Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
What We Love
- Extra perks such as 24-hour on-call butler service, a free city shuttle bus, outdoor beach activities and valet parking, as well as Mercedes bicycle rentals
- Two private beaches and stunning views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Abu Dhabi Creek
- A choice of eight dining and lounge options, including a Marco Pierre White steakhouse, a late night cocktail bar and the Al Naba’a Lounge for afternoon tea
What To Know
- Members of the Fairmont President’s Club receive free WiFi access; otherwise it’s $20 per day
- The health club offers aerobics classes, and hair, nail and body treatments are available at the beauty salon
- Lots of family-friendly activities (swimming classes, sand castle building, board games) but some of the restaurants have a minimum age
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Within easy reach of golf courses, restaurants and Abu Dhabi’s main attractions, the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr is a luxe waterfront property with not one but two private beaches. The 369 spacious guestrooms start at 484 square feet and combine marble floors, walnut paneling and bamboo-flower-print fabrics, and most offer views of the Abu Dhabi Creek and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Amenities include LCD TVs, Fairmont bathrobes and slippers, bathrooms with Le Labo products, and minibar refreshment centers. Rooms in the Fairmont Gold collection, a “hotel within a hotel,” come with perks including continental breakfast, on-call butler service and afternoon tea. Hit the beach to relax, or try your hand at one of the many activities, including soccer, badminton and outdoor trampolining. The hotel has an Olympic-size lap pool (with an adjacent Jacuzzi) and a covered children’s pool. There’s plenty of choice when it comes to dining, too, from top-notch steaks by Michelin-starred British chef Marco Pierre White to chocolate tasting in the Chocolate Gallery.
In the Area
Kayaking and paddleboarding are available at the health club and beach, and kitesurfing and scuba diving can be arranged through nearby outfitters. There are four world class golf courses within 30 minutes of the hotel, including the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, a 27-hole championship course just a 10-minute drive away. Try horseback riding or catch an Arabian horse race at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, which hosts as many as 16 races a year. Touring the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center is a must on any visit to the city, and another memorable experience is a traditional dhow sunset cruise. Many of Abu Dhabi’s premier restaurants are located in high-end hotels, including Catalan for Spanish cuisine and Zuma for Japanese favorites. In the evenings the Skylite rooftop lounge provides a stylish setting and commercial house music.
How to Get There
Amazing room art really really intresting design and friendly staff they brought us everything we need and its incridble how they treat us with extreme friendly attidute. So glad that i came here for my visit
Unfortunately our stay at the Fairmont wasn’t as good as expected:
- Staff are very polite and friendly
- ‘Fairmont View’ Rooms have a fabulous view of the Mosque
- Sushi restaurant at the hotel was delicious
- The first room we were allocated had a very unpleasant damp smell which seemed to come from the air conditioning unit – we were given a diffuser which did nothing so we requested to change rooms
- The rooms were spacious but just felt like everything needed a bit of a refresh as it was evident certain things were dated or broken and needed replacing e.g. the mirror had cheap reflective stickers stuck over where it had been cracked and the beds needed updating as they bowed in the middle
- Breakfast was average – the egg station was great but the rest was very disappointing and tasted low-quality. It was especially disappointing for myself who has a Gluten Intolerance as their Gluten Free offerings were very minimal – I had to wait for 15+ minutes every morning for them to bring out a couple of packets of GF bread – this should be something that is more widely and easily available for guests. Also, the outside seating was a very odd mixture of modern furniture with horrible old-fashioned purple long tables and velvet chairs which made you feel like you were dining at your Grandma’s house in the 60’s.
- The service at the beach was slow especially considering the hotel was nowhere near full and the food was again very average, we experienced a problem on 2 days, both times where we had to send the food back to the kitchen and ask for a refund as the quality was exceptionally poor – not what you would expect especially with the prices they were charging.
- The sunbeds at the beach needed replacing as most were ripped and looked very tatty – again not the kind of standard you would expect for a Fairmont or 5* hotel.
Overall the whole hotel needs a bit of a refresh as it is looking exceptionally tired – it was definitely not up to the 5* standard I was expecting and paid for which was a big disappointment.
Fantastic 3rd visit. Love the Gold package. Done this twice and the all inclusive package once. Prefer the gold one love the 7th floor. Nice to see seating outside too for a drink in the evening. Definitely improvements made since our last visit 4 months ago. It’s as if they are finally realising it’s a brilliant hotel for a holiday and not just a couple of nights stay for a stopover to a further destination.
Wonderful five nights here again. Did club lounge which was great. Victoria in the gold lounge provided excellent service throughout. John in frankies restaurant was amazing as always. It was great to see that he had moved from the buffet to frankies. Nina in Marco Pierre White again excellent customer service. Always laughing!
Rooms are a good size and nothing too much trouble. Will be back.
this is not the fairmont I used to know it is compeltely different i suugest to fairmont go back to their old standard , friendly , helpful, staff welcoming feeling at home , upgarding platinum members to facilitate their requirements and stay ,