Hotel Staybridge Suites Abu Dhabi-Yas Island Hotel 4 star
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Staybridge Suites, part of the Intercontinental Hotels Group, is located ion Yas Island close to the airport and is right next to its sister hotel, the Crowne Plaza (also reviewed by us). As our hosts repeated a good many times, the Staybridge concept is completely different to that of other hotels; the objective is to create a self-service homely atmosphere at each property. The hotel is an all-suite hotel, and although the décor is a little generic for our taste, Staybridge Suites is a good base to explore the city from for families on a small budget and in need of a spacious room.

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      Staybridge Suites Abu Dhabi-Yas Island   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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      Staybridge Suites Abu Dhabi-Yas Island   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 6.0 /10

    Only a five-minute drive from the airport, the hotel is located on on Yas Island on the Yas Island Plaza close to Yas Island Rotana (also known as Media Rotana), Centro by Rotana, Radisson, Park Inn, and the Crowne Plaza, 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 6.70 /10

    There are 164 suites, which are available in a studio format, one-bedroom and two-bedrooms. Each room has its own fully fitted kitchen with utensils for up to five people. The rooms have a hob, microwave, oven, washing machine, coffee maker, and fridge.

    The rooms are spacious, the décor is fairly generic with nothing much to write home about. Every room has its own ensuite bathroom (especially practical for two-bedroom apartments). Our favourite room was the studio, which is cosier than a conventional room.

    Overall the rooms are cosy and some even have a sea view.

    Overview 5.70 /10

    This all-suite hotel doesn't have a star rating due to it being an apartment-hotel, but we would give it three stars. An American concept that is reaching out beyond its borders, its forte is the homely feeling of the establishment. It doesn't really feel like a hotel and that's the point.

    The main appeal here is spacious suites and the good-value rates. The first thing we noticed upon entering is the Staybridge signature fireplace in the 'den', which is cosy, even with the temperature pushing 40°C outside. There is a small grocery store close to the entrance for guests to be able to buy anything they need in order to cook their own meals. Although each apartment is fitted with a full kitchen, there is a main kitchen on the ground floor. There is a machine for hot beverages here, which is available 24/7. Dinner is served here on some evenings, and it is included in the room rate. Otherwise guests have access to an outdoor lap pool, gym and a self-service launderette. There is also complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel.

    Food and drink 5.70 /10

    Breakfast is served every morning downstairs in 'The Great Room' (kitchen area), where there is a hot beverages machine available 24/7. Breakfast is served as a buffer. Lunch isn't served here, but guests can have dinner here four times a week (all included in the room rate). Look out for the cookie jar (we recommend nabbing a few while staying here - they are delicious).

    The rooms are all fully equipped for guests to cook their own meals and there is a small shop on the ground floor, 'the pantry', that sells basic foodstuffs like pasta and rice.

    There is no room service here.

    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 Crowne Plaza Hotel, but having failed once before, Yas Island may have to wait a while longer before it can get its own beach!

    To know

    Staybridge Suites is part of the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG), which has properties across the world. Its sister hotel, the Crowne Plaza, is just next door.

    There are two barrier-free rooms.

    Equipment

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

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

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness, gym, sports, tennis, squash

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

    advantage

    • The cosy ambience.
    • Can use facilities at Crowne Plaza next door.
    • Sea views.

    disadvantages

    • The lack of atmosphere.

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