Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche

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Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche

Corniche Road East Capital Plaza Complex Abu Dhabi, AE 4966

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Name of the hotel: Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
 
What is your Le Club status?: Platinum
 
Were you (or for multi-stayers were you generally) happy with the hotel/stay?: This is a really hard review to publish. I absolutely loved the hotel in almost every possible way... except that it was almost impossible to sleep!
 
Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive ?:
Booked a prestige and got upgraded to an opera suite. The suite was truly beautiful, large, with nice view, great, elegant and tasteful decor, wonderful bathroom, great amenities, the usual (nespresso machine, Hermes toiletries) but also excellent housekeeping etc.
 
What was good and what was bad?:
Great hotel, great location, nice view, delightful staff, great Club lounge with lovely breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and evening canapes, lovely fresh juices and nice teas (though in fact many boxes within their extensive display are empty and unavailable!), great swimming pool, great restaurants, useful shuttle to the beach, honoured my request for a high floor room (but see below! ;) ), and additionally, I asked if we could have an early check in (mentioning that we would be also checking out early) and this was granted. This hotel is fantastic and very highly recommended
 
Bad:
Literally just one thing: there is a bar on the topfloor, which they apparently subcontract to another company, and the noise and vibration was literally unbearable and made it impossible to sleep till about 3am! Unfortunately no other suite was available and I did not want to downgrade. Managers overnight which I spoke to on the phone did not seem to be able to do much, they said they spoke to the bar but nothing changed and I know some other guests were also complaining as we spoke. What a shame. The lounge staff was very apologetic and said that they had problems with the people managing the bar and were not going to renew the contract. I do hope they managed to gt rid of them and if so, this will remove the only objection I have!
 
Did you get club lounge access? How was the lounge?: Yes (per room type). Great lounge.
 
What about welcome drinks, welcome amenities or any other special perks : I think I did, I can't really remember! Also lovely plates of Arabic sweets, fruits, etc in room. Great platinum recognition overall.
 
Value for $ or Vouchers? Would you return?: yes, it's a fantastic hotel, but I'd ask for a lower room unless the bar situation has improved. Suite was fab but regular rooms are great too. Overall, I'm happy to recommend it unreservedly!
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Old Feb 3, 18, 11:43 am
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Corniche Road East Capital Plaza Complex Abu Dhabi, AE 4966

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I am happy to do the 2nd review of this very nice hotel, after the one done by my friend from the FB/AFKL forum: Orbitmic :-). Weeks before my stay, I already received confirmation of my club Millesime access and other platinum benefits. I had a great stay. The property, the rooms, the club lounge and the staff are all great. I have sincerely not a single negative point to report. Specifically, I didn’t encounter any sleeping problem/noise coming from the rooftop bar unlike Orbitmic (I think they addressed the issue). LCAH status recognition was perfect too.

The hotel is conveniently located on Abu Dhabi corniche (in case you didn’t guess from its name ;-) ). Valet parking is free.

Check In

I checked-in in the middle of the night after coming from DXB with a rental car and an horrible drive all the way (150 km) due to very heavy fog. Check-in was rapid and pro. Was thanked for my loyalty, was told I was upgraded from « luxury king size bed, sea view » to Opera King suite on the 34th floor (club Millesime is on the 35th floor). Drink voucher was given.

Pictures of the main lobby:

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Room

Suite was large and nice. The living room part included a separate toilet & sink, a large sofa, desk, minibar and Nespresso machine. Splendid view on the corniche road and the sea.  Very comfy MyBed. Large bathroom in 3 parts (bathtub/shower, sink, toilets). Welcome gift was a plate of sliced fruits and madeleines with a welcome letter from the GM. Turndown service every evening. I have taken pictures at night when I arrived and during daytime the following day.

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View from the room:

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Swimming Pool

There is an outdoor pool on a terrace on the 2nd floor with a bar & restaurant.

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Picture taken above my head, when lying on a pool bed.

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Club Millesime

Club lounge is on the 35th floor and offer great view on the persian gulf. Unfortunately you cannot check-in/out from the lounge. But the service was superb. There is a small cold selection for the breakfast but you can order plenty of warm options from the menu.

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Free evening cocktails time is from 6 to 8 pm. Here is part of what’s available for food in the evening.

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Dining

Outside Club Millesime, there are several restaurants and bar :

  • ground floor : main restaurant for BF and for buffet lunch/dinner (different kind of ethnic food every day)
  • 2nd floor : an italian restaurant and the pool bar/restaurant. The latter is open until 9 pm and I had dinner there one evening : an excellent arabic mixed grill.
  • 36/37th floor : rooftop bar. You can enjoy your drink voucher there (specific menu available, with plenty of choice). Great view of the city.

