Hotel Crowne Plaza Yas Island Hotel 5 star
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Yas Island 41880 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -
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The main difference between the hotels on the Yas Island Plaza, is the view. While some have a plaza or Formula One race track view, the others have a sea view, which puts a completely different spin on your stay. The Crowne Plaza sits in prime location for sea views. There is no beach on Yas Island (yet), but there is a beautiful golf course that lines the water, again, reinforcing that holiday atmosphere. The hotel is ideal for a wide-ranging clientele, from couples to families, groups and guests on business.

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      Crowne Plaza Yas Island   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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      Crowne Plaza Yas Island   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 7.0 /10

    Only a five-minute drive from the airport, the hotel is located on Yas Island, on the Yas Island Plaza close to Yas Island Rotana, Radisson Blu, Park Inn, Staybridge Suites and the Centro by Rotana, all of which we have also reviewed.

    The plaza is about a couple minutes' walk from one of Abu Dhabi's main attractions, Ferrari World, the Formula 1 race track. There isn't much else on the island apart from the Yas Marina just behind the Viceroy Hotel. The authorities were also in the process of building the beach (again), which will be behind Yas Plaza.

    Airport taxi tip: when you arrive at the airport you will need to queue for a taxi. As the journey is extremely short expect most taxi drivers to turn down the run. Either offer to pay a little more than what the meter indicates (offer up to 40 AED in total; which is about £6.00). The taxi usher may also suggest you take a private taxi, which doesn't have a meter - negotiate the price before getting in.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    In total there are 428 rooms including 42 suites and 75 Club rooms. The rooms all have a similar décor, with the Arabic flower pattern through all the carpets in the hotel. The rooms' low ceilings make the space comfortable, and the large bay window let in plenty of light. All beds are king size dressed with crisp white quality linen. All rooms have a balcony, tea and coffee making facilities, safe fridge, and flat-screen television.

    The man difference between the rooms is the space. The suites have a separate seating area and a microwave, while renting a club room gives guests access to the business lounge where separate (smaller) breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners are served.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The four-star Crowne Plaza opened in 2009 and although there isn't much to do in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, there are some varied good quality facilities onsite so guests don't have to venture too far away if they don't want to. There are also other hotels nearby, which have various restaurants.

    Although our host told us that the large crown-come-birdcages fixed to the floor at the entrance of the hotel are going to be moved to a less obtrusive part of the lobby, they are the focal feature for the lobby. The hotel smells fresh, has a bay window running the entire length of the large lobby and feels spacious. The lobby area has lot of seating that leads all the way to the hotel's main restaurant.

    Other facilities include an outdoor pool and bar, an evening bar and five restaurants. The golf course (24 holes) that lines the sea is easily accessible for golfing aficionados. There is also a steam room, sauna, an indoor pool, gym, squash court and a multi-sports court. Families also have access to a kids' club and there is Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The hotel's strength is having five different restaurants for guests to choose from. Breakfast is served in the main restaurant, Jing, which is found after the lobby area to the right of the entrance. Lunch and dinner are also served here as international buffets. Guests can also opt to have lunch at the Still Bar and Brasserie, which serves gastropub food, in the lobby lounge (just before Jing) or at the pool bar outside. Apart from Jing for dinner, guests can sample Lebanese food, one of the most popular cuisines throughout the Middle East, at Barouk (open for dinner only).

    For a pre or post dinner drink, there is also the Views bar, which our host insisted was the pièce de résistance of the hotel - indeed, the bar has one of the longest counters we have ever seen! A cosy hang-out with a chic industrial design, this is a good place to come at the end of the day if staying in the area.

    Beach

    Although the hotel is on an island, Yas Island, there are no beaches here yet. While we visited, the authorities were trying to build a beach to line the golf course just behind the hotel, but having failed once before, Yas Island may have to wait a while longer before it can get its own beach!

    To know

    The Crowne Plaza is part of the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG), which has properties across the world.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, golf, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The beautiful sea views.
    • The diverse range of facilities onsite.
    • Close to the airport.

    disadvantages

    • As the hotel is under a flight path, it can be noisy at times.

    Traveller Reviews

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    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      17 Opinions
      • Package deals in janvier 2014 Posted on 2014-02-25 En couple - 2 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Parfait pour commencer ou terminer son séjour car l'hôtel est proche de l'aéroport et il permet de faire une halte paradisiaque sur l'île de Yas. Complétement conquise par cet hotel: la chambre propre, lumineuse et design, pouvoir siroter un coktail les pieds dans l'eau, se restaurer convenablement sur place... De plus le personnel est au petit soins.

      • Advantages

        Détente, bar dans la piscine, magnifique vue, proche de l'aéroport et parc d'attraction Ferrari Wordl.

      • Disavantages

        Loin du centre d'abu Dhabi.

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      • Overall Score 8.60/10
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