Southern Sun, Abu Dhabi

THE HOTEL: The four-star property has 353 guestrooms and suites over 27 floors comprising deluxe and executive rooms, one-bedroom suites and three spacious presidential suites. It blends modern design and an authentic Arabian atmosphere, and has a diverse range of facilities. The hotel is located in the centre of the city’s business district.


THE CHECK-IN:The reception desk was well staffed on arrival and thankfully, after an overnight flight, my deluxe room was ready. I was given a quick overview of the hotel facilities and how to access them and was soon in the elevator to the 20th floor.

THE ROOM: My deluxe room was generously sized with a comfortable, stylish feel, highlighted by neutral tones and dark wood and leather furnishings. There was a large desk, sofa, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe, 40-inch LED flatscreen TV, separate bath and shower and plenty of amenities. Complimentary bottles of mineral water were provided on a daily basis.

THE FACILITIES: The hotel has six conference rooms and event spaces that can accommodate between 12 and 120 delegates for everything from boardroom-style meetings to larger conferences and events. There is complimentary wifi access and a full range of the latest audio-visual technology. A business centre located on the mezzanine floor offers a variety of services including secretarial services and work stations. The hotel's leisure facilities include a gym, roof-top pool and six restaurants and bars where guests can enjoy a range of breakfast, lunch and dinner options, as well as light meals, snacks and refreshments. I visited the Blu Sky Sports Bar for a drink and a bite to eat from the grill and also enjoyed a visit to the Balcon restaurant which serves fusion Asian- Mediterranean cuisine.

THE VERDICT: For business travellers, the hotel’s location is perfect. The service was first class and the range of eating and drinking options was excellent. A very pleasant stay

THE DETAILS: Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Mina Street, Al Zahiya, Abu Dhabi. Room only rates are from around AED 199 in summer (around £40) and AED 550 (£113) at peak times, plus taxes and fees. For meetings and events, DDRs start from AED 175 (£36). For more information see

Reviewed by David Clare (2017)