Best Executive Club Lounges At Hotels In Abu Dhabi

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We have reviewed hotels in Abu Dhabi with the best club or executive lounges, to help you decide on the best choice, whether you are traveling as a couple, a family, or as a single business traveler. By reviewing each of these club lounges, in turn, I conclude which hotel club lounge comes in at the top and which hotel I would select as having the best club lounge in Abu Dhabi.

One of the wealthiest cities in the world, Abu Dhabi lays claim to an amazing array of architecture, attractions, and natural splendor. Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second-most populous city of the United Arab Emirates, the most populous being Dubai. We have also reviewed the best club lounges in Dubai). Located just a 45-minute drive away from Dubai, Abu Dhabi offers a Ferrari theme park with the fastest roller coaster in the world, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race Circuit, and Yas Waterworld, the region’s largest waterpark.

Luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi, UAE, include the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi (no club lounge), Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas (this property, as most Park Hyatts, does not have a club lounge, but the Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi does), The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (no club lounge), The St. Regis Abu Dhabi (no club lounge), Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara (no club lounge), Emirates Palace along with numerous Hilton and Marriott Bonvoy properties.

Wherever you decide to stay, Abu Dhabi or elsewhere, book via our luxury travel concierge. We offer free upgrades, free breakfasts, and free perks at hotels including the Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, InterContinental, and more at no extra cost.

I have compiled a list below containing the club lounges available across luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi. I list the lounges in Abu Dhabi that I consider to be the best of the best. I will be reviewing each of these hotel club lounges in detail in turn, so that you know what you will get if you book a room with club lounge access, or get upgraded to a club lounge for free because of your loyalty status.

1. Rosewood Abu Dhabi

The Rosewood Abu Dhabi is located opposite the Four Seasons Abu Dhabi which we have reviewed below but the Four Seasons sadly doesn’t have a club lounge.

The good news is that the Rosewood does have a club lounge and is a brilliant choice in this capital city. This 34-story waterfront property is opulent with sparkling water features, impressive chandeliers, and an exclusive underground wine cellar. Eight restaurants and bars are all excellent, there is a Sense Spa and their outdoor pool is great for families. An air-conditioned terrace is perfectly positioned to enjoy the sunset views.

Rosewood Abu Dhabi is also connected to the upmarket Galleria Mall, which has some of the most high-end fashion and the best restaurants in town. The Corniche is a 10-minute drive away and other attractions like Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque are around a 30-minute drive away.

The bad news is that on Al Marya Island, the Four Seasons significantly newer and more luxurious than the Rosewood. They are joined by the same Mall, one hotel at either end.

The Rosewood has 189 rooms and suites and 131 serviced residences offering dark-wood walls, leather seating, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Bathrooms offer tubs, rain showers, and a screen that opens to the bedroom. Book a Manor Club guest room to get access to the executive lounge, free food, spa discounts, and butler service.

The Manor Club Lounge offers a great club lounge experience which is also great value for money, particularly if you take advantage of the snacks and beverages in between meals. The lounge is a very good size and has a billiard table, a chess set and books, newspapers, and magazines.

This executive lounge was designed in a sophisticated, residential style. It is elegantly fitted out in contemporary hues and the finest materials and offers a tranquil atmosphere for guests seeking a private urban refuge. Complimentary breakfast, lunch snacks, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails and tapas are available as well as refreshments throughout the day. Food and drinks are of great quality and the lounge doesn’t tend to be overrun with people.

Breakfast is extensive, lunch is delivered off an a la carte menu and is voluminous and of high quality. Afternoon tea is followed by evening cocktails and tapas, which are complemented by free top-shelf spirits, wines, and beers. Cocktails are also free and excellent and are regularly refilled. The staff are keen to offer you “the same again”!

