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... could afford!! At least window shopping is free! Pretty cool to actually see stores like Jimmy Choo, Alexander McQueen next to H&M and the Gap!!! There was a whole store dedicated to Hershey chocolate! We also went to the aquarium in the mall! We all enjoyed that! The girls loved the penguins. Emma was squealing she was so excited! We came back to our hotel in time for a swim and dinner and then we girls went to bed! Love and hugs Mama ...
Arrived at 0600 after a long 14 hour flight. The flight was good and after a short private car ride we got to the Abu Dhabi Hilton. We got an early check in and upgraded to the Executive floor. After a quick shower it was down to the lounge for a free breakfast. The Hilton was great, staff were nice ...
We caught a bus down the highway for around one and a half hours, passing sand, sand and more sand plus a few small villages along the way. As soon as we entered Abu Dhabi back came the huge mansions, shiny buildings and everything else that until we hit the UAE would have looked out of place in a desert. We jumped off the bus, grabbed a cab from the bus station and proceeded to drive away from Abu Dhabi again. We were ...
... of the city was in the medium and high rise buildings comprising of banks, gas and oil companies..all that capitalistic good stuff and filled with hard working expats. And outside, as we approached the summer months, the heat of the day climbed into the 40s. Unfortunately for the tourist, the city wasn't so well connect without any form of light rail or air-conditioned walk ways. So taxis were the only way to get around, and were cheap, or you could brave the outside heat ...
... the life of me, at that moment in time, I could not think of one reason why I was doing it...i had sweaty palms, hands shaking and i turned to look at mum who's spent 4 months ******** herself and she was totally fine, sat reading a leaflet about the basque mountains, proceeded to make me promise to stop drinking coke whilst we're gone!!? WTF?! By the way, she massively took advantage of me and in my moment of weakness i agreed, no Coca Cola for 5 weeks...pfff easy ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi
The best anywhere in the world
I have stayed in many many hotels around the world and this is *******stars above the rest. The service is beyond anything else anywhere. The rooms are faultless, the pool and beach ... well Just book and go. Its worth every penny and there are many so called "top" hotels around the world that should send there managers to the Emirates Palace to learn what service is all about.
Only thing i would add and its nothing to do with the hotel at all is just Dont fly with Gulf Air !!!! The complete other end of the service spectrum and the leg room is the worst.
We stayed here for a week with our tennage daughters at the end of August, and LOVED the EP.
The person who describes this hotel as "The best in the world" is obviously a relation of the German Manager or a Kempinski group employee. I have to say this is the "worst hotel" we have ever stayed in, albeit it was only for 1 night - We checked out the next again day forefitting the other 6 nights we had booked. The hotel is what I would call "Dull", Ok it's full of gold leaf and expensive furnishings but it's empty of spirit and the feel good factor, which I believe you need when your looking to stay in the upmarket end of the hotel world. The staff I have to say carried out their duties well, although most of them had the look of fear in them if you were about to ask them for something. For the safety conscious amongst you, take heart - the fire alarms are working fine - well they were twice in the early morning on the night we stayed there. It may have been set off from the steamy affair we could quite easily hear going on the room next to door to us, I advise all that are going, to keep the television turned up loud to drown out the noise. I must say I cannot get one bit excited about this place, my wife and I believe this hotel is catering towards the conference and business sector, it certainly is no place to enjoy a relaxing break. Ok I have a positive point about the hotel so listen up. I thought it was fantastic when you shouted in the corridor on the way to the room. It's like being in the Grand Canyon (without the view)- it echoes magnificently, security nearly pounced on me a couple of times for doing it, but it was worth it to try and breathe a bit of life into the place. By the way if anyone was wondering where we spent the other 6 nights - we returned to Dubai and into the caring arms of the Jumeirah group - namely the Madinet Jumeirah villas - Oh thank you sweet lord!!.
Best Hotel in the World
Nothing in words can describe how good this hotel is. It is perfect!
Go there and experience the hotel before it gets too expensive after November 2005.
I have been travelling the world for over 20 years but have never stayed at such a good hotel before.
We didn't stay at this hotel, but went there one evening for a drink. It is absolutely gorgeous, the drive up with the 2 Rolls Royce hotel cars in front of the hotel, the staff are very pleasant and personable, the grounds and communal areas are really opulant and you just marvel at how much it must all have cost!!!! The place is basically gold leafed and the carpets sumptious, but we wandered around for about an hour, and apart from a few other gawping tourists, and some bored staff we saw no one!! It was just about empty! (June 15th) so very souless, we couldn't find a bar to have a drink in cos they were closed as there was no one there. I'd check the occupancy if you are thinking of staying. It really was quite eerie!
8th Wonder - Perfect Service and Hospitality...Wow!!
Wow, this is the 7th Wonder. I had great service at the hotel. I am not sure what people expect. We had a private butler, etc. we were surrounded by perfect service. The whole setting is unique as no other hotel I have seen has this prestige, and royalty, as a setting which incorporates style and charm too. How did the manager create this masterpiece. All I can say is if you are looking for a one of a kind luxury adventure this is one of them!!!
My wife and I stayed at the Emirates Palace from the 8th to 24th of April. We had a good chance to evaluate the Hotel. As the owners of a group of leisure companies that includes a travel agency, it was important to appraise what has been billed as the worlds most expensive resort hotel.
We stayed in the hotel for 2 days. The palace is, indeed, splendid but the service was definitely, below average. The service was very slow and staff was quiet unfriendly.
Overall, I would prefer any other 6 star hotel for my next visit to Abu Dhabi. It is definitely not worth the money.
Service could be better
we stayed here for 2 nights, the room we were in cost over £1000 per night. Although the hotel is absolutely stunning, we found the service was not up to scatch, as they don't open officially till Nov. Seem very understaffed. The 24hr butler service was VERY slow, and when we returned from a day out we found our room had not even been cleaned. Beautiful hotel, but not a totally majestic experience!
Stayed at the Emirates Palace from 1 March for four nights. We were overwhelmed when we arrived. This place is truly amazing. The insde of the Palace is simply magnificant and the beach and pool area is out of this world. The attention from the staff was first class. Brilliant you will not be disappointed if you are looking for 6 star luxury.