A beautiful and professional hotel. On arrival the lady on reception told us she had moved us to a room nearer to all the amenities and with a better view. This was true, the view we had was stunning, looking directly at the grand mosque. Good sized room and very comfortable.
The staff were very professional, always somebody on hand to help and always with a smile.
We booked into the spa and asked reception directions. Straight away was a hotel club buggy to take us as they insisted it was too hot outside to walk there.
The spa really was magnificent, i think probably the best i have ever been to. I felt at ease, comfortable and very relaxed from the moment i stepped in there. It's a wonder i could walk out after, the treatment was so good i actually dozed off!!
A pleasant way to pass time in the hotel is by getting an abra (traditional arabic boat) to the hotels souk which are connected by the waterways through the gardens. A nice little novelty.
Breakfast was enjoyable, a good choice of fresh, hot food on the buffet. You don't even have to get up to fetch a juice. A trolley is brought around to the table with juices and smoothies to choose from.
Unfortunately i can't comment on the restaurants in the hotel as we ate out the 3 nights we were there. Which is a shame as the restaurants did look good.
Overall i think this is a lovely hotel. Luxurious, professional and i think more welcoming and intimate than the vastness and sparseness of the Emirates Palace. The Shangri La just has that little extra personal touch.
If i was to return to Abu Dhabi i would not hesitate to stay here again.
- 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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