Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown

ex. Sands Hotel Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed The First Rd, Electra St, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  show map
 4 stars
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Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown

Wi-Fi
Parking

Off-site parking

Luggage storage
24-hour

Late check-in

24-hour reception

24-hour room service

24-hour business center

Food/ Drinks

Poolside snack bar

A la carte restaurant

Coffee/Tea in lobby

Cafe

Snack bar

Coffee shop

Lobby bar

Shuttle

Paid airport shuttle

Fitness/ Gym

Fitness center

Swimming pool

Rooftop pool

Overview

Located in the commercial district, Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown offers tasteful rooms as well as a night club, a roof-top pool and a sun terrace. Built in 1980, the deluxe hotel was renovated in 2012.

The hotel is set in the major location 1.8 km away from Abu Dhabi Mall, Emirates Palace and Abu Dhabi Corniche. A 30-minute walk to the center of Abu Dhabi.

The venue is a short walk to shopping centers and a market.

Rooms

Offering a view over the city, 257 rooms feature contemporary décor, a minibar, individual climate control, a private safe, IDD phone and LCD TV along with en suite bathrooms. A small fridge, an electric kettle and a washing machine are also provided for self-catering.

Eat & Drink

Every morning starts with a hot buffet breakfast. The exceptional restaurant offers fresh Asian meals. Guests can try tea, juices and afternoon tea served in the poolside bar. Serving a wide range of dishes, Cho Gao Restaurant and Lounge and Ruchi Restaurant can be reached within 5 minutes’ walk.

You can start your day with a buffet breakfast, which costs AED 40 per person per night. 

Services

Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown caters to the needs of guests providing currency exchange, free self parking and an elevator as well as computer equipment, a business centre and a fax machine.

Relax

The hotel caters to families with babysitting, a game room and a special menu. On-site fitness amenities include fitness classes and a gym.

Internet

Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel for free.

Guest Parking

Paid public parking is possible at a location nearby.

The staff at the hotel speaks English, Arabic, Hindi, Tagalog / Filipino.

Year renovated:   2012.  Number of floors:   16.  Number of rooms:   257.

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Facilities

General

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Paid parking
  • Off-site parking
  • Safe deposit box
  • 24-hour reception
  • Late check-in
  • Express check-in/ -out
  • No pets allowed
  • Rooms/ Facilities for disabled
  • Public areas with access for disabled
  • Wheelchair access
  • Air conditioning in public areas
  • Luggage storage
  • Elevator
  • Currency exchange
  • Souvenir shop
  • Hairdresser
  • Beauty salon
  • Coffee shop
  • Exterior corridors
  • Fireplace
  • Carte blanche
  • Executive/club floor
  • Lobby
  • Multilingual staff

Sports & Fitness

  • Fitness center
  • Billiards/ Pool tables
  • Darts

Services

  • Paid airport shuttle
  • Paid city shuttle
  • 24-hour room service
  • Housekeeping
  • Car rental
  • Self-service laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Tours/Ticket assistance
  • Wedding services
  • Limousine service
  • Medical facilities service
  • Shops/Commercial services
  • Newspaper service
  • Bell staff/Porter

Dining facilities

  • Paid breakfast
  • A la carte restaurant
  • Cafe
  • Lobby bar
  • Poolside snack bar
  • Snack bar
  • Coffee/Tea in lobby

Meeting facilities

  • 24-hour business center
  • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
  • Business services
  • Computer rental
  • Fax/Photocopying

Children's facilities

  • Babysitting/Child services
  • Children's menu
  • Kids club
  • Game room

Leisure facilities

  • Rooftop pool
  • Beach chairs
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Sun terrace
  • Leisure/ TV room
  • Spa & wellness center
  • Sauna
  • Treatment room
  • Beauty treatment
  • Back massage
  • Reflex massage
  • Head massage
  • Full body massage
  • Foot massage

Room view

  • City view

Room facilities

  • In-room air conditioning
  • Paid in-room safe
  • Wet bar
  • Mini-bar
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Sitting area
  • Dressing area
  • Terrace
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Bottled water
  • Chaise lounges
  • In-room desk
  • Ironing facilities
  • Rollaway beds

Bathroom

  • Private bathroom
  • Shared bathroom
  • Steam shower
  • Bathtub
  • Hair dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels
  • Slippers
  • Room toiletries
  • Laundry basket/ Clothes hamper

Self-catering

  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Oven

Bedroom

  • Pillow menu
  • Goose feather pillows

Media

  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable/ Satellite television
  • DVD player
  • Multi-line phone
  • Dual voltage outlet
  • AM/FM alarm clock

Room decor

  • Carpeted floor

Policies

Check-in

  • from  12 pm

Check-out

  • until  2 pm

Children and extra beds

  • All children under the age of 16 may stay at the price of AED 150 per person per night in an extra bed. 
  • All children under the age of 6 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 

Pets

  • Pets are not allowed.