Below privileges are details of all the benefits served up to Manor Club guests at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi:

  • Artisan Breakfast
  • Refreshments and snacks offered throughout the day
  • Afternoon tea, evening tapas, and cocktails
  • Manor Club Boardroom (one hour per stay, subject to availability)
  • Early check-in and late check-out (all subject to availability)
  • 20% discount at Sense, A Rosewood Spa
  • Complimentary pressing of up to 2 items per stay
  • Complimentary Fitness Consultation with Personal Trainer
  • Manor Club, Executive Lounge guests may invite visitors, subject to availability, at a supplementary charge

Children older than 12 years are welcomed in the Manor Club until 6:00 pm, with adult accompaniment. Children under 12 years old are not allowed.

The lounge upgrade is well worth paying for and summer is superbly cheap at this hotel with rates discounted to a few hundred dollars a night and if you book any Rosewood luxury hotel via our luxury travel concierge and you will get also great free benefits* at no extra cost:

  • Personalized welcome note and amenity from the property Managing Director
  • Pre-registration prior to arrival
  • Upgrade upon arrival based on availability
  • No relocation policy for Elite clients

2. The Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi

Sparkling chandeliers, its own patch of private beach, and breathtaking views to the Grand Mosque make the The Ritz-Carlton a great luxury hotel choice in Abu Dhabi. It also has impressive common areas, a fantastic pool with lovely lawns leading down to the beach which is nice and quiet, making it ideal for families, particularly if you want to earn or redeem Marriott Bonvoy points. The location is actually across the canal from the Shangri-La hotel.

As meals at any of restaurants and bars at The Ritz-Carlton are expensive, club access offers excellent value for money, particularly as this club lounge is excellent with a fantastic view. Club Level Guest Rooms and Suites also offer even more magnificent views of the illustrious Grand Canal, stately gardens, or breathtaking Grand Mosque as you step onto your secluded balcony overlooking our luxury resort inspired by the 15th to 17th century Renaissance architecture and the urban planning of the city of Venice.

Boasting a panoramic view of Al Maqta creek from its glass walls, the Club Level Lounge offers an intimately private setting for guests of The Ritz-Carlton Club Level. In addition to an elevated level of service, the Lounge offers:

  • Continuous culinary offerings including breakfast (6:30 to 10:30 am); midday snacks (12 to 2 pm); afternoon tea and light snacks (2 to 4 pm); evening hors d’oeuvres (5 to 8 pm) and cordials and desserts (8 to 10 pm)
  • Complimentary coffee and cookies in the Club Lounge operating hours
  • Complimentary wireless Internet access
  • Personal computers for guest use
  • Complimentary pressing for two pieces per room, per day

Food is acceptable even to consider for lunch and dinner every day although alcohol isn’t particularly high quality (much like the Fairmont Gold lounge in Abu Dhabi. The champagne is prosecco and there are no cocktails, just some red wines, beer, and spirits (if you like cocktails, the Fairmont or Rosewood are better choices as cocktails are included in both of these lounges.

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times; no children under the age of 12 are permitted after 8 pm.

Expect a comfortable stay overall at The Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi, with a great room, wonderful bed good location away from the noise & crowds of downtown and with great views of the beautiful Grand Mosque.

Book The Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi with our luxury travel concierge and you will get the following free benefits* at no extra cost, as well as your usual Marriott Bonvoy points and status benefits:

  • Early Check-in and 4pm late check-out, upon availability
  • Continental breakfast for two daily
  • Complimentary, customized amenity, activity or service

3. Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace is a bling hotel situated on 1.3 km of private beach with 85 hectares of gardens and lawns and comprises 394 palatial rooms and suites, 14 restaurants, cafés and lounges and features spectacular views of the manicured lawns or the glistening blue waves of the Arabian Sea. To be honest, although this is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious hotels in Abu Dhabi, we find the level of bling and glitz a bit overwhelming and prefer the understated luxury of the Four Seasons and the Rosewood in Abu Dhabi.

Recreational activities are offered through the exclusive Beach Club, the UAE’s ultimate resort. The resort’s leisure facilities include two outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pools, an Emirates Palace Spa, tennis courts, a cricket pitch, a FIFA standard football pitch, a marina, and two state of the art fitness centers. From water sports to bird watching and kid’s activities, there is something for everyone.

