I have stayed at numerous Shangri-La hotels from basic rooms to suites in Oman, Abu Dhabi, Penang and Dubai.
I have stayed at the Shangri-La in Abu Dhabi now on two occasions and it is hard to fault.
We stayed in January for five nights in a Horizon Club room and everything including the rooms and service are faultless.
Breakfast in the Horizon Club compared to other Shangri-La hotels is basic however it is of a good standard and provides what you need including a cooked option. If you require more choice at breakfast then there is another restaurant where you can eat - Sofra Bld.
Afternoon tea is buffet style and the free cocktail hour is between 18:00 - 20:00 where canapés are available and free flowing alcohol. The staff are always replenishing your glass and ensuring that everything is running smoothly. The Horizon Club lounge is quiet and comfortable with a selection of newspapers and an ideal place to people watch.
The room is comfortable, cleaned daily and turned down at night. Water is provided, a mini bar and fresh fruit along with all other amenities which you would expect from a five star hotel.
We ate at three of the restaurants in the hotel during our stay, Pearls & Caviar, Shang Palace and Hoi An, all provided excellent service and a high standard of food.
We also visited the CHI spa for a half day (4 hour) massage and pampering. Yes some people in other reviews believe that the spa is costly however this included use of the spa facilities, foot bath and rub, whole body scrub, wrap, stone massage, facial and lunch. As usual the staff in the CHI at Shangri-La are excellent and in my opinion if spa days are what you like to do then it is worth the money.
We took the free shuttle bus from the hotel into Abu Dhabi and visited Marina Mall and walked along the promenade. We got a taxi back to the hotel from Marina Mall at a cost of 50AED. Yes the hotel is about a 20 minute drive from the city however there is a free shuttle service to various malls and to the mosque. We got a taxi back as we missed the free bus.
Finally a special mention to Dev and Wilbert who worked around the pool area. Two genuinely nice people who were always happy to help. They provided excellent service, good conversation and always ensured we had everything that we needed.
- 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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