From the outside I have to admit this hotel doesn’t look much, in fact it looks like a typical office block, enter from the side of the building, valet park your car and then step into an amazing lobby, marble clad, light, spacious and with a twin staircase you can’t help but be wowed. Check in is swift and attentive and I’m soon whisked up to the 44th floor where my Butler (yes you get a Butler, in fact every room gets a Butler) explains the services available to me, including limitless tea and coffee brought to you at your back and call, just a quick phone call a way – do they know how much I love coffee ? This Butler may be getting super fit just by looking after my coffee needs alone !!
I should note here, as I will forget otherwise, that the Butler service was great, smiling happy and knowledgeable Butlers look after me, nothing is too much trouble from bringing copious amounts of coffee, arranging for my clothes to be pressed (no nasty ironing board required here) through to advising me on hotel and local facilities, these guys and ladies are great ambassadors to the hotel.
The room itself is bright, spacious and well planned, although personally I would have adjusted the sofa so that it faced the great views of the beach and Corniche which is just in front of the full length windows. The bed is massive and comfortable, there are plenty of electric sockets for plugging in laptops and chargers etc and joy upon joy, the light switches next to the bed are labelled so no more fumbling around trying to find the ‘kill’ switch at bedtime which is one of my pet hates. There are plenty of amenities in the bathroom and my favourite gadget, a mirrored TV which I love along with a large double bath which is indulgent and a lovely treat and a large walk in shower with a lovely rain shower head.
Room service is efficient and there is a good menu, I sample the fish cakes and fries which arrive hot, look fab and better still taste great.
Free Wifi means I can log on and do a little work before taking a wander around the hotel to see what facilities are offered. In the main hotel guests can enjoy the spa and beauty salon plus there’s a pool on the terrace which has great views at sunset. There’s also a gym which looks fab, but I don’t check that out as I have another mission – to find the newly opened Riveria Beach Club. Located across the road from the hotel, I’m told that guests can reach the Beach Club via an underground walkway/tunnel – and boy what a lavish tunnel it is – it’s marble clad, bright and wows, this surely has to be the best tunnel ever ! The Beach Club has large pool and lovely lounger areas where staff serve a range of food and drinks, I fell in love with the Detox juice which was a firm favourite. The beach is just a little further along and is a great space, but I personally prefer the shade at the pool and the chilled pool.
The evening I visit I’m treated to a glimpse of what it must be like to be a VVVVVVIP as a group of us are whisked to the 48th floor to take a look around the Abu Dhabi Suite. It’s a duplex suite with 3 bedrooms and a maids room, circular beds, it’s own spa, gym and sauna area, a private cinema (yes, a private cinema !), a fully equipped chefs kitchen, a dining room that could easily sit 20 a private bar, and a large majlis area suitable for entertaining this a really special place to hang out, and to stay and I’m transported for a minute, wondering who would stay here in such lovely opulence. The suite is suspended on the skybridge between the two towers and has amazing views across Abu Dhabi and yes, I’m privileged to take a look around and to sample the VVVVVVIP experience for a while – I like it, no scratch that, I LOVE it.
Wandering around the hotel some more takes me to the Crystal Lounge where the lovely people from Hendricks are showcasing some gin cocktails. I’m not a gin lover so reluctantly sample one, and then two – maybe I’m a convert after all …. The bar is beautiful, elegant and bright with the main feature being the bar which has a stunning glass light arrangement above it which are styled to look like the bubbles in the champagne glass – I love this, it’s quirky, yet elegant and fits the location well !
At the end of the evening, I retire to my room, sink into a luxurious bath whilst watching TV and then retire to crisp white sheets (300 thread count just as I like it), kill the lights with the ease of one switch and sink into a deep and relaxed sleep dreaming of the day when I book into the Abu Dhabi suite …..
Morning brings a little test run for the Butler, who, upon learning that I love my coffee briefed by yesterdays now super fit Butler, brings me a large cafetiere of coffee suitable for at least 2 people but wonderful for me ! Next comes breakfast in Rhodes 44 which is is Gary Rhodes restaurant. There is plenty on offer for breakfast including a pork station which is a real treat. I choose Eggs Benedict, a firm favourite of mine and am not disappointed, it comes with beautiful soft poached eggs and a velvety hollandaise sauce plus some wonderful smoked salmon. Staff bring me a few different coffees to try including a double turkish coffee which is fab.
Another wander of the hotel takes me to a beautiful library which has a very British feel and the bar which sadly is closed, to be fair it’s 9.30 am and I should have checked it out the night before, but I was distracted in the Abu Dhabi Suite and the Crystal Lounge.
The only plan for the rest of the day is to retire to the pool, read, sleep and enjoy another detox juice or two and figure out when I can come back as this is surely a lovely hotel – sheer bliss.
Top Tip ! : The hotel has an Eid offer – a Superior room with Seaview which is the room I had is available for 740/aed per night (858 with taxes) – including Butler service. Check the hotel website for details.
Disclaimer : I was a guest of the hotel, all opinions are my own.