Hotel Review: InterContinental Abu Dhabi


I had the chance to stay at this property for a long weekend and try some of the hotel offerings. If you can remain sober during your holidays keep yourself out of trouble, Abu Dhabi is a fine destination for a sunny weekend, especially if escaping from the European winter.

Photo by InterContinental Abu Dhabi

The InterContinental Abu Dhabi, located right on the city beachfront, offers 390 rooms and 54 suites with great views of both the sea and the city skyline. Built in 1980 and renovated in 2010, the hotel offers easy access to the city as well as a varied entertainment offering in-house.

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Let`s start with the grounds. 

Photo by InterContinental Abu Dhabi

The hotel is located on a rather large compound that includes a marina and a private beach club. There are six restaurants, plenty of outdoors bars and a pool bar with chill music at the beach club.

Hotel exterior

One good thing about this property is the views it features over the sea, the Corniche and the city skyline, with unobstructed views of the Etihad towers.

Etihad Towers
The Corniche
St Regis Hotel Tower
Marina views

The Marina can berth up to 190 boats from small to large,and it also offers a yacht club with fine dining and evening cocktails options on their outdoors terrace.

The InterContinental Marina
Fish Market restaurant at the Marina

The lobby area

Large columns and low ceilings around the check-in area. And lots of marble. The columns make for a more “cozy” feeling on the seating area, but it also makes the lobby feel a bit congested.

On the other hand, the lobby piano bar is a clearer space with higher ceilings and no columns. The bar serves cocktails and snacks until late in the evening, past the kitchen closing time of the hotel restaurants.

The pool area

The hotel offers outdoors pools and bars for those not willing to walk up to the beach club. The pool is located on the back side of the hotel on the third floor, right next to the main restaurant. Lounge-style seating overlooking the marina complement the area.

The outdoors terraces & bars

On the ground floor the hotel offers a large outdoors bar, very popular on Thursday and Friday evening among the expat community (the place was happening!).

The room

I booked 2 InterContinental Club rooms for this stay and as my Ambassador upgrade we got a 1-bedroom suite with an adjoining room.

The living room included a 55″ flat screen TV, a seating area and an open bar with stools.

There was a fruit platter and some chocolates and dates waiting for us as a welcome amenity, both from the Ambassador program and the Intercontinental Club. The dates were delicious of course.

We also got a bottle of red wine from the club staff:

A Nespresso-style coffee maker and bottled water complemented the amenities on the living room.

Bottled water overload.

The InterContinental welcome letter listing the club benefits was placed next to the welcome amenity:

Each one of the bedrooms featured a king size bed, seating area, working space and a flat screen tv. There was bottled water everywhere.

Main bedroom

Adjointed bedroom
Kettle & tea/coffee set in bedroom
Safe box
Bathrobe, iron & ironing board at closet

Minibar included standard beverage and snacks offerings:

Turndown service

The main restroom featured separated shower, WC and bath tub areas. Alarge vanity completed the space.

The amenities included full size (100 ml) Agraria toiletries, mouthwash and more bottled water.

The InterContinental Club

The Club was probably my favorite space of the hotel. The space features double-height ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows on the top floor of the building with great views of the surroundings. There are separate seating, dining, work and rest areas

InterContinental Club reception

Seating area
Press & magazines

Dining area
Work center
Meeting room

The best part of it all: the club staff. They sure went the extra mile to make sure our stay was  a great one taking care of all our needs throughout our stay. A nice food & beverages offering also helped on my overall impression. We didn’t check the afternoon service, but both breakfast and evening services were perfectly delivered.

Let’s start by breakfast service. The club offers both a breakfast buffet and a-la-carte menu with warm dishes and choice of eggs. Let’s take a look at their menu:

The buffet included fruit, cereal, bread, cheese and cold cuts, freshly squeezed juices, a salad bar and a selection of teas.

Some of my choices (yes, I masacre fried eggs):

The evening service was as equally impressive as breakfast. Let`s start with the menu:

The drink selection was plentiful and they mixed good cocktails. Self service for beer, wine and spirits and table service for the cocktails.

Besides the items on the Thai menu there were some other offerings as well. Here are some pictures of the offerings we got through the weekend

The beach club

The beach club is located on the opposite side of the Marina, a good 5 minutes walk from the hotel.

Beach club reception

The hotel gym facilities are locared on the entrance building of the beach club. Facilities include free weights, training equipment and treadmills.

The beach club offers a family area with a shallow pool and slides for the kids:

Towel kiosk by the pools

The adults area is, of course, a pool bar with chill music. The pool wasn’t crowded so it was great for refreshing & hydrating purposes!

Lots of lounging areas both in the sun or under the palm trees shade. Cabanas were available but they required a minimum spending.

Food & beverage options also include a bar and a full restaurant in the grounds:

Last but not least, beachfront lounging!


I had a very good stay at this property. Their staff was über nice and helpful, the club offering were great ans the beach club was also nice. It was a great hotel for a weekend scape with nice food and drinks, and Abu Dhabi also makes a cool destination for a weekend!