Hilton International Abu Dhabi Hotel, Dubai
Reviews - Hilton International Abu Dhabi Hotel
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Hilton International Abu Dhabi Hotel
A very enjoyable and lazy breakfrom computerbug
The Marina Mall is literally in front of the hotel. The Hilton does operate a shuttle to the mall, or alternatively you can walk which takes 20 mins or get the local taxi which will cost around 40p. Check out the Carrefour hypermarket, for cheap water and soft drinks. For those Brits who like a spot of retail therapy, there is a good selection of shops and plenty of places to eat.
There really isn't much to do in Abu Dhabi as it is very quiet compared to Dubai. But if you are looking for sun and shopping then you will enjoy your stay at the Hilton.
Poor All Inclusive dealfrom Alan-Carol
We have just returned from a 9 day stay at the Hilton in Abu Dhabi. As a family of 2 adults and 3 children aged 15, 14 and 6 we thought the idea of an All inclusive package would be cost effective.
1) All inclusive package included beer, wine, soft drinks - this turned out to be one house beer, one white house wine, one house red wine, coke, diet coke, sprite, diet sprite, fanta and ginger ale
2) The "All inclusive" was only available at the La Terrazza restaurant at night which meant that we had breakfast and dinner in the same place every day, 9 days of one beer and one wine in the same restaurant with a lot of the food choices similar is not exactly exciting or interesting. The all inclusive restaurant closed at 10.30 pm Sat to Wed and 11.00 pm Thursday and Friday, there is a bar but the AI was only available for 1/2 hour after the above times.
We contacted the reception who basically said, "That's the choices, you can have other drinks and at other bars but you only have to pay for them, the contract is with the travel agent and that's what is in the contract". I became frustrated and asked for the Bar and Catering manager, We discussed with him our concerns and he commented they had put ice cream onto the all inclusive because of other comments. He stated that there was a management meeting the next day and he would bring this up and let us know, suffice to say we heard no more.
At the beach restaurant two days after we were told that the ice cream option had been removed and now was only available to under 12,s. The AI option in our opinion is definitely not what it should be.
In my opinion this is not how a 5 star hotel with a name of the Hilton group should be operating, we have stayed at a large number of 4 and 5 star hotels and this was definitely the worst. The difference here was that we personally felt that the customer came second, whereas in Dubai the customer always came first.
Another gripe is that the beach club seem to operate a policy of letting anybody enter, on a Thursday, Friday and in particular Sunday and Monday they let youths in from the local American school, you cannot get a seat around the pool and they are jumping and throwing each other in the pool and the language was not acceptable with young children around, the staff seem to have given up, they blow a whistle but the youths just carry on, they were even drinking and smoking in the pool. In our opinion you pay top money to go to a 5 star for rest and relaxation not for it to be a glorified 18-30 holiday.
On the plus side and to try and give a honest view the beach area and facilities are very good and also the food in the La Terrazza restaurant was of a very high standard, its just that on AI you have no choice than to eat there. It was our daughters 14th birthday whist we were there and they gave her cakes and flowers which was a very nice treat, it was just a shame that on the 1st day we were there they attempted to give her a wedding anniversary cake, never mind its the thought that counts. I personally feel that this is the difference between this hotel and others in Dubai itself, they do try and get it right there. The staff were very friendly and were reasonably helpful, its just that they seemed to have guidelines and there was no flexibility to sort out any problems.
Things do appear to be cheaper in Abu Dhabi generally, taxis, drinks, golf, clothes etc.
All in all, we still had a nice time its just not quite right, we have visited Dubai 4 times recently and this did'nt really come up to the standards there.
Good Location - Good Facilitesfrom AlexHertfordshire
Concierge couldnt have been more helpful if they tried. The hotel is right next to the Emirates Palace which is amazing. I could only descibe it as "Grand". We went for dinner in the Italian there one night which was great and definately worth a visit. Surprisingly reasonable too. The Hotel is also close to the Marina Shopping Mall which is worth a visit if you like a bit of shopping !!
