Shangri-La Hotel, Abu Dhabi

Between The Bridges, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, UAE
214 Rooms
Contemporary Classic & Lively
Starting at:
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MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

If a hotel group called “Shangri-La” is going to move into a destination as strongly associated with over-the-top luxury as Abu Dhabi, it’d better have the goods to back it up. This is, after all, one of the richest cities in the world, a place known for its opulent luxury hotels and gold-dispensing ATMs. As it turns out, the Shangri-La Abu Dhabi more than lives up to the name. Despite its urban location, the hotel’s extensive waterfront grounds, reflecting pools, and ethereal architecture make it feel like a proper oasis. Indeed, you could stay here for a week without finding much of a reason to leave.

The Shangri-La features a variety of different spaces — lushly landscaped gardens, a private beach, a spa, and its very own souk, an Arabian-style market selling local crafts, art and jewelry — all interconnected by a winding waterway plied by traditional boats. If that sounds to you like a Disneyfied version of Abu Dhabi, you’re not terribly wide of the mark, but the concept is tastefully executed, and the effect is surprisingly enchanting.

Each of the Shangri-La’s 214 rooms has a private balcony or terrace with water views. As you might expect, given the hotel’s lavish grounds, even its most basic room is spacious and elegant. Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs, high-end linens, complimentary fruit and water, and large marble and mosaic bathrooms with large tubs and separate walk-in showers. Suites offer extras from Nespresso machines and pillow menus to Bulgari bath products, plus access to the Horizon Club with its customized concierge service and private lounge with a complimentary evening cocktail hour.

Speaking of not leaving for awhile — the Shangri-La has a restaurant for every day of the week, spanning French, Vietnamese, and Mediterranean cuisines. The signature venue is Shang Palace, serving gourmet Chinese food in an apparent nod to the hotel group’s origins. Do as the locals do and smoke a shisha on the pool deck, or have a sunset aperitif on the balcony at Al Hanah Bar. Whatever you do, don’t miss drinks at the gorgeous mosaic-lined Pearls Bar, a rooftop lounge overlooking the canal and the city lights beyond. It takes a lot to live up to a name like Shangri-La, but when you’re up here, looking out at the Arabian Gulf and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the name feels appropriate.

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Shangri-La Hotel, Abu Dhabi
Between The Bridges, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Amenities & Services

  • Free wi-fi
  • Free parking
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Off street parking
  • Valet parking
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Turkish bath
  • Sauna
  • Beauty salon
  • Jacuzzi
  • Gym
  • Concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Doctor on call
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • ATM/bank office
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Garden
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Luggage storage
  • No pets allowed
  • Business center
  • Cribs (subject to availability)
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Beachfront
  • Shuttle service

Need to Know

  • When booking more than 10 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
  • WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
  • Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Children of any age are allowed.
  • Children up to and including 3 years old stay for free when using an available cot.
  • Children up to and including 11 years old stay for free when using an existing bed.
  • People no matter the age stay for AED 150 per person per night when using an available extra bed.
  • Any type of extra bed or child's cot/crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
  • Supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Check in: 14:00
Check out: 12:00

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