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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 14 November 2018

A first look inside the new Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi hotel

The 428-room property opposite Emirates Palace is the newest hotel in the capital

The Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi and Residences Emirates Pearl. Victor Besa / The National 
The Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi and Residences Emirates Pearl. Victor Besa / The National 

The Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Residences Emirates Pearl is the newest hotel in the capital, and it’s already attracting attention thanks to its striking building and slick interior.

Positioned opposite Emirates Palace between Jumeirah Etihad Towers and Bab Al Qasr, the property opened on June 1. It boasts 428-rooms and 60 full-service one- and two-bedroom residences - let us take you on a tour inside.

The lobby

The lobby makes a statement, setting up what there is to expect from the rest of the property. Victor Besa /The National 
The lobby makes a statement, setting up what there is to expect from the rest of the property. Victor Besa /The National 

Upon entry you’ll be wowed by statement chandeliers overhead, the wall on the right-hand side will also attract your attention - it represents the rolling sand dunes. The pearl shaped check-in counter is another instagrammable space with its rich decor and drapery.

The restaurants

Verso is the hotel's Italian deli style restaurant. Victor Besa / The National 
Verso is the hotel's Italian deli style restaurant. Victor Besa / The National 

When fully open (hopefully by September) the Grand Hyatt will be a dining destination in its own right, with six restaurants and lounges. Those currently open include Verso and the Pearl Lounge. The former is a bright modern Italian delicatessen-style eatery with as much flair as flavour. Stop by for a coffee, a business lunch or a weekend meal - dishes start from Dh64.

The Pearl Lounge has that stay-a-while feel and is beautifully decorated. Victor Besa / The National 
The Pearl Lounge has that stay-a-while feel and is beautifully decorated. Victor Besa / The National 

The Pearl Lounge is a beautifully designed space with a terrace overlooking the pool and a chocolate bar and coffee station. Four additional eateries will round out the offering in the coming months - Sahha, a market-style eatery; Aisu, a trendy Japanese restaurant; Lexx, a cigar lounge bar; and Bovine, an interactive grill concept.

Spa and fitness centre

The sizeable gym is full of great equipment and has its own outdoor terrace. Victor Besa / The National 
The sizeable gym is full of great equipment and has its own outdoor terrace. Victor Besa / The National 

Extended over an entire floor, the Lum’a Spa (which opens in September) boasts separate male and female areas that include a hammam, sauna, steam bath and relaxation rooms, while the fitness centre is open 24 hours and has the only outdoor gym terrace in the capital, overlooking the water at the back of the property.

Pool and beach

The pool area at the Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi hotel. Victor Besa / The National 
The pool area at the Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi hotel. Victor Besa / The National 

For the water babes among us, the hotel has a 50-metre infinity pool, a kids pool and a plunge pool. There’s a small private beach area too for those who prefer the seaside to the pool.

Rooms

One of the 428 rooms within the property. Victor Besa / The National 
One of the 428 rooms within the property. Victor Besa / The National 

Across the five room categories there are 332 king and twin rooms, and 36 luxury suites including a presidential suite and royal suite. All have private balconies, along with decent sized bathrooms. Rooms cost from Dh555 per night including taxes.

The outdoor terrace adjoining the Pearl Lounge. Victor Besa / The National 
The outdoor terrace adjoining the Pearl Lounge. Victor Besa / The National 

To come

All other facilities, including the Grand Club lounge, are expected to be available for guests after the 2018 summer.

The hotel has a striking architectural design and sits between Bab Al Qasr and Jumeirah Etihad Towers. Victor Besa / The National 
The hotel has a striking design and sits between Bab Al Qasr and Jumeirah Etihad Towers. Victor Besa / The National

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