Best Hotels in Abu Dhabi
Best Hotels in Abu Dhabi
The Abu Dhabi hotel scene is on fire, with world beating hotels opening in Abu Dhabi, almost monthly, and so now the new hotels in Abu Dhabi that have launched in the last 5 years or so are now vying to the best Abu Dhabi hotels. But with many more hotels all in the offing, this best of list of hotels looks to be an ever changing list. Just as Abu Dhabi is changing, so the hotels scene changes with it - and as Abu Dhabi pitches itself as a luxury destination, the hotels are pitched in the same way. You only need to look at the recent additions to the hotel scene. Abu Dhabi, from a hotel perspective, has changed significantly in the last 10 years when there were only a handful of decent hotels around. There still aren't that many budget hotels is Abu Dhabi, but if you are looking for some of the best hotels around, some of the top 10 hotels in the UAE would come out of the top ten hotels in Abu Dhabi. But the question you are looking at is this: which hotels in Abu Dhabi are the best hotels in Abu Dhabi? Or indeed, which is the best hotel in Abu Dhabi. Well, everyone has a best choice, whether it is the hotels with the best service, or most exclusive hotel, or even the most expensive hotel, but the best hotels will usually be among the most popular hotels in Abu Dhabi. What we have tried to do is put together a number of lists of hotels to get to the elusive list, based on the hotels we have visited .We may not have stayed at all the hotels, but we certainly have a view on every single hotel that we recommend. And because we are impartial, we have only included the very best hotels here. As better hotels come to market, we will review and update list, where appropriate. But bear in mind that just because a hotel is new, doesn't mean that it will automatically join the list. There needs to be something of a "wow factor" to it.
And now that Abu Dhabi is competing with Dubai as a destination, Abu Dhabi competes with Dubai for hotels. It's simple - as a destination, Abu Dhabi needs to be different and best at different things. Well, proof is in the pudding. We would love to hear from you once you have visted some of the hotels on out list and tell us whether they are any good. Hopefully they aren't the worst hotels you will stay at - and hopefully they will be one of the best, not just best in Abu Dhabi, but best ever.
There are lots of hotel deals that you can check, but we have tried to give you some different options, looking not just at the best hotels or luxury hotels, but we have considered the other end of the scale to give you a view of the budget hotels in Abu Dhabi as well as more mid range hotels. Finally, we have an alternative list which hopefully provide you with another option to check other reviews and do more research as you find the hotel that meets your need. But, let's be frank, hotels in Abu Dhabi are expensive, so there has to be another choice, unless you can get a great deal. There are often deal on hotels in Abu Dhabi, so it's worth looking around, so that you don't blow your budget at where you will be sleeping. And our list can't be all things to all people - people will disagree - and that's great - all part of the discussion and debate. Your review may be different to ours, but it's ok to have an opinion!
We haven't created a list for 7 star hotels in Abu Dhabi, because there is officially only one 7 star hotel in Abu Dhabi, which is the Emirates Palace. And at $3bn, you would have thought so. But many of the 5 star hotels are superior hotels and sit neatly in a class together. Of course there aren't as many Abu Dhabi hotels as there are Dubai ones, but in 10 years time, that may be different, just because Abu Dhabi is larger, with many islands. In the meantime, you can go through our top ten abu dhabi hotels list knowing that that you have a decent cross section of hotels in Abu Dhabi.
And finally, these hotels are personal choices, so please do research before you book your hotel. These Abu Dhabi lists of hotels are as much about determining the best ones as they are about giving some direction to the new traveller to Abu Dhabi, booking theith hotel for the first time. Hopefully, we have given some clarity to your reesearch and that are eventually able to pick the right hotel in Abu Dhabi that makes your stay a special one.
Abu Dhabi Hotels are up and coming with many 5 star hotels in Abu Dhabi getting notice globally. Why? Abu Dhabi is on the up and with millions of visitors every year. The emirate is becoming a hot competitor of Dubai with its new 2km public beach and fantastic choice of trendy restaurants and bars. From a hotel persective, Abu Dhabi are aiming to be the best and from a relatively slow and low key start, some of the best hotels in the world are popping up in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is such an ambitious city; it is striving to keep fans returning by planning a host of new developments such as the Louvre and Guggenheim Museums on Saadiyat Island and a lineup of impressive events scheduled throughout the year including the Abu Dhabi Gold Championship and the anuual Formula 1 Grand Prix amongst many more.
