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Hotel Méridien Abu Dhabi Hotel 5 star
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

This is a hotel with many assets: it has a good location, close to the village center, comfortable rooms and a myriad of bars and restaurants for celebrations and good food.

This hotel review is a translation from the French published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.

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      Le Meridien Abu Dhabi   -   © Alexis Bidegain/ Easypresse

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    Location 4.61 /10

    On the seaside - a few hundred meters from Abu Dhabi center. The airport is 19 miles away (the transfer takes half an hour).

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    There are 229 rooms of different classes and 68 studio rooms. Furniture and amenities are new, the beds are cosy and there is double-glazing on the windows (an important detail for rooms with view on the city): you will sleep soundly. 50% of the rooms have a view on the swimming pool, the garden or the Creek. You should ask it when booking your room, for an extra charge. You can have a balcony (6 m²) with a standard room of 26 m² . The furniture is contemporary with several design details (a round gilt mirror on the wall and a lamp on the bedside with the same motif as the mirror). The local tradition is evoked by several reproductions representing Arabic scenes, and by the wood, fabric and carpet colors : mahogany, chestnut-brown and night blue. The bathroom facilities and the extra fresh or fruity scented products are very nice ( 2 x 1.35 oz shower gel, shampoo, hair conditionner and body lotion). There is only one bathtub (there is no separate shower stall) but all other fixtures are provided ( a bathroom scale , hair dryer, bathrobes). Air-conditioning, television with flat screen, direct telephone line, a minibar and a safe.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    Opened in 1979, the Méridien Abu Dhabi was renovated most recently in 2005-2006. This contemporary building with outside Arabic architecture (friezes and geometric sculptures) has a spacious lobby-atrium : there is a fountain in the middle, rattan lounges, green plants and artificial palm trees - the lighting overhead emphasizes the coloured mosaic of the fountain's basin and the geometric friezes on the walls. The way to the swimming pool is a little complicated : you have to pass through the gardens to reach it. Behind the main pool ( 25 x 10 m), there is another rectangular and smaller one (15 x 6 m) where the swimmers are less numerous. The sundeck, paved with stones, is a good place to relax in peace, if not you can find a place on the lawn or on the beach. Leisure facilities are simple : plastic deckchairs, mattresses, cloth umbrellas. Towels are at disposal atthe spa's reception.

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    With 12 restaurants and 5 bars, the Meridien is the hotel in Abu Dhabi offering the largest variety of cuisines. The food is good and well presented. A festive atmosphere abounds, especially at night, when there are special events organized regularly (thematic buffets, music and oriental dancing). And as the restaurants have each a terrace located around the same garden, conviviality is everywhere. However, you can have dinner in a peaceful environment if you wish : there is at least one restaurant without any specific activity offered. La Brasserie has a good buffet service. You may sit inside or on the sundeck and the food is very good even at breakfast: for breakfast you can choose from vegetable juices, fresh fruits, omelettes, egg cooked upon request, yogurt, small brioches, oriental specialities (houmous : mashed chick peas); egg plant caviar ; "foul mesdames" : bean soup ). The other meals include various international recipes with two thematic events per week, "seafood night" and " meat night" 

    Beach 7.20 /10

    Unfortunately the beach is bordered on each side with boat clubs (one of them is under renovation) and opposite, Al Reem island is bristling with electric pylons. This ugly view will soon disappear, however it is to be replaced with many other hotels. Briefly, there is no view from anywhere and the beach is only 200 m long by 10 m wide. There are deck chairs arranged in 3 to 4 rows under palm trees or straw huts. A swimming area is delimited in the water. The sea is clear, warm and pleasant.

    To know

    The Méridien is one of the oldest hotels in Abu Dhabi. Its many restaurants and bars and its night club attract exile customers almost every night. This is the place to stay in Abu Dhabi if you are looking for fun or want to enjoy local life while talking with Westerners that settled here.

    Advice about accommodations
    If you choose to stay on the town side, your room won't have a balcony. So book a room with sea view ( for an extra charge) : there is a balcony and a swimming pool, a garden and a view of the Creek ( branch of the sea between Abu Dhabi and its islands).

    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, volleyball, beach volley, golf, mountain bike, squash, water-polo, fitness, sports

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

    advantage

    • 12 restaurants with a terrace and a wide range of cuisines.
    • Comfortable rooms, numerous welcome products.

    disadvantages

    • The small beach does not have a clear view.
    • Little space around the swimming pools.

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Stephanie G. Stephanie G.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in février 2011 Posted on 2013-09-09 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        hotel au top avec service génial. tout était parfait!

      • Advantages

        le sea food du lundi soir avec tous les produits de la mer à volonté pour 30?! Personnel dispo tout le temps et super agréable....

      • Disavantages

        rien à signaler! même le temps était parfait!

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      • Overall Score 9.75/10
      • Package deals in avril 2011 Posted on 2011-05-15 Affaire - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Hotel très bien placé à proximité du Mall. Il faut éviter la page qui donne sur une marina

      • Advantages

        Personnel disponible et agréable Buffet petit déjeuner et restaurants très bons

      • Disavantages

        Plage à éviter (vase) Prix du restaurant un peu élevés

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      • Overall Score 6.71/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in mars 2011 Posted on 2011-05-15 En famille - 2 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        En résumé, un hôtel sympathique mais vraiment banal. La mer reste un peu loin de l'hôtel.

      • Advantages

        Beaux restaurants et belle piscine.

      • Disavantages

        Chambres petites et banales; Parking chaotique; Service assez moyen. Un "Méridien" qui n'en a que le nom.

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      • Overall Score 7.43/10
    • Philippe R. Philippe R.  
      7 Opinions
      • Package deals in décembre 2010 Posted on 2011-02-16 Entre amis - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Un Méridien ancienne génération et qui a du mal à rester à flot, installations un peu vieillottes.

      • Advantages

        De nombreux restaurants, Environnement "expat"

      • Disavantages

        Chambres petites et banales Parking chaotique Service assez moyen Un "Méridien" qui n'en a que le nom.

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      • Overall Score 4.43/10
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