How to reach hotel

hotel Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown Abu Dhabi location
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Hotel Address:

Sheikh Zayed The First Rd, Electra St, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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City Center
  • Abu Dhabi
    1.6 mi
Restaurants
  • Nihal
    900 ft
  • Cho Gao Restaurant and Lounge (cuisine: Thai, Vietnamese, Asian)
    1300 ft
Hotel information
  • Check-in:
    from  12 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  2 pm
  • Year renovated:
    2012
  • Number of floors:
    16
  • Number of rooms:
    257

Hotel Awards

UAEHOTEL AWARDSHighly RecommendedAbu DhabiHoliday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown

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Rooms and availability

Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown photos Room
Premium One-Bedroom Suite
  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    1 Super King-size bed

  • Check Prices
  • Room Facilities:
    • Smoking
    • Shower
    • Private bathroom
    • Bathtub
    • + More
  • General:Wi-Fi
  • Safe deposit box
  • Slippers
  • Work desk
  • Seating area
  • Ironing facilities
  • Dressing area
  • Wardrobe/closet
  • Carpeted floor
  • Connecting room
  • Trouser/pants press
  • Voice mail
  • Telephone
  • Trash cans
  • Bathroom:Bathroom
  • Walk in shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Towels
  • Guest toiletries
  • Shower cap
  • Laundry basket/clothes hamper
  • Toilet
  • Bedding:Linen
  • Sofa bed
  • Rollaway bed
  • Down/feather pillows
  • Dining:Mini-bar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Bottled water
  • Dishwasher
  • Media:Flat-screen TV
  • Universal AC/DC adapters
  • Socket near the bed
  • Wake up service
  • DVD player
  • Radio
Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown photos Room
Deluxe Room
  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    2 Single beds or 1 Double bed

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Shower
    • Private bathroom
    • Bathtub
    • Air conditioning
    • + More
  • General:Wi-Fi
  • Safe deposit box
  • Slippers
  • Work desk
  • Ironing facilities
  • Dressing area
  • Wardrobe/closet
  • Carpeted floor
  • Connecting room
  • Trouser/pants press
  • Voice mail
  • Telephone
  • Trash cans
  • Bathroom:Bathroom
  • Walk in shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Towels
  • Guest toiletries
  • Shower cap
  • Laundry basket/clothes hamper
  • Toilet
  • Bedding:Linen
  • Sofa bed
  • Rollaway bed
  • Dining:Mini-bar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Bottled water
  • Dishwasher
  • Media:Flat-screen TV
  • Universal AC/DC adapters
  • Socket near the bed
  • Wake up service
  • DVD player
  • Radio
Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown photos Room
Premium Deluxe Twin Room
  • Max occupancy:

    3 persons

  • Bed type:

    2 Single beds

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Smoking
    • Shower
    • Private bathroom
    • Non-smoking
    • + More
  • General:Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe deposit box
  • Slippers
  • Work desk
  • Ironing facilities
  • Dressing area
  • Wardrobe/closet
  • Carpeted floor
  • Connecting room
  • Trouser/pants press
  • Voice mail
  • Telephone
  • Trash cans
  • Bathroom:Bathroom
  • Walk in shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Towels
  • Guest toiletries
  • Shower cap
  • Laundry basket/clothes hamper
  • Toilet
  • Bedding:Linen
  • Sofa bed
  • Rollaway bed
  • Dining:Mini-bar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Bottled water
  • Dishwasher
  • Media:Flat-screen TV
  • Universal AC/DC adapters
  • Socket near the bed
  • Wake up service
  • DVD player
  • Radio
Premium Deluxe King Room
  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    1 King-size bed

  • Check Prices
  • Room Facilities:
    • Smoking
    • Private bathroom
    • Non-smoking
    • Bathtub
    • + More
  • General:Wi-Fi
  • Safe deposit box
  • Work desk
  • Ironing facilities
  • Connecting room
  • Trouser/pants press
  • Voice mail
  • Bathroom:Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Laundry basket/clothes hamper
  • Toilet
  • Bedding:Sofa bed
  • Rollaway bed
  • Dining:Mini-bar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Media:Satellite TV
  • Universal AC/DC adapters
  • DVD player
Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown photos Room
Executive King Room
  • Room size:

    325 sq. feet

  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    1 King-size bed

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Smoking
    • Private bathroom
    • Non-smoking
    • Bathtub
    • + More
  • General:Wi-Fi
  • Safe deposit box
  • Work desk
  • Ironing facilities
  • Connecting room
  • Trouser/pants press
  • Voice mail
  • Bathroom:Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Laundry basket/clothes hamper
  • Toilet
  • Bedding:Sofa bed
  • Rollaway bed
  • Dining:Mini-bar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Media:Satellite TV
  • Universal AC/DC adapters
  • DVD player
Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown photos Room
Business Suite
  • Max occupancy:

    4 persons

  • Bed type:

    1 Queen-size bed

  • Check Prices
  • Room Facilities:
    • Smoking
    • Shower
    • Private bathroom
    • Non-smoking
    • + More
  • General:Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe deposit box
  • Slippers
  • Work desk
  • Ironing facilities
  • Dressing area
  • Wardrobe/closet
  • Carpeted floor
  • Connecting room
  • Trouser/pants press
  • Voice mail
  • Telephone
  • Trash cans
  • Bathroom:Bathroom
  • Walk in shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Towels
  • Guest toiletries
  • Shower cap
  • Laundry basket/clothes hamper
  • Toilet
  • Bedding:Linen
  • Sofa bed
  • Rollaway bed
  • Dining:Mini-bar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Bottled water
  • Dishwasher
  • Media:Flat-screen TV
  • Universal AC/DC adapters
  • Socket near the bed
  • Wake up service
  • DVD player
  • Radio

Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown Location

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What's nearby

Popular areas

  • City Center1.5 mi

Places of interest

  • Hamdan Centre1700 ft
  • The Capital Garden2000 ft
  • Liwa Centre2300 ft
  • ADNOC Headquarters2700 ft
  • Abu Dhabi Gas Liquefaction Co Limited2700 ft
  • Formal Park3300 ft
  • Zakum Development Company3300 ft
  • Lake Park4000 ft
  • Große Moschee4000 ft
  • Qasr Al Hosn Exhibition5000 ft
  • Urban Park1.0 mi
  • Abu Dhabi Investment Authority1.1 mi
  • The Landmark Tower1.1 mi
  • Heritage Park1.2 mi
  • The Galleria, Al Maryah Island1.3 mi
  • Cleveland Clinic1.4 mi
  • Family Park1.4 mi

Shopping areas

  • Zayed City Center2000 ft
  • World Trade Center Mall3300 ft
  • Abu Dhabi Mall1.1 mi
  • Al Wahda Mall1.3 mi
  • Khalidiyah Mall1.6 mi

Monuments and Landmarks

  • Gold Souk2300 ft
  • Fish Market & Vegetable Souk4600 ft
  • Qasr al-Hosn5000 ft
  • Al Manhal Palace1.2 mi

Stadiums

  • Ah Nahyan Stadium1.4 mi

Local attractions

  • Sea Lion Interaction UAE1.5 mi
    Emirates Park Zoo, Abu Dhabi
  • Mushrif Mall4.6 mi
    Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (Old Airport Road), Hadbat Al Zaafran, Abu Dhabi
  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque8.6 mi
    Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
  • Emirates Palace3.7 mi
    West End Corniche, Abu Dhabi
  • Monte Carlo Beach Club7.0 mi
    Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates

Restaurants nearby

  • Nihal900 ft

    Address: Madinat Zayed
    Phone: 02 631 8088

    62% likes this, based on 19 reviews

  • The Garden Restaurant1300 ft

    Address: Crowne Plaza Hotel
    Phone: 00971 2 616 6166

    65% likes this, based on 39 reviews
    Cuisine: European, Asian, International, Philippine
    Price Range: USD 7 - USD 52

