Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
What We Love
- The Sofitel So Spa, which has five treatment rooms, a sauna and steamroom, and two hammams with private baths
- Club Rooms and Suites include access to the two-story Club Millesime Lounge for free breakfast, afternoon tea and evening canapés
- The hotel is a short drive from both Yas Island and Saadiyat Island
What To Know
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- The rooftop swimming pool gets the sun only for a few hours a day, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and it can get very windy
- Frequented by the conference crowd and business types during the week (Sunday to Thursday)
- Although the views are excellent, the rooms have no balconies
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Inspired by the paintings of 20th-century French artist Pierre Soulages, known as “the painter of black,” the palette running through the hotel is almost exclusively monochrome; reproductions of Soulages’s paintings, predominantly composed of bold black brush strokes, hang on the walls throughout the hotel. Walk into the glittering, high-ceilinged lobby on a busy Thursday evening and you’ll be struck by the Gallic elegance of this traditional five-star hotel.
Bed and Bath
The black-and-white theme carries through to the guestrooms, the addition of a beige swirl to the patterned carpet being the only exception. Each room has a Soulages print on the wall. The beds, which have floor-to-ceiling leather headboards, are firm and extremely comfortable, but the highlight is the bathrooms. Separated by a sliding screen, they feature freestanding tubs, powerful rain showers and designer toiletries (Lanvin in standard rooms, Hermès in premium rooms). Rooms don’t have balconies, but they all overlook the Corniche.
There are numerous options for dinner and drinks. Thai restaurant Silk & Spice has sunken tables and offers traditional kneel-down service; La Mer specializes in seafood from the gulf. Tea and Arabic pastries are served at the Le Café lobby lounge, and the Corniche All Day Dining spot offers Arabic and European buffet dishes. Sip cocktails at Jazz ‘N’ Fizz, a piano bar with a cigar bar and live Cuban band. The Sofitel So Fit gym provides gym nuts with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, a selection of free weights and the option of a personal trainer, while the intimate So Spa has five treatment rooms, two hammams, a sauna and a steamroom, and an extensive spa menu incorporating products from Carita and Cinq Mondes.
In the Area
The location provides easy access not only to the small restaurants and cafés lining the seafront but also to the superb restaurants in the city’s many five-star properties. Take a short taxi journey to the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers and visit the Abu Dhabi outpost of London seafood restaurant Scott’s, which is on a jetty jutting out into the Persian Gulf, or visit Chinese restaurant Hakkasan at the regal Emirates Palace. Both Yas Island, home to the Formula 1 circuit, and Saadiyat Island are a short drive from the hotel. Visit the Manarat Al Saadiyat cultural center and explore one of its four galleries, or enjoy 18 holes on the Gary Player–designed Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.
How to Get There
Great location and great views from the rooms. You need to book a room with a view otherwise you end up overlooking the City. Also not bad.
The staff is good and some more than others, the lady at the reception called Maria certainly helped me to relocate into another room. Seaview rooms all have an adjoining door and when your neighbours get to laud you can hear them.
The girl cleaning the rooms also helped me out a lot with a new blouse that had oil spilled on it. Her name is Mich and my room number was 2403. Rooms are large and spacious and the bedding is lovely. The restaurant however looks tired and worn, some of the chairs have very dirty covers because of the light material. Pool area is fine, the pizza was fantastic. I stayed two weeks. Many thanks you all the hardworking staff.
I stayed recently at this hotel with my mom who’s visiting me in Dubai. The room was very comfortable and we were delighted with the special touches by Mimi in housekeeping and also by the rest of the team who kept the room refreshed during our stay. We opted for the iftar at Corniche all day dining and the spread was very good. However my favourite part of the stay was the French Bakery - the almond croissant was fresh, flaky and hit the right spot while the French Toast was also very yummy. Will definitely be going back again soon.
We went for the Iftar at the Sofitel and we got super happy with the food display and the food live stations
They have a huge variety of food but the best is the interaction of the kitchen team specially Chef Mohammed and a French chef who prepare the pastries
The service team is also very nice welcoming us and taking care about us
I must say that karla and Lourdes were very helpful
The mansaf is the best I tried already in all the hotels I visited in Abu Dhabi
We will come back at least one more time during this Ramadan another iftar
Thanks to all the team
Being from Dubai we decided to go a road trip to Abu Dhabi. We spend the day by the pool and headed to our hotel to check in before heading to dinner.
The front office gentleman that checked us in was so helpful and understanding. Big thanks to him for the upgrade to sea view room.
I love the design of the room. Love the sliding doors and overall layout of the room. Overall I have an above expected stay.
My Iftar is always 1 time in Sofitel and this year is superb and much better than last year
The food the. Just the best of what I tried in other hotels
The staff are friendly and welcoming
I want to appreciate the gesture of the Chef Guillaume in the ice cream Station and also the waitress Linda who took very good care of us