Where to stay in Abu Dhabi: the best areas and hotels to sleep

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Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the country's second most important tourist destination after Dubai, is one wonderful city to visit and where to spend wonderful holidays, especially during the colder times of the year, when in the Emirates the weather is always nice and warm.

To visit the city and its attractions or to spend a pleasant beach holiday is of fundamental importance choose well the area where to stay and the hotel where to sleep. With an area of ​​about 1.000 km², Abu Dhabi has an extension comparable to Rome. Suffice it to say that some areas of the city are about 40 km away (half an hour by car) from the airport.



In this guide you will find all tips to help you choose your hotel reservation ed useful information to better plan your visit or holiday in this extraordinary location on the Arabian Peninsula.

Best areas to stay in Abu Dhabi

Most of Abu Dhabi is located on a wedge-shaped island connected with several bridges. Two bridges connect it to the mainland and two more bridges to other islands which eventually also connect to the mainland. The distances between the various areas are many km, therefore the choice between one area or the other can make a lot of difference.

Let's see what the best areas to sleep in Abu Dhabi, both based on the reasons for the trip or vacation, and on the type of tourist or traveler.

Downtown: the central and cheapest area to sleep in

It may seem contradictory, but the cheapest area to sleep in Abu Dhabi It is in the full center of the city. Staying in the center of Abu Dhabi is also very convenient to reach other areas of the city by rental car, taxi or public transport.



The Downtown area of ​​Abu Dhabi is marked by skyscrapers, tree-lined avenues with bars, restaurants and shopping centers. It is also the financial zone of the city, so if you are staying in Abu Dhabi for business it is also the best area to stay.

Jannah Burj Al Sarab - 5-star hotel, definitely the best solution for value for money where to sleep in Downtown Abu Dhabi

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort - the best luxury hotel in the area and one of the most exclusive in the entire city

Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana - 4-star hotel with excellent value for money

Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche - exclusive 5-star hotel in an excellent location

Le Corniche: for couples and families with children

The area is famous for the beautiful boulevard located near the beach Corniche Beach, from where you have a splendid view on skyscrapers of the city. In the area they are present wonderful hotels and resorts where to spend a pleasant holiday in Abu Dhabi.

The presence of one of the longest and most interesting beaches in Abu Dhabi, Corniche Beach, and various attractions in the area, makes the whole area perfect to stay in Abu Dhabi for families with children and couples. In the area there are also interesting parks, fountains and various paths.

The area is also close toAl Marina island where the Marina Mall, a large shopping and entertainment center. Spread over 4 floors, it houses around 400 shops and attracts nearly 1.200.000 visitors every year. Among the entertainment: an observation tower with a revolving restaurant 100 meters high, an indoor ski slope, a multiplex cinema, a bowling alley, a games room, musical fountains and a playground for children. Outside the shopping center and also on the island there is a large Ferris wheel.



Khalidiya Hotel - a good 4-star hotel, with excellent value for money

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi - a wonderful 5-star resort, perfect for a romantic getaway for two

Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Abu Dhabi Corniche - beautiful 5 star resort, perfect for a family stay with children

Yas Island: for fun and being close to the airport

Located near Abu Dhabi International Airport, Yas Island is a 'artificial island born to be one of the main places of entertainment and recreation of the city. Therefore, it is agreat area to stay especially if you are in town more for vacation, than to visit the city.

It is one of the best areas to sleep for a family with children, being present well 3 amusement parks: the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi theme park, the Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi amusement park and the Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi water park; and one is under construction: SeaWorld Abu Dhabi.

Also for couples it can be a good area. Very beautiful and touristy is the area of ​​Yas Marina, the tourist port of the island of Yas. Or for sportsmen who want to attend Formula 1 races or other races on the new car circuit.

W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island - 5 star hotel a few steps from the amusement parks

Crowne Plaza Yas Island - 4 star hotel less than 10 minutes from the airport


Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island - 4-star hotel with excellent value for money

Staying on Yas Island is also comfortable to be a short distance from the airport and reach it in a short time. A very convenient solution for families with children who may need a little more time to prepare their bags on departure.


Premier Inn Abu Dhabi International Airport - perfect hotel for those who want to sleep practically inside the airport

15 km from Yas Island is Emirates Park Zoo, a wonderful wildlife park where you can observe over 1.400 animals including domestic animals and wild animals. Located within walking distance of the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway, it is an interesting stop when traveling by car between these two major cities.

Emirates Park Resort - to stay inside the wildlife park

Saadiyat Island: for beach holidays and relaxation

This island is to be chosen if you aim for sun, sea and relaxation. In fact, if you choose one of the hotels and resorts on the island, you do it not to visit the city, but almost exclusively to spend one holiday with all the comforts in top-level facilities.

