Posted on May 9, 2016
Hotel Review: Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
After only 6 days and 5 nights in South Africa, it was time to start our journey home!
Our return flight from Jo’burg to Abu Dhabi was the exact same flight we took on the way down there, that I reviewed already, so we’ll just skip to landing in Abu Dhabi!
The flight landed in AUH at around 6 am and we were at the hotel by about 7. I was somewhat nervous about being able to check into the hotel and situate ourselves that early. We had gotten a few hours of sleep on the overnight flight but, as we all know, a few hours of interrupted, uncomfortable sleep in economy sometimes hurts more than it helps.
Much to our delight we were able to check in to our room 9 hours early and my Diamond Suite Upgrade was successfully applied – win!!
While I usually try to stay at Park Hyatts, for our quick “brocation” stay, I felt like this hotel was more appropriate. Plus, Kevin had already stayed at the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi and reviewed it, so I wanted to stay somewhere new! Pat and I got the room for ~$150 – not bad at $75 per person!
Upon entering the hotel, you enter a generic lobby and Profiterole. Basically a large area with tons of cool seating and a small shop that serves coffee, sandwiches, breakfast pastries, etc.
The actual hotel lobby and reception is on the 18th floor – up we go!
The hotel lobby isn’t real big, but it’s beautiful! We walked right out of the elevator up to the front desk and were warmly greeted by the staff!
After a quick check-in, we headed up to the 28th floor to our upgraded room – the Capital Suite!
The suite was huge! And probably one of the nicest rooms I’ve ever had (the Park Hyatt Maldives excluded, obviously). The standard room at the hotel is about ~485 square feet. This room is over 750 square feet – much, much bigger!
As you walk in, the HUGE bathroom is on your left with a toilet room, shower, sink area, and standalone tub.
The room also had a huge living room with great views across 30th street and the waterway.
Pictures of the views from this room were hard to come by. The outside of the hotel has structure up that obscures the views.
After we checked into the room and got the mandatory review pictures, we headed down to the 18° restaurant to enjoy our free Diamond breakfast! Interesting tidbit – the hotel is actually angled at 18 degrees, hence the name of the restaurant (and maybe why the lobby is on the 18th floor? Who knows!).
Since we were only staying one night, we only got one free breakfast, and we used it that first morning (as the next morning we were running out the door for our flight). Breakfast at 18° is from 6:00 to 10:30 a.m.
With the beautiful sunrise still peaking and gorgeous weather outside, we decided to eat on the deck. It was one of my best decisions of the day (of which there were many).
The Diamond breakfast included a full buffet of hot and cold foods, along with a full menu that we could order from!
Sufficiently stuffing our faces, we headed up for a nap before going down to the pool!
The outdoor pool, Rayana Spa and Fitness Center were located on the 19th floor.
We first headed out to the pool and then swung by the fitness center on the way back up to the room.
We stopped by the fitness center so I could get pictures. I even thought about working out and picked up a few weights…then that thought quickly fleeted me, and next thing I knew I was on the elevator.
We read reviews about the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and decided the perfect time to check it out was around sunset – another awesome decision. I filled up my phone with photos but I’ll just put a few of the best below.
After seeing the mosque we ate dinner at Royal Orchid, a little Thai restaurant in the Hilton Abu Dhabi. We closed the night out PJ O’Reilly’s Irish Pub – what a good time.
We had a fantastic experience at this hotel. With the reasonable rates and only being about halfway between the airport and downtown, Capital Gate is perfect for a quick stay.