From the super swanky to the cheap-but-cheerful, Abu Dhabi’s range of hotels is to be admired. All of Abu Dhabi’s hotels, whether they’re five-star or slightly more conservative, are clean and good value, with incredibly helpful, hospitable staff. No matter where you lay your head at night, you’re guaranteed to love it!
Abu Dhabi’s answer to Burj Al Arab is the Emirates Palace, a colossal building that is registered as a palace – not a hotel. Regarded as a seven-star hotel, it has its own private waterpark, just under 2 km of white, imported sand and on-call butlers, to address your every need. Situated in West Corniche, this palatial accommodation is worth a visit for a drink, even if you don’t plan on spending a night.
Shangri-La in Al-Maqtaa can rival the Emirates Palace for its sheer size and splendidness, but it’s a hotel of an entirely different calibre. Ultra-chic and entirely unique, this incredible building offers its guests a kilometre of private beach, five swimming pools, health clubs, some of the city’s best bars and restaurants and a system of waterways and gondolas connecting the complex. Complete with its own mall, you’ll have little reason to leave the grounds.
For superb service and location, head to the Hilton International in West Corniche. In close proximity to the Corniche as well as the Financial District, this hotel is ideal for holidays and business trips alike. A private beach, luxury spa and great restaurants and bars are also available to guests.
The Al Maha Arjaan in East Corniche combines great value with great style and great location. Air-conditioned and well-equipped, you can choose whether you stay in a suite, or opt for a self-catered studio apartment.
The brilliant budget savers
Centro Yas Island offers rooms at reasonable rates, just a stone’s throw away from the Formula One track, Links golf club and wonderful stretches of coastline and waterparks. Stylish and modern, you’ll be greeted by some of the best in the hospitality business.
For excellent value with excellent facilities, check out the Grand Continental Flamingo Hotel in East Corniche. Suitably located for business or pleasure, this hotel is right in the middle of everything. Perfect for budget holidays, without sacrificing style or comfort, you’ll have a room with a view, a gym, restaurants and an on-site nightclub.