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“Winter Break In Abu Dhabi”

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Le Meridien Abu Dhabi
Ranked #63 of 128 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
Reviewed 18 January 2012

We visited Le Meridien in December 2011. We arrived late and night and were checked in very quickly. The reception area and lobby were prettily lit with Christmas decorations. After reading some of the other reviews I was a little worried that we would find a shabby dirty hotel, therefore I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was nicely furnished and clean. There is lots of dark wood in the furnishings which can make some public areas appear dark so if you are looking for a modern hotel this may not be for you.

Our room was on the 2nd floor and was roomy with flat screen TV, clean bathroom with shower and bath and tea & coffee making facilities. We didn’t have a view from the room but we weren’t expecting one. We didn't experience any noise disturbance either.

The next morning we partook of an excellent breakfast in the restaurant. You can eat outside if the weather is fine. The breakfast is extensive from cooked options which does include pork sausages, and an egg chef to prepare eggs of your choice, plenty of fruit, yogurt, cereals, meat, cheese, smoked salmon and salads. There was a wide selection of breads to toast (including freshly baked green tea bread) and also a variety of cakes and croissants. There really was something for everyone, including the most delicious muesli which was served in a little shot glass (yum).

The hotel has an inner courtyard/garden area, around which are the bars and restaurants, including a sports bar which showed lots of premier league football whilst we were there and it serves pub food. There is an ‘English style’ pub which was always very busy, it had a happy hour from 4-7pm each day and served pub food. We tried the food in both the sports bar and the english pub and it was pretty good. There is a Thai restaurant, an Italian restaurant and a French bistro serving organically sourced food but we didn’t eat in any of them, and therefore can't comment.

The courtyard area also has a small pond with Koi carp and terrapins. The whole area makes a very pleasant place to while away a couple of hours with a nice glass of wine. We also visited Le Royal Meridien one night and definitely preferred our hotel to have a drink of an evening.

We chose to eat outside of the hotel on occasion and the food was very reasonably priced, although of course you cannot get any alcohol. One of the restaurants was the Indian Palace; the food was really good and cost approx £20 for both of us (2 courses each & a bottle of water). We ate out in 2 other local restaurants and the food in both was very good.

The pool area is very nice, although at this time year a lot of the sunbeds are in the shade by 3pm in the afternoon. There is also a small aviary with budgerigars, parrots and cockatoos which provide some distraction for children.

The hotel is also very well situated for access to the Corniche although there are a lot of roadworks to negotiate. We walked all the way along the Corniche to the Marina Mall (at this time of year the temperature is quite pleasant). We also caught the local bus to the Marina Mall, it costs 1 dirham per person, and men have to sit separately to women (the bus is the No5 or 7 which you can catch outside the Abu Dhabi Mall).

We also visited the Grand Mosque and took one of the free tours which was an excellent morning out. Females do have to wear an abbaya and a shawl to cover their hair (these are provided by the mosque), men have to wear long trousers or the mosque will provide a covering for them as well. Whilst inside the mosque females are also not allowed to take pictures but males can.

The Mosque is very beautiful and the guides are friendly, informative and happy to answer any questions about the mosque or Islam.

All in all we enjoyed our short stay in Abu Dhabi at Le Meridien and think it makes a good winter break destination.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Tourya M, Public Relations Manager at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2012

Dear travelharrogate,

Sincerely appreciate you taking the time to share your experiences, It is obvious that you took the time to script your experiences and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for same. We are delighted to hear that our facilities were at your liking and furthermore you carried fond memories of this wonderful city.
Look forward to seeing at next winter break providing us the opportunity to serve you once again!

Yours sincerely

Nemo ACIMOVIC
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

The hotel is a bit old and needs some refurbishment urgently, but it has a classy style which makes it very cozzy.
The rooms are comfortable and there are just too many restaurants inside the property, it is excellent.
Besides, the fact that it is close to the Corniche and Abu Dhabi Mall is definetely a plus.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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Tourya M, Public Relations Manager at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2012

Dear Ericcbrasil,

Thank you for taking time to write a review on Trip Advisor.
We are delighted to read you kind comments and is pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi. We are glad that you found the rooms comfortable and the location of the hotel convenient.
We sincerely hope that you that you will give us the opportunity to look after you on your next visit to Abu Dhabi.

Yours sincerely
Nemo ACIMOVIC General Manager

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Reviewed 16 January 2012

Booked a room for two nights while y mum and brother were visiting in dubai. Arrived at the hotel and was absolutely gutted the second I walked in, certainly not like any of the other meridiens I have been to. I kept an open mind due to the polite reception staff and man at the front door. They showed us to the room and it was AWFUL!!! Even my 9 year old brother said it was really bad...I looked at two or three other rooms, equally bad,,,the first view was of concrete on the roof, the garden view was green felt and you couldn't see either of the above as the windows were so dirty in each room!! They looked like they hadn't been cleaned in about a year.

We ended up settling in the 3rd room as we were tired and cancelling the second night as it wasn't good. We even found a pubic hair in our bed sheets!!

The only good part of the hotel is the fantastic staff that it employs, I gathered its a regular occurance, people complaining but they handled it very well. Oh and also the food was ok from room service also.

