Advantages Peaceful, lovely pool, helpful staff, nice rooms
Disadvantages Middle of nowhere, food not brilliant.
I wasn't expecting too much from this hotel, but was pleasantly surprised. My husband was being sent on a few days business trip to Dubai during the school half term, and I decided to tag along at the last minute with our two kids. With only a day to go I didn't expect a great choice of hotels. Sure enough, the only hotels coming up with suitable vacancies were the Kempinski at $850 a night (no thank you!) and this one, at $170 a night. I was a bit confused though as several hotel finder sites put it as Dubai, but the address was Abu Dhabi. Looking on the map we found why, it is nearly exactly haflway between the two emirates. As my husband was working quite nearby and we had a hire car, this was not a problem. If you come from Dubai, it is about 40 minutes drive from the airport (but could be longer if you are unfortunte enough to hit rush hour traffic). It's about 25 minutes drive once you pass the Mall of the Emirates. There is a hotel bus that goes to the mall on certain days of the week, leaving at 3pm and returning to the hotel at 8pm, if you dont have your own transport. If you were coming into Abu Dhabi airport I expect it would be a little quicker to drive to.
I was very impressed by our room with was large and airy, with a very comfortable bed. It was on the ground floor, with large patio windows facing the pool that opened onto a little private patio with table and chairs. It was perfecf for swimming as you could just change in your room, stroll over to the pool, then walk back to your room afterwards for a shower - no padding round hotel corridors in your costume or dripping water in the lifts! The decor was very soothing, white walls with blue wooden furniture with wicker effects, and blue/white bedding/pictures, etc, and a pale wooden floor.
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