Stayed here for a week in early August. Got a great rate at Travel Republic to stay in a Studio room. We were impressed with an adequate sized room with a decent kitchen, however the toilet,wash basin and shower area was small and NO bath, which with a 3 yr old was a must. The hotel website does not say the Studio room has no bath..in fact is not clear whether the 1,2,3,4 bed appartments have a bath either, which they do. With a bit of gentle persuation and calm discussion we were shown a Deluxe room in the main hotel. This room was much more suited to our needs so we moved there at no extra cost, with an extra bed placed in the room for our child.
Some people had issues with the location of this hotel with regard to being in between 2 main bridges with traffic, under a flight path of a military airport and construction of a new Marriot hotel near the Mosque. This did not bother us at all as you could hardly hear the traffic, hear any construction work and the aircraft flew over only a few times a day which was quite a site to be honest. If ultimate paradise is what you are after then maybe a hotel in the Maldives or similar is for you, not a hotel on the outskirts of a city that is growing and expanding.
The complex is made up of the main hotel with two pools, Health centre with pool, a Souk and appartment areas with another two pools. All these areas are connected via golf buggies, water ways with Abras or you can walk if desired. The gym at the health centre is adequate with a quiet secluded pool area. The Souk had a small supermarket which was handy, nice shops and stalls and some great restuarants (meat co. and an indian restuarants among our favourites) although a little pricey.The buffet in the main hotel was fantastic for breakfast, lunch or dinner..great choice and quality.
The staff could not have been more helpful and polite. We are all human and if they made any mistakes, they were quickly rectified with sincere appologies.
Overall this is a superb hotel and well worth the money especially if you search for a deal on the net. It has been built along similar lines as the Madinat Jumeirah complex in Dubai which we have been to many times although smaller and a little less grand, hence the cheaper rates.
Please feel free to ask any questions, I'd be happy to help....
- 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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