In order to help you shortlist, we’ve compiled our preferred Abu Dhabi establishments. This list of Abu Dhabi hotels based on luxury. These are the best hotels in Abu Dhabi,and these Top 10 Hotels are all 5 star hotels in Abu Dhabi. As we have said before - for those who want to know how many 7 star hotels are there in Abu Dhabi - there is only one supposed 7 star hotel - and that is the Emirates Palace - which is why, at this point in time, it sits at the top of the list
These 5 star Abu Dhabi hotels are all high quality. You may not agree with our top 10 hotels in Abu Dhabi. However, what we do honestly believe is that the majority of these hotels should be in the top 10 hotels Abu Dhabi list - and we are sure you will agree with that. The next thing is to search for the best deal to go and stay in Abu Dhabi! Here is our list of hotels in Abu Dhabi - the top hotels in Abu Dhabi.
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If you ever wondered what it was like to be treated like royalty – head to the Kempinski Emirates Palace for a taster. Renowned as the world’s classiest and costliest hotel, it has placed no limits on expensive marble, gold and stunning interiors. As well as the best conference centre in the region and a mammoth ballroom, the hotel boasts a 1.3km strictly private beach along with beautifully landscaped gardens. Yes, this is the hotel that cost $3bn to make - that was the most expensive hotel in the world to build at the time. And this is the best hotel in Abu Dhabi! The Emirates Palace is probably also the best known in Abu Dhabi - when pictures of the largest suite circulated around the internet at launch stating this was actually the Sheikh's palace and not a hotel. Dignatories stay here as well as the famous celebs, because it is luxury. It also has the best beach in Abu Dhabi which is reserved for those staying at the hotel. The hotel is open to view and has some great restaurants if you can't experience the luxury by staying there yourself, but
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One of the newest kids on the block, the Yas hotel is a sideways step into design albeit positive! The hotel had its grand opening at the end of 2009 with the inaugural Formula 1 Grand Prix and has been flying since. The Yas Island complex is predicted to be the hot new destination as most of its planned outlets will be completed such as Ferrari World. The Yas hotel appeals to anyone who loves trend, funk and ingenious design. Its careful planning has ensured things like viewing the famous racetrack and yachts can be done from all restaurant terraces. Eateries are top class and ample choice to please any taste bud. Hotel facilities include a very state of the art gym which is also has a men and women section, a beautiful spa, two sparkling pools, a yacht club and golf course. The rooms and bathrooms are creatively decorated and give you a feel of jealousy! Oh, and great service. Just bear in mind your location. You are on Yas Island, not mainland Abu Dhabi. But that's not such a bad thing. Yas Island is happening right now - and the Yas Hotel is best hotel on Yas Island by far. Its iconic with millions of people having tuned in to see the grand prix and because the area is up and coming you can get some serious discounts. Mark our words, this is a fantastic hotel and does justice to the Abu Dhabi vision. But you could have some great discounted deals here as the business crowd don't yet extend here. So get in there for some peace and quite before the hoards arrive.
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The Fairmont Abu Dhabi Hotel or Fairmont Bab al Bahr, as it is known, is the latest trendy hotel to appear on the Abu Dhabi sand line. The Fairmont is about 20 minutes away from Abu Dhabi city and close to Abu Dhabi Airport. The rooms are generous in size and the décor easy on the eye. Eight excellent restaurants and bars including a steakhouse by Marco Pierre White and for the chocolate fans – a chocolate studio to sample chocolate making from conception! If you like contemporary, funky, an ample sized private beach and close proximity to the city centre, this could be the break for you. The Fairmont is a personal favourite. It oozes quality, but does not go over the top - and so therefore is comfortable. Think friendly service rather than snootiness. Couple that with the open air feel and internal design, this is a great spot to to both experience Abu Dhabi and relax. The Fairmont Hotel is 15 minutes from the malls and the city, and just round the corner from the Sheikh Zayed Mosque.
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The Shangri-La Qaryat Al-Beri superbly designed hotel opened at the end of 2008, based on the Shangri La concept with elegant Arabian accents. Located right next to the Fairmont in the Between the Bridges Area, the Dhangri-La hotel is 15 minutes away from Abu Dhabi city overlooking the 1km stretch of private beach and the magnificent Grand Mosque. A uniquely designed set of waterways with abras take guests to different parts of the hotel and restaurants. The rooms are exquisite and a mini shopping souk can keep you occupied as well as one of the five tempting pools. This is a great hotel, and you can get a discount on location in comparison to the Fairmont next door, even though the quality is comparable. As you know Shangri-La hotels are a known quantity - great quality and great service. This one doesn't disappoint.
