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  • Ibis Hotel Abu Dhabi Gate One of the few modern budget hotels in Abu Dhabi, it offers excellent value for money, midway between the town and the airport.
  • Aloft Abu Dhabi Adjoining the ADNEC Exhibition Centre, the loft-like rooms, rooftop pool and high-tech gadgetry make this a stylish business option.
  • Centro Yas Island In the centre of the Yas hotel district, this contemporary choice has compact rooms for the budget conscious and attracts a younger crowd.
  • Al Jazeera Royal Hotel With some of the cheapest rates in town, this friendly little hotel opposite the gold souq offers a feel for local life. No bar.

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  • Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi A thoroughly amenable hotel, with generous rooms, grand views of the city, excellent service and a sociable experience.
  • Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort A faded city centre icon in which to unwind in landscaped gardens or dip a toe in the hotel’s private lagoon.
  • Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Appealing especially to race-goers, this dramatic hotel sits in pole position, straddling the Yas Marina Circuit.
  • Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana With a relaxed atmosphere, this dry hotel (no alcohol) appeals to families seeking a weekend getaway.

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  • Emirates Palace An overnight stay at this Abu Dhabi landmark offers a whole new dimension on an already class act.
  • Jumeirah at Etihad Towers An exceptional hotel, occupying a landmark tower – one of five that rise from the end of the Corniche like polished organ pipes.
  • The St Regis Abu Dhabi ( Strung between the top floors of the Nation Towers, the hotel's exclusive Abu Dhabi suite daringly inhabits a skybridge. Ordinary mortals stay in more grounded luxury.
  • Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi With a sandy beach surrounded by nature reserve and an infinity pool eye-to-eye with the open Gulf, this low-rise luxury hotel offers a perfect retreat.