We have been to the Shangri-la for 2 weekend breaks in the last 6 weeks and have just booked to go back again in May. It is a superb hotel, very nicely appointed and spotlessly clean. The staff are happy and very attentive.
We stayed in 2 different suites in the Horizon Club. They were both amazing with terrific bathrooms and double balconies. The first had a fabulous view over the water to the Grand Mosque. The only one negative thing I would say is that you can potentially be unlucky with room allocation - if you are on the East side of the hotel you are on the side where the restaurants and bars are. When we where there they had i-kandy at the open air bar directly below the rooms and that was competing with noise coming from the Pearls bar at Pearls and Caviar which has loud music until 3am. It did disturb us a bit on our second stay.
It is worth the upgrade to the Horizon Club. The private check-in is a nice touch and the complimentary bar between 6pm and 8pm is cool. Breakfast is also included and is in the club lounge or terrace so you don't have to go near the main buffet downstairs.
We found the beach almost deserted - which did mean we didn't get any waiter attention without having to go and find it but did mean it was peaceful....ish......you do get some road noise and occasional low plane.
We ate at Hoi An which we didn't think much of - see separate review - and Pearls & Caviar which we did like. Great seafood. We took a wander along to the Souk next door though and discovered several restaurants and bars in there so there are cheaper dining options on hand too.
Overall, 2 days refreshed us completely and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Recommend to anyone looking for a bit of luxury. For sightseeing it's handy for the Grand Mosque and that's about it but then again, that's pretty much the main Abu Dhabi attraction.
- 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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