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“Beautiful pools and beach” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Emirates Palace
Ranked #9 of 129 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Scotland
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76 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Beautiful pools and beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2012

Stayed here for 5 nights recently having visited before but wanted to experience staying here and enjoy what looked like the best hotel beach in Abu Dhabi. Loved it. We had free half board which saved a fortune. This was meant to be lunch or dinner in 5 differents restaurants. Having arrived late at night on our first night and missed dinner, when I asked if we could have lunch the next day instead we were told no which seemed strange as I don`t know when you were meant to fit in a possible lunch if check in time is 3 O`Clock. Reception then reluctantly said we could or on our last day but we did not bother as it seemed they were giving us a favour!

Having been shown to our room during the night when basic room information is too much when you are shattered,I was surprised that having read all about butlers here that we never encountered one during our stay. Our room was lovely as expected. As the hotel was very very quiet I was a bit dissappointed that we were given a room with a car park view - not that we used the balcony much anyway. Housekeeping was great.

The hotel is very big. We never did find all the restaurants we could have eaten at but chose to use the buffet one which was fine. Good if you like spicy foods. You might struggle here is your taste is for plain foods. You might have to visit the kids selection. I liked the salads though. The choice was wide and varied and all foods were very well labled. Lovely cakes etc but was dissappointed that there was no ice cream here. Breakfast was lovely too. The staff made this restaurant special. They would greet you by name and new your room number after a couple of days.

The beach was lovely. Only one end was being used which was fine for us as it was the end we were staying in and both pools surpassed my expectations. Lots of lawns and shade. It felt that you were in your own private garden at times. Lovely swim up bar for cocktails and lazy river. A jacuzzi that would have boiled you was very surprising especially in 40 plus heat. Lots of little treats during the day given out by staff.

Best part of this stay was going to see the camels on the beach and having a camel ride. There was a baby one too. There were really beautiful sculptures beside the beach too.

The hotel itself felt very empty and lacking in atmosphere but is very beautiful just to wander around. Its close by to the Marina mall which you need a taxi for as there is a hugh amount of building work and road works around the hotel which we knew about but did not affect our visit.

As much as I loved my stay I don`t think I would rush to go back. It was a great experience.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2012

The way it worked out, we were there at Christmas which we thought would be pretty ordinary being in the UAE but we ended up having a ball and got the best christmas present ever- a free upgrade from a diamond room to a palace suite! The whole resort feels like Versailles, it really is a palace so even if you can't stay here, it is a tourist attraction in itself but it is definitely worth it to stay a night or 2.

It was absolutely incredible, our room was almost as big as our whole house back home and with our own butler, what more could you want! Unlike the 'presidential' floor, our bathroom sinks were silver rather than solid gold and the diamonds in the door handles weren't real diamonds but somehow we survived! :) There are heaps of restaurants and shops throughout so we certainly never went hungry (can recommend the 'camelccino'- camel milk cappuccino) and it's really close to the marina mall for more shopping.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2012

We've been to the Middle East many times and this place did not disappoint. We went in June , by gum it's hot 42 to 44 degrees. Usually we go to to UAE etc in November, temperatures tend to be more bearable, a mere 33 or so. The hotel was very quiet and a chilled atmosphere prevailed. No queues, no bother, just slick and efficient as expected. We travelled from Heathrow with BA on a half board deal, good move:- cause this place aint cheap. It's a Palace after all. If you look around you and you think its gold, it is! Buffet , well not a buffet really, the poshest one I've ever been in, the food choice and quality was unbelievable, who needs restaurants?
This is not a place for boozers unless you rich, beer's a tenner a pint, yes a tenner! Some folk nip off to Etihad Towers (a spectacle it's self), across the road to Ray's Bar, more sensible, more touristy prices for beer etc. It's a 10 minute walk, but don't bother walking , taxis here are dead cheap. £2 to the Etihad towers £12 to the airport. Hotel taxis are dearer by 50%, but if you going here perhaps it dosen't matter?
Day out ? Ferrari World, Taxi £12 but then buckle up:- 1 adult premier ticket and 1 child ticket £106.(The missus stayed by the pool.) But don't worry, get on that Formula Rossa rollercoaster you won't care, it's mad. Whole trip is about half a day and amazingly the place is nearly all indoors apart from the big rides.
Would I go again to Abu Dhabi? possibly.
Dubai seems to have it all and more of it.

Room Tip: Just go, we had the poor mans Coral Room with a balcony and a 50 inch telly and a Butler on the land...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Wuppertal, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2012

This hotel tops anything, anywhere I´ver ever seen! You will feel like a star, beeing their guest.
There is nothing I can think of, that I was missing. After spending a few days there, I´ve also visited Atlantis the Plam and Burj al Arrab - but to me - this hotels can not keep up with Emirate Palace.

If you wish luxery to the highest level, then don´t miss this experience.... butlers will unpack your luggage, you will relax in a water hammock and make a free camel ride anytime you wish, upon the privat white beach.

No dream of mine was ever that great.

Room Tip: one side for families with kids, the other for couples and friends - but don´t worry about that - it...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bologna, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2012 via mobile

Here you will discover what luxury really is. I really suggest this place, it's incredible! Must try this once in life. The service is very very good and rooms will introduce you to the traditional and real abu dhabi's luxury experience. The swimming pool is incredible and the beach is beautiful!. Remember: what seems gold in the hotel is real gold!

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Emirates Palace

Property: Emirates Palace
Address: West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Abu Dhabi > Abu Dhabi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#7 Spa Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#9 Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#10 Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#15 Family Hotel in Abu Dhabi
Price range (per night): ₹ 31,990 - ₹ 91,206
Hotel Class:5 star — Emirates Palace 5*
Number of rooms: 394
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