We have stayed in several Shangri La hotels and had high expectations for this reasonably new addition. The hotel is a little out of the city but unless you are in AD for business you wouldn't really want to be any closer. The hotel is convenient for the airport and close to the Grand Mosque for those who wish to visit. We did and it is well worth the visit. Beautiful building with the world's largest chandelier, carpet etc, etc. Excellent guide who was willing to answer any questions and eager to break down any religion barriers. The tour takes place Sun-Thurs, 10am for 90 mins and is free. Ladies have to wear a burka(?) provided by the mosque and must have knees covered before even getting to enter the grounds. Would not have missed the visit.
Not alot else to see or do in AD but then we only wanted a week in the sun. The hotel has a free shuttle bus to the mosque and shopping malls. Hotel very popular with locals especially at the weekend.
There is a new boutiquey souk in the grounds which has assorted shops, a supermarket and restaurants.
Prices are as you would expect in a 5* hotel in the UAE. Burger or salad by the pool £8-10. Pint of beer £5, coke £2.50. Buffet breakfast excellent choice of food, including steak and chocolate fountain. Had the buffet one evening, again very good choice but rather expensive at £40 per person. We ate in the French Bord Eau one evening and had the blind tasting menu. Very good but only for a special occasion, £100 a head.
Service on the whole was very good. The reason why I haven't given this hotel a better rating is because of a few niggly things. At breakfast we had to keep asking for tea/coffee. When we first sat down each day we would be asked what drink we wanted and invited to go to the buffet. Then the drinks never arrived and every day we had to ask at least once or twice more for tea/coffee. One evening we had no hot water in the room, although it was sorted reasonably quickly. Also on the last full day our room was not serviced at all. We returned after a day at the pool to find the room as we'd left it that morning. It took several conversations with housekeeping and guest relations to get it sorted. Small things but not something we've experienced in other Shangri La hotels.
On the whole we had a very good stay but not exceptional.
- 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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