Due to a favourable tarif rate with my company, I am fortunate enough to stay a couple of times a year at the Emirates Palace when on business in Abu Dhabi.
This hotel is one of the grandest, most opulent in the world. Clearly Abu Dhabi has developed the hotel as a trophy asset to host visiting dignatories and us lucky business guests get to stay at reasonable rates compared to other top quality Abu Dhabi hotels.
On the plus side this is an immaculate hotel. In recent years the range of restaurants has expanded. Quality of food is excellent. Rooms spotless and spacious, with gold fittings throughout and giant TV screen. Beautifully cool balconies. Gym is very good and if you have time to relax by the pool or beach these facilities are simply superb.
On the downside the hotel has very little atmosphere due to its sheer size and scale. Also your room can be a 10 minute walk from Reception. Breakfast is extremely expensive. Finally as a gym addict it is frustrating that the gym closes at 9pm - not much use when your London flight arrives at 730pm. However a word in the ear of the Assistant Manager will ensure the gym is opened.
All in all stunning and a special treat now and again for this business traveller.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking