Abu Dhabi Hilton
Corniche Avenue, Po Box 877, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
food poisioning Jan 2011 !?
both my partner and I suffered from food poisiong after the Hilton New Years Eve dinner. Was it the oysters, the eggs or the fish? Either way, we spent 4 days on the toilet instead of relaxing on the beach ...
The nice but incompentent food manager tried to compensate the loss of 50% of our vacation be offering us a massage and a late check out. We declined as we considered this disrespectful and as such we are able to communicate our bad experience with the Hilton Abu Dhabi. We were returning guests for New Year 2010/2011, as we spent our vacation in the Hilton A.D. some years ago, already.
We will not return again. Never.
I even asked my assistant and my travel agangcy to book never again with Hilton.
Unique Quality: the chekc out was best - going home to safe food.
Good location & private beach
The Abu Dhabi Hilton is one of the older hotels in the area. Because of that, the rooms may not be the best quality compared to the other 4- and 5-star hotels in the area.
However, they are comfortable enough.
I recommend getting a room on the higher floors, if you want a view of the ocean and Marina Mall.
Or a room on the south side if the view is not important to you. The reason is because the lower floors on the north side are illuminated until midnight with bright floodlights and your curtains may not block all the light.
Unique Quality: The Hilton has a business center (but it is very overpriced... $9USD for internet 30 minutes!)
There are several good restaurants, like the Italian restaurant, "Bice".
There is also a bar call Hemmingway, a Jazz Club (dress code requires collared shirt), and a disco (males must show room key otherwise pay cover)
But the best thing about the Hilton is that it has a private beach. Simply walk out the front door, cross Corniche Road (either crosswalk or underpass) and show your room key for access.
If this beach is not what you want and you have time to explore, go north to the beaches of Jumeirah. There is a Hilton hotel here too. The room key will allow you access to the Hilton area so you can use the showers, bathrooms, etc.
Directions: Corniche Rd. Immediately across from the Emirates Palace Hotel and the entrance to Marina Mall.
Smart Room, Helpful Staff & Excellent Facilities
Although this had been my friend’s second choice when booking a place to stay for the weekend, we were very happy with it. They allowed all three of us to stay in one room, which we found smart comfortable and well looked after. Although there were some maintenance works being carried out during our stay (we were warned of this when booking) these were so well managed that they did not disrupt our stay in any way. All the staff were friendly, helpful and well organised and the hotel had a lovely calm atmosphere throughout. We especially liked the glass lift at the front of the hotel, from which there is a marvellous view across the hotel’s beach and over the sea.
Unique Quality: The most memorable aspect of the place was the health centre and swimming pool complex, which can be used by anyone staying at the hotel and is situated on the other side of the main road from the hotel, leading on to the hotel’s small private beach. We wandered onto the beach but the limited shade there made the poolside areas seem a much more attractive option, with their many parasols and several canopied cafes offering shade from the August sun. The pools were clean and well attended and were suitable for both proper swimming and simply cooling off or floating about. There was also a separate children’s pool and some artificial waterfalls, which you could sit beneath, feeling like you were having a massage.
We almost missed the health club, after all, who would think of using a sauna when it’s 50° outside! Fortunately my friend insisted we take a look and we were really delighted with the facilities there, which were extremely smart and luxurious, with rather better shower and changing facilities than were on offer at the main entrance to the swimming pool, a separate sauna and steam room for males and females and a huge luxurious bubbling spa pool, big enough even to swim across, with a dark blue painted ceiling set with tiny twinkling lights like stars, which was situated between the male and female areas for the use of both. Surprisingly, the place was almost entirely empty apart from us. There seems to be a well equipped gym here and various classes are held on a regular basis although I have to confess I didn’t investigate these nearly as thoroughly as the more relaxing parts of the building!
We tried the hotel’s lively restaurant, situated at the back by the gardens and weren’t disappointed with the meal we had there. We thought the noise from this might reach our rooms, which were not far above, but this was not the case.
