Just stayed for one night in late December.
The rooms were really impressive and would not be out of place in a five star hotel and this included excellent bathrooms. The whole hotel was spotlessly clean and well maintained. On the downside the check-in process was not so smooth and the staff were a bit too 'familiar' in their comments to the female friends that were in the party. The room did not have alcohol in the mini bar; not sure if this is an Abu Dhabi thing? Anyway, they have to be ordered via room service.
Staff were very keen that our party attended the small club night in the hotel where ladies received free drinks. This was fine but staff mentioned this offer one too many times and it came across as pushy. In the end we did briefly attend the event and it was a peculiar 'night' that was optimistically billed as "Abu Dhabi's premier night" or words to that effect. In short it was a Euro-pop cd being played to a largely empty venue.
We had breakfast at the hotel and it was just okay and wasn't really that good value for money at around 90 AED. The choice was somewhat limited and the hot meats were chicken sausages and turkey bacon (who knew that turkey could be turned into bacon!).
Another curious fact about this hotel was the amount of staff everywhere. You would see employees in suits hovering at the corner of your eye everywhere and this became a bit claustrophobic as it was a pretty small hotel.
I would have given this review 4 stars but at check out the staff asked me to review the hotel on Trip Advisor. I construed this as again being a bit pushy.
Nevertheless this hotel is clean and good value for a base to explore the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ramada Downtown Abu Dhabi an exciting new hotel in the heart of the downtown banking district. Our 112 rooms & suites have been designed with contemporary luxury in mind. Enjoy Korean cuisine or beverages at Sura, let your hair down at our Karoake rooms & savour specially selected cuts of Meat from our Steak menu at Vertical, the city's only Wine Bar & Restuarant while you take in the panoramic views of Abu Dhabi's skyline at night. ... more less
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