Emirates Palace Hotel
Referred to by many as the World only 7 star hotel
I frequently visit Dubai and when I do, I always take day trips to Abu Dhabi. I’ve always been curious about this Emirate. It’s the capital of the UAE and it’s different from Dubai. YAS island, the famous Sheikh Zayed mosque, among many other renowned attractions are here. Therefore, this time around I decided to stay a few days in Abu Dhabi and what a better option than the Emirates Palace Hotel.
The Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi it is perhaps one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Some call it the world seven-star hotel because of its amenities and services. A one mile long compound with mini water parks, famous restaurants, and top brand shops inside. Even the lower tier room is of royal standard.
I booked this hotel through Expedia using the points from my account. As a gold tier customer, I had an insider price of 200 USD per night for a coral room which is a great discount from its average market price of 300 USD a night.
When I checked in it was a very busy weekend. There were many people coming in and out of the hotel and simultaneously I believe there was a conference onsite. I imaged it was the case since many people had the same goodie bag. But I was greeted with water the bell boys came in and assisted me seamlessly escorted me to check in.
The Coral room is the lowest tier room in the hotel. But it is incredibly big and spacious, the balcony is immense, and the bathroom is the size of a regular hotel room. Nevertheless, I was disappointed with the toiletries they were very poor quality but the toothbrush was on point.
The room is well technologically equipped, a tablet that operates the AC, lighting, and curtains. To Chromecast, Netflix, and native international plugs, plus handy adapters all available in the rooms.
There are two places where you can have breakfast. One is located the same floor as your room, it is more quiet, small, and intimate. The other one is in the main dining hall. Now the breakfast is amazing, everything you can think of they will have it. A variety of juices and milk, green juices, organic, fresh squeezed, semi-skimmed, camel, almond, you name it they have it. As well, the food is cooked to perfection or I should stay to your taste.
Beach & Pools
At the beach, there are motorized and non-motorized (for free!) water sports available for guests to use at the beach side. I love how they have handy water bottles available to take with you shall you need some.
There is a pool in each wing of the hotel, more like a mini water park to be honest. The beach at the Emirates Palace hotel is one of the best one I have ever come across in the UAE. In the summer time, it is probably too hot to use the beach, but the pool are kept at a great temperature and it doesn’t feel hot at all.
Now, one of the things I dislike about hotels is that their business centers are big open spaces with no privacy. Often, you have to be careful not to disturb other guests with telephone calls that perhaps you don’t want them to hear. But the Emirates Palace Hotel made sure that every guest is exceptionally catered to. There are private offices available with your own telephone line and printer. You can hold meetings and best of all you don’t have to worry about disturbing others or concerned about others hearing your conversations.
The concierge at the business center is also ready and available to help. They have all of the cables you need just in case you don’t have it.
The Emirates Palace Hotel is by far one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. The service is immaculate and up to middle eastern standards just as I expected it to be. The thing I disliked was the quality of the toiletries with the exception of the toothbrush. Aside from that, everything was fantastic! I am actually thinking of bringing my family over for my next trip to the UAE.