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
Outstanding customer service from waiter Munas And the head bar attendant Sadun. Sadun passed by our table to say Hi and see if everything was ok. He then surprised us with a complimentary drink that made our dining experience marvelous. Will definitely come back.
This hotel Is so good, it makes me want to come back to Abu Dhabi, just to stay here once again. Great service. Great location. Great aesthetic.
At check in, we were met by the amazingly lovely Zakariya, who organised two amazing Club suites for us on the 31st floor. And what a view you get from level 31! Thanks to the floor to ceiling windows, Our corner suite had vast sweeping views of the ocean on one side, and views of the city on the other side (we could even see the Louvre from the room). Both our suites were so large, each with its own living room area, and two seperate bathrooms, plus large walk in wardrobes and enormous shower areas. Couldn't have asked for a better room.
The club lounge offered the same amazing views, plus comfortable arm chairs to enjoy a cold drink and read the newspaper in. The staff in the club lounge were consistently great, ad even remembered our drink orders each day. They also helped us organise things like having newspapers delivered to our rooms. The food in the club lounge was better than in most club lounges in other hotels we have stayed in, as there was a great variety of food at each sitting, and all of it was great quality. I think every time we ate in the lounge, there was at least one vegetarian savoury option, in addition to the many many delicious sweets such as scones and eclairs. The club really was a great place to relax at the end of a busy day.My only suggestions are to have a fridge where guests can help themselves to cold drinks such as water and soft drinks, and to open the sheer curtains in the club lounge more so we can see the view more clearly.
The courtesy shuttle bus was also above expectations, as it went to almost everywhere we wanted to go to. We took it to Marina Mall a few times, to the Louvre, to Ferrari world, Yas mall and Yas waterpark. The bus also stopped at two beaches, one on the corniche, and one on Saadiyat island.
Breakfast was also exceptional. I have stayed at many 5 star hotels but never have I seen such a variety of breakfast options, including a good variety of hot vegetarian selections. The dining area for breakfast is quite large that it never felt busy or crowded, and is quite a beautiful restaurant area in itself. Staff at breakfast were always quick to clear our plates and take our coffee orders, and the staff making crepes were particularly charismatic too.
Concierge staff were helpful, and always had answers for my (many, many) questions about different things to do in the city. Mark was very helpful on a number of occasions, doing everything with a smile. As did another gentleman at the concierge whose name I have since misplaced, but who was also fantastic, especially when he assisted us with making phone calls after we had accidentally forgotten to organise our driver to pick us up to take us to Dubai. A nice little bonus at the concierge counter is that you can hire DVDs for free!
Vusi, who worked at the front entrance, was another great asset to us on our holiday as he gave the best directions to everywhere. I felt unwell and needed a pharmacy. He gave me crystal clear directions to what turned out to be the best pharmacy I have ever been to, nearby the hotel. Despite having never been in the neighbourhood, we found it quickly without even a single wrong turn thanks to his great directions. Similarly, he directed us on how to navigate the pedestrian underpasses to go to the corniche. If you want to know how to get somewhere, just as him and you will have no problems!
In general the hotels location is fantastic. The corniche is just across the road and is great to walk down at night, surrounded by locals who are out jogging, cycling etc. It is also very close to a lot of the main tourist attractions. And surely there is no better view in Abu Dhabi than what you get here at the Sofitel?
The hotel has two pools, seperate male and female gyms, and a steam room. which were all good.
If you are staying in Abu Dhabi you have to stay here! You cant go wrong with the Sofitel, especially the Sofitel Abu Dhabi. As we drove away after checking out, my family all said "wow that was an amazing hotel and it will be hard to beat". Id love to come back again next year, thanks to all the staff for a great holiday.
My boyfriend and I spent a good moment in this hotel which is located in front of the sea (corniche). Our room was very confortable and modern with beautiful decoration. Lots of choice during the breakfast.
We want to thank particularly Bisha, Munas and Lama (team at the pool/restaurant), they were very nice and professional with us.
We will come back ;)
Camille & Quentin
Sadun, the Batman at the pool at the Sofitel was simply amazing. He looked after about 20 people and he did not neglect anyone. He made sure that we stayed hydrated in the heat. He was a cool breeze and certainly a breath of fresh air in this humid weather. He is very knowledgeable and made us feel very welcome and comfortable. Thank you Sadun! Keep up your good work.
We stayed one night here and were very pleased with the quality of the room and particularly the level of service provided by the staff.
We had booked a luxury room club Sofitel and were upgraded to a suite. The suite was well appointed and the bed comfortable. Club Milliséme was a decent size with a good breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktail hour.
My only comment would be to not send emails with PDFs to fill out for airport transfer and dietary requirements - a more updated digital approach would be better.