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Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
Ranked #13 of 128 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 November 2011

LOCATION:
- a little far out of the city, but this is definitely not a problem. AT ALL. If I remember correctly, they had a car service to take you into town. Besides, the hotel itself more than compensates for the location.

LOBBY:
- You enter a gleaming, fragrant atrium, and are greeted with a man offering you dates and tea. This was such a gorgeous little touch that made a world of a difference! It was great coming back to the hotel after a long day out and eating a sweet date! Made the whole experience feel much more "Arabian nights"!
- decor is precisely what you want out of a hotel in the Middle East: quite arabic, and very, very luxurious.

ROOMS:
- We stayed in an executive suite, and it was magnificent!
- the most comfortable beds you will ever experience.
- beautifully spacious.
- the bathroom was wonderfully arabic in design, with two gigantic carved wooden doors that you pull apart to enter. Wonderful "Monsoon" shower. Didn't try the bath, but I'm sure that would have been great too! The bathroom was very big!
- lovely dressing-room with a walk-in closet.

RESTAURANTS:
- Chinese was my favorite. You HAVE to experience this, I would return just for this!
- Breakfast: more choice than you can ever imagine, nothing to complain about at all. Incl. pancakes and 2 types of chocolate fountain, as well as fresh fruit, etc.
- Dinner buffet: was fantastic! So much choice from all over the world (indian, moroccan, lebanese, mexican, italian, chinese ...), and great desserts!
- Caviar & pearls: beautiful decor, great atmosphere.

ACTIVITIES:
- vast beach. Water not as clear blue though, but I suppose this is because we weren't at the ocean but at this sort of lagoon thing ... But the beach was extremely clean, the sand was beautiful! *complaint* no water sports, but *tip* go to the intercon for jet-skiing
- Fantastic pool area: infinity pool, giant hammocks the size of a king-sized bed, shisha for those who want it, cafe, etc. *Complaint* some arabic women were swimming in their abayas which could not have been hygienic! (No offense meant!)

OVERALL:
- Shangri-La is the way to go, still trying to find a hotel that can compare! not succeeding! You won't want to leave.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 November 2011

The unique combination of the calm beach with inspiring views across the see bay to the well-iluminated mosque. The spacious rooms with well-decorated doors and bathrooms. Staff OK, tasty coctails at the pool bar...number of restaurants close by at the souk.

Room Tip: Rooms at the ground floor suitable for families with small children.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 November 2011

we stayed at this hotel several times past year and we always had an excellent experience. the guest relations manager remembered our preferences from our 1st stay, ensured we have the nicest room available, was very friendly to our kids, arranged nannies, booked dinners for us, recommended evening entertainment. upon checking in 2 weeks ago for our vacation the warm greeting wasn't there, our requested room was not available and we didn't feel welcomed like on our previous stays. no usual small amenities and welcome gifts for our children and when I asked at the front desk to check why our room wasn't available, I was comfronted by a very rude old lady who basically told me like it or not thats what you get. after further inquieries I found out that she was the hotel manager and the previous guest relations manager left to our children and our utter dissapointment. we decided to cut our stay short and we moved to fairmont next door, where we were looked after well.
we are highly dissapointed with our last stay at shangri la abu dhabi and after 3 pleasant visits we decided not to return ever as for the money we paying we expect at least the same level of service we experienced before, not what we had last time.
the hotel is the most beautiful we have ever stayed at, it is unfortunate that without the right people, it is just a nicely designed building nothing more.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

Just love it! Staff is attentive without being pushy. Room I had last time had a fantastic walk in closet. Plus that you just walk a few minutes to the souk where Abu Dhabis expats hang out in bars & restaurants.
Make sure you get a room that is not too far away from lobby though. Can be long walks!

Room Tip: Ask for one w walk in closet. AND - make sure you are not too far away from the lobby. As the hotel...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 October 2011

Just returned from a short half-term break, Hotel well equipped, clean, staff very attentive, concierge very helpful (not so the restaurant booking desk though!) but the major gripe was the delay in receiving beverages! Seemed that there was plenty of waiters but limited bar staff, they took umbrage if you went to the pool bar yourself but often waited 20 minutes for drinks to be delivered. Same with coffee at breakfast.

Final bit of criticism was that the buffet seafood dinner on Monday nights, whilst having an excellent selection with bountiful choices most of the hot courses were at the best luke warm!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 October 2011

Great views across the water to the mosque, go soon, as it looks like building work will soon scupper the view. standard quality for a shrangri-la, nice rooms, bathrooms, all very spacious and excellent standard. service in the hotel restaurant one evening was sadly not great, and when we complained, there was a lot of time spent blaming each other (staff) rather than dealing with the issue. Good location, excellent bus service to get into town and local attractions, nice pool, excellent pool service, and good restaurants in the adjoining bazaar. becuase of the location, business hotel as well as pleasure.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 October 2011

The hotel is perfect to relax and just be your self. The rooms and facilities are very comfortable. Very nice bathroom. The viwes are great. Chi Spa is a wonderful experiance.

The only down side is that the room can get humid. You'll need to set the A/C at a very low temp to overcome the humidity.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Additional Information about Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

Address: Qaryat Al Beri Complex | Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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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 Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#2 Family Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#8 Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#9 Spa Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#13 Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi
Price Range: £159 - £477 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi 5*
Number of rooms: 213
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on a one-kilometre stretch of private beach overlooking the strait that separates Abu Dhabi Island from the mainland, the hotel is situated ten minutes drive from the city's international airport, five minutes from the golf course and the new Convention Centre and 15 minutes from the Corniche and the city centre. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, features 213 luxurious rooms and suites, all furnished to the highest standards in a modern Arabic style. Each room also has a balcony or a terrace providing an ideal setting for viewing striking ocean sunsets and traditional Arabic domes and minarets. Accommodation choices also include six spectacular villas comprising four bedrooms and a private swimming pool. Regarded as an ideal hotel in Abu Dhabi for longer stays, the Shangri-La Residences include 161 spacious serviced apartments ranging from studios to four-bedroom units.The 8.5 Hectare hotel complex provides a wide range of facilities and services for the discerning traveller. These include the signature CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, and a dedicated well-being zone comprising two gymnasiums, a swimming pool and a yoga room. In addition, there are four swimming pools within the grounds. The Souk traditional Arabian market built in a modern setting offers a variety of shops under one roof which are connected by a waterway featuring Arabic gondolas, or abras, which slowly meander through this unique architecture lush garden scenery. Supreme waterfront lifestyle enhanced with Shangri-La hospitality. Designed with luxury and comfort in mind, the Shangri-La Residences has all the features of the hotel at their doorstep. ... more   less 
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