Updated on October 27, 2015
Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi
After our spectacular flight and a stop at the lounge with a free Audi ride, we were finally at the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi! As you pull up to the hotel you are greeted by an impressive entrance and 2 fire torches (if it’s at night). Once our car got to the entrance a bellman immediately helped us out of the car and took our luggage which they kept for us as we went to the check-in desk.
Once in the door there is an awesome lobby with check-in desks to your right and concierge desks to your left. Directly forward you have a small decorative pool and behind that a seating area and the steps down to the 1st floor with restaurants and the pool. Walking around the rest of the lobby you encounter more decorative pools, unique art structures and a just generally beautiful entrance.
After going to the front desk to check-in we were greeted by Asad Masood who is the assistant manager and was fantastic during our entire stay. I had emailed the hotel before arriving to let them know it was our honeymoon and he told us that they would like to give us a bottle of champagne to celebrate! We could either have it that night or with dinner at the hotel another night. We decided to take it the next night because we were planning on eating at The Beach House the following night.
Once check-in was complete, we were led to our suite! As we walked to our room the bellman told us all the features of the hotel and was just a generally nice guy. We had a Park King Suite and I have to say, I was really really impressed!
Regular Price: $450/night
Our Booking: Points+Cash (10K points + $125/night)
When walking in you have a small hallway with a half bath on your left, a door to the large walk-in closet on your right and another door to the bedroom on your right. Going further into the room you find a bar area to the left with an espresso machine and a mini bar as well as a large living space with TV, desk, sofa, and lounge chair. At the far end of the room there are sliding glass doors and huge balcony with a beautiful view of the rest of the hotel and the beach! On the balcony are seats, a table and a lounge couch.
After looking around our living room we found that there were a few welcome gifts! The first was our Diamond Welcome Amenity which were some nuts, chocolate, a fresh fruit bowl and wine! But, to go along with all that was a box of chocolates and macaroons! We saw later that this box was from The Library in the hotel and I believe each guest room gets this great leather feeling box with awesome treats! We were very impressed to say the least with how many treats we received just for checking in!
As if this wasn’t enough, it turned out the assistant general manager (Asad Masood) decided that we shouldn’t have to wait until dinner tomorrow to celebrate and sent a bottle of champagne up to our room! And we still got a bottle with dinner the next night!
The Pool, Beach and rest of the Grounds
After a wonderful Diamond breakfast in The Cafe the next morning, it was time to soak up some sun and enjoy the beautiful outdoor areas of the hotel.
Once outside there is a beautiful pool stretching out toward the beach lined on either side with little cabanas with beds to lounge on.
TIP: If you want to spend time in the little cabanas try to skip the first 2 on each side. After the first 2 there is a much better breeze which keeps you a bit cooler as these first 2 on either side are blocked by the buildings.
As you head down the left side of the pool The Cafe is on your left followed by 2 other smaller pools and the The Beach House. When you reach the end of the pool there is a separate deeper section that looks like it is just a continuation of the main pool from afar.
On the right side of the pool are some lounge chairs and a little stream looking pool and scattered hot tubs with a green lawn beyond.
When reaching the end of the pool area you have the outside seating area of The Beach House, a lone hammock and a walking path down to the beach.
Another cool aspect of the resort is a kids area they call Camp Hyatt. We were there on our honeymoon but this resort seemed to have young couples, older couples and families all there together. With the separation of the pools you really aren’t bothered at all by the kids or families if you want to have a nice quite day by the pool.
As you might imagine, it is VERY HOT here, but don’t worry about getting dehydrated. There are coolers all over the pool area filled with bottles of water that you can continually get for free while there and our room was also stocked multiple times a day with lots of water bottles.
There are several dining options at the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi including The Cafe, The Beach House, The Park Bar & Grill, The Library and The Beach House Rooftop. We were able to try several of these during our stay.
This is just down the stairs from the main lobby and runs on the left side of the main pool. The Cafe is where we were able to get our free Diamond breakfast which was FANTASTIC!
