We've stayed at other Novotels, but this one was the best by far. We checked in very late -- after midnight -- yet there were two or three people at the desk, so the usual formalities went off without a hitch. They had our online reservation, had noted our special requests, and we were in the room within 10 minutes of our arrival. My wife was a bit peckish, so she ordered something from room service, which arrived in no more than ten minutes. Usually, room service after midnight is dodgy at best in our experience.
The room was more than adequate, if a little small. Had we had a couple of good sized suitcases with us, we might have complained a bit about the size, but with just one carry-on, no worries! Along with the usual mini-bar and TV, there was a broadband connection, two terrycloth robes, an iron, ironing board, a large safe, a hair dryer, and the usual toiletries in the bathroom.
The buffet breakfast in the morning was quite good, though I've had better veal bacon (UAE being a Muslim country, pork isn't available, of course.), but otherwise I was happy. The fresh pineapple and papaya were both very good, and there were lemon and lime slices available for the papaya, something which I greatly appreciated. That said, I do think 89 dirhams is just a bit on the pricey side.
There are two restaurants, one Chinese and the other sort of "international." We didn't actually eat in either one, so I can't comment, though I see no reason to think that they wouldn't be good.
Since neither of us are fitness fanatics, we have no idea how the pool or the exercise room are.
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- Also Known As:
- Accor Abu Dhabi
- Novotel Abu Dhabi
- Abu Dhabi Novotel