I have just spent two very enjoyable nights in Le Meridien. I arrived at 5pm on Thursday evening and by 6pm I had had the car valet parked, checked in and unpacked and found my way to The Captain's Arms for Happy Hour and their excellent fish and chips.
Not the newest room, third floor front with a view over the restaurant roof, but at 330++ per night it was clean and comfortable so I wasn't that worried. Bathroom not that sparkling and an old fashioned TV but the twin beds were comfy and I wasn't planning to stay in my room that long.
The hotel interior has a faded elegance in sharp contrast to some of the newer glass and chrome tower hotels. The buffet breakfast was really good including a separate station for "real" sausage and bacon; very good staff as with the other eating establishments. I thought the pools were good, the little beach area was fine, obviously allowing for the view over the new developments. The gym and spa looked good as I passed through them to access the pools.
There are several eating places within Le Meridien's courtyard but it is also only 200 yards walk to the amenities of the Abu Dhabi Mall. The restaurants at the Beach Rotana are just beyond that and there is 49ers, TGI Fridays, KFC and Pizza Hut on the other side of the roundabout over the pedestrian footbridge. This central Tourist Club location is an obvious plus point not to be underestimated.
All in all, a value for money package and I will use the hotel again for these solo trips into the centre of the action. Not perhaps a business hotel, more a leisure choice
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Abu Dhabi Hotel Abu Dhabi
- Meridien Abu Dhabi
- Abu Dhabi Le Meridien