Directions: On the Corniche Road
Do It for the Beach
My friend and I stayed a few days in the Hilton in early 2003. We arrived from Saudi Arabia just in time to catch the Thursday night Indian buffet at La Terrazza, which was delicious and refreshing.
Unique Quality: During our stay we made heavy use of the complimentary Hiltonia Beach Club which is accessible via a tunnel under the main Corniche road. The beach is spacious and clean and nearby are 3 pools and 2 bars. The indoor club has a huge Jacuzzi and sauna and steam rooms -- all quite relaxing.
At night we dropped in on Hemingway's, the on-site club. The house band was from South Africa and was more than competent -- they rocked. And one can sit just a few feet away watching as the bar faces the stage.
Directions: Near the western end of the Corniche road, at the junction with the road to Marina Mall.
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Hilton For Us!!
We have stayed at the Hilton Abu Dhabi about 10 times over the past 15 years. Earlier this year we "risked" a change and stayed at the Emirates Palace - we soon moved back to the Hilton!!
In our opinion, the Executive Floor of the Hilton is far,far better value for money than the EP. Certainly the Hotel is not as opulent, but the staff on the Exec Floor are a credit to Hilton - nothing is too much trouble. The rooms are clean, functional and adequate. The Restaurants are par for a 4* Hotel . Hemingways "Pub" is a must to visit - but maybe only once!!
Over the years it is evident that staffing levels are being reduced - particularly at the Beach Club. However, you would have to be seriously picky to see that as a real problem. The only other small flaw is that the Exec Floor is not entirely a business floor. Families now seem to proliferate - thus the sanity of a business area is seriously undermined. Maybe a restriction after say 7pm might be in order?
All in all, Hilton Abu Dhabi is a great Hotel - but dont tell everyone, we enjoy the peace and quiet!!
Great lazy break
Stayed at Hilton Abu Dhabi on Floor 8 overlooking Corniche. Room was fine with good barthroom and spacious. Room cleanliness was good and serviced very well daily with evening turndown service
Breakfast was a good buffet and there was a good variety of restaurants for night time all reasonably priced. We recommend Vascos and BICE which is really good food and service.
The beach club was excellent with 2 great pools and a lovelly sandy beach. Very busy friday and saturday as it is the weekend
The sports club is brilliant and certainly recommend the spa and jacuzzi
Recommend the cakes and pastries in afternoon
Emirates palace is across the road and afternoon tea is worth the cost to look around
There is a huge new shopping mall across from the hotel which will have a ski slope soon and all the top shops including IKEA
Prices are similar to UK
Hotel is a fascinating place to people watch with Arab business men meeting in the foyer in the most pristine white burkas
Thoroughly enjoyable break for a week. Any longer will be a bit boring as there are no restaurants to go out to except at hotels.
Abu Dhabi is a new skyscraper city and a little soulless
Flew Ethihad and servive on par with Emirates
Overall a very relaxing break
Well first of all, if you are thinking of going to Abu Dhabi and are looking for lots of sunshine then you will not be disappointed! Infact one of the main reasons for choosing it was that we had been disappointed with the weather on a prior holiday and wanted guaranteed sunshine. On the other hand be prepared for some very very hot weather!!!
As for the hotel I think the overall ratings for 4/5 are probably spot on.
Location: a few hundred metres from the sea with access to the beach from a very respectable subway. (It's clean, its safe, it gets you there). The beach looks out over a stretch of water to some reclaimed land where the marina mall is situated. Basically you are not looking out to the wide blue yonder - if you were hoping for a very romantic view, but its not ugly.
Separating you from the beach is a pretty busy stretch of road.
Room: Very clean, large enough. The usual facilities. Coffee making facilities, satellite/cable TV. Safe. We stayed in a road-view room and actually had a reaonable view of the sea.Its cleaned daily and room service left 4x500ml water bottles for free every day. (which is a nice touch, given the number of hotels who will try to shaft you on this aspect!)Service was good and the housekeeping staff were very attentive very polite and very cheerful. Top marks to the guys!
