We stayed only one night so our experience of this hotel is correspondingly limited. We were stopping off between flights on Etihad to the far east. We thought the hotel was perfect for our purpose. Our "deluxe" room (which I think is their standard basic room) was extremely comfortable, very well furnished and equipped and surprisingly spacious (much more so than any photographs I have seen would lead you to suppose). The staff were very helpful and the overall standard of design and fitting out of the property is very high. We had an excellent dinner on the outdoor terrace of their Chinese restaurant although it is a little chilly outdoors in December after night fall. We also had a drink on the main terrace overlooking the pool with a view of the grand Mosque in the distance. I was disappointed by the view of the Mosque at night; the floodlighting does not do the building justice and the minarets are so covered in warning lights for aircraft that you might easily mistake it for an indusrtrial complex. I was also disappointed by the brightly lit hinterland which is much more built up than photographs would suggest and the "beach" appears very limited in size - not next to the sea as such but a thin inlet or creek which seems to be entirely surrounded by buildings. While I appreciate that it may not be fair to judge the surroundings on the basis of a single overnight stay, I am not sure that I would be drawn back to the location. Having said that, the hotel itself is excellent and we really liked the indoor bar off the lobby and the amazing selection at breakfast time in the huge buffet restaurant. While I am not a fan of buffet breakfasts, the buffet here almost won me over and there is ample space to cater even for the busiest times. If I ever had to stay in Abu Dhabi again, I would certainly bear this hotel in mind.
- 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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