We only stayed one night at the weekend and booked a Horizon Club Deluxe Room which was on an upper floor and had views of the Grand Mosque across the water. This was especially beautiful at sunset.
We were welcomed by Ramman and Koplia who took care of us and we were quite pleased that staff around knew us by our names.
The room is spacious and clean and we used the Club lounge facilities for evening drinks.
We had breakfast in the Sofra Bid restaurant as there was much better choice.
As smoking is allowed in the UAE, the inside of the hotel was quite musty smelling and this was quite annoying when walking around the open areas. However, the room was non-smoking and so, our only retreat.Having read reviews about the annoying jet skis, can confirm that there was one jet ski in the water while we were there. The more annoying noise was the music on Friday night which didn't appear to stop until I called Service at 1.45am!
The beach is tiny and due to the heat, there were hardly any guests outdoors.
The restaurants available are lovely. We had starters in Hio An and mains at Shang Palace. Delicious in both and service by Billy and Ernie great.
The Chi Spa is lovely but for the prices paid, would expect a much better massage. Not impressed.
We would definately go back to the hotel 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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