The Emirates Palace truly looks like an Arabian Palace from the palatial exterior to the marble corridors to the gold and silver color scheme across the property and right down to the mint green palatial headboards in the bedrooms. Even the showerhead is gold (at least it looks gold!). Overindulgent breakfast buffets are rife across the Middle East, but the breakfast in the main restaurant at the Emirates Palace might be the best of all of the Middle Eastern hotels in terms of the quality and quantity.

The Palace Lounge is the hotel’s executive lounge of sorts. The hotel actually has two executive lounges one in each wing. Each lounge is very traditional in decor with chairs around tables and neither is a relaxing place to spend the day, more a place to come and eat or drink. If your room rate doesn’t otherwise come with access to this lounge, you can purchase access for around 850AED per night.

The lounge is open from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm daily and also offers private check-in and check-out services with early arrival guests given immediate access to the lounge, and extended access to the lounge after check-out until 4 pm (subject to availability).

The lounge offers a delicious buffet breakfast daily until 11:00 am which includes eggs made to order (for no extra cost) and continental breakfast with salads as well as tea and coffee. Light lunch and afternoon tea are available during the day, along with evening cocktails and food. To keep clothes looking fresh whilst on the go, lounge guests can request the complimentary pressing of two items of clothing.

The evening spread is extremely high-end with bread rolls plus beautiful plated up salads with things like smoked salmon, pretty vegetable and olive dishes, and canapes with tomatoes, pastries, cheeses, and prawns. There were also trays of nuts, chocolates and sweets, and some delicious chocolate moose cakes, and of course unlimited drinks including alcoholic drinks except on Ramadan.

The Palace Lounge has a no kids policy and although they are usually flexible in allowing children in for breakfast (only). There are sofas and tables right outside the lounge and families tend to just “pass the plate” out to the kids sitting outside the lounge. Not ideal.

The space in each lounge is fairly small, and while I am not keen on the look, the food offering is undeniably excellent, and give the prices of the main meals in the restaurants at this property, the lounge offers fair value and the lounge upgrade is well worth paying for.

If you book the Emirates Palace via our luxury travel concierge and you will get also great free benefits* at no extra cost:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in-room guests
  • $100 USD Equivalent Hotel credit, (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full) only valid in the Spa and Food and Beverage outlets (except for Hakkassan and Etoile restaurants)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

4. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Abu Dhabi

Situated at the gateway to the city is Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Abu Dhabi, a beachfront five-star hotel in Abu Dhabi with unrivaled views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The bad news that this hotel is located some way away from everything except for the Grand Mosque.

Shopping enthusiasts will be spoiled with choice at the newest destination for retail therapy – Yas Mall, while within walking distance, revel in quaint artisanal shops in a Venetian themed souk (market), complete with a leisurely abra (boat) ride down winding canal ways.

An outdoor, Olympic length swimming pool with dedicated family and children areas, Jacuzzi and a pristine beach line offer a refreshing pace, while world-class dining, including Marco Pierre White restaurant from the former three Michelin star British chef complete the luxury experience.

In close proximity to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Fairmont Bab Al Bahr also complements business travel with 10 meeting rooms and a ballroom; with flexible layouts extending out to lawn spaces and piers into the Abu Dhabi Creek with spectacular views.

With a striking exterior made of sheer blue glass, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr features 369 contemporary and spacious guestrooms and suites, as well as Fairmont Gold rooms and lounge. The Fairmont Gold lounge is one of the largest club lounges in the city, filled with plush seating areas, a daily made-to-order breakfast, and evening hors d’ oeuvres and beverages, all served against a staggering backdrop of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Your Fairmont Gold club lounge experience begins the moment you arrive when you are escorted directly to the private Fairmont Gold reception area located on the 7th floor. This dedicated check-in desk is open from 6:00 am to 12:00 am.

In the exclusive Fairmont Gold Lounge, you can unwind in the lounge and enjoy special privileges such as access to various newspapers and magazines or even catch up on email with complimentary computers and WiFi access. Throughout the day, coffee, tea, an honor bar are provided well as complimentary cocktail canapés in the evening and a healthy and bountiful Arabic and European breakfast served daily in the morning. There’s no champagne in this Gold Lounge instead they offer a prosecco along with other complimentary alcohol between 17-19.00 including beer, vodka, brandy, whiskey, gin, and liqueurs like Baileys. You can also order cocktails but the alcohol is generally basic brands, not any expensive high-end brands.

Daily breakfast is served from 6:30 am to 10:30 am
Afternoon Tea is served from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Sundowners is served from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Happy hour starts from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Sweets on seven are served from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm

During the Holy Month of Ramadan, please note Fairmont Gold operates slightly differently.

When compared to other Accor branded hotels like the Sofitel the Palm, the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr is the best. The Sofitel feels a lot more crowded and service is better in Bab Al Bahr. The beaches are similar, both man-made but the view from the Sofitel is probably better. The Sofitel is a big resort hotel and the Fairmont is smaller with a beach and a nice pool. The beach & pool area is probably one of the nicest in Abu Dhabi.

Book The Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Abu Dhabi with our luxury travel concierge and you will get the following free benefits* at no extra cost, as well as your usual Accor points and status benefits:

  • Breakfast for two; Continental or buffet
  • Early Check-in; Late Check-out – based on availability
  • Welcome Amenities
  • Complimentary High-Speed Internet

5. Jumeirah Etihad Towers Abu Dhabi

Jumeirah Etihad Towers Abu Dhabi has an impressive executive lounge with impressive views, it is really high up! Five dramatically sculpted towers set a standard for luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi. Enjoy the prestigious and exclusive residential services while gazing at the sunset over the Arabian Gulf. The lavishly appointed services are designed to meet your every need. This is a great hotel and ideal if you are a member of the Jumeirah loyalty scheme plus it has a little beach. This hotel is very “city” in style and is less of a beach resort than the hotels outlined above.

Complimentary services include breakfast, light lunch, afternoon tea, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, drinks, a meeting room on Level 45 (up to three hours per day subject to availability) and Late check out at 15:00 (subjected to availability)

Book Jumeirah Etihad Towers Abu Dhabi with our luxury travel concierge and get the following free benefits* as well as your usual Jumeirah Sirius rewards and status:

  • Daily buffet Breakfast for Two in Selected Hotel Restaurant
  • Upgrade to Next Room Category based on availability at time of arrival
  • $75.00 F&B Credit or Spa Credit, once per room, per stay
  • Early Check-in based on availability at time of arrival
  • 4:00 PM Late Check-out based on availability on day of departure
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

6. Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

The Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi is set on an exclusive one-kilometer beachfront setting with five outdoor swimming pools a fully equipped health club and a yoga room. It is actually right across the waterway from the Ritz Carlton.

Choose to take a walk by the pristine white sands overlooking the outstanding the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, or lounge by the infinity pool. Take an abra (traditional boat) to the souq next door or to a healing treatment at the spectacular spa. Pampered and at peace, return to the luxurious room for a night in or you could savor the flavors at a number of award-winning restaurants.

Each of the 213 rooms features a balcony or terrace with a breathtaking view of the canal. All rooms are elegantly appointed with modern facilities and Arabian architectural flare.

For frequent business and leisure guests, Shangri-La has created their exclusive club rooms and lounge with special benefits. Each room offers 45 sqm to 55 sqm / 483 sqft to 591 sqft of luxury and club guests receive access to the exclusive Horizon Club Lounge and its full range of privileges. Horizon Club Deluxe Rooms feature additional services for your business and leisure requirements, including personalized concierge services, 24-hour IT butler service, and personalized in-room check-in and check-out.