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One of the oldest hotels in Abu Dhabi, the Intercontinental has been extensively refurbished and has the benefit of being set in one of the most beautiful parklands - the Intercontinental has its own private beach and marina with stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. So, don't let the fact that it's been around for ages deter you - it's managed to get the best location before people even knew about Abu Dhabi. And before the new hotels if Abu Dhabi came on the scene, this was easily the best hotel in Abu Dhabi. It is conveniently located in a quiet part of Abu Dhabi city and only a 10 minute taxi ride away from the main business district and shopping malls. Facilities are what you’d expect including seven restaurants, pools, health club and a trendy nightclub frequented by the hot shots of Abu Dhabi. You're also very close to the hubub of Abu Dhabi.
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As well as being a luxury hotel, the central location is the key selling point of the Beach Rotana hotel. Set on the shore, all 413 rooms have a sea view. Additionally, this hotel has its own private access to the hustle and bustle of Abu Dhabi Mall – great for the high heat season when you don’t have to step outside to hit the shops. A great business hotel for when you are not in your room all the time. It's 5 star quality, but the rooms are slightly smaller than the rest of the Abu Dhabi Hotels, but that's because it is so centrally located. The entrance hall of the Beach Rotana is amazing!
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Abu Dhabi’s first boutique hotel opened in 2005 and is located about 20 minutes away from Abu Dhabi city and 45 minutes from Dubai. It’s perfect for those who don’t want to be at the heart of Abu Dhabi city yet close enough to enjoy the delights of downtown shopping and entertainment. Al Raha has a stunning man made private beach and infinity pool set against lush gardens. 24 beach villas also have their own infinity pools. The hotel is on the Al Raha development which when ready, will have luxury accommodation for 130,000 plus entertainment and shopping complexes. Soon there will be no need to take the free shuttle buses to Abu Dhabi city as Al Raha will have it all and more.
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This beautifully looking Sheraton hotel is situated on the corniche overlooking the Arabian Gulf. It is located in Abu Dhabi city close to the business district, shopping areas and famous Abu Dhabi mall. The hotel has its own private beach together with picturesque pools and health club. There are a good choice of food outlets and a funky nightclub too. Sheraton manages to maintain that balance of being exquisite but homely at the same time. Its only downside is being stuck in bay engulfed by the road, but we love it anyway!
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Le Royal Meridien has the benefit of being centrally located to the main business and shopping areas with the added joy that all rooms face the sea. The rooms are tastefully decorated with super comfy beds Hermes toiletries. Be sure to check out the revolving rooftop restaurant which if requested, can rotate the opposite way if preferred! There's obviously no beach, but this is a great business hotel and doesn't profess to be anything else.
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The Millenium is your generic business hotel. It really caters to that business crowd and it doesn’t do anything wrong in that respect. It’s pretty centrally located, and the rooms are great – the only downside is that it doesn’t have a beach, but with the public beach available and if you have the time, you can easily go elsewhere.
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The newest hotel in Abu Dhabi (but probably not for long), this massive hotel is giving its sister hotel, the Millennium, a run for its money. Based in Al Wahda, a short walk from the mall, and already providing high end service, the future looks bright for the Grand Millennium – a great business hotel for central Abu Dhabi. Although currently dry, we hear there are changes on the horizon.
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The jury is out on the new Rayhaan. It does seem to be a great dry business hotel (no alcohol) and you could probably get a great deal as it is so new. As with all new hotels, there are teething problems, but no doubt this will sort itself out. The pool is very nice.
Abu Dhabi is bringing on a whole heap of hotels over the coming years - and they're all aiming for niche audiences, and some are just aiming to be the best. That's not to say that the selection above doesn't offer choice. Quite the opposite - there are amazing hotels available and quite possibly many of these top ten Abu Dhabi hotels will remain in the top ten for many years, especially the Fairmont or the Yas Hotels for example. The 5 star hotels in Abu Dhabi are discriminating - they are a level above the other hotels and you will notice the difference - the newer 5 star hotels and the refurbished ones are all ready for a new Abu Dhabi and look and feel ready for the growing crowds that have started to spend their winters here. Of course the top hotels in Abu Dhabi are luxury in nature and come with the price to match. But if you can get a hotel deal that includes bed and breakfast, you can enjoy great cuisine elsewhere in Abu Dhabi both cheap and expensive.
One point of note, the hotels in abudabi are changing all the time and this list of Abu Dhabi Hotels (abudabi - as some people insist on spelling it!) is changing all the time. We would love to hear your comments about the hotels - and as we put together our 2011 to 2012 list, we will be sure to include them. Above all, we hope that you pick the right hotel for you - one that meets your budget, and makes your trip to Abu Dhabi memorable. It's sure to be!