Room Tip: dont stay near the felt grass garden, its incredibly noisy! Try and get a room on top floor, view i...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Tourya M, Public Relations Manager at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2012

Dear Natalie r,

Thank you very much for taking your valuable time to give us the feedback with regards to your stay.
Le Meridien Abu Dhabi has been in existence over 33 year and may deemed aged compared to some of the newer properties. Indeed our strength lies in our associates who are dedicated in providing customer care and service second to none.
We sincerely regret that you did not benefit of your recent stay, however hope that you will give us the opportunity once more to serve you in the near future.


Yours Sincerely,

Nemo ACIMOVIC
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Reviewed 13 January 2012

Great hotel with great staff . I stayed for a week , got a suite on the second floor . Halfboard , which means i had breakfast and dinner . The food was good , only minus was unclear prices . One dayit was 32 aed , next 18 aed for the same drink . Best thing about the hotel was gym and beach . Spa was good too . Great place for families . Would recommend it to friends .

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Tourya M, Public Relations Manager at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2012

Dear Alex_leonov,

We are very pleased to read that your time ate Le Meridien was an Enjoyable one. We would like to thank you for your kind comments and certainly will pass them on to associates concerned. We presume the price difference you paid could have been due to happy hour offerings and time. Thank you for being an ambassador for Le Meridien Abu Dhabi. We look forward to welcome you back in the near future.

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Nemo ACIMOVIC
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

Good location right by a mall and a Hop on Hop off bus stop to see the city sights. The hotel has its own beach if you don't mind the view being made up of water, floating pylons and a large building construction sight. A bit strange to see and definitely not a complaint because the weather was amazing and the beach attracted lots of people, including friends that joined us there. We were surprised at the Christmas theme through the hotel! A huge tree in the lobby, decorations everywhere and carols playing.

The hotel is a bit dated but the facilities are good. We were up on level 3 with a sea view. Not as nice as the 5th floor obviously (this is the executive floor with a free business centre and their own breakfast area) where our friends were, but still very good value even with a balcony. Room was very comfortable, large bathroom and great shower water pressure.

We ate at the Thai restaurant and the French Bistro at the hotel while we were there. Both were ok and not cheap but you expect that from resort restaurants. The mall is a stones throw away if you don't want to spend much on meals where they have a number of cafes and a food court with the usual burger and fried chicken fast food.

Buffet breakfast was more than adequate and I liked having freshly prepared (to my liking) eggs from the breakfast chef. They put out a decent spread of the usual hot food, pastries, fruits, cold meats, juice etc,. Staff were attentive, in particular one very nice lady who I think was maybe a Restaurant manager (wore a black skirt suit) who saved my burning toast from setting off the fire alarm!

Enjoyed my stay in Abu Dhabi and only wish I stayed longer.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Tourya M, Public Relations Manager at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2012

Dear Fruity_kiwi,

Thank you for your feedback and taking the time to post your comment.

We were delighted to read that you have enjoyed your stay with your friends in Le Méridien Abu Dhabi.
It may occur the city is obscured by development, which makes it one of the fast developing ultra modern cities of the world.
We are glad to hear that you were able to indulge in most of our services and found them to your satisfaction.
We sincerely hope that your next visit be longer, giving us the privilege to serve you once again.

Yours sincerely
Nemo ACIMOVIC
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Reviewed 6 January 2012

Rooms are small and hotel is showing it's age. Restaurant selection is good but frankly this hotel has seen better days. Overpriced these days. Service is very good though

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled on business
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Thank Despo G
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Tourya M, Public Relations Manager at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2012

Dear Despo G,

Thank you very much for taking your valuable time to give us the feedback with regards to your stay.
Le Meridien Abu Dhabi has been in existence over 33 year and may deemed aged compared to some of the newer properties. Indeed our strength lies in our associates who are dedicated in providing customer care and service second to none.

Look forward to welcome you back to Le Meridien Abu Dhabi in the near future

Yours sincerely
Nemo ACIMOVIC
General Manager

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Reviewed 3 January 2012

Having read some of the reviews we were a bit wary but needn`t have worried,although one of the oldest hotels in Abu Dhabi the staff,the room and the facilities could not have been better.I would recommend upgrading to Royal Club as we had a great sea and pool view and the extras that you receive more than cover the extra cost.All in all a very good choice.

Room Tip: Royal Club with sea view
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Tourya M, General Manager at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2012

Dear CheshireOlly,

We first would like to thank you for your comments. It has helped us to learn your preferences and it is very valuable to us.
We are very happy that you found the room and the facilities to your liking. Thank you for choosing Le Meridien Abu Dhabi for your recent stay and It would be a real pleasure for us to welcome you once again.
Your sincerely

Nemo ACIMOVIC
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Additional Information about Le Meridien Abu Dhabi

Address: Al meena 2nd St | Tourist Club Area, Abu Dhabi 46066, United Arab Emirates
Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Abu Dhabi > Abu Dhabi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#22 On the Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#36 Spa Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#36 Family Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#37 Romantic Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#46 Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#55 Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi
Price Range: £70 - £309 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Le Meridien Abu Dhabi 4*
Number of rooms: 234
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Le Méridien provides you with the comfort of your home. The lush gardens and private ‎beach make it an ideal destination for business travellers & tourists. ‎The famed Méridien Village brings the world to your plate, with a unique mix of 14 ‎restaurants and bars. Let Le Méridien spoil you with its recreation & rejuvenation facilities - ‎a blend of health, fitness and fun at Eden Spa & Health Club. Special Ayurveda and Litho ‎therapies available. ... more   less 
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