GF restaurant:

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Rooftop bar:

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Service

Service was great everywhere, from the housekeeping staff to management.

Overall

Overall, a highly recommended hotel. I would return without hesitation.

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Thanks Goldorak for another great review.

I'm due to return to Sofitel Corniche in early April. I haven't stayed there for a couple of years. Last time I stayed the lounge offered quite a nice light lunch buffet. This isn't mentioned as a lounge offering on my reservation confirmation from the hotel although breakfast, afternoon tea and evening canapés are. Are you able to comment on whether the lounge lunch offering is still available or has been deleted? Check in and check out was part of the lounge offering last time I stayed so that seems to be a disappointing loss of amenity.

I've had excellent experiences at this hotel previously so great to read you had a good experience during your recent stay. Also great value compared to the Sofitel options down the coast in Dubai.
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Thanks Goldorak for another great review.

I'm due to return to Sofitel Corniche in early April. I haven't stayed there for a couple of years. Last time I stayed the lounge offered quite a nice light lunch buffet. This isn't mentioned as a lounge offering on my reservation confirmation from the hotel although breakfast, afternoon tea and evening canapés are. Are you able to comment on whether the lounge lunch offering is still available or has been deleted? Check in and check out was part of the lounge offering last time I stayed so that seems to be a disappointing loss of amenity.

I've had excellent experiences at this hotel previously so great to read you had a good experience during your recent stay. Also great value compared to the Sofitel options down the coast in Dubai.
I haven’t heard about a lunch buffet at the lounge. I don’t think it is proposed (anymore).
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CWL just posted a positive brief review here :
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I spend an extended week-end in Abu Dhabi for my birthday with the idea to relax, see a bit of culture and generally take some sun. I choose the Sofitel due to the nice reviews on Flyertalk, plus a fairly generous deal of 40% off on room and breakfast.

I liked the hotel although I would not be as positive as orbitmc. It was a good stay overall but not overwhelming. I found service to be the highlights while food was a let down. 

The hotel itself is a bit dated and much smaller than it appears from the outside; only one of the four towers is actually the Sofitel, and there are 10 rooms per floor only. The result is that it is rather quiet, which is a clear advantage.

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Check In

Check-in went well (at 2:15 AM !) I was upgraded from a King room with City View to a Luxury King Room with Sea View. I think the extra of the room are the higher floor and the view, plus slippers and bathrobe. Otherwise no difference I can see based on the description. An attendant went with me to the room to handle my small luggage and show me the room amenities and light control. 

Room

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The room was as good as expected: spacious, with all amenities you could expect from a Sofitel, the famous MyBed. The bathroom had a shower cubicle and a bath tube. The room was in good condition mostly but some wear and tear was visible, specially on the sliding doors between the bedroom and the bathroom. 

The desk was not really good, there was no space to put your feet and honestly I had a hard time spending more than 30 minutes on it. 

Two bottles of water were given every day by the housekeeping staff, plus one extra during the turndown service. There was enoug coffee capsule as well as tea bags. 

Bathroom amenities were Hermes.

Service

Service was really good: all the staff were polite, helpful and really trying to solve the issues. I had no problem getting a late check-out at 5 PM or help about local bus services from the front desk. Breakfast staff was also very active bringing tea, refilling orange juices.

On Sunday, my birthday, they brought a cake:

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Then on Monday, a welcome gift was brought as well as another cake (on purpose, this was not a mistake) !

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Dining

The food was not as good as expected. I had dinner there once and it was a buffet, they do not do a La Carte in the hotel restaurant. There was various other restaurants in the building but externally managed, some of them with a cover charge !

The breakfast in particular was disapointing by the quality of the products, specially the bread. Cold cuts were ok, good egg station but lacking choices of topping for the omelette/scrambled eggs. Good choice of arabic specialties though which was well appreciated.

 

Gym

The gym is located near the swimming pool. Good choices of strengthening machines (there was even a Smith machine !), aerobic equipment and cardio equipment. The space is large enough that it does not appear crowded. 

Location

Location is on the corniche, not exactly by the walk (one needs to cross the road via two underpass to get there). The bus station terminus for line A2 from/to the airport is just behind the hotel, which is very convenient. Bus stations for the Louvre, Grand Mosque, Marina Mall are all nearby. 

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