The Horizon Club offers private check-in and check-out along with a warm beverage delivered to your room each morning. Start the day right with all-inclusive breakfast and unwind in style with evening cocktails. A dedicated Club Concierge is also on hand to take care of all your needs from travel arrangements to basic translation services.

Children of registered hotel guests under the age of 6 can enjoy *buffet meals at no extra cost in the All Day Dining venue when accompanied by a paying adult; up to 2 children. For more than 2 children under the age of 6 or children who are 6 years and above but under the age of 12, a 50% discount on the buffet price will be given.

Book Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi with our luxury travel concierge and you will get the following free benefits* at no extra cost:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in-room guests served at Sofra Bld
  • Welcome Amenity in room
  • $100 USD Equivalent Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

7. Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi

If you are looking for luxury, the Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi is one of the newest luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi with a decent club lounge, and being new, this is a fantastic choice, particularly if you want to earn and redeem World of Hyatt points.

Hyatt Hotels only recently opened Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residence Emirates Pearl, the first Grand Hyatt hotel to open in the United Arab Emirates’ capital city, Abu Dhabi. The luxury property combines iconic brand elements and awe-inspiring design and architecture with a central location in the capital that offers easy access to world-class shopping, dining, and cultural events. We particularly like the 50-meter infinity pool, the kids’ pool and the plunge pool all surrounded by classy decking and plush loungers. There’s also a small private beach area too for those who prefer to dip their toes in the sand.

As the second Grand Hyatt hotel in the United Arab Emirates, joining Grand Hyatt Dubai, the Abu Dhabi property is a noteworthy addition to Hyatt’s steadfast growing hotel portfolio in the Middle East.

A short 35-minute drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport and the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the hotel is located along the charming Corniche, offering generous beachfront promenades and stunning landmark city views that feature famed UAE landmarks, including Emirates Palace, the Presidential Palace, and The Founder’s Memorial.

Meticulously designed with bold and vibrant features, the property houses 332 guestrooms, 36 lavish suites, including the Presidential and Palatial Royal Suites, and 60 full-service one and two-bedroom residences.

For those residing in Suite or Club floor, additional exclusivity can be discovered on the 26th floor, as the Grand Club Lounge will provide luxurious living space with sweeping views of the city’s skyline and the glittering Arabian Gulf.

Grand Club access which offers complimentary breakfast, all-day tea and coffee and complimentary drinks and appetizers between 6 pm and 8 pm; with views of the Arabian Gulf or the Emirates Palace.

This Grand Hyatt costs 21,000 World Of Hyatt loyalty points per night for a club room, or 15,000 World Of Hyatt loyalty points per night for an ordinary room if you want to redeem a stay here.

The Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi is 25,000 World of Hyatt points per night. The Park Hyatt is a much more luxurious hotel but it does not have a club lounge.

Book the Park Hyatt, Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi or the Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi with our luxury travel concierge and you will get the following free Hyatt Prive benefits* as well as your usual World Of Hyatt points and status benefits:

  • Daily full breakfast for 2 per room
  • Welcome amenity
  • 100 USD property credit per stay
  • Early check in and later check out priority
  • Room upgrade priority

8. Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi

Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi boasts panoramic Arabic Gulf views and features a rooftop revolving restaurant and an outdoor pool set in a landscaped garden. The beach and pool area are the highlights of this hotel along with the interesting sculptures in the lobby.

All rooms at Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi are decorated in warm tones and have a view of the Gulf or the city. They include a TV with multilingual channels and a dressing area has a full-length mirror and fluffy bathrobes. Guests can relax in the hot tub or enjoy a game of squash on the sports court.

In terms of location, Marina Mall is 5.6 miles away, while Abu Dhabi Mall is 1.9 miles away from Le Royal Meridien. Abu Dhabi Golf Club is 14.3 miles away.

The Royal Club is a great place to eat and have a drink. Soft drinks, coffee, and snacks are served all day long. Breakfast is not served in the lounge but in this restaurant. It is nicely prepared and displayed.

