Planning your vacation in Abu Dhabi?
Get tips for choosing the best Yas island hotels and other accommodations in the city on this post.
The many famous attractions and landmarks of Abu Dhabi make it one of the best places to put on your bucket list. Since the city is home to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Saadiyat Island, Yas Island, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Warner Bros. WorldTM Abu Dhabi, and other renowned tourist spots, it is definitely a place you have to visit at least once in your lifetime.
But aside from enjoying the splendor and fun, exciting experiences these spots have to offer, the city’s hotels and resorts are so amazing themselves that they can make your visit here truly unforgettable.
From five-star hotels to desert and beach resorts to serviced apartments and luxury Yas Island hotels, your accommodation can complete and even elevate your entire stay in Abu Dhabi.
Finding the Perfect Accommodation in Abu Dhabi
With numerous hotels in Abu Dhabi to choose from, narrowing down your options can pose some difficulties. Below are five tips that can help you choose a hotel you’ll love during your trip to Abu Dhabi:
1.Put location on top of your priorities.
Choosing a hotel near the places you want to visit in Abu Dhabi offers so many benefits that location should be a key factor you have to consider when selecting your accommodation.
If you’re still planning your holiday in Abu Dhabi, create a list of the places you want to visit. Use Google Maps and review sites to find a hotel that allows you to get to these spots by walking or through a short commute. If the places on your itinerary are located across the city, decide whether staying in just one hotel and commuting or renting a vehicle to get around would be more convenient and efficient than booking different accommodations. In case you plan to visit Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, Yas Beach, and the Yas Marina Circuit, you’re in luck; nearly all the hotels here are close to these attractions.
This means you can have easy access to all the attractions on Yas Island regardless of where you stay here. Additionally, if you’re a huge fan of the Warner Bros. World animated characters, you’ll love staying at WB Hotel Yas Island. This hotel is across Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and inspired by Warner Bros. Studios’ most famous characters. It’s a unique, whimsical place that can make your visit to this city more fun and memorable.
2.Check the hotel amenities and features.
The amenities and features of the hotel you choose can make your visit to Abu Dhabi more enjoyable and rewarding. Visit the websites of the hotel you are interested in to check the photos and descriptions of the rooms and suites and get an idea of their sizes and amenities they offer.
Check hotel review sites as well to see more photos and reviews of the rooms and suites. Additionally, you would do well to find out the other amenities and services the hotel offers. An onsite swimming pool, gym, spa, business center, restaurants, cafes, and convenience stores can make your stay here more convenient and comfortable.
If you need certain services, such as room service, laundry, and daily housekeeping, check beforehand if the hotel offers them. Consider creating a list of the amenities, features, and services you need to ensure the hotel you choose has them.
3.Look for packages or deals.
Many hotels in Abu Dhabi offer packages and deals that allow you to get more from staying there. For instance, several hotels on Yas Island have stay-and-play packages. These deals let you stay at one of the hotels and get tickets to one or more of Yas Island’s famous theme parks.
Aside from enjoying the various fun rides and features of these theme parks, you can join the parks’ grand and unique events, including Disney on Ice, Lion King, and the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Try to look for deals and packages that include meals, even just breakfast, so that you won’t have to worry about at least one mealtime. These packages allow you to stay at a great hotel, give you concrete ideas about fun things you can do in Abu Dhabi, and save money at the same time.
4.Check for loyalty programs.
If you are a member of a specific chain’s loyalty program, you may want to stay at a member hotel. Abu Dhabi is home to many of the biggest hotel groups with loyalty programs. These include Hilton, IHG, Hyatt, Marriott, and Wyndham. If you’re visiting Yas Island, you can choose among Crowne Plaza, Hilton, Radisson, and Rotana. You can earn points by staying at these hotels, which you can use to get various rewards. As a result, you’ll get more out of your visit to Abu Dhabi.
5.Read the fine print before booking your room.
Once you have chosen your hotel, read the fine print first. You can find this on their website or the booking page if you are already reserving a room.
Check for any hidden additional fees not included in the total amount. If you are not comfortable paying for these, speak with a hotel’s reservation staff or choose another one. Additionally, read the cancellation, no-show, and tipping policies and other details you would like to know about beforehand.
By reading the fine print in advance, you can prepare for additional fees and other conditions that may impact your visit to Abu Dhabi. You can also decide whether to stay at this hotel or choose another one that can offer more benefits. When you choose the right hotel in Abu Dhabi, you can make your vacation here more pleasant, rewarding, and memorable.
Do check our list of hotels and find the perfect place to stay. Happy holidays!
Getting To Yas island
Yas Express is our complimentary shuttle bus service that can get you to any of the major island attractions. For more information, timetable and map, download the pocket guide or call +971 (0) 600 511115.
- To Yas Island:
- Boarding spots are available at the Deira City Center entrance (beside Aloft Hotel) and Ibn Battuta Mall, Parking 7 stop (right in front of the China Court section).
- Within Yas Island:
- The shuttle service bus can take guests to any of the major island attractions.
- Air travel to Yas Island
- If you're coming from outside the UAE, aim to land in Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), as it is located just 10 minutes away from Yas Island.
- Rental car to Yas Island
- From Abu Dhabi International Airport, you can rent a car. All car rental offices operate 24/7
- Connect to the Wi-Fi at Abu Dhabi International Airport and book an Uber or Careem via their apps.
- Taxis to Yas Island
- You can take a taxi to Yas Island from Abu Dhabi International Airport (10 minutes), Abu Dhabi (25 minutes), and Dubai (45 minutes). To get a taxi, you can flag them down at the roadside, call the TransAD hotline 600 535353 to book, or use the Abu Dhabi Taxi app available for both iOS and Android platforms. Taxis are plentiful and fares are reasonable.
- From Abu Dhabi:
- Board the 102 Bus Route to Yas Island at the Abu Dhabi Bus Station next to Al Wahda Mall.
- From Dubai:
- Travel to the Dubai Al Ghubaiba Bus Station to ride to the Abu Dhabi Bus Station, then board the 102 Bus Route to Yas Island.