First and foremost, this is NOT a hotel. True to the name, it's a PALACE! We decided to swing by Abu Dhabi for one night before going home at the end of a 7 day stay in Dubai. This was probably the BEST stay my husband and I have ever had-and we vacation every year!!
When pulled through the security gates our jaws dropped in awe and never really closed the entire stay! We pulled up to the entrance and were promply greeting with 'Mr. and Mrs Cal****, we have been expecting you!' They had taken the time to examine who was coming and knew it was us instantly! That made us feel more welcomed than anything! We were escorted inside to reception where I was offered a seat, a cool towel, Arabic coffee, fresh dates and given fresh flowers while the hubby handled the buisness end. Fyi, I was given fresh flowers 3 times during our one night stay! Then we were escorted to our room.
Honestly, it was a long walk to our room, but what do you expect?! I've been to palaces in France and Spain and they are all HUGE! The lady who escorted us was very plesant and you could tell she loved working there. Our room was really nice. We got the most inexpensive room, the coral, I think it was. (runs you about $1500/night in high season. it's cheapest right at the end of their summer). It was a little larger than a standard executive suite, the furnishings were really nice. HUGE plasma tv, gold fixtures in the bath, plush bathrobes, a desk and sitting area, minibar with complimentary sodas and water, and very comfy king sized bed. The balcony was really nice as well, large stone balcony with a table and two chairs. Even though we payed for a garden view, we were given the ocean view for free :-) Also, fresh fruit and bottled water are provided daily for free. Free coffee service to your room in the morning as well.
The spa was VERY nice. Most of the Masseusea (sp?) are small women from Thailand. We had a couples massage that was very relaxing.
I have read reviews that said the included butler was never there but that is NOT our case. He was so thoughtful, attentive, and nice and was there promptly everytime we called. He found out it was our anniversery and promptly booked us dinner reservations. While were gone, he decorated our room with a personalized banner!! Also, brought chilled champagne and chocolates and made us a rose petal bath with mint oil! Upon leaving, we tipped him 100 Dirhams for our one night stay and he totally deserved it. Dinner was amazing! We dined at the Italian place on the property. We also ate at the pool a couple of times. All which was very good as well.
To sum it up, this place was dream. All the service and EVERY SINGLE service person we came in contact with was very repectful and friendly. Over all IMPECCABLE service, IMPECCABLE grounds, IMPECCABLE food, IMPECCABLE Palace. We are already planning to return to Abu Dhabi just to stay here!! It was worth every penny that we paid.
Oh, ask to tour the 'Sex and the City' suite if you're interested. They'll gladly give you one! Also, if you have a midnight or 2 am flight, ask for a late check out. They'll let you use all hotel facilities after you check out, including the gym locker rooms which are nice! We stashed our bags in the lockers there and showered up before our 2 am flight.
AND if you're so inclined, ask about the car service to the airport. We were given a MAYBACH (yes, a MAYBACH) for the ride back to the Dubai airport for $500. They initally wanted $2000!! But my husband negotiated with the concierge for a bit and he accepted our offer!! It was AMAZING! We felt like royalty!!
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Emirates Palace
- Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi
- Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi