Must-see hotels in Abu Dhabi

  • Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas

    Abu Dhabi

    From the expansive bronze-toned foyer with its silver sand-rose sculptures to the 50-sq-metre rooms with daybed-strewn balconies and bathtubs made for…

  • Southern Sun Abu Dhabi

    Al Zahiyah & Al Maryah Island

    This shiny high-rise packs in the flair of a hotel twice the price from the moment you walk into the triple-height lobby hung with swooping contemporary…

  • Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi

    Marina Breakwater

    Now, that's a view. The Grand Hyatt swaggered onto the Abu Dhabi hotel scene in 2018, and its rooms, all with floor-to-ceiling glass doors and wrap-around…

  • Rosewood Abu Dhabi

    Al Zahiyah & Al Maryah Island

    From Glo, its rooftop pool-bar, at the tip to snug wine-haunt La Cava secreted in its toe, the Rosewood is one sophisticated customer. Rooms exude…

  • Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa

    Al Bateen & Al Mushrif

    Stepping into the lobby with its mashrabiyya patterns and oud (lute-like traditional stringed instrument) player beside the infinity pool, it's clear that…

  • Four Seasons Abu Dhabi main entrance

    Four Seasons Abu Dhabi

    Al Zahiyah & Al Maryah Island

    From the wavy articulated lobby wall hat-tipping Abu Dhabi's pearling heritage to the oblong banquettes layering the facade, which look like desert…

  • Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

    Marina Breakwater

    The lobby's show-stopping glass wall ushers you into this exclusive cocoon where guests float from spa treatment to private beach before choosing between…

  • Arabian Nights Village

    Abu Dhabi

    This oasis in the desert loses some of its charm in high season when big overnight tour groups can dominate, but the surroundings are so lovely you might…

  • Zaya Nurai Island Resort

    Abu Dhabi

    Opened in 2015, this idyllic getaway has 32 massive one- and two-bedroom villas that you'll need to be pried from at checkout. The modern villas, dressed…

  • Yas Hotel

    Yas Island

    This bright, airy and entirely contemporary hotel sits in pole position on Yas Island, literally straddling the Yas Marina Circuit. Its avant-garde, steel…

  • Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort

    Al Zahiyah & Al Maryah Island

    A visitor could be forgiven for taking one look at the outside of this particularly rust-orange hotel and running off to the competition. That would be a…

  • Bab Al Qasr

    Marina Breakwater

    With its five-floor-high minaret archway adorning its copper-toned facade, a lobby flanked with mihrab-style niches, echoing mosque architecture, and…

  • Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island

    Yas Island

    This friendly hotel, in a hotel complex just a hop from Yas Marina Circuit, has hospitable staff and comfortable (though blandly business-brisk) rooms…

  • Emirates Palace

    Marina Breakwater

    While this remarkable Abu Dhabi landmark is a destination in its own right, offering excellent entertainment and restaurants, an overnight stay enhances…

  • Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi

    Le Royal Méridien is imbued with plenty of contemporary swagger, from its yellow-and-black-toned atrium looking out to the pool to the minimalist rooms…

  • Beach Rotana Hotel

    Al Zahiyah & Al Maryah Island

    Joined at the hip to Abu Dhabi Mall, this 565-room hotel is as much a favourite with leisure travellers as with conference-goers. Staff manage to keep…

  • Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana

    Marina Breakwater

    Steeped in subtle Middle Eastern character and harbouring a giant pool, landscaped gardens and beachfront, facilities aimed at children and a relaxed…

  • St Regis Saadiyat Island

    Abu Dhabi

    This white palace, with art-deco touches in the lobby's sweep of the ceiling and structured hanging lamps, is a behemoth, all-bells-and-whistles resort…

  • Courtyard by Marriott

    Abu Dhabi

    Slapped onto the side of the World Trade Center, this Marriott is a midrange winner. Shots of orange and wood add fresh vibes to the light-filled rooms…

  • St Regis Abu Dhabi

    Marina Breakwater

    Entrances don't get much grander than the St Regis' regal twin grand staircases which sweep down into the lobby. The elegance continues into rooms replete…

  • Dusit Thani Hotel

    Al Bateen & Al Mushrif

    From the grand marble and gold-hued foyer, you'll be whisked up to classically styled rooms with dizzying views of the city sprawl. Dusit Thani is a…

  • Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas

    Abu Dhabi

    There's a beach vibe from the moment you walk into the bright, contemporary foyer with its decor-nods to the desert scattered throughout and floor-to…

  • Sofitel Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi

    Slap on the Corniche and packed full of facilities, you can't really go wrong staying in the Sofitel's large, light-filled rooms. The two rooftop pools …

  • Al Manzel

    Al Zahiyah & Al Maryah Island

    Sure, the furnishings are a bit ho-hum beige but you get a lot of bang for your buck in these spacious hotel studios and apartments, all with well-kitted…

  • Novel Hotel

    Abu Dhabi

    Always popular, this big tower has a cracking central position in Downtown and friendly staff, making it a solid option. Rooms are spacious, comfortable…

  • Yas Island Rotana

    Yas Island

    There may be few stylish bells and whistles, and the wall-mounted TVs seem a bit lost floating alone in all that empty wall space, but these good-sized,…

  • Grand Millennium Al Wahda Hotel

    Al Bateen & Al Mushrif

    Popular with the business crowd, this always-busy big hotel has large, modern rooms in beige and navy blue. Porters Pub is downstairs, there's a pool, gym…

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    Aloft Abu Dhabi

    Al Bateen & Al Mushrif

    The loft-like rooms, landscaped pool and high-tech gadgetry in this hotel scream urban chic but compared to many other hotels in this price range (and…

  • Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi

    Showing its age a bit, the Crowne Plaza's rooms are big, bland and a tad old-fashioned. On the plus side though there are plenty of excellent reasons to…

  • Centro Yas Island

    Yas Island

    A little less glossy than neighbouring hotels, Centro's neat-as-a-pin, compact rooms offer Yas Island's most budget-conscious choice. As long as you're…

  • Al Diar Capital Hotel

    Al Zahiyah & Al Maryah Island

    This old-timer pulls in the punters thanks to decent-sized rooms (filled with a surfeit of 1980's orange-wood furniture) and bags of cheap and cheerful…

  • Dana Hotel

    Al Zahiyah & Al Maryah Island

    Always busy with regional travellers, the Dana has big studio-style rooms with old but well-kept furnishings and shiny, spotless bathrooms. Slight…

  • Al Jazeera Royal Hotel

    Abu Dhabi

    With some of the cheapest rates in town, this friendly little 55-room hotel opposite the gold souq largely caters for Indian and Asian business clientele…

  • InterContinental Abu Dhabi

    Marina Breakwater

    The InterContinental may not be the most 'des res' address in town (and to be frank the rooms in this old warhorse could definitely do with a revamp) but…

  • Ibis Hotel Abu Dhabi Gate

    Abu Dhabi

    Midway between town and the airport, the Ibis has small but comfortable rooms decked out in rich hardwoods, a quiet location, a pleasant terrace and an…

  • Nehal Hotel

    Al Zahiyah & Al Maryah Island

    The great central location and solid amenities keeps this decent budget choice bustling, though the good-sized rooms do suffer from a lack of natural…

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