My wife and I stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel in Abu Dhabi last June during our honeymoon. It was an absolutely amazing experience. It was so good, we can't help but use it as the yardstick with which to measure all the other hotels we've stayed at since. Our experience was made very special by the wonderful staff who always had giant smiles on their faces, and really impressed us by always greeting us by name. Every time we returned to the hotel or left our room, we were welcomed with "hello Mr. Tyler", or "how can we help you Mr. Tyler?" They also constantly checked up on us and made sure our stay was going well. We also really enjoyed the nice touch of them bringing up a bottle of champagne for our honeymoon.
The hotel's decor is what I would describe as a combination of middle eastern airyness and architecture with an open Mediterranean feel, bringing in the sea. The lobby is beautiful, accented by a huge chandelier. The rooms are equally impressive, containing a fantastic bathroom with a bath tub Shamu would be happy in. The room had a very clean, open feel with tile floors that helped a lot with the heat. The bed was also very nice, huge and extremely comfortable. The view was also very nice. We had a picturesque view over the resort grounds, including the pools and man made river that runs through the complex, as well as across the real river to the enormous Mosque. The pools shared this view, as did the restaurant. It was very nice to sit by the pool with this view in the background.
The grounds have a man made river on them, and little abra boats that they will ferry you around on between the hotel and nearby shopping, or just around in a circle of the resort if you like. We felt this was a very nice touch, especially romantic at night.
I also really appreciated the shuttle service they offered that took us to the Mosque for the tour in the morning, and over to the mall for some shopping later in the day. The location is also quite convenient as there is a small mall like building next door with several nice shops and restaurants. We ate at Ushna, the Indian Restaurant, one night and were very happy with the food, especially the well balanced spiciness and the wine that was paired with it.
The hotel was also very convenient for us to travel to Ferrari World and the Formula One Race track, both a short taxi ride away. They were also able to secure tickets for us at the concierge and arrange the transfers for us.
We were not able to visit the spa during our stay, but really enjoyed the large pool, though it was nearly unbearable in the heat of late June.
We ate breakfast twice at the buffet restaurant, Sofra Bld in the hotel. The selection was very good, and had something for every taste from traditional American style omelets and sausages to Chinese dishes. We also liked that the wait staff came around fairly often with specialty drinks of the morning including different juices. All the food was very good, and we admittedly ate far more than we needed to in 110 degree heat. It was on the pricey side, but you are paying the the convenience of eating in the hotel, and for breakfast, it was very good. Good enough at least to prevent us from looking anywhere else during our stay.
Our favorite part was definitely how well the staff treated us, especially by taking the time to learn our names. Also, always greeting us with a smile and making sure we were enjoying our stay. Even the small things like a refreshing cool towel whenever we returned and tea tastings and dates in the lobby really made us glad to be staying there.
- 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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