The majesty of this new hotel is apparent as soon as you step out of the taxi and into the grand, ornate lobby. The staff is eager to show you to a restaurant, party or meeting. That's where it stopped for me.
As we entered our "private party" the billowing cigarette smoke blasted me in the face and seeped into my lovely outfit. The tall man with a name tag heard an earful from me as he approached. This lovely place is the smoking section? YUCK
He asked the smokers to leave the area, as they had intruded in our private party, and they did. The residual smell lingered.
The wait staff walked around with a dozen canapés on trays, none were gluten-free (as pre-ordered) and appeared to me to make it around twice. The food was so minuscule and scarce. I was very disappointed.
Our party was lovely because of the people. The hotel leaves a lot to be desired.
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- The St. Regis Abu Dhabi provides unsurpassed access to a wealth of experiences. Each of the guestrooms enjoy magnificent waterfront views of the Arabian Gulf and a bespoke experience provided by the St Regis Butlers. ... more less
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