It is also there cultural area of ​​Abu Dhabi. Indeed, one of the characteristics of this island is the presence of various important museums such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The island is a five-minute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi and approximately 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas - stunning 5 star resort, perfect for families with children

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort - wonderful 5-star resort, one of the most exclusive properties in Abu Dhabi

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi - exclusive 5-star resort, perfect for couples and romantic stays

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas - perfect for both couples and families with children, it is a wonderful 5 star hotel with first class services

Best hotels in Abu Dhabi

Best budget hotels in Abu Dhabi

Ibis Abu Dhabi Gate

Ibis Abu Dhabi Gate

The Ibis Abu Dhabi Gate is one of the best budget hotels to sleep in Abu Dhabi. The location can be good for those arriving in the city with a rental car. The airport is 18 km away, while the beach is 22 km away. The nearest attraction is Sheikh Zayed Mosque approximately 7 km away.

The property has 252 modern, spacious and comfortable standard rooms and 42 apartments with kitchenette and bedroom. Among the services offered: two swimming pools, a gym, a restaurant, a spa with wellness center and a free car park. Some rates in addition to breakfast also include dinner.

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Novel Hotel City Center

Novel Hotel City Center

Located in the heart of Downtown, the historical and financial center of the city, the Novel Hotel City Center is one of the best choices for affordable sleep and being close to the beach and the sea.

Among the services available to customers, a swimming pool, four restaurants, a well-equipped gym and a spa with wellness center. For evening entertainment there is a stylish bar, an international pub and a club.

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Al Ain Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi

Al Ain Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi

Overlooking the seafront, the Al Ain Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi is a good 4-star hotel that allows you to be in one of the best locations to stay in the city without spending a lot.

Among the services offered: three swimming pools, five restaurants and a gym. The hotel is within easy reach of various shopping malls, while the airport is about a 20-minute drive away. For the evening there is also an English-style pub and a nightclub in the hotel.

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Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan

Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan

The discreet location, very convenient to reach almost all areas of Abu Dhabi, and the good value for money make the Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan one of the best choices to stay in the city. Some rates in addition to breakfast also include dinner.

This 4-star hotel offers a swimming pool, restaurant, gym, spa with wellness center and free car parking. The hotel has standard rooms, but also suites. This hotel is also a good solution for those arriving in Abu Dhabi for business purposes.

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Best luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi 

Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Abu Dhabi

Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Abu Dhabi

This resort is by far one of the best options to stay in Abu Dhabi. Very close to the beach and the turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf, it allows a pleasant stay for both couples and families with children. Some rates in addition to breakfast also include dinner, for those who prefer half board.

This 5-star hotel is equipped with 443 splendid rooms and suites to ensure a pleasant and comfortable stay for all customers. The services offered are of a high standard and are numerous. Among the services available to customers: a large and beautiful outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant, a gym, a tennis court and a spa with wellness center.

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Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort

Located in the heart of Downtown, the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort is one of the most exclusive accommodations in Abu Dhabi. This 5-star hotel is located along a private beach, very convenient for not using cars or public transport. Some rates include All Inclusive treatment.

In addition to the luxurious rooms, guests are offered services of the highest standard such as various outdoor swimming pools, a gym, a spa with wellness center and 12 restaurants. Within walking distance we find the financial and shopping district.

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Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island – Ultra All Inclusive

Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island – Ultra All Inclusive

If your stay in Abu Dhabi is for a wonderful vacation of sun, beach, sea and relaxation, the Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island - Ultra All Inclusive is definitely one of the best choices you can make.

The structure offers a very high level All Inclusive treatment in all rates to make your stay extremely pleasant and comfortable. For both couples and families with children it is a great choice.

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Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Considered one of the most exclusive hotels in the world, the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi is a stunning 5-star resort perfect for honeymoons and enchanting stays in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

It is difficult to briefly describe the many high-level services offered. The only negative note is the somewhat high rates, but for such a structure they are certainly in the norm.

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Le Meridien Abu Dhabi

Le Meridien Abu Dhabi

This exclusive 5-star resort is one of the few hotels in Abu Dhabi that also offers the option of All Inclusive treatment. Located on the beach front, among the various services offered we find an excellent wellness center, a modern gym and two beautiful swimming pools.

The rooms are very welcoming and equipped with the main comfort services. For those who aspire to a truly exclusive stay, suites are also available. To make your stay even more pleasant, there is a private beach and wonderful gardens where you can stroll.

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