We stayed for five nights at the end of November and beginning of December. We received a friendly greeting on our arrival and check in was quick and efficient and our luggage delivered to the room within minutes. As we were staying for a short break we had not booked a Mangrove room and therefore our view was looking over the front entrance of the hotel and over the city. The room was spacious, spotlessly clean and with a large well appointed bathroom with a separate bath and enclosed rain shower. There were plenty of toiletries available. As we arrived quite late we booked room service and the food was decent quality and arrived within 30 minutes. We slept well, the bed was comfortable with good quality linen. We had breakfast included and each day this was plentiful with a lot of hot and cold choices. You can eat outside with a view over the pool and the mangroves or inside in the spacious and beautiful Ingredients restaurant. We had planned only one day sightseeing and the Assistant Front Office Manager, Denis Krupp, provided us with ideas on how to see the sights in one day, gave us maps, water and arranged a taxi and open top bus tickets. He was extremely friendly and efficient and made suggestions we had not considered. We spent the first day sightseeing in Abu Dhabi city and the Grand Mosque and Emirate Palace are well worth a visit. We also enjoyed afternoon tea looking at the view from the Etihad Tower. The open top bus is good value and you can hop on and off and see the other sights such as the Corniche. We ate at the hotel each night and attended the speciality nights, we particularly enjoyed the Butchers Evening with a wide variety of different meats and cuts of meat cooked to order. We enjoyed all of our meals at the hotel , the quality is excellent and menus imaginative. The pool area is well laid out and very pretty but does lose the sun earlier in the day approximately 3.30pm, at this time of year but that is not too problematic The staff are attentive in the reception, restaurant and the bars, the only downside is service around the pool is very slow, particularly when ordering drinks. The rooftop bar, Impressions is a lovely place to sit after dark with a cocktail enjoying the city view. Our room was well kept during our stay and there was a lot of attention to detail. We hope to return again and next time we will book a Mangrove Room for the view and additional Mangrove Club extras.
We did not get the opportunity to use the spa but will do so on our return.
Taxis are cheap and easily available, transfers to or from the airport are about 30 Dhiram. However be careful, do not get in a taxi that does not have a meter, as we did on our arrival at the airport or you will be very over charged as we were.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara is ideally positioned along a stretch of Abu Dhabi’s protected Eastern Mangroves District. Only 15 mins away from Abu Dhabi International Airport, 10 minutes from Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC) or a short drive from downtown, the hotel enjoys a naturally stunning setting coupled with an extremely convenient location.Discover a haven of elite amenities that showcases Anantara’s distinctive luxury. Choose from 222 stately rooms and suites, characterised by abundant personal space and decor reflecting the splendour of the region’s desert and mangrove landscapes.A collection of impressive facilities provide definitive urban experiences and set the scene for extraordinary meetings and events. Dine on authentic Thai culinary delights at Pachaylen enhanced by authentic decor. Kick back and relax at Impressions, the stylish rooftop lounge offering million-dollar views and enjoy a showcase of culinary treasures at Ingredients with its masterful chefs on show. Unwind by the infinity edged pool with breathtaking views, while savouring Mediterranean cuisine from The Pool Deck or enjoy the luxury of a decadent afternoon tea at The Mangroves Lounge spread over two floors in the heart of the hotel.Relinquish every last sign of stress at Anantara Spa, where guests experience complete rejuvenation of body and mind and discover the healing powers of a traditional Turkish Hammam. ... more less
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