Food: We stayed on a B and B basis. Breakfast was very nice fare, with plenty of variety. We are glad we didnt do the Half board as its an expensive option. You can eat more cheaply by going to the marina mall and heading for the food court ( and it will be a filling and tasty meal too) or alternatively try one of the restuatants affiliated with the hotel (Vasco's BiCe) - these are cheaper also than the £20 HB option we had been quoted and the quality is very high.
Drinks: drink lots!! You get some free water from the hotel. But can buy drinks not only from the mall but also a little shop literally round the back of the hotel. ( A can of coke is about 14p!)
Facilities. The gym (accessed via the subway) had excellent facilities and was rarely chocka-full. The beach facilities were reasonable. One big turn off ( and I suspect its common to abu dhabi everywhere) was the litter washing up/floating about in the water. The staff there do try hard to get rid of it but if people keep on dumping into the area like its an augean stable then keeping the beach clean becomes a sisyphean task! Or perhaps that should be a Herculean task?Anyway you get my drift....The -- was particularly unpleasant!
Yes there are lots of locals using the facilities, yes lots of teenagers - but apart from the fact that they speak arabic they are no different to teenagers anywhere else. There was enough space sunloungers etc but be sure to check on renovations to the beach as I think these are plannned for some time next year. ( no hearsay, Its advertised on several sites for this summer and we had to ask our travelagent to contact the hotel about this)Plenty of watersports available at extra cost but thats par for the course.
Marina mall: Great shopping, large variety of things to buy. Some great bargains, some not so great!
Travelling about: Obviously as petrol is cheaper so are the taxis. It costs less than a pound including a 20% tip to get into the city centre. You can hire a car, BUT take your international driving license as there is some confusion as to whether you need it or not. Do shop around for the best quote as there is great variation in prices. In the end we just took taxi's when we needed to. Also theres free transportation into town and the marina mall at set times (except on Fridays.) courtesy of the Hilton. (Oh yes there are two types of taxis - the expensive Ghazal ones and the common or garden variety- both are safe! )
Overall we enjoyed Abu Dhabi, and would recommend the Hilton as a good hotel to use with only a few minor quibbles.
A great time was had here. The location is fab, despite having to use a walkway to get to the pools and beach, once you are there the facilities are great.
Everything is here what you would expect from a Hilton. The service, the food and the facilities were all top notch. The rooms whilst nice in their own right were maybe slightly lacking in space for a 5* but that is comparing it to others 5* hotels in UAE.
There is a great sports bar, good nightclub which is open to the public so you have the choice chill out here or let your hair down, there is also a fantastic restaurant just over the road called Vasco's.
We flew with Etihad and they are the best airline I have flown with (very surprised considering how cheap they were), we booked our whole package through a company called Q Holidays who seemed the best priced.
Can't wait to get back !
Great location. Some fantastic food and beverage outlets - Royal Orchid and Vasco's are a must.
Bedroom size, some aspects of the bathroom and the breakfast give a mixed message. The refurbished bedrooms are modern and attractive and the beds are very comfortable, but the rooms are small for Four Star, never mind Five. The bathrooms are also small with showers over the baths and the flow and temperature of our shower fluctuated constantly.
Breakfast had a good range, but quality overall could have been better.
The beach club across the road is great with plenty of beach, poolside or grass areas and good food outlets.
Would highy recommend this place.
Best hotel for Tennis
I'm staying in Abu Dhabi for business for 10 days starting 9/25/06. I'm a strong player (US college level), any recommendations? Do people use tennis courts at night at hotels such as Le Meridien?
RE: Best hotel for Tennis
To get the accurate respond you can check with them:
Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Khalifa Street
PO Box 45505
United Arab Emirates
Phone: (971)(2) 674 2020
Fax: (971)(2) 674 2552
RE: Best hotel for Tennis
I know for sure that people play tennis at Hilton Abu Dhabi, check it out.
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Abu Dhabi Hilton
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Address: Corniche Avenue, Po Box 877, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates