Emirates Palace: A 5-Star Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi

As soon as you land at Abu Dhabi airport, you will be surrounded by luxury. Immediately showing love for tall buildings, shiny decorations, and luxurious shopping malls and hotels, Abu Dhabi knows how to treat its tourists. I have visited the Emirates Palace Hotel twice and it’s always an adventure.

Government-owned Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi is a 5-star luxury hotel operated by Kempinski Hotels & Resorts Group.

It’s a lavish show of opulence in Arabian style, complete with golden door handles, marble stairs, gold-distributing vending machine, dancing fountains, landscaped swimming pools, and a private marina.

If you feel a little tired, you can unwind with some of their sumptuous spa treatments in a luxury version of a traditional Moroccan hammam.

The best thing about all this luxury is that the rooms come with pretty sweet deals. Checking websites like Hotels Combined you can compare the prices and find great discounts, room deals, and quite affordable prices for what the hotel has to offer.

Both times I went to the super-luxurious Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace Hotel all that ostentation was around every corner, from the vending machine spitting out gold ingots to the golden door handles.

Meandering through Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace corridors felt like discovering the different areas of an amusement park where exaggeration is the rule.

Truth be said, the Emirates Palace was not built and is not meant to be an amusement park but “simply” a hotel, so purely curious people are not welcome. However, they also have several bars and guests are welcome to try their international treats.

Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi
The entrance of the Emirates Palace seen from inside the gardens

Luxury rooms and suites in one of the best 5-star hotels in Abu Dhabi

The rooms of the Emirates Palace Hotel are opulent and luxurious. Here you will feel like royalty. Arabian style furnishing and decorations add to the charm of this gorgeous 5-star hotel in Abu Dhabi where a traditional touch perfectly blends with state-of-the-art amenities.

The spacious rooms feature a flat-screen TV, choice of pillows, an iPad, a laptop-size safe, complimentary high-speed WiFi, balcony, a writing desk, and a large bathroom with a complimentary courtesy set, bathtub, and all necessary facilities.

The suites are more than 100 square meters and include a large bathroom with a Jacuzzi, luxury courtesy set, and all necessary amenities. The suites themselves feature king-size beds, sea views, a top-notch entertainment center, a balcony, flat-screen TV, a lounge area, and a living room.

World-class spa treatments and restaurants at the Emirates Palace Hotel

The perfect way to unwind after a long sightseeing day or business meetings is to linger in some relaxing spa treatments. Thankfully, the Emirates Palace Hotel has anything you are looking for.

Whether you need to relax your muscles with a signature massage, hydrate and rejuvenate your skin with a facial or enjoy some hammam rituals, the wellness centre of the Emirates Palace Hotel will deliver.

If exercising and giving your body an adrenaline boost is your way to detox from a long day in the evening or kick off a new day from the morning, you can try the hotel’s modern fitness centre open 24/7 or in one of the two large swimming pools.

The Emirates Palace Hotel counts also several bars and restaurants to enjoy some international deli and relax with your family or invite some guests.

The cafe and lounges are perfect for some quick bites, afternoon tea and coffee, light lunches, and some evening drinks, while at the restaurants you can choose an international buffet, gourmet Italian food, seafood and fish dishes, Arabian style luxury restaurant, elegant BBQ options, and you can decide whether you feel like eating inside, al fresco under the shade of a gazebo or close to the pool.

Was Sex and the City Movie filmed in Abu Dhabi Emirates Palace Hotel?

No, the Sex and the City Movie was not filmed in Abu Dhabi Emirates Palace Hotel. The Sex and City was filmed in Amanjena Hotel in Marrakesh.

Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi restaurants?

There are a total of multiple restaurants in the Abu Dhabi Emirates Palace Hotel. They serve multiple cuisines including Italian, Local, and international dishes. The hotel also has a range of bars and cafes.

How to reach the Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi from Dubai?

The quickest way to reach the Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi is by car. It take around 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach. You can also take a bus, but those options will take significantly longer. Once you’re at the hotel, enjoy all that it has to offer! There are plenty of activities and amenities available for guests, so make sure to take advantage of everything during your stay.

How far is the Abu Dhabi Emirates Palace Hotel from Dubai?

The Abu Dhabi Emirates Palace Hotel is located approximately 150 kilometers (95 miles) from the city of Dubai. The hotel is easily accessible by car from Dubai, and there are also regular buses and taxis that run between the two cities.

What are the Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi visiting time?

You can visit the Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi at any time of the day. The hotel has a 24/7 reception desk that will be happy to help you with any queries or requests you may have.


The Emirates Palace is a luxurious 5-star hotel in Abu Dhabi that offers guests an opulent and unforgettable experience. From the moment you arrive, you will be dazzled by the gold accents, marble floors, and stunning architecture.

The Emirates Palace has something for everyone, from world-class restaurants to a luxury spa. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind vacation experience, look no further than the Emirates Palace.

While in Abu Dhabi, you can also do dessert safari or do many cool things to better understand there Arab tradition and history.

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24 thoughts on “Emirates Palace: A 5-Star Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi”

    • Too much really. I’ve nothing against opulence, as a matter of fact I wish every country to reach the same wealth, but when there are people literally starving, seeing so much opulence is disturbing, at least to me..

  1. Wow that gold is bright… Money is such an odd, emotional, raw issue. It doesn’t seem fair at all that some people seem to have it all! I know I’ve been struggling through this recession… Sigh.

  2. Ah, Emirates Palace – so huge, so luxurious and so empty. That was our impression when we stopped for afternoon tea a few years ago.

    • Very empty, especially the first time I went, two years ago. This time was a bit more crowded, but mainly people taking photos. I think their guests are mainly guests of conferences and all-paid trips..

  3. Great perspective on this topic. I tend to agree. I like my luxury (slightly different than what you’ve described here), and people deserve to enjoy nice things with their earnings. But there is a point where it becomes ridiculous and uncaring and ignorant.

  4. Such over the top luxury can really seem absurd sometimes when you think about how much poverty there is in the world. But I’m always fascinated by such opulence, too. You make a good point that many of our charity and aid organizations could be better managed and provide more help to the needy.

  5. I always wonder whether people with that much money even realise that they’re flaunting it. Perhaps they lose their sense of perspective and there’s no way to tell what looks opulent and what looks normal to them.

  6. I get turned off when things are too opulent as well, maybe that’s why I’m not a fan of Vegas. I’ve also heard there is a lot of povery in the rural areas of the UEA, so this just seems rather sad.

    • Yes, I heard that too, although I didn’t really see bad situations, and I haven’t been there long enough to hear complaints. Probably expat workers from India, Philippines, etc., don’t have a very opulent lifestyle..

  7. I cannot understand why they continue to shower money on the hotel and advertise how great it is, whilst a girl is essentially dying after sustaining a head injury at the hotel, due to hotel negligence, and the hotel sits back and does nothing?


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