Hotel Review: Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

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Hotel Review: Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

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!

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

There it is!

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.

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1st Floor Lobby

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Lobby with Pat lounging.

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Man, this lobby is nice.

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I like it, I just don’t know why…

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Little store in the 1st Floor lobby.

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!

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Hotel Lobby – 18th Floor

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Hotel Lobby – 18th Floor

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Welcome to the hotel, have some dates and arabic coffee!

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Beautiful lobby and reception!

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Reception Desks

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Elevators in the lobby

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Seeing these dudes everywhere.

After a quick check-in, we headed up to the 28th floor to our upgraded room – the Capital Suite!

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

View down from the 28th to 18th floor – so cool!

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View across the way

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Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

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!

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Hallway as you walk into the suite.

As you walk in, the HUGE bathroom is on your left with a toilet room, shower, sink area, and standalone tub.

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Standalone bathtub

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Tub

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Tub/Sink area

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Nice assortment of hygiene supplies

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First door = shower, second door = toilet

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View from the bathroom across the hall into the bedroom.

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Extremely comfortable bed I would end up drunkenly passing out in about 18 hours later.

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

CLUTCH water that I definitely needed later that night (spoiler – it didn’t help).

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View of the TV from the bed, and door to the living room on the left.

The room also had a huge living room with great views across 30th street and the waterway.

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Living room!

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View from the living room to the table/office space

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Looking back towards the bedroom from the windows

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Coffee area with mini-bar underneath

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

View from the table through the opaque glass into the bathroom.

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

This was on the coffee table waiting for us…thanks?

Pictures of the views from this room were hard to come by. The outside of the hotel has structure up that obscures the views.

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Views

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View

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Not too shabby.

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.

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

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).

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18° Deck – beautiful!

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View from our table at breakfast – yup.

The Diamond breakfast included a full buffet of hot and cold foods, along with a full menu that we could order from!

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Menu page 1 – 18°

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Menu page 2 – 18°

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Diamond Breakfast – 18°

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Diamond Breakfast – 18°

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Bread table – Diamond Breakfast – 18°

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Diamond Breakfast – 18°

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Diamond Breakfast – 18°

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Diamond Breakfast – 18°

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Inside seating – if you chose these seats, you made the wrong decision.

Sufficiently stuffing our faces, we headed up for a nap before going down to the pool!

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Elevator shot – love taking these to help remember the floors.

The outdoor pool, Rayana Spa and Fitness Center were located on the 19th floor.

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Directions off the elevator.

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

The only Spa I’ve ever used at a hotel was at the PH Maldives….do people use these?

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Rayana Spa reception desk

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More signage

We first headed out to the pool and then swung by the fitness center on the way back up to the room.

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Pool – freaking awesome.

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Pool

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Pool bar.

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View up from the pool to the helipad where I parked.

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Seating just inside the pool area

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Lemon-infused water

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.

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Fitness Center

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The anti-gains machines

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Swoll Factory

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Classic mirror to make the gym feel way bigger – love it.

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.

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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Shiekh Zayed Grand Mosque

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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.

Conclusion:

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.

Highly Recommend

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