W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International Inc., is finally opening in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s burgeoning entertainment epicenter, on Yas Island. The hotel is the brand’s second W Hotel to open this year in the United Arab Emirates after W Dubai – The Palm, and has the bragging rights to be the only hotel in the world located atop a Grand Prix racetrack.
W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island is located just 15-minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport at the doorstep of the famed Yas Marina Circuit and Yas Marina. The hotel is also in close proximity to Ferrari World, Warner Brothers Studios and Abu Dhabi’s biggest shopping center, the Yas Mall. W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island is set to provide front row seats to the glitzy metropolis on and off the track.
W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island pays homage to the destination’s history, heritage and culture while infusing elements of its modern future. From the barren desert to the concrete metropolis, it’s all celebrated by the hotel’s tones and vibes.
Guests are greeted by Bedouin-inspired tents, large columns and seating influenced by local mangroves. Custom-designed Welcome Desks mimic the form of oil droplets and jewel tone furnishings in reference to the liquid gold and distinctive trade history of the region.
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For an exhilarating experience, guests can catch the action of the racetrack and all that the island has to offer through the property’s 499 guest rooms and suites that offer luxury amenities and floor-to-ceiling windows onto the action of the Grand Prix racetrack or the Yas Marina. The EWOW Suite (the brand’s over-the-top take on the traditional Presidential Suite), offers some 1,342 square feet of living space over two floors – with a private lap pool, sauna and 180-degree views of Yas Island.
The W brand’s notable poolside experience features the dramatic scenery of the Yas Marina Circuit as guests swim, sun and sip amid live DJ performances. “FUEL”-focused activities at W (fitness and wellness programming) include weekly workouts, healthy cuisine and exotic adventures.
W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island showcases eclectic dining with Garage, an à la carte food hub with a buzzing, botanical design driven by five mini concepts: Steam Table: serving up noodles and dumplings; Nikkei House: offering Peruvian/ Japanese cuisine: Mezza Bar: focusing on Lebanese mezze; Meat Vault: offering grilled cuts; and Tart Van: serving scrumptious tarts.
Guests can also step into “Little Italy” at Amici for an Italian experience or take the journey to India at Angar. