The Emirates Palace Hotel pampers its guests with fabulous Arabian suites, delicious food from all over the world, a picture-book beach and a gigantic fitness, pool and spa landscape.
At the Emirates Palace Hotel, the name says it all. The 7-star luxury temple on Abu Dhabi's Corniche is truly a palace from the Arabian Nights that makes a holiday in Abu Dhabi a unique experience. Like the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab Hotel on Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, however, the Emirates Palace officially has only 5 stars. The luxury-class hotel is one of our top 10 sights in Abu Dhabi.
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PICTURES: Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi
In front of the palace, a 40-metre-high arch surpasses even the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in height. Like the hotel itself, its façade is also modelled on the colour shades of the desert. The total of 114 domes of the Emirates Palace Hotel are all covered with real gold, the largest of which crowns the ballroom and reaches a diameter of 17 metres.
Facilities and services at the Emirates Palace Hotel
The 302 rooms at the Emirates Palace are classified as Coral, Pearl (with private balcony or terrace) or Diamond (including sea view), with a size of 55 square metres, and all have oriental furnishings, oversized marble bathrooms and a private butler who is available to guests around the clock. With 1500 staff from over 50 countries, there's a good chance your butler will attend to you in your native language.
A night in the palace hotel of the Emirates
Even in the enormous entrance hall, the uninitiated hotel guests are speechless in the face of such splendour. Marble, gold, precious woods and the omnipresent scent of roses create an overwhelming atmosphere. By the way, the lobby and "Le Café" are the only rooms that can be entered without a room or restaurant reservation.
10 restaurants with top international chefs cater for the physical well-being and 17 hotel shops of international luxury brands strive to cover their guests' every need in terms of jewellery and fashion.
Around the gigantic hotel building with a circumference of 2.5 km, a magnificent park with pools, bars and palm trees spreads out over 100 hectares, leading to a natural bay with the hotel's own sandy beach. With a length of 1.4 kilometres, the beach is spacious enough to always find a secluded romantic spot in addition to free sunbeds. The adjoining marina also invites you to stroll around.
Unique luxury in the palace suites
For truly royal stays, there are 92 suites with multiple bedrooms, sumptuous ambience, personalised breakfast service and breathtaking views. VIPs can also reach the top floors via their own access ramp and stairways without having to cross the entrance hall. Alternatively, you can land right on the roof by helicopter.
Things get really royal in the 680-square-metre Ruler Suites, which, however, are not accessible to guests. As so-called "secret suites", the 6 exclusive residential complexes on the top floor are always reserved for the rulers of the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait. Who is allowed to stay in these suites and when is decided solely by the respective regent.
Emergence of the Emirates Palace Hotel
After a good three years of construction and costs of around 2 billion euros (the most expensive hotel in the world at the time), the Emirates Palace Hotel was opened in February 2005. The owner of the impressive complex is the ruling family of Abu Dhabi, who originally had the property built for a meeting of the heads of government and sheikhs of the Arab Emirates.