Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi Opens
The 200-Room hotel is located on Al Maryah Island
The third Four Seasons in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and 1st in Abu Dhabi, saw its 1st guests Thursday.
Located on Al Maryah Island, the 200-room hotel adjoins the Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, the UAE capital’s new international financial center, and is close to Rosewood Abu Dhabi, which is also owned by Mubadala.
Similar to the luxury operator’s new 106-room boutique hotel in Dubai International Financial Centre, this property targets the corporate/MICE market.
The Liwa Ballroom on the lobby level can hold 150 guests and main Al Maryah Ballroom on the first floor, which seats up to 320 guests, are complemented by 5 function rooms and both venues contain waterside terracing which provides a less stuffy, leisurely aura.
On arrival is a discreet reception to the right although most walk-in guests will head left to Al Meylas lobby lounge whose novel Arabic touches include camel milk ice cream and signature scents in the lobby, while straight ahead is the Zsa Zsa cocktail bar and terrace serving ‘handcrafted’ drinks and European bites.
As befits its name, the 1st floor Crust restaurant bakes its own fresh bread and the poolside Eclipse Terrace Lounge on the 3rd floor will offer seafood and cocktails.
Café Milano and the Butcher & Still Chicago Steakhouse, will open in September.
Floors 4-13 are hotel rooms and 15-34 contain 53 long-term apartments and 71 private residences. Rooms are spacious with executive suites ranging between 75-85 sqm, rising to 102-148 sqm for deluxe executive suites. They come with 55-in TVs, bespoke minibar, bedside tablet and sofa. The 12th and 13th floors feature the 175 sqm presidential and 267 sqm royal suite respectively.
Full green marks for the vertical coloured exterior slats, which provide a sun-shielding, energy-saving function, although the drawback is they impair views, the exception being the glassy, light-filled lobby which overlooks water features outside.
The 3rd floor Dahlia Spa, opening later this month, contains 8 treatment suites and separate fitness center for men and women as well as a hair and beauty salon for women and barbershop for men.
The hotel expects to be up to full inventory by mid-May with Key business from GCC staycationers, corporate revenues from the ADGM and The Galleria mall nearby, and medical tourism at the Cleveland Clinic (31 connecting rooms for families). Rates will be from Dhs 1,100.
“RevPars are under pressure but we’re not coming in to be the most expensive,” said general manager Sam Ioannidis. “On a product and location perspective, Abu Dhabi isn’t a large city, we are close to attractions and malls. From our trends we’re looking pretty good, we’re looking over the next few months to stabilize the business, right now, the year end is looking good.”
The Four Seasons app provides a range of services (e.g. check-in/check-out, in-room ordering) although typically most Four Seasons guests want personalized service.
It is the service at Four Seasons that makes the difference.
By Dominic Ellis