The Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche will close its doors on Tuesday for a complete refurbishment across all of its facilities, it has been announced.
The hotel will reopen on November 1.
A Dh50 million refurbishment was at first announced in 2019 and within the last 2 yrs, the rooms in a single wing of the hotel were renovated since it remained open.
This season, however, the hotel's management has taken your choice to close the property entirely as all of those other refurbishment is completed on the other rooms, lobby, public areas, gym, Flavours restaurant and the spa.
The annals of Sheraton Abu Dhabi
One of two Sheraton properties in the administrative centre - the other positioned in Khalidiya - the five-star Corniche resort first opened in 1979, when it became only 1 of three major-chain hotels in Abu Dhabi at that time, alongside a Hilton and Le Meridien.
The media reported extensively on its construction, as adverts with the tagline “kiss a camel at the Sheraton” appeared around the town. A billboard counting down the times until it opened also became a topic of conversation around the capital.
The Dh120 million property took two years to build and Sheikh Ahmed Al Hamed, Information and Culture Minister, opened the hotel on December 10, 1979, with more than 200 rooms and 400 staff.
In addition, it had a restaurant, bowling alley and cocktail lounge, and prices started at Dh350 up to Dh1,500 for a presidential suite.
The hotel in 2021
Today, there are always a total of 272 rooms, including three club floors and 17 suites. The hotel can be home to a number of other dining outlets, including Mexican spot El Sombrero, Italian restaurant La Mamma, The Tavern English Pub, Bravo Tapas Bar & Restaurant, which specialises in Spanish food, and alfresco venue B-Lounge.
In the first 2000s, another Dh150m renovation was completed, which led to the introduction of new rooms and restaurants, including Cloud Nine cigar bar and Flavours international all-day dining spot.
More details of this new refurbishment will be announced in the coming months.