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Jumeirah at Etihad Towers 5.0

Abu Dhabi, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Pros

  • Private white-sand beach with sunbeds and water sports
  • Three pools with sunbeds, plenty of shade, and swim-up bar
  • Spectacular observation deck with the best views in Abu Dhabi
  • 24-hour fitness center with natural light and juice bar
  • Renowned Talise Spa, a luxe retreat with a full treatment menu
  • Rodeo Drive-quality international designer shops
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free parking

Cons

  • Noise from nearby construction
  • Not close to major tourist attractions, such as the Grand Mosque

Bottom Line

The 382-room luxury Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is one of five towers in a massive residential and office complex on the western end of Abu Dhabi's scenic Corniche Road. The hotel's Observation Deck, the highest in the city, offers spectacular panoramic views. The Jumeirah is one of Abu Dhabi’s top hotels, with a lovely private beach and wide selection of excellent bars and restaurants. Rooms and common areas scream comfort, decadence, and bold style. With one of the largest event facilities in Abu Dhabi and multiple meeting rooms, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is a good spot for business travelers.

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Scene

Striking and modern, elegant excess and spectacular style with unbeatable views

The Jumeirah at Etihad Towers makes a statement with every ostentatious light fixture, every plush seating area, every eye-catchingly bold graphic carpet. The hotel is huge and glamorous, with walls of glass looking over the Gulf, and the highest Observation Deck in the city, a glamorous cocktail lounge offering an unobstructed panorama of surrounding Abu Dhabi. (Formal Afternoon High Tea is served here.) The hotel screams wealth and excess, but the huge, sparkly chandeliers look just right against the blue Gulf backdrop and the super-modern UAE skyline. The lobby is cavernous but still elegant and refined, with sumptuous carpets defining seating areas, and every stick of furniture with a bit of a twist, a cool off-balance look, or a loud punch of color that works in the large glorious space. The beach and pools are pristine, with inviting turquoise water, decadent sunbeds, white umbrellas, and no shortage of opportunities for cocktails. Palm trees, tropical flowers, and waterfalls dot the grounds, and the pools abut the beach, offering something for every kind of sun-and-water worshipper. The Jumeirah offers the best of everything in striking surroundings that create a kind of futuristic Arabian fantasyland.

Location

In a massive residential and office complex, on the beach, a distance away from major tourist attractions

The Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is located in a five-tower business and residential complex on the western corner of the Corniche, overlooking the Gulf. The airport is a 30-minute drive. The Jumeirah is on the beach, within a mile of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club. Marina Mall is five minutes away by car, and Heritage Village is two miles away. There are interesting things to see in the immediate area, but none of the major tourist attractions are within walking distance, making this a better spot for business travelers than sightseers.

Rooms

Bold design, walls of windows, and freestanding soaking tubs with views

Rooms at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers are destinations, with lots of pattern in the luxe carpets, plush fabrics, and pillows, and unobstructed views of the Gulf and city. Many rooms have floor-to-ceiling window walls in bedrooms and bathrooms. Bathrooms are large, sundrenched, and modern. Many have gorgeous freestanding soaking tubs; all have tubs and glassed-in showers, top-quality toiletries, and small, special details, such as a dedicated box for keeping hairdryers out of sight. Each room has a huge flat-screen TV with premium channels, an iPod dock, espresso maker, laptop safe, stocked minibar, and a spacious desk with an enviable view.

Features

Glorious Observation Deck cocktail lounge, luxe destination spa, and stunning restaurants

The Jumeirah at Etihad Towers features a sultan-worthy spa, Talise, with a vast treatment menu, and, for pedicures, velvet armchairs and hammered copper tubs to soak tired feet. Six P gym, open 24 hours a day, is flooded with natural light, loaded with cardio and weight equipment, and a juice bar. Each of the Jumeirah’s restaurants is stunning. BiCE serves Italian cuisine; Ray's Grill, a steakhouse on the 63rd floor, opened after our visit. There are French, Lebanese, Japanese, and buffet restaurants, a sleek poolside bar with swim-up stools, and the highest cocktail lounge in Abu Dhabi.

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West Corniche, Abu Dhabi, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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