Fairmont Bab al Bahr

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Virgin rating

The hotel

In a prime location and boasting unrivalled views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Fairmont Bab al Bahr is the epitome of luxury. Everything is world-class, including service, the restaurants and leisure facilities. Guest rooms are a delight, furnished in contemporary style with all mod-cons. Upgrade to a Fairmont Gold Room and you benefit from Gold service too which includes dedicated check-in/check-out and complimentary Continental breakfast, afternoon tea and evening drinks. There’s a health club and a beach club to explore, the former boasting state-of-the-art gym equipment, the latter, two swimming pools, one Olympic sized and beach games galore. Restaurants abound at the Fairmont, opt for the bustling atmosphere of Marco’s New York Italian, or dine in style at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill. Mazaj is probably the finest Lebanese restaurant in Abu Dhabi, serving everything from mezze to kebabs to tapas or feast on sumptuous buffet fare at CuiScene, which also hosts theme nights and the famous Fairmont Saturday Brunch.

Amenities

  • Babysitting service
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Close to Beach

Where is it

Overlooking a pristine and private stretch of beach on the canal. Transfer time from Abu Dhabi International Airport: 30 minutes.

Hotel information

369 rooms and suites. All with air-conditioning, LCD TV, telephone, WiFi access, mini-bar*, tea/coffee maker, safe, hairdryer, iron and board. Fairmont Rooms with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child under 12 years.

Half Board option: includes breakfast at CuiScene restaurant, including free-flow tea, coffee, water and juices (6:30-10:30am only). Lunch or dinner - international buffet at CuiScene restaurant (exclusive of beverages; 12:00-3:00pm for lunch or 7:00-11:00pm for dinner), or 3-course set menu at Marco’s Italian (12:00-3:00pm for lunch or 6:00-11:00pm for dinner) or Mazaj Bab Al Bahr (12:00-3:00pm for lunch or 6:00-11:00pm for dinner). Reservations are required, subject to availability.

Full Board option: includes lunch and dinner (except Fridays). Beverages are not included and will be charged separately to the guest bill.

Should guests wish to dine in any other outlets (Marco’s Italian, Mazaj Bab Al Bahr, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill and Café Sushi) a credit will be issued towards their final bill.

Fairmont View Rooms with views of Abu Dhabi Creek and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child (under 12 years).

Fairmont Gold Rooms are more spacious with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child (under 12 years).

Fairmont Gold View Rooms with views of Abu Dhabi Creek and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child (under 12 years).

Fairmont Gold Superior Rooms with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child (under 12 years).

Fairmont Gold Superior View Rooms with views of Abu Dhabi Creek and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child (under 12 years).

Fairmont Gold Suites with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Fairmont Gold Rooms and Suites enjoy Fairmont Gold Service and benefits that include:

  • Butler service
  • Complimentary pressing of one suit, dress or kandoura
  • Complimentary deluxe Continental breakfast, afternoon tea and sundowners served in the private lounge
  • Sweets on seven

Complimentary shuttle bus to mall and local sights.

Mazaj Bab Al Bahr (all-day dining, Mediterranean cuisine), CuiScene (International buffet with theme nights), Café Sushi, Marco's Italian (Marco’s Italian by Marco Pierre White, traditional and authentic Italian dishes), Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill, The Lobby Lounge. Poolside bar and Bridges Bar.

Olympic length swimming pool, covered kids' pool (currently closed), Jacuzzi. Health Club*. Water sports* including paddle boards and kayaking. Beach games including football, badminton, softball, volleyball and table tennis. Beach aerobics. 

Complimentary WiFi access available in public areas and rooms. Babysitting* (on request). 24-hour concierge desk. Speciality shops including souvenir shop, hair salon* and florist. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. 24-hour room service*. 

* Denotes local charge.

