Traders Hotel, Abu Dhabi 1

A little known fact is that Traders Hotel falls under the Shangri-La group, and while it is a 4 star property, it has a connection to Shangri-La on so many levels, including the attention to service. We spent three nights  while our home was recovering from a rather overly enthusiastic pest controller who must have used all the chemicals available in Abu Dhabi to fumigate our place.

I made a last minute booking for 1 night, thinking everything would be fine at home the next day. I booked  a club room, because while about Dhs100 more than a standard room, it has benefits which in the end make it an obvious choice. Benefits include access to a dedicated Club lounge serving cocktails and canapés  in the evening, breakfast and drinks throughout the day. Furthermore, the lounge allows a space to go to relax away from the claustrophobia of a room.

The room, located on floors 7-9,  is modern and  in warm colours broken by some lovely and bold art work. It is a comfortable 48 sqm in size. It has all the amenities you would associate with a 4 star hotel.

Because we checked in at 20h30, there was no time to sample the canapés in the lounge, so instead we headed straight to the pool. It is a lap pool, though quite small, but when you have a 7 year old who is champing at the bit to jump in, who cares?

After an hour of swimming, we headed back to the room to relax.

The next morning we tried breakfast in the lounge. I really like the club lounge concept. It is basically a hotel within a hotel, a haven away from the hustle and bustle elsewhere. For breakfast, you can have eggs made to your preference along with chicken or turkey sausages. In addition, there is the usual continental options like yoghurt, fresh fruit, jams, bread and a few hot dishes to choose from. Al in all, a great breakfast.

Check out was uneventful. said goodbye to the great lounge attendants, thinking that was it...Next post for an unexpected return to Traders!