A Hospitality Marriage of contemporary and character, comfort and class, all blended together in one hotel, yes, it’s possible. The Rosewood Abu Dhabi is where you can relax and enjoy your next summer break in the GCC, if good accommodation, food, location and service is what you want here are a few highlights from our recent stay in the UAD Capital…
When you think high-rise hotels, what comes to mind? Sleek, polished, designer? It’s no secret that tall, skyscraper-style accommodation is more often than not, super contemporary, and bordering on clinical. Though that’s not a bad thing, it’s always great to find a high-rise that has managed to find the right balance of modern meets classic. Enter, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, a beautiful 5-star hotel located on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi; this place is the epitome of luxury; with all the mod-cons you could want, yet maintains the character and charm of what you would find at a sophisticated boutique hotel.
The iconic tower houses 154 guestrooms and 35 suites, 131 serviced residences, nine restaurants, and a stunning spa. The inspiration for the Handel Architects-designed tower comes from the glistening Arabian Gulf and the vast desert that surrounds Abu Dhabi city. As with every hotel in the Rosweood collection, the property embraces Rosewood’s A Sense of Place philosophy by reflecting the culture, history and geography of its location. The 34-storey tower is a dramatic modern structure covered with reflective glass, which was chosen for its daytime shimmer and its nighttime luminescence. The curvilinear architecture of the 470-foot-tall building is designed to suggest the movement in this vibrant city and the inspiration for the interiors of the hotel comes from the meeting of land and sea, desert and sky.
With all the thought and care that’s gone into the construction and style of the Rosewood Abu Dhabi, it’s no surprise that from the moment we checked in, everything just seemed to fall into place, flawlessly…
When we walked into the Executive Room, which was to be home for the next few nights, we were overwhelmed by the size, the practical layout and all the different drawers, cabinets and gadgets to explore! First off, this room is BIG, a lot larger and spacious than expected. It has rich, lavish décor in contemporary tones and a high-tech, integrated iPad room management system (yes, you heard right!). The room is open plan, and is so thoughtfully designed that you can comfortably lay back and take a warm bath, whilst watching your favourite shows on the television, which is placed in a position that is easily viewable from the oversized tub – we tested it and it was spot on! The bathroom itself is set in fine Italian marble, featuring a private rain shower, double vanity, and luxury Roberto Cavalli amenities. There’s a sliding door partition between the bathroom and bedroom for privacy if necessary.
The absolute standout, however, was the iPad in-room touch service. Now, you don’t have to be uber tech-savvy to enjoy the efficiency that it provides. Everything from drawing the curtains to dimming the lights, setting the temperature, changing the channels, and even checking out the in room dining menu, is all cleverly available to adjust via the iPad. We were slightly skeptical about all the technology, because, usually, it means more room for glitches and problems. In this case, we were wrong!
All the functions did as they were programmed to and each control was super easy to navigate – it just made the stay more practical, comfortable and enjoyable! You’ll get all your expected amenities too, such as comfy bathrobes, slippers, a Nespresso brewing system and well-stocked mini bar, plus a hairdryer, iron and ironing board, and a spacious desk where you can catch up on work. Two other features worth mentioning are the fact that the room had lots of plug sockets (trust us, when you’ve got a mobile phone, a tablet, a charger, and a hair straightener – you need sockets!) and the high-speed internet connectivity was one of the best we’ve experienced in any hotel.
FOOD ON POINT
With nine restaurants to choose from, you can have something new for lunch and dinner everyday! We must commend the Rosewood’s all-day dining outlet, Aqua – it has, hands down, one of the best breakfast and lunch buffets that we’ve had the pleasure of trying. Make sure you get the buttermilk pancakes at brekkie – they are to-die-for! Our biggest recommendation for food is Dai Pai Dong (mouth’s drooling just thinking about it) – it’s inspired by the street food movement with a menu that showcases interpretations of classic Chinese dishes.
Located where Rosewood Abu Dhabi meets The Galleria, Dai Pai Dong is represented by a smoky Dragon and Phoenix. This place does INCREDIBLE and honest Cantonese cuisine, at an unbelievably reasonable price. You have to try the Crispy Duck Salad, the assorted dim sum and the exquisite Wok Fried Beef Tenderloin. A live show kitchen, a stylish speakeasy bar and friendly staff, create a welcoming ambience. A fantastic meal during an unforgettable stay.
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