We have stayed in the Hilton in Dubai which does stand out from this hotel, espeically with the service at the Beach Club. All in all, i would return although i would go back to Dubai first before heading back to this hotel.
Good Hotel Overallfrom Spoda
Good time at the Abu Dhabi Hiltonfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Super Hilton Servicefrom brimcd1
The Hiltonia beach club is free to residents as is gym and spa all of a very high standard.
I cannot praise hotel staff enough always polite,courteous and friendly I will visit again.
Fabulous servicefrom Tourman
Many bars and restraurants, all at a reasonable cost compared to Dubai, the beach club is wonderfull, Service typically Hilton, rooms are a bit buisness like but large and very comfortable. Near to the Marina shopping mall, heritage village and other sights incuding local cafes. No alcohol problem in the hotel, again at reasonable prices. Will go back, both to city and hotel
Nothing specialfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Abu Dhabi? Go Hilton!!!from sisley
The hotel has nine different restaurants / eateries, we tried most. Buffet breakfast and dinner (£14) was excellent in the Terrazza, great coffee and cake in the Vienna Plaza (£2.50), very reasonably priced cocktails (£3 during Happy Hour) in the BiCE Italian Bar & Restaurant and you must try Hemmingways Bistro for steaks etc. (2 course meal with wine £17 p/head).
With all the opportunity for over indulging, there are plenty of ways to burn off all the calories. Through the underpass into the Hiltonia Health Club & Spa. This has 2 excellent swimming pools (1 for kids with a flume and shallower water, the other designed more for adults), at both there are always lifeguards present. Both pools have bars and there's also the very reasonably priced Coconut Bay for lunch (if you can manage it!) There are plenty of sunbeds and unbrellas but get there early for the best shaded spots. The temperature never dropped below 41c while we were there. There are also tennis courts, putting green and the obligatory gym.
If sea and sand are your thing, then this a just a few steps away from the swimming pools. A private beach area, with even more sunbeds and plenty of water sports in the beautifully warm Arabian Gulf.
For shopping (which must be done), there's a courtesy bus to both the Marina Mall (which is about a 10 minute walk if you can stand the heat) and into the main shopping area. You can also take a taxi to the Abu Dhabi Shopping Mall (worth a visit), which is about £2.
All in all a fantastic experience that I would recommend to anyone.
Its fine- no really it isfrom Tastydogs
The staff are very friendly & I thought the breakfast buffet & the snack & cocktails on the beach were good & fairly priced- for a Hilton. The private beach & swimming were pretty good too.
Some of the other reviewers are less kind about some of the decor. In fact the public areas & my room were fine although perhaps more of a mid west American rather than European taste (make of that what you will!) but I think it is a fair comment that the beach bar & beach furniture was a bit past its prime.
My other comment would be on the location- there is not much within walking distance (of course its a limited radius in the Gulf heat) & depending on the time of day it was not always easy to nab a taxi from outside. You know the story- you fly half way round the world for a long weekend & check-in to a 5 star hotel but begrudge paying the full taxi fare so go outside to save a bit.....
Its fine....its just not the Jumera Beach in Dubai....
Top Local Tips for Dubai
India Palace 3 years ago this place was awesome. In February 2008 it has bombed. Unfrindly service, dark and dank and the food was truly awful. So wanted it to be as good as March 2005 - has the owner changed?
Weather One great advantage about the Hilton is the beach club and the ability to swim in the sea, in the pool and enjoy the food facilities which the club has. We've just returned from a trip in February when the climate was in the late 20s, which was lovely. The club has a very reloaxed feel but it's not "loud" so it would not appeal to teenagers.
As good as Dubai Having previously been to Dubai, we were pleasantly surprised that the shopping in the Malls in Abu Dhabi was excellent. No need to go to Dubai! Abu Dhabi has the relaxed feel of Muscat, but with much better shopping.
Other names for Hilton International Abu Dhabi Hotel
- hilton international abu dhabi
- hilton abu dhabi
- abu dhabi hilton
- Address: Corniche Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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