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
- 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
Stayed here for 7 nights with our toddler. Was slightly worried it was more of a business hotel and not family friendly but this certainly wasn’t the case.
Lovely hotel. Extremely clean. Rooms spacious and well looked after. Two nice pool areas (don’t always get the sun). We stayed half board and the buffet food was excellent (Corniche all day dining). Beautiful breakfast, so much choice. Everything you could want. Pancakes, smoothies, fruit and yoghurt were my favourite. Excellent service. Dinner was also fabulous, each night was different (fish night was the best - great sushi and fresh fish cooked to your liking). Staff always friendly and great with our baby! Great happy hour on an evening around the pool!
The hotel also runs a shuttle bus which was handy. We visited the beach one day which was lovely.
Only complaint - we didn’t have the best Checkin experience. After a long flight out room wasn’t ready until the allocated Checkin in time but there was of course a more expensive room available which we would have to upgrade to and paid more.Felt this wasn’t the greatest service. After a long journey with a toddler, most hotels would have offered the best experience and provided a room that was available there and then, without the upgrade cost. Have had this before at other hotels. I think we were unlucky with the lady who checked us in as she was pretty miserable and unhelpful - certainly not understanding of how exhausting it was for us and our baby!
CORNICHE All Day Dining
Such a great place to sit down for dinner after a hectic day at work ... delicious food with warm hospitality ... special thanks for this experience to Mich, Rohit, Avinash and Lama... thanks all at Sofitel
Just returned home after a pleasant visit to Abu Dhabi. The Sofitel is a comfortable and well-kept property which is very well located both for the city and the Corniche area. Rooms are compact but very comfortable. Occasionally light levels are very low for working in. I would particularly commend the good work of Rebecca on Floor 14 and the very warm welcome from the hard-working regular staff in the main Corniche All-Day Restaurant on the ground floor: Sanjeewa, Lama and Mich.
I booked the Premium Suite for me and my wife, with the Valentine set up and access to Club Millesime. This is the 5th Sofitel I’ve visited, and by far my worst experience to date. After staying at Sofitel Heathrow, Sofitel St James Park, Sofitel Downtown Dubai and Sofitel Dubai Palm - I was expecting the usual high standard and exceptional service that the brand has a reputation for. We had traveled from Dubai, and we were looking forward to our first Valentine’s as a married couple. The first issue occurred at check-in (we arrived at the hotel around 5:30pm). The front desk agent advised us that our room wasn’t quite ready and if we could wait in Club Millesime for “ten minutes”. My wife asked this agent about the breakfast arrangement as she had seen on the offer that breakfast in the room was included. The agent told us that no, this would not be the case and we could have breakfast in the all-day dining restaurant or Club Millesime. We were then taken to the Club and sat there for over an hour, waiting for our room. Eventually we were taken to the room, which was nicely designed but so poorly maintained. Stains could be found on the furniture, carpet and cushions. The minibar was also running at a lukewarm temperature and we were unable to have cold water. Then we realised that the bags had still not arrived - even though we had been in the hotel for about an hour and a half at this point. The Valentine set up was exceptional and the view from the room was lovely - but this was not enough to compensate for the disasters we encountered. We tried to forget the problems we faced and have a nice evening. When we woke up we went to the all day dining restaurant for breakfast. The tables were filthy - as in the photos. My wife ordered “posh eggs” which came to the table cold. After this inedible breakfast we went to the Club lounge. Much better setup but still, dirty cutlery on the table. We went back to the room and at about 12pm we received a call from the front desk reminding us to check out, despite being told that we were entitled to a late check-out at 4pm, when we booked... and after the check-in disaster they should not have been pressuring us to check out early! After pre-paying for this room, we were so disappointed about the bad service. I truly love the Sofitel brand but this hotel is so poorly ran that it is surely affecting the brand’s reputation and my wife was so devastated about our ruined Valentines. I hope that Sofitel is able to look into these issues. Upon checking out I raised the issues to the assistant manager. He was smirking whilst I explained our experience to him and simply said “the issue will be investigated”. There is a deeper problem with this hotel, and something must change within the management. The amount of money I paid for this room did not match the quality of our stay. I have stayed in nicer 3 star hotels - Rove for example!
The view was just spectacular from the lounge area of my room as well as from the dinning room, the walk in shower and the abundance space for long term traveller was something to write home about. The private exclusive private dining room is still something that hasn't been exceeded so far.