Advantages In the airport, inexpensive, convenenient
Disadvantages Only 40 rooms, no in-room internet
What to do?You are travelling via Abu Dhabi, it's midnight, you've arrived to discover that your onward flight is delayed, or cancelled. Or perhaps you're flying from Abu Dhabi, you've checked out of your hotel and come to the airport for your overnight flight, and it is delayed. Or - as in my case - the midnight flight was full, I was hoping to get on at the last minute but no luck, and the next flight was not until ten in the morning.
For whatever reason, you are facing a night at Abu Dhabi airport, the floor looks very hard and the chairs only marginally less so.It's at a moment like this that you can be relieved to discover the Airport Hotel!
The airport is at least thirty minutes drive from the city, an hour from the Jumeirah area of Dubai, so an airport hotel is preferable to heading into town.
If you are flying from Abu Dhabi, then you will need to check in and go through passport control in order to get to the hotel. Check in for most flights opens just three or four hours before departure, but in my case I explained to the airline that I was flying with in the morning (Etihad) that I wanted to go through to spend the night at the hotel before flying and they were very happy to oblige me with an early check in and boarding card - they even checked in my suitcase and it arrived safe and sound. Once through passport control, the Gulf Air lounge is on the right.Once you get to the lounge, which is upstairs, the hotel check in desk is just next to the Gulf Air lounge reception.
Check In and Rates
The check in was quick and simple. I just had to fill in a small form, let them take a photcopy of my passport and show my boarding card. The receptionist confirmed the departure time of my flight in the morning and offered a wake-up call. She explained where I could get breakfast, gave me a room card and pointed me down the corridor at the side, towards the rooms.
Rates at the hotel are Dhs330 for a single room and Dhs440 for a double - that's in United Arab Emirates Dirhams. In US Dollars that's $90 for a single and $120 for a double. Not exactly a bargain, but I happily paid it rather than spend a night on the airport floor!Rooms
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