Typically, I am a fan of Sheraton hotels. So far, I have found the staff to be very helpful and courteous and in the properties themselves you find the odd touches of class, here and there, that sets them apart from contemporary brands. In the Sheraton Corniche, I know the ground-floor outlets very well from the time I was resident in Abu Dhabi for 7 odd years – but had never stayed there. I knew also of the sumptuous lobby and chic cigar bar just up the grand staircase from the lobby to the first floor. The property itself has witnessed a lot of changes to its surrounding environment over the years – coincidentally maintaining the example of a good hotel that’s been around a while.
So my first stay in a room here was pretty good, with those little Sheraton touches including the marble clad bathroom and large comfy bed. My only disappointments were that the odd-shaped bed area of the room felt a little confined: With no room for it in the room itself, I had to put my suitcase on the granite-topped drawers in the wardrobe, thereby reducing space for my hanging clothes; The room’s two armchairs were placed just below the largish flat-screen TV facing away towards the opposite side of the room – so they didn’t get used too much – although even when seeing what was on, the selection of available channels was pretty limited.
A new discovery for me was the ‘Flavours’ buffet restaurant, which is spacious and a very pleasant environment with good food. During my 7-day trip, I saw it busiest during breakfast and on the Wednesday evening Seafood night. In all of the hotel’s restaurants that I visited, I could not praise the staff enough – attentive and efficient. Having specific dietary needs, the staff went to some length to ensure that the dishes I had were OK for me.
I didn’t get to use the gym on this trip but it looked large and well equipped. The adult and children pools, set within well manicured lawns and landscaping, are a good size – and if the weather had been a little warmer then I would probably have found time to take a dip. Shame about the beach though: With the arrival of the road linking the Corniche with Mina Zayed a few years back – the good sized beach now goes down to an ever decreasing splash of sea that disappears under the new bridge. After all, the beach/sea is what gave the hotel its ‘resort’ status.
The odds have been stacked in hotels’ favour in recent years, with more demand than rooms available in all hotels in the capital - leading to exorbitant rates being charged. That picture is hopefully beginning to change with new establishments opening in Das Island, Bain Al Jesrain and other areas of Abu Dhabi. In the frantic modernisation of the city, some have argued that the demolition of some of the older buildings has been comparable to throwing the baby out with its bathwater (e.g. the old souk area – grubby but charming as it was). Call me nostalgic but I hope that this, one of the oldest hotels in town, retains its looks well into the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi's shopping and business district, the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort combines the best of business and leisure. Enjoy our private lagoon and resort on the Arabian gulf or try one of the 11 restaurants and bars to choose from. The Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort has everything needed for a perfect stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel Abu Dhabi
- Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel And Resort
- Abu Dhabi Sheraton