Budget hotels in Abu Dhabi
The Ramada group has two great cheap hotels in Abu Dhabi: Ramada Abu Dhabi Corniche and the Ramada Downtown Abu Dhabi. The former is on the Abu Dhabi corniche so a good option if you want to be close to shops and malls as well as the Corniche’s beaches and parks. Rooms are well proportioned and have large bathrooms. There’s also a great rooftop pool with views overlooking the sea. The Ramada Downtown Abu Dhabi is a decent four-star hotel with free WiFi, a 24-hour security desk, outdoor pool and spa. It’s in the lively Tourist Club Area (now known officially as Al Zahiya) which is packed with restaurants, coffee shops and stores.
Where: Ramada Abu Dhabi Corniche is on Al Meena Street, Abu Dhabi. Ramada Downtown Abu Dhabi is on 8th Street in Tourist Club Area Rooms: From around Dh152 per night (Ramada Abu Dhabi Corniche). From around Dh131 per night (Ramada Downtown Abu Dhabi).
This is a good choice if you want to be able to walk to some of Abu Dhabi’s most popular central shopping spots. The World Trade Center Mall is a block away, and the Abu Dhabi Central Market is just along the street. Both have plenty of restaurants and stores where you’re more likely to find a rather expensive pashmina than any real bargains. The hotel offers free WiFi, a free shuttle bus to the Corniche beach and malls, as well as some pleasant outdoor eating spots.
Read more: Abu Dhabi’s best beaches and beach clubs here Where: Khalifa Bin Zayed Street, Abu Dhabi, UAE Rooms: From around Dh237* per night
If you’re looking for a cheap Abu Dhabi hotel to escape for a weekend, the Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri by Shangri La gives you a lot of luxury without having to break the bank. It’s located in the area known locally as ‘between two bridges’ which sits between the two main bridges that lead on and off Abu Dhabi island. It has a private beach as well a large outdoor swimming pool. There’s only one restaurant and one bar but a two-minute walk will take you to The Souk Qaryat Al Beri which has lots of options to suit every taste and budget.
Where: Qaryat Al Beri area next to the Shangri La hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE Rooms: From around Dh237* per night
Mid-range hotels in Abu Dhabi
If you want to be in easy walking or cycling distance of some of Abu Dhabi’s best attractions, this could be the hotel you need. The Yas Island Rotana is, obviously, on Yas Island, which is also home to Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Mall. If you’re feeling brave, Ferrari World has the world’s fastest rollercoaster which hits a terrifying 240kph in under 5 seconds. There’s also lots of stores, restaurants, simulations and less hair-raising rides if you’d prefer to hold onto your lunch! Yas Mall has some of the emirate’s best designer shops and is dangerously close to the hotel so we recommend you remain indoors if you don’t want to be tempted!
Read more: 10 best things to do in Abu Dhabi Where: Golf Plaza, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE Rooms: From around Dh347* per night
Want a hotel that offers just as many facilities for children as it does for adults? Consider the Hilton Abu Dhabi. It has a very well-stocked children’s play room with toys, drawing equipment and other things likely to keep a child busy for at least an hour or so! There’s also a kids’ club, kids’ pool, playground, special children’s menu and a babysitting service. The hotel has a great spot on the beach and lots of restaurants to choose from. We recommend booking a babysitter and enjoying a romantic dinner on the decking at Vasco’s overlooking the ocean.
Where: Corniche Road, Al Khubairah, Abu Dhabi, UAE Rooms: From around Dh393* a night
When it comes to most popular hotels in Abu Dhabi, the InterContinental Abu Dhabi is up there. It’s set slightly out of the way in the Al Khubairah area near the Corniche but is full of popular restaurants and bars which often get busy on a Thursday night at the end of the working week. Chamas Churrascaria has an extensive drinks menu, live samba music and a meat-heavy menu to satisfy any carnivore. You’re best reserving a table, especially on a weekend. Other popular eateries in the hotel are Byblos Sur Mer, which serves expertly crafted Lebanese food, and Belgian Cafe where you’ll enjoy great marina views with your Moules Frites.
Where: Al Saud Street, Al Khubairah, Abu Dhabi, UAE Rooms: From around Dh385* per night
Luxury hotels in Abu dhabi
The Fairmont Bab Al Bahr is another well-priced 5 Star hotel, and it’s cheaper than some others that offer the same or even fewer facilities. It has an Olympic-length outdoor pool (don’t worry, there are lots of sun loungers to relax in if you don’t consider yourself an Olympian!), children’s play areas, a Jacuzzi, private beach and a delicious Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill where you can refuel after a busy day lounging by the pool with a good book.
Where: Between two bridges area, Abu Dhabi, UAE Rooms: From around Dh600* per night
This hotel probably doesn’t need much by way of introduction. It’s one of Abu Dhabi’s most recognizable buildings and one of its most famous hotels (hotel trivia: it appeared in the Fast and Furious 7). It has 394 rooms with the biggest being a whopping 680sqm (that’s bigger than some Abu Dhabi studio apartments!), and can accommodate 20,000 function guests at a time. If you’re paying more than Dh1,000 to stay here we advise you stay on hotel grounds and take advantage of all the facilities, especially the swimming pools. One is an adventure pool with slides, a Lazy River run, and waterfalls, while the other is more serene and sits by Jacuzzis and a swim-up bar. When it comes to food, you’re also pretty spoiled (but you should be when you’re paying for luxury, right?) with 13 bars and restaurants to choose from.
Where: West Corniche, Abu Dhabi, UAE Rooms: From around Dh1,089* per night
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*Published July 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.