Updated on March 2, 2016
The flight from JFK was kinda rough, but we were happy to finally be in Abu Dhabi – especially for that cheap!
I thought about what we wanted to do for this night for a while. The other airport “hotel”, that’s actually inside security, was being renovated. We figured for just one night that we don’t need to venture too far, and knew we’d just want to pass out after the flight. Being that the Premier Inn is connected to the airport it’s ultra-convenient, and we couldn’t pass it up.
After landing in Terminal 1, we headed to security. The line for security probably took 20 minutes or so and then we were off to the Premier Inn!
Signs to the Premier Inn are everywhere and they make it pretty easy to navigate to! We started passing some shops on the way.
After a quick walk (maybe 7 minutes?) we were there!
By the time we arrived at the hotel it was probably right around 9:00 p.m. Our goal was to check out the hotel (ie. let me get photos of the whole hotel) and then grab some food and beers in the hotel bar/restaurant.
Check in was a breeze and we were quickly up to our room!
Our room was on the 3rd floor (room 354). The hotel isn’t very big, and only has 5 floors of rooms.
Similar to mine and Jaime’s hotel in Frankfurt, we had some sweet beds!
The hotel and rooms really did just remind me of a college dorm. Very sterile, not much character or energy, but completely functional. Seeing that most people who stay here don’t even stay 24 hours, the hotel is perfectly fine (and extremely convenient).
After dropping off our stuff in the room, we decided to do a little exploring. First stop was up to the roof to check out the gym and roof-top pool.
The gym was more than enough for such shorts stays. It had some free weights, cable machine, bikes and a few treadmills. That’ll do.
After checking out the sculpting factory (gym), we continued down the hallway to the roof-top pool!
Feeling like we had gotten a good enough feel for the pool/gym/rooftop, we headed downstairs to the bar!
Although I don’t remember the name, the little bar (that also served some good food) was very nice. We stayed for about two hours getting some beers and food.
The bar actually had some really good appetizers and finger foods – we munched through a few. Oh, and very cold beers.
Also downstairs, right next to the bar, there’s a real restaurant where they have a buffet or menu to order off. It’s also where the breakfast is served. It’s called Nuevo.
For a one-night stay with only about 15 hours in between flights, this place was great. The fact that it had a gym at all, nonetheless a rooftop pool, definitely exceeded expectations. We didn’t expect some exotic stay in the middle east with the Premier Inn; it’s bare bones and non-sensational. But if you take the place for what it is – a reasonable, extremely convenient airport hotel – it’s just fine!
Have you stayed at the Premier Inn Abu Dhabi International Airport? What’re your thoughts?