The lounge itself is small but sufficient. There are all-day finger sandwiches, cakes, soft drinks, juices, and coffee. There is also a balcony, which is lovely when it’s not to warm or humid outside. Happy hours for 3 hours and they have some sandwiches and two hot dishes during happy hour. Beer, wine, and hard liquor as well. Beer and wine are served from 6 PM till 8 PM. It’s nice to sit on the balcony with an ice-cold beer. Worth noting, the lounge closes at 8 PM.

9. InterContinental Abu Dhabi

I am a major fan of InterContinental club lounges. The InterContinental brand offers some the best club lounges in London and also offers one of the top club lounges in Abu Dhabi too.

Unfortunately, this InterContinental is not one of our favorites due to a dated design and room noise. The rooms here can be noisy due to the cheap windows which have been installed. Guests can clearly hear the many nearby construction noises and local street noise.

That said, the InterContinental Abu Dhabi does have club lounges and whether it is for a morning coffee with a paper or evening canapés with stunning marina views, this lounge is a great place to hang out if you choose to stay here.

Retreat to this sophisticated lounge on the 18th floor from 06:30 until 23:30 and enjoy the floor-to-ceiling windows with expansive Abu Dhabi and marina views, plus gourmet treats which include complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, cocktail hour and all-day refreshments and light bites.

With a private meeting room, PCs’ and business services on hand to assist you in your virtual office. If you’d like to arrange activities or excursions during your stay, speak to their Club InterContinental Manager who will take care of all the details. In the evening, there is a selection of cold food in the lounge during the cocktail hour plus servers constantly come around to your table with hot canapes, someone is always pouring Arabic coffee, and there are stations with bread, cheese, cold meat, and salad as well as a dessert display.

Book the InterContinental Abu Dhabi with our luxury travel concierge and get the following free benefits* (based on a 2-night minimum) as well as your usual IHG Priority points and status:

  • Guaranteed late check-out (until 4pm)
  • Complimentary breakfast for two at the hotel restaurant daily
  • Value-added amenity, specific to the hotel ($100 value per stay)
  • Upgrade to next available room category (subject to availability on arrival)
  • Free wi-fi on unlimited devices
  • Turn down service as appropriate by brand
  • Bottled water, fresh fruit, and snacks in room upon arrival

10. Sofitel Abu Dhabi

The The Sofitel Abu Dhabi is conveniently located in the city’s Corniche, one of the most prestigious districts, this luxury 280-room hotel sparkles on the sea coast. Chill out by the pool at outdoor Grills@Chill’O restaurant, enjoy live music at chic Jazz&Fizz bar or rejuvenate at So Spa. Our elegant rooms and suites have MyBed, free WIFI, and offer an unparalleled experience with breathtaking views over the harbor.

Walk over Corniche, impressive eight kilometers waterfront with pedestrian pathways, parks, and cafes. Visit the stunning beach with turquoise water and white sand on Saadiyat island or entertain yourself at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi or Yas Waterworld on Yas Island.

Club Millesime is the club lounge at the Sofitel Abu Dhabi and is a nice but fairly standard club lounge without anything outstanding about it except for the view. This club lounge is on the 35th floor and offers a great view of the Persian Gulf. Unfortunately, you cannot check-in/out from the lounge. but the service is superb. There cold buffet for breakfast with loads of chopped up fruits; melon, pineapple, kiwi, and more, plus cold meats and cheeses, yogurts, fruit salads, veggies, whole fruit, nuts, smoked salmon and you can order plenty of warm options from the menu including eggs.

There are free evening cocktails from 6 to 8 pm along with lite bits which include veggies, canapes olives, sliced meats, and mini puddings. Nice but not enough to fill you up. You will need to eat out, which is why this lounge comes near the bottom of our best club lounge list. This hotel also doesn’t have its own private beach so is not a favorite of ours.

