Friday, November 16, 2012

Living Abroad; Bed Hopping pt. 2





Hey loves,

Once again, I decided a frolic around Abu Dhabi; part business, some personal. As a person who lives in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, (Al Gharbia) coming into the city is a curse and blessing. Because the Western Region is very rural and there is little access to municipalities, so coming into Abu Dhabi is a must.

During this trek, I decided to stay at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Resort & Hotel. I liked its location within the city and proximity to Marina Mall. I also selected this location because of brand familiarity. I've stayed a few Sheraton Hotels in the states and figures all are about the same... and they are, kind of.




Upon entering the lobby of the Sheraton Abu Dhabi, I was immediately reminded that I am indeed in Abu Dhabi. I expected the same modern decor as the states, but as you see, it is tricked out as only the Emirati would have it; ornate and slightly gaudy, IMO.

I am not a fan of ornate decor, so this one gets the side eye. However, it's appealing to the locals, clean, and I was greeted with the freshest class of lemonade.










The rooms are a lot smaller than I expected. Because I was traveling with a colleague, we decided to share a room. We asking for two double beds, the beds are so close together. Imagine our surprise when we noticed how close we would be sleeping. Umm, way too intimate for a working relationship, but um, the room was already paid for and getting a refund here takes an act of God.

The corridors were a bit too dark for my taste and it somewhat reminded me of the movie "The Shining". Feeling like you're in a scene of "The Shining" is NOT the feeling that one wants to have in a hotel, but again, I pressed on because getting a refund in this country requires the approval of God.

The bed was comfortable but the pillows were horrendous. I had neck cramps and a painful headache because of the pillows.

The balcony was a small Julian Balcony but served its purpose. 



It seems that most of the money was spent on the bathrooms, which is good because a bad bathroom is completely unacceptable.




 The too close for comfort twin beds.






Look at the little office nook. I love this part. It is always my expectation that I am going to come here and get lots of writing and blogging done.... doesn't happen. (though I am penning this post from the very nook).

Since I took the initial pictures, I've stayed at this hotel three times. It's pleasant for the most part but again, the pillows are horrid. I love that it's minutes away from shopping and the beach. The room service is great as well as the dinner from Bravo and El Sombero; restaurants in the hotel.

I am a SPG member but I don't understand the perks like I get at other hotels in the area. I prefer immediate perks like the Rotana chains offer. Because of that, I may put Sheraton Abu Dhabi on the back burner for a while.

See more photos here.

Happily bed hopping.....


9 comments:

Yeah those beds are a bit close but loving the bathroom very nice.

It must be so neat to experience a different culture. Thank you for the tour.

WOW! The beds are really close. And everything is super ornate!

What a gorgeous hotel! You are lucky to experience that part of the world!

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www.yourstylistkaren.com

I found the beds were like that all over Europe

@Elle Sees I am going to Rome next week and I hear that the rooms are tiny. I know the Paris rooms are small but my oh my...

I love this! Yes, those beds are too tight!!! You guys might have slept in the same bed! LOL. I need to see what other places you've explored.

LOL! Those beds are too close! I'd been mad!

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