Hotel Insider: The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi is a fine example of elegant luxury. The grand ceilings, tall curved dual staircase and magnificent Art Deco chandeliers in the lobby epitomize grandeur. Arabian grace and hospitality shine through the moment you step in. Guests are greeted with Arabic coffee and dates, and gently directed to the check-in counters which are discreetly located out of site on one end of the magnificent lobby.
The room choices range from the standard Superior Rooms to the extraordinary two-story Abu Dhabi Penthouse Suite. All are classically decorated with crystal chandeliers, luxurious linens, hand-tufted wool carpeting, and polished dark wood.
We stayed at the bright and airy Junior Suite that had a separate bedroom and living room. The bed was divine, topped with crisp white linens and the bathroom felt like a sanctuary with its precious Statuario marble finishes, crystal chandelier, spacious bathtub, rain shower, Remède bath amenities, and a mirror-integrated flat screen television.
Breakfast is served in the all-day dining restaurant The Terrace on the Corniche. The scrumptious choices include just about everything, including Arabic food, healthy smoothies and fresh juices, fresh fruits, and other delicacies, served on Wedgwood porcelain. The presentation and flavors were better than at some fancy Sunday buffets.
The refined Crystal Lounge on the mezzanine level above the grand staircase is ideal for a glass of bubbly or afternoon tea.
Villa Toscana next to the Crystal Lounge serves Italian food and is quite good. It was dark though and we needed the help of the Flashlight app to see the menu.
The beach-side restaurants that are accessible through a swanky underground tunnel give guests a few more dining options. The Catch is the best seafood restaurant in the city with an open sushi bar and a terrace with panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf. The sushi is divine and the waiter even grates fresh wasabi at the table. Cabana Beach Bar & Grill is more casual and great for burgers and cocktails.
St. Regis is renowned for its complimentary butler service. The butler will show you to your room and will take care of shoe polishing, pressing garments (one garment per day is free), unpacking, bath preparation, and he will help you with reservations. The butler service can be reached with a simple WhatsApp request.
Those looking for some pampering, should visit the renowned Remède Spa and the adjacent Sisters Beauty Lounge where Jakob will give you your best hair makeover ever.
It's a beautiful hotel marrying the majestic design of the flagship St. Regis New York with rich Middle Eastern identity and the opulent Art Deco era. The location could not be better and the service will blow you away.
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