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Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Ranked #23 of 127 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Huntingdon, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
743 reviews
154 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 586 helpful votes
“Loved the hotel, but not the location”
Reviewed 22 April 2012

We loved everything about the Fairmont. Except its location!

Whilst it was only a short drive from the airport, we seemed to spend and awful long time in taxis going anywhere. Looking at the taxi meters, it seemed we could easily clock up 30km in a taxi, which we found very shocking.

Food in the restaurants we outstanding and service was top notch and all staff tried very hard to make us welcome. The hard sell for an upgrade on arrival was the only annoying thing where we got the sell of the benefits and then after what must have been 3-4 minutes were told we would need to pay. We said "no".

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Babalbahr, General Manager at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, responded to this review, 25 April 2012
Dear valued guest,

Thank you for taking the time to post your review. Your feedback is most appreciated. I will make sure to share your comments with all the departments.

Regards,

Henning Fries
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Reviewed 20 April 2012

I am currently staying at fairmont with my hubby and we are loving it here! The staff are great, friendly and really look after us. We were surprised to see they remember our names, what we like for breakfast!
The beach is fantastic and the views great!
We are staying in the gold suite and all our needs have been met!
Love you fairmont hotel and the helpful staff!

  • Stayed April 2012
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1 Thank rwzparveen
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Babalbahr, General Manager at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, responded to this review, 25 April 2012
Greetings from Bab Al Bahr!

Thank you for taking the time to post your review; we are delighted that to read that you are enoying your stay.

It is my pleasure to pass your compliments on to our whole team that made your stay enjoyable; we all appreciate your positive comments.

I, along with the entire Bab Al Bahr team, look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Regards,

Henning Fries
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Cebu Island, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2012

We stayed in here as our first entry to the UAE, to do city tour of Abu Dhabi then Dubai. We arrived late at night from Singapore and the checked in was easy & friendly. We had a Fairmont Gold room that overlooks the creek & the Grand Mosque! It was stunning day & night! The room was big & the bathroom is interesting. We had a welcome fruits basket & nice Arabian sweet and a lovely welcome card from the staff! The breakfast buffet was awesome plus they have an afternoon snacks from 2-4pm then followed by the Evening food & drinks from 530-7:30pm,all inclusive at the Gold Club! The staff were very friendly and always happy to help. The hotel has a modern architecture & interior decorations and is very clean & well kept. The only thing is that it is not a walking distance to the tourist sites, so you need a taxi to go anywhere. The hotel provides a bus but the timings are not very convenient, they have limited trips per day. But the taxis are easy to get & fairly reasonable, around 20-30dirham to town. The beach and pool area are well staffed, and service was good. It's a very reasonable priced hotel with all the 5 star service!

Room Tip: This is a good place for family and the Gold Club is worth the little extra.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Dubai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2012

I had an excellent 2-night stay here. The location is superb. I was on the 9th floor and the Fairmont Gold experience was just amazing. The service of the housekeeping staff is excellent. Food served in the restaurants is scrumptious. The swimming pool is great. Superb beachfront location is heavenly. The hotel is located not too far from the main city and at the same time avoids the crowds - perfect location for holiday or business. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Fairmont Gold is a great experience. Rooms facing the beach offer an unparalleled view of the Sheikh...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2012

Very nice amenities. Having coffee beach side in the evening is very relaxing. Staff is extremely nice and helpful. Fairmont knows how to pamper you.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Property: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Address: | Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi 114304, United Arab Emirates
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Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Abu Dhabi > Abu Dhabi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#11 Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#12 Family Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#18 Romantic Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#23 Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€
Hotel Class:5 star — Fairmont Bab Al Bahr 5*
Number of rooms: 369
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr boasts a prime location at the mainland gateway to the cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi. With its striking, contemporary design, this beachfront hotel offers the highest level of comfort and elegance throughout its 369 rooms and suites. Guests can enjoy world class on-site amenities, including private sandy beaches, an Olympic-length swimming pool, covered children’s pool, separate ladies’ and mixed-use gyms, business services and state-of-the-art conference facilities. Add to this an awarding winning portfolio of eight dining options; all delivered with genuine Arabic hospitality - the result is certain to exceed every guest’s highest expectations. ... more   less 
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