As you walk in you immediately encounter a glass wall with the kitchen on the other side. Continuing to your right the hall opens into a beautiful dining area with fresh baked pastries and bread on your right and a buffet including hot items, fresh fruits, cold meats, juices and more!
There was everything you could really want for breakfast and the food was really delicious. The price was around $30-40 a person that I don’t think I would have paid for more than one morning, but you really are getting a very large, fresh, delicious spread for that price. It’s not to the level of the Park Hyatt Seoul, but at least close to the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome.
Directly across from The Cafe is the fine dining restaurant at the resort, The Park Bar and Grill. We did not eat here but did look inside what appears to be a very nice, fine dining restaurant.
Directly upstairs from these two restaurants (almost above The Cafe) there is a tea lounge called The Library.
This lounge area is decorated like a nice personal library and has pictures of Paris all over the walls. They have a large selection of teas, coffees, pastries, light fare and chocolates as well as boxes of macaroons and chocolate you can buy, similar to what we had in our room. As noted on the website it was voted “Best Afternoon Tea” by Time Out Abu Dhabi.
Finally, there is the Beach House and the Beach House Rooftop Bar!
On our first full day at the hotel we actually had lunch and dinner at this restaurant. We chose it for lunch since it was right next to the pool and we sat inside (it was really really hot) and for dinner we sat outside. As I mentioned earlier, it is located right near the walkway to the beach and has a great outside seating area.
For lunch I had the Ceviche and Katie had a Quinoa Salad dish, and we split the Gazpacho. I thought each of these were good but nothing overly special considering the premium price that we paid at a resort, beach-side restaurant.
For dinner we had our bottle of champagne (bottle #2) that was a gift from the hotel for our honeymoon to go along with my local white fish and Katie’s pasta. Again, I thought the dishes were fine, but nothing special. Especially for the price. I did however love the location for our first dinner there! Food I give it at 7, but atmosphere I give it a 10!
After dinner we went up to the rooftop bar to have a couple more drinks, which were reasonable, strong and delicious! The bar was actually pretty full with music playing and great views of the rest of the hotel.
On a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate the service here at a solid 11! Not only did we have the amazing welcome, and a bottle of wine with dinner the next night, to our surprise, on our 3rd (and final) night there was a knock at the door and a THIRD bottle of champagne was delivered to our room!! However, the champagne aside, we were just treated incredibly special during our entire stay and it made this a really great stop on our honeymoon.
How do I get there?
We arrived from our free chauffeur via Etihad First Class, but you could easily get here via a taxi cab which is suprisingly cheap. We took several 20-30 minute cab rides during our time in Abu Dhabi which only cost about $20. It may be more from the airport but I doubt it.
Any restaurant suggestions?
Although I liked the food at all the dining options at the hotel I really can’t say I would recommend them for the price. However, one really fun thing that we did while in Abu Dhabi was have High Tea at Emirates Palace! It was about $65-70 for the two of us to each have a hot beverage (tea or coffee) as well as more finger foods, pastries and dessert than we could possibly eat. And when else do you get to drink gold flakes in your cappuccino!?
Cost of 3 nights:
This hotel is a category 5 Hyatt which means that is would cost 20K points, but we decided to book with Points+Cash costing us 10K points and $125. This allowed us to use one of my Diamond Suite Upgrades which I think provided great value as our suite went for around $450 a night. For a regular room at 20K points I also think it hold some value but at around $250 a night, I don’t know if it provides as much. That being said, I would still book with points or even cash as this is a fantastic place that is well worth $250.
We had a really great time at this resort and the service was above and beyond! With great pools, a really nice beach and tons of dining options there is all you need at the resort. Although we didn’t use it, there is also a 18 hole golf course as well. The one negative aspect of this hotel is that it is out on Saadiyat island which is a wonderful location but a good 20-30 minute ride from a lot of the major attractions like the Grand Mosque or Emirates Palace. Bottom line, this was a GREAT stay and I would happily stay here again!