Located on the West Corniche in the exclusive area of Las Al Akhdar, the Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers command an impressive position overlooking the surrounding area. The Corniche runs from Mina port to the Emirates Palace Hotel and offers a place to walk and cycle on its extensive pathway. Being located close to the business district, Conrad Etihad Towers caters perfectly to travellers and business guests.
I stayed a few nights in Abu Dhabi before moving on to the Anantara Qasr-al-Sarab Resort in the Liwa desert and then back to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai and wanted a hotel that was something out of the ordinary with unique styling and top-class facilities. I am pleased to say that the Conrad Etihad Towers matched all my requirements.
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Five architecturally magnificent towers make up the Etihad Towers, with tower one standing at 277 metres and containing the 69 floors of the Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers Hotel. The remaining four towers house offices and apartments, of which three were featured in the film “Fast and Furious 7”, starring Vin Diesel. You can’t help but be impressed by their visually stunning presence on the Abu Dhabi skyline.
On our arrival, we were greeted and shown to the front desk, where we were offered dates and cold drinks, along with cold flannels to refresh us.
I had booked two deluxe rooms and was offered the option to pay extra for the “Executive Club” service, including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and pastries in the club restaurant. As we weren’t sure what our arrangements for dining would be, we did opt for this package and, after a few formalities, made our way to our rooms.
Time for Bed
Our deluxe rooms were grand, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a modern Arabic style that we like. A kingsize bed with high thread Egyptian cotton sheets and mirrored headboard felt very opulent. Fully integrated technology provided us with high-speed wifi, iPod docking stations and centralised lighting.
The deluxe bathroom was opulent with twin washbasins and a freestanding tub offering views of the Abu Dhabi skyline. I liked the design of the bath products, a nod to the shape of the five Etihad towers.
During my stay dates, local wine and chocolates were also left in the room by the management after I told them we were celebrating a birthday. I find that little gestures like that significantly impact customer satisfaction.
Dining in the Club Lounge at Conrad Etihad Towers
Breakfast and lunch were both buffet-style and taken in the Club Lounge. As you would expect from one of the Conrad group hotels, the service is of a high standard.
Afternoon tea can also be taken in the Club Lounge which offers various artisan savouries and delicate patisseries. The seating area has terrific views across to the Emirates Palace and the Arabian Gulf.
Suppose you are not using the Club Lounge. In that case, breakfast is served in Rosewood, and dinner is from one of the eleven global restaurants in the Etihad Towers, including Italian, Japanese and contemporary Lebanese.
Relax and Rejuvenate
The outside pool is large and built beneath the lower entrance roof of the hotel. Most of the day, the roof gives you shade when the heat can soar to almost unbearable temperatures. There is also a small swim-up bar and a children’s section. Make sure you have a high-factor sunblock on to protect your skin.
If you want to exercise inside, then there is an on-site gym.
On the 74th floor in Tower Two, the Observation Deck at 300 provides views of Abu Dhabi’s splendid skyline. You can pre-book afternoon tea here or linger a while with a drink. The entry is complimentary for hotel guests.
Activities in Abu Dhabi
If you want a trip out of the hotel, then my blog on five of the best things to do in Abu Dhabi may help you decide what to do.