during my travels in Abu Dhabi, that with many hotel staff here, English is not their first language, effort and consideration is required if you need to explain a complex request. However you might have more luck if you speak German or French as there seemed to be several native speakers on staff, which probably makes sense as Sofitel is a French hotel brand.
Overall I would gladly return to the Sofitel Abu Dhabi on my next stay and I can fully recommend it.
- 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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