Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

Abu Dhabi, Middle East

The hotel

Luxury personified, the Ritz-Carlton is set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens, overlooking a pristine stretch of private beach. Inspired by early Renaissance architecture, every room is nothing less than sheer bliss with gorgeous views of the illustrious Grand Canal, stately gardens or breathtaking Grand Mosque from your private balcony. Enjoy a day by the canal or relax by the grand pool, soaking up the sun in peace. If you’ve children with you, they’ll be having the time of their lives at the Ritz Kids Club, there are activities galore to tempt them, including face painting and treasure hunts. Between the swimming pool and the beach is also the Splash Park, try and extricate them from that if you can! A very special venue, you’ll feel extra special as a member of the Ritz-Carlton Club, which combines intimacy, comfort and exclusivity with personalised service and attention to detail. Rooms on Club Level enjoy The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge offering a continuous steam of culinary offerings throughout the day, complimentary internet access and international magazines and newspapers – helping to make your stay a supremely memorable one. Also memorable is the hotel’s choice of restaurants – eight to be exact, featuring cuisine from around the world. Mijana, an Arabic Lebanese restaurant designed by the famous designer Super Potato from Japan. For seafood and steak, The Forge is stylish and contemporary or feast on Southeast Asian delights in an outdoor lounge with majestic views of the mosque at Li Jiang. Less formal dining includes the all-day dining restaurant Giornotte, built to resemble a classic Italian villa, or Al Fresco Pool and Beach Restaurant with a variety of Mexican dishes, healthy salads and cocktails, as well as Dolce for espresso and ice-cold gelato.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Valet parking
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

Adjacent to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, overlooking the canal. Transfer time from Abu Dhabi International Airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

447 rooms and suites as well as 85 villas. All with air-conditioning, private balcony, 42” LCD TV, telephone, high-speed Internet access*, mini-bar*, tea/coffee maker, safe, iPod docking station, hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers, iron and board. Deluxe Rooms have garden, pool and beach views, with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children.

Half Board option: includes breakfast and lunch or dinner in Giornotte buffet restaurant.

Full Board option: includes breakfast, lunch and dinner in Giornotte buffet restaurant.

Club Rooms with 1 king size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children. Rooms provide daily access to the club lounge where guests are entitled to the following benefits;

  • Breakfast, midday snacks, afternoon tea, light evening snacks
  • Evening hors d'oeuvres
  • Cordials and desserts
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Private check in
  • Dedicated concierge
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Personal computers for guest use
  • Complimentary pressing for two pieces per room per day

Please note: Children under 12 years old are not permitted in the Club Lounge after 8:00pm.

1-Bedroom Villas with 1 king-size bed and sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

2-Bedroom Villas with 1 king-size bed, 2 double beds and sofa bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults and 2 children.

8 unique restaurants and bars including; Giornotte (all-day dining Mediterranean restaurant), The Forge (steakhouse, open for dinner), Mijana (Lebanese cuisine, open for late lunch and dinner), Li Jang (Asian cuisine, open for dinner), Al Fresco (beach restaurant, open from lunch to sunset), Dolce (Italian-style cafe), ALBA lobby lounge, Sorso traditional bar and poolside bars. Grand (1600 sq m) outdoor swimming pool. Private sandy beach. ESPA* at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, a beachfront spa with 16 treatment rooms, steam room, hammam, outdoor plunge pools and hair and beauty salons. 24-hour fitness centre*. Ritz Kids' Club* (4-12 years) offering supervised indoors and outdoors activities. Babysitting* (on request). Retail shops. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. WiFi access*. 24-hour room service*. Complimentary valet parking.

* Denotes local charge.

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not what you expect!!!!

