My final stop on my most recent trip to Abu Dhabi was at the Marriott Downtown Hotel. The Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi is located within walking distance of the Al Wahda Mall and only a few hundred meters from the Abu Dhabi Bus Station. The hotel is located in the center of downtown Abu Dhabi as the name suggests and makes it convenient to get around the city! From here you’re not far from anything Abu Dhabi has to offer.
What impressed me first was how organized the Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi Hotel’s front-desk staff were. The Marriott team were ready upon our arrival for a seamless check in. We were then led up to our room where a very creative and unique welcome gift was waiting! This was the first dessert burger welcome amenity I have ever received. The staff had done their homework and learned that I was a burger fanatic, and then made this amazing gesture which was enough to put me in a good mood for the rest of the stay. They also accompanied this dessert burger with iced coffee welcome drinks, spiced with Middle Eastern seasonings.
The room was massive with lots of walking space. There was a large window to look out over the city as well as a living room area, desk, coffee station and large bed. The room had a strong sense of the Marriott branded design which I seem to always appreciate. The large lounge chair was quite comfortable and also huge!
The Marriott’s bathroom was also quite spacious, like the bedroom, and had a giant bathtub and separated shower stall. Both the living area and bathroom were all quite comfortable and great if you like lots of space.
My stay in Abu Dhabi of course included Marriott Executive Club Lounge access. The Marriott Executive Club Lounge offers a full breakfast, afternoon snack as well as evening open bar and hors d’oeuvres. It struck me right away how good the service was in the lounge when I was greeted by the friendly staff. I really appreciated their kindness and attention to detail throughout the stay. The Marriott Executive Lounge offers a grab-and-go snack option in the afternoon, which is great if you’re looking for a light treat to hold you over until dinner. There is no extensive afternoon tea offering at the Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi.
The Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi has a rooftop pool to take note of. The pool is half opened to the elements. Next to the pool you’ll find a poolside bar. Views from the rooftop pool are quite stunning and a great way to take in the city.
The Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi features a fitness center offering breathtaking views of the city. Nearby you will find the spa and relaxation areas. The gym was fully equipped and although busy with guests, comfortable and easy to use.
Speaking of the spa, we were able to experience a massage at their ELLE Spa on the same floor as the gym. The spa was quite straightforward, not extravagant but filled our needs nonetheless. If you’re looking for a to-the-point style massage, ELLE Spa is the place to go.
During the stay at Marriott Downtown Hotel Abu Dhabi I was able to experience their food and beverage outlets, including their JW Steakhouse and Kuzbara Restaurant. The JW Steakhouse Abu Dhabi was consistent with what I have experienced at other JW Steakhouses globally.
The dinner buffet at Kuzbara was something special. Their culinary team knows what they’re doing! I tried almost the entire buffet, and loved every bite. The service really is where they exceled because they were very attentive. The staff were great at their jobs but also friendly and kind. I would recommend you to focus on the kebabs and Indian dishes!
As I mentioned the Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi Hotel is not far from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. During our time at the property we are able to head over for another impressive visit to this beautiful site. This was my second time visiting and completely worth seeing again! If you are in the United Arab Emirates, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a must go!
From the moment I received the burger welcome gift, I knew I was going to have a delightful stay at the Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi Hotel. The staff were ready for me and happy to prove their high quality of service time and time again. The Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi Hotel is consistent with other high quality Marriott Hotels I’ve visited recently. This property is conveniently located whether you are visiting for business or pleasure. Overall, I had an incredibly enjoyable stay at the Marriott Abu Dhabi Downtown Hotel!
Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, PO Box 37421, Abu Dhabi
Phone: +971 2 304 7777