Book The Sofitel Abu Dhabi via our luxury travel concierge and you will get great free benefits* at no extra cost and you still benefit from your usual Club Accor points and status as well:

  • Breakfast for two; Continental or buffet
  • Early Check-in; Late Check-out – based on availability
  • Management greeting upon arrival
  • Welcome Amenities
  • Complimentary High-Speed Internet
  • Express Check-in

11. Hilton Abu Dhabi

The Hilton is located on the Corniche by the beach, near restaurants, malls, and offices and around 36 km away from the Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). It is a short 4-minute cab ride to the Marina Mall and is split into two parts: the Hiltonia Beach Club on the beach and the rest of the hotel across the road. The beach club here is super with lots of slides going into the pool for the kids and a nice area of beach equipped with comfy padded loungers and sun brollies.

The hotel and lounge are fairly bog-standard generic Hilton and not particularly luxurious. The lounge looks more like a restaurant than a luxury escape with seats and tables for eating but not much space for relaxing. With Hilton Honors Diamond status you get free access to this Executive Lounge on the 10th floor.

The modern look of the lounge is pleasing and it has a lovely view of the Gulf but it tends to be packed with guests. The alcoholic drinks are not on display and you have to ask a member of staff for the options, which were quite limited. Beer, wine, and a couple of other options.

Food is on the greasy side with the evening offering including a lot of pastry covered items and spring rolls etc plus lots of cheeses, veggies, crisps, and some stand out crumble style and chocolate mousse desserts.

The Hilton Abu Dhabi is not a great choice for a family holiday or for a short work trip because of its basic small rooms, they are uninteresting boxes. Usually, the nearby Le Meridien, Intercontinental, Sheraton, or the Beach Rotana are around the same cost and have better rooms and club lounges. The best thing about this hotel is the Hiltonia Beach Club, but unless it comes in significantly cheaper than the other four hotels, I would always choose the others over this mediocre hotel.

While we don’t offer benefits at this Hilton, our luxury travel concierge does offer great free benefits at Hilton’s luxury hotels, Waldorf Astoria and Conrad. There is no Conrad or Waldorf Astoria in Abu Dhabi yet, so the Hilton is the best choice if you collect or want to spend Hilton Honours loyalty points.

  • Complimentary breakfast for two
  • $100 USD hotel credit per stay, or local currency equivalent
  • Next category upgrade, subject to availability
  • Double Hilton Honors Points for the client

12. Four Seasons Abu Dhabi

The Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island is perched on a collection of more than 200 islands. With its distinctive exterior of vertical lines inspired by the colorful textiles of the souks, you’ll find this 34-storey Hotel on Al Maryah Island, just across from the Rosewood which was reviewed above.

This is undoubtedly one of the best hotels in Abu Dhabi. Mingle with fellow travelers in the elegant Al Meylas lounge, find your bliss in Dahlia Spa, or explore The Galleria, Abu Dhabi’s most refined new shopping center, without ever having to step outside.

This hotel has a beautiful lobby containing interesting artworks. Light-filled guest rooms and suites all offer water views. Entertain in six stylish restaurants and lounges. Unwind in the relaxing radiance of Dahlia Spa, or bask in the sun on the pool terrace.

Unfortunately, the Four Seasons Abu Dhabi has a gorgeous Al Meylas lounge but no executive club lounge, but we have included this Four Seasons in our club lounge article as it really is one of your best luxury hotel options in Abu Dhabi and it should be considered for a stay even though it doesn’t have a club lounge. The Eclipse Terrace Lounge is the other hotel lounge here which also offers an open-air setting on the third-floor pool deck, serving fresh seafood during the day, then by night, transforming into a chill-out lounge and dining venue.

Book any Four Seasons luxury hotel via our luxury travel concierge and you will get great free benefits* at no extra cost:

  • Breakfast for two people per bedroom
  • Food, beverage or spa credit of USD100 per stay
  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (this usually excludes suites)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms
  • Complimentary welcome gift (usually a box of chocs, bottle of wine, etc)

*benefits offered correct at the time of writing but may be amended at the hotel’s discretion.

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