Self-catering can be a great way to holiday: flexibile check-in times, no menu choices – and no eating breakfast with other people! Going self-catered can be a great way to explore Abu Dhabi on a budget, giving you the option to delve into the city’s day-to-day routine, from its supermarkets to its city streets.
Finding an apartment to rent in a city like Abu Dhabi is quick and easy. Places are available at registered apartment blocks and complexes, or through relatively new routes like home-swapping sites such as Airbnb.
Although self-catering can be cheaper than hotels, apartments will rarely have the same facilities, so look for accommodation near hotels that open their pools and beaches to the public, or near public facilities. Alternatively, Abu Dhabi specialises in ‘aparthotels’, combining the best of both worlds.
If you’re after something even cheaper, and you don’t mind sacrificing facilities, why not try Abu Dhabi’s range of youth hostels? Private rooms are available if you don’t fancy staying in dorm room, and you’ll never want for a lively night out or for recommendations of where to go and what to see!