Apr 19, 2019 notsohappyDenver Denver, Colorado

Very disappointing!!! Nothing like what you expect from the Ritz!!! No recognition to Marriott or SPG Platinum members!!! The beach need cleaning. Staff will take forever to answer phone. Bad experience overall
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Worst Ritz Carlton in the World

Apr 17, 2019 Tino_Angkawidjaja Graz, Austria

We stay in Ritz-Carlton all over the world! Everytime it was Perfect! So we decided to stay in Ritz-Carlton in Abu Dhabi! That decison was wrong! From the arriving we have Problems! I booked directly Not via online booking! Room with breakfast! At checkin they told me to pay extra for breakfast! As I told them, I booked with breakfast! I also told… Read more
We stay in Ritz-Carlton all over the world! Everytime it was Perfect! So we decided to stay in Ritz-Carlton in Abu Dhabi! That decison was wrong! From the arriving we have Problems! I booked directly Not via online booking! Room with breakfast! At checkin they told me to pay extra for breakfast! As I told them, I booked with breakfast! I also told them that a friend of us, who stay here with us the same time booked with Hotels.com pay less for the same! Booking as a Marriot Member is more expensive than internet booking! Nice! The answer of the reception guy was: You should know what you are booking! Perfect start for a holiday! The „Manager“ says After Intervention, we will Not pay for breakfast.Lets see what I pay when I Check out! Next Happening in the Kidsclub: One staff pulled the PlayStation Joystick from my son and klaps him on his shoulder! My wife go to Manager again! I do Not let my kids in the Kidsclub again! Perfect holiday for Parents! We make a one day Trip to Dubai and stay in the Armani Hotel! Perfect Hotel Perfect service! We come back to Ritz-Carlton again today! Next Happening! The staff at the entrance Look how my wife handle with the luggage! Nobody realy offers their help! Only After Intervention! Nice! As I write this review I am in the Wifi of fairmont hotel, situated over the river, because the Wifi of the Ritz-Carlton does Not work on pool or on the beach side Restaurants! Let’s see what happenings will come in the next days! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing hotel, fabulous service

Apr 16, 2019 Sacha C

Had the most wonderful stay at the end of February; the hotel is beautiful but it is the staff that set this hotel apart from the rest. The staff are simply incredible from the minute you walk through the doors. I have never come across such exceptional service , personal service and attention to every detail form start to finish. In every… Read more
Had the most wonderful stay at the end of February; the hotel is beautiful but it is the staff that set this hotel apart from the rest. The staff are simply incredible from the minute you walk through the doors. I have never come across such exceptional service , personal service and attention to every detail form start to finish. In every restaurant , the staff were courteous and polite . I would like to say a special thank you to Inder and all the staff at the pool bar who looked after us both -nothing was too much trouble and they were all a delight Read less
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Apr 14, 2019 W1209ESjulianm

Great service, the staff make an effort to remember your name, super clean toom, the comfiest bed ever, grand halls that dazzle and a giant yet peaceful swimming pool area. Breakfast selection was amazing and plenty of dining options.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful 6 night stay!

Apr 13, 2019 Shelagh C Derby, United Kingdom

This grand old lady may not be as.modern as some of the newer hotels but it certainly doesn't fail to deliver. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel special & so our holiday began. All the staff are amazing & too numerous to mention. Everyone had a job to do & goodness me they all did it well. Our 1 bedroom villa(room 1071) was spacious… Read more
This grand old lady may not be as.modern as some of the newer hotels but it certainly doesn't fail to deliver. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel special & so our holiday began. All the staff are amazing & too numerous to mention. Everyone had a job to do & goodness me they all did it well. Our 1 bedroom villa(room 1071) was spacious & well appointed with plenty of towels & toiletries. The double sofa bed was also comfortable & our son had no problem getting a restful nights sleep. The villa is so conveniently placed about 30 steps from the adult pool too! Denash the pool attendant was always on hand with constant supplies of chilled bottles water & cold towels too as the temperatures rose. Breakfast was a delight with endless choices & great service. One evening we ate at the on site Punjab grill it was possibly the best Indian meal we had all ever eaten. Another night we chose to have a lazy night in with room service the sharing seafood platter was huge & delicious while my husbands nasi goreg was outstanding. We had a wonderful stay & the hotel.is conveniently placed & has a wonderful view too of the grand mosque. Thank you to everyone - all being well we will return again very soon x Read less