  • China Restaurant1400 ft

    Address: Hotel Novotel, Hamdan

    81% likes this, based on 12 reviews

  • Cho Gao Restaurant and Lounge1300 ft

    Address: Crowne Plaza Hotel Abu Dhabi
    Phone: 009712 616 6101

    75% likes this, based on 156 reviews
    Cuisine: Thai, Vietnamese, Asian, Indonesian, Singaporean
    Price Range: USD 6 - USD 31

  • Heroes Sports Bar1400 ft

    Address: Basement Level, Crowne Plaza Hotel
    Phone: 00971 26166101

    76% likes this, based on 30 reviews
    Cuisine: British
    Price Range: USD 5 - USD 35

Hotel information
  • Check-in:
    from  12 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  2 pm
  • Year renovated:
    2012
  • Number of floors:
    16
  • Number of rooms:
    257

Hotel Awards

UAEHOTEL AWARDSHighly RecommendedAbu DhabiHoliday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown

According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as
Best Luxury Hotels in United Arab Emirates

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Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown Reviews

Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown

Average guest rating

7.0out of 10
Very good
Based on 359 reviews

Rating by category:

Location
9.0
Rooms
9.0
Service
9.0
Value
9.0
Dining
9.0

Guest reviews

  • Single
    7.8

    Ambiance is nice plus the best thing i like about them is that they provide variety of TV channels which cater most of the different nationalities of the world.

  • Family with children
    8.8

    the place is clean and nice, accessible and staff are friendly and approachable

  • Couple
    10.0

    Fantastic value for money, I paid 300 Dhs for one night and it was worth 3 times that (but please don't put the prices up!!)

  • Older travelers
    7.8

    Good central city location. Efficient valet parking. Charming older decor.

    The swimming pool was unavailable. We were put into the wrong class of room, but it was readily rectified.

  • Older travelers
    9.6

    Romantic and formidable hotel with a good staff

    Excellent hotel without any comment

  • Single
    6.4

    rate is litte high. breakfast should be included.

    i ve requested for the B/Fast. the front desk staff said she will ask manager and will call. she never did.

  • Single
    7.4

    Good facilities and good location in Central Abu Dhabi

    Rooms especially bathrooms a little tired looking.

  • Single
    8.8

    I always find the staff very helpful and courteous. The rooms are very comfortable and it is well located in the city.

  • Group of friends
    7.4

    Very nice hotel I like to go there again

  • Couple
    4.6

    Only the location of the hotel.

    I thought that Hotel is luxury, but actually it's not. The main reason I selected this hotel only to try as I want to stay from beginning in this hotel, but I shocked when I stayed there. The building it's too old also they charge 20Dhs for the parking service during holiday days. Which is free charge parking during the weekend days in Abu Dhabi?

  • Single
    7.0

    good location - good rate

    Internet was terrible Ventilation was terrible I smelled cigarette smoke in my no smoking room all night. I will not stay at this hotel again.

  • Single
    7.0

    Good value for the price

    Poor internet connection, quite often not working wifi spots

  • Single
    10.0

    First of all, the hotel was very affordable and in good location. Also the hotel was very clean with helpful staffs. I feel very comfortable and relaxed in spending my weekend break.

    Nothing....

  • Single
    8.4

    Well about sands hotel..its location,acess to major malls,comfort,free wifi,bars,restaurant,check in check out,staffs,room service everything is more than the value you pay.Though I booked king size I coduldnt get the room while I check in but after few hours as they promised changed to king size.

    Wi fi weak in all king size room need to somehow improve this.chequers bar -when you go as single its hard to find a place and bartenders not helpful.massage/spa very ordinary.

  • Single
    10.0

    The professionalism and efficiency of reception staff. When I arrived, it seems that there was no non-smoking rooms available, so they decided to upgrade me to a club room on 16th floor. That was very nice of them.

How to reach hotel

hotel Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown Abu Dhabi location
Show big map »

Hotel Address:

Sheikh Zayed The First Rd, Electra St, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Get directions
City Center
  • Abu Dhabi
    1.6 mi
Restaurants
  • Nihal
    900 ft
  • Cho Gao Restaurant and Lounge (cuisine: Thai, Vietnamese, Asian)
    1300 ft
Hotel information
  • Check-in:
    from  12 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  2 pm
  • Year renovated:
    2012
  • Number of floors:
    16
  • Number of rooms:
    257

Hotel Awards

UAEHOTEL AWARDSHighly RecommendedAbu DhabiHoliday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown

According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as
Best Luxury Hotels in United Arab Emirates

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