Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi
What We Love
- Nine restaurants including the Michelin starred Chinese Hakkasan
- Two temperature-controlled pools (one a river with waterfalls) and a white sand beach
- The Anantara Spa’s Moroccan-style hammam and ice cave
- The hotel’s helipad and marina
What To Know
- Airports transfers are available for a fee
- There’s a per-night charge for a rollaway bed
- The minimum check-in age is 21
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
There are a few ways to arrive at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi: yacht, seaplane, helicopter or plain old limousine. It’s important to make an entrance, after all, at this sprawling $3 billion Arabian palace-style property with 114 domes designed by architect John Elliot. The seven-floor building sits on nearly 250 acres of lush gardens beside almost a mile of private beach on the Arabian Gulf. The royal theme continues inside, with lots of gold and marble in the 394 rooms and suites, all with balconies and 24-hour butlers. The hotel’s nine restaurants range from fancy Chinese at Hakkasan to laidback Las Brisas, where you can catch a sea breeze beachside. This hotel goes way beyond typical sports facilities with two pools, a gym, soccer and rugby pitches, and a cricket ground.
In the Area
Abu Dhabi’s Corniche neighborhood runs five miles along the waterfront. It’s a family-friendly stretch with kids’ play areas, bike paths and cafes, as well as a Blue Flag public beach. Nearby there’s Marina Mall and Khalidiyah Mall, and Heritage Village, a reconstruction of a traditional oasis village. Other highlights include the white and gold Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world’s largest mosques. Modern architecture, courtesy of Foster + Parters, can be seen as the UAE Pavilion. Originally created for Shanghai’s 2010 World Expo, this dune-shaped structure hosts the Abu Dhabi contemporary art fair.
How to Get There
We stayed at Emirates Palace for 3 nights on the way back from Jordan. And what an experience.
The staff are all so friendly and helpful. From the cleaning staff to security to even the manager of the whole hotel it was exceptional.
The manager greeted us when we checked out and took note of the conversation we had. I wanted to buy something for my 5 years old son and we agreed it would be easier to get something at the airport. When I got to my car that was taking us to the airport there was a toy camel and shirt for my son waiting. Truly a special touch that I won’t forget.
Promoted on their website as a Feast of Kings, surely has a great set-up and amazing view but that's where it all stops.
The food offered and the size and quality of the buffet is clearly not on par with the offer of other hotels in the city. It's actually far below them.
You have a buffet selection that seems big until you notice that it's same buffet on 2 sides of the isle and all the food is below average. it's disappointing.
For example, hummus was poor with no tahine taste at all, the grilled items (shish tawook, lamb, etc.) were very dry and chewy, the sushi felt like the ones you buy frozen (clearly not made in-house), Gnocchi had no taste whatsoever. I could go on and on about everything...
The Kunafa was by far the worst one I have tried in UAE. It felt like they mixed the akawi cheese with something else. First of all the cheese was melting a lot in the serving tray, then as they served it became rubbery and didn't even taste like a Kunafa Habiba for example. The rest of the desserts was just below average and not even worth mentioning.
The juice offered was laban and another juice (come on... you could do better).
Service was average, you could get the same at any other hotel in the city.
Arabic bread is served on the table and you're lucky if they come more than once to you (despite asking several times and always getting the answer "it's baking..coming right away")
It's not about the price you are charging, I get that: that is due to the location and the fact it's an iconic hotel so you feel like you can be the most expensive Iftar in the city at 320 AED.
Maybe I'm just spoiled by other Iftars but you can get better food quality and bigger selection in other 5 star hotels in the city so this is the most disappointing Iftar.
I don't think that taking average food in a premium location is worth the visit. As I said, it's not the price, it's the food quality not being on par with your hotel.
If this is what you showcase as a "Feast of Kings" then I can have a "Feast for the Gods" in other hotels.
Thank you very much but I won't be returning to your facilities again.
After reading several amazing reviews about their Iftar I decided to book a table for Iftar at the Emirates Palace. I had high expectations not only due to the hotel being very prestigious but also due to pricing: charging AED 320 per person for their Iftar Buffet. What a dissapointment, super small buffet, very small offering and the food below average; meats were very dry and overall buffet food/ flavors were just OK. Definitely not worth the price.
Feels like a Westfield Shopping Town
Seriously OTT unwelcoming hotel.. Says a lot for the rest of the town when this is their number 5 tourist attraction?
Totally without soul, big open places reminiscent of a big train station or shopping centre. Full of swarms of Chinese tourists taking mindless pictures. Seriously why anybody would want to stay here other than to try and impress their equally wannabe friends back home is beyond me.
Go have a look though.... It's not like there's much else to see in AD
What a beautiful hotel, we went for Cream Tea which was excellent and I’d highly recommend. Everything was just perfect and served by a lovely lady called Fabrianna who was extremely friendly and explained everything we had to eat, nothing we asked for was too much trouble. A very enjoyable afternoon...I look forward to my next visit!