Staycations are meant only for weekends...said no one ever! When my husband had a 2-day conference at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Abu Dhabi and decided to stay at Traders Hotel QAB, I was ecstatic. This would be a mid-week staycation ... atleast for me.
Traders Hotel is just a 20-minute drive away from Abu Dhabi downtown and located in the Qaryat Al Beri complex. It is a four- star hotel and a part of Shangri-La. Though a bit away from the city, it is exactly what you need if you're looking for some peace and quite.
The hotel lobby is the first thing that you'll notice when you enter this stylish hotel. It is beautiful with a splash of vibrant colours. Definitely gave us some good vibes! The only drawback was the parking. The hotel does not have a parking structure of its own. You have to either park your vehicle across the road or use their valet parking service. We opted for the latter. Check in was swift and on our request, we were given a room with a partial sea view.
On entering our room, we were rather stunned at how big our room was. It was furnished with stylish contemporary decor, using warm tones and created a relaxing, comfortable environment. It was so spacious, you could literally have a party in there! We were greeted with a welcome message on the TV. On the table, was a bowl of fresh fruits. The bathroom was well equipped with bath amenities and had a tub as well as a rain shower. Oooh and the bed was so soft (tried & tested immediately).... it literally took the shape of my body! Internet was complimentary.
To me, the hotel seemed like a good choice for business as well as leisure. I did not see many families around though, probably because I was in the room most of the time.
The hotel has its own private beach. The moment we sat down on our sun loungers we were offered a bottle of complimentary ice cold water each. I personally liked the idea. It provided some relief from the scorching heat. There was a bar near the beach where we could order drinks or smoke shisha.
The outdoor pool and gym is located on the first floor. I did not visit the gym but I did visit the pool. Although not very big, it was good enough and wasn't crowded. There was a pool bar right next to the pool that had "happy hour" going on.
Besides the pool bar, the hotel has two other restaurants - Lobby Lounge and Afya. While Lobby Lounge is good for drinks and snacks, Afya serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also have a fantastic in-room dining menu with dishes from around the world. Besides the pool bar, we did not try any of the other restaurants. Instead we walked over to the The Souk next door.
On the whole, I loved my time at Traders Hotel. They were even kind enough to give us a late checkout until 2 p.m. The prices are affordable and it definitely offers far more than what you would expect from a four-star hotel.
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