Thursday, August 8, 2013

Staycation: Novotel Abu Dhabi Gates

Once in a while, we indulge ourselves to relax in one of the hotels here in the UAE. This time around, we decided to spend our weekend at Novotel Gate Hotel in Bain Jesrain.  This hotel is really close to Dalma Mall, so my stingy blood kicked in again and went there for dinner!

Anyways, I was really happy as we only had to pay AED 312 plus 16% tax for the whole family.  The room we got had a double bed plus a sofa bed, which is good for three adults.  Two kids under the age of 12 can also stay in the same room with their parents provided that the kids will share beds with Mom and Dad.  The room rate also included our buffet breakfast.  This was really a good deal.


The kiddos while waiting for Dada checking in

Still patiently waiting
All four of us were able to fit on this double bed.  We had enough space and yes - we could still move.
Double bed
The sofa bed, where my mother-in-law slept.  This was comfortable enough and they provided us with extra pillows and blanket.  The only thing I noticed was the soap/fabric conditioner they used for the extra blanket was so strong, it made me and my mother-in-law sneeze quite a bit.

Sofa bed
There are several ports that you can use for this entertainment system.  There's a USB port, audio/video port, etc.  You can bring your portable hard drive here, relax and enjoy a movie.  Isn't that great?

Entertainment unit

Complimentary drinks

Mini bar
It was such a fantastic view especially at night.  The water was so enticing.  And yes - your're right the window wasn't clean.
View from our window
The bathroom was quite spacious compared to other hotels that I have been to.  The shower has a raindrop head and there's also a tub for those who want to soak themselves and relax a bit.



Now comes the breakfast.  I would say that out of 5 stars, I would give their breakfast buffet at Horizon restaurant 4 stars.  There was a great variety and the orange juice was to die for!  There was no live cooking station, but for AED 312, who am I to complain right?
Salad bar

Cold cuts

Bread selection

Hot dishes

My breakfast

Cheese, salad and turkey
For recreation, the hotel offers two pools, one for kids and one for adults.  Aside from the pool, guests can also enjoy playing billiards and table tennis for free :)

Let's have a dip
Overall, I can say that our stay in Novotel was fantastic and superb!  We will definitely go back for more and will add this hotel to one of our favorite weekend spots in Abu Dhabi.

Novotel Gate Hotel
Road 34
Gate City, Bain Al Jessrain
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone number:  (9712) 508-9999
Fax number:  (9712) 508-9990

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