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Jul 14, 2024 fatimaaR5498OC

I really love this hotel .. the staff are very friendly and helpful whether on the hotel itself or even on the beach .. u feel ur very welcomed…the hotel rooms are cleaned and very good size .. I really recommend you to visit the hotel it’s worth it … finally I would like to thanks all the staff..
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fairmont Hotel- More to be desired

Jul 14, 2024 Janrelle Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

I expected a bit more from the Fairmont. I have lived in the UAE for about 9.5 years and the convenience and amenities in the UAE, and GCC, typically exceed expectations. The main reasons for my staycation were relaxation, indulgence in spa services, use of the gym, in-room dining, and to experience the Fairmont's afternoon tea in-room.… Read more
I expected a bit more from the Fairmont. I have lived in the UAE for about 9.5 years and the convenience and amenities in the UAE, and GCC, typically exceed expectations. The main reasons for my staycation were relaxation, indulgence in spa services, use of the gym, in-room dining, and to experience the Fairmont's afternoon tea in-room. Unfortunately the hotel did have a spa, so the expectation is for customers to leave the premises for a spa experience. While the hotel offers two salons, when I called the concierge it was communicated that there were two salons, but I was not transferred or given any information beyond that for the mani-pedi that I was hoping to enjoy. The in-room dining menu left much to be expected, but I later found that I could order from the in-house restaurants with an upcharge for each order. The offerings from the restaurants were much better, Cafe Sushi and Marco Pierre Steakhouse did not disappoint. The hotel did not accommodate in-room afternoon tea when I asked to schedule one. The gym, while adjoined to the hotel, required journeying outside of the gym through the parking lot and down a set of stairs (a bit hidden from the entrance I exited) to access. Elisha at reception was great, and the valet and housekeeping staff were amazing. I believe that the room-service staff could be a bit more well-versed with the menus when customers call; and there should be a QR code in the room, perhaps on the tv on the hotel channels so that customers can easily see what is available to them, rather than having to go the hotel website and search for restaurants and navigate to each menu separately (not convenient). I definitely expected more from a 5 star hotel and especially from the Fairmont. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent stay

Jul 13, 2024 Tupacd Edinburgh, United Kingdom

A great five days at the hotel. I was checked in by the wonderful Elisah who really did her best to make my stay comfortable. She really went out of her way to help me so thank you . I used the gym every day (they have 2, one in the building and one next door). The gym next door is a short walk but it is excellent with really good equipment. I… Read more
A great five days at the hotel. I was checked in by the wonderful Elisah who really did her best to make my stay comfortable. She really went out of her way to help me so thank you . I used the gym every day (they have 2, one in the building and one next door). The gym next door is a short walk but it is excellent with really good equipment. I would encourage the Fairmount to add more dining options for the all inclusive package as Sunday to Wednesday nights (where there are no evening buffet options) are difficult if you didn't like Italian or Miffle East Food. I really enjoyed the Middle Eastern restaraunt which had really good food options/portions. Would I stay again, absolutely ! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Highly Recommend!!!!

Jul 13, 2024 Deig16 Altrincham, United Kingdom

My review is specifically directed to Mr Sanjiv Shrestha in Bridges Bar. What an absolutely amazing guy who has made me extremely welcome from day 1. He listens to everything and never asks any questions,,sign of a quality Manager. Sanjiv is suchva lovely competent,, individual across my experiences Globally !! Yes,,London is a tough market where… Read more
My review is specifically directed to Mr Sanjiv Shrestha in Bridges Bar. What an absolutely amazing guy who has made me extremely welcome from day 1. He listens to everything and never asks any questions,,sign of a quality Manager. Sanjiv is suchva lovely competent,, individual across my experiences Globally !! Yes,,London is a tough market where I firmly believe this young man could shine Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent Brunch

Jul 13, 2024 widad k

The brunch was wondeful, and provided us with a great variety of food, very comforting seats, and an extremely friendly group of staff, especially Abdul, who was very helpful and put a wonderful smile on our faces. We will definitely be coming back again! Widad Kabir (0568799997)