Abu Dhabi doesn't want to be left out from the Luxury Market of Dubai and it has made an answer to the alleged 7 star gem of Dubai, the Bur Al Arab, with it's own alleged 7 star opulence (there are no 6 or 7 star ratings for hotels according to the International Hotel Associations, the markings oare only up to 5 stars). The answer is the Magnificent Emirates Palace!
The Ultra luxe hotel, which is managed by the Kempinski Hotel Group, opened in 2006 and is located on 1.3 km of private beach near the Abu Dhabi Corniche and surrounded by 85 hectares of gardens, with 114 domes that are 80 meters high. The main Palace building stretches over a kilometre from wing to wing, and its gardens and surroundings spread across 100 hectares. The hotel features 114 domes, with the central dome at an imposing 72.6 metres above ground. Gold, mother of pearl and crystals dominate the interior. The palace hotel has 302 rooms and 92 palatial suites. It is a 30 minute drive from Abu Dhabi airport and 1.5 hours drive from Dubai airport.
Unfortunately, you cannot enter the Emirates Palace if you are not a check in guest and the prices of a night in a regular coral room is 2,400 AED for tourists and 990 for emiratis. The other option is dining at one of the restaurants inside via a reservation (restaurants include: mezzaluna, La Vendonne, La Brisas, Hakkasan and more) and average meal per person is AED 900 (exluding drinks). or the last option is taking pictures of the emirates palace from the gate and from the abu dhabi corniche using a really powerful optical zoom camera or a DSLR telephoto lens.
A real iconic "Abu Dhabi" landmark, this luxurious hotel blends Arabian splendour with the latest technology to create a magical and memorable experience.
During daytime, the hotel’s golden-sandy colour contrasts with its fresh green gardens, silvery water fountains and the blue sky. At night, the hotel’s lighting changes subtly, featuring a majestic rainbow-changing effect over the main dome.
"The main Palace" building stretches over a kilometre from wing to wing, and its gardens and surroundings spread across 100 hectares. The hotel features 114 domes, with the central dome at an imposing 72.6 metres above ground. Gold, mother of pearl and crystals dominate the interior. The Palace has 1,002 chandeliers, the largest weighing 2.5 tonnes. Another memorable Palace feature is its two handmade wall display carpets, portraying the Palace itself and each weighing a tonne.
The Hotel is run by the international hotel chain "Kempinski" and is being owned as land by the "Abu Dhabi Government".
As like they do for the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, here also tours are arranged for tourists to see specific parts of the Emirates Palace Hotel for those who are even not staying at the hotel.
Completed in 2004/2005, the Emirates Palace Hotel was built by the government of Abu Dhabi in an effort to raise the profile of the city, similar to Dubai's move when they built Burj al Arab many years ago. However, Abu Dhabi did not choose to build a symbolic skyscraper, but rather a vast and palatial structure drawing on Islamic architectural traditions, particularly the Mughal style, complete with domes, cusped arches, and stalactite "muqarnas" decorations. The large hotel complex is run by the luxurious Kempinski hotel chain and contains several restaurants and bars, and has its own stunning private beach. It is located close to Marina Mall. The hotel was featured in the Hollywood film "Kingdom". Visits to the hotel by the public are permitted.
Free for guests but £12+ pp for outside visitors. Tours take place at several times of the day and last around 45 minutes. Here you can see the impressive atrium, the auditorium, hallway murals, grand staircases and visit an 8,000 dollar a day suite. You have never seen so much gold decoration in all your life!
It is about the famous Emirates Palace Hotel.I visited the place as a visitor only and not as a customer :) The building is absolutely astonished, amazing architecture that suites with the desert ambience and a big area with gardens and flowers and trees.The inside is equal with the outside, luxury everywhere.From time to time there are some very interesting exhibitions inside the hotel.I visited one about Islam and admired carpets, jewelry, clothes and every day objects that reminded me the 1.000+1 nights tales
Emirates Palace is one of Abu Dhabi's landmark. We thought by mistake it is one of the Sheik's Palace but we were informed that it is one of the luxurious hotel in Abu Dhabi. About 300 rooms with a 1.3 stretch of private beach the guests can enjoy. Very beautiful from afar and for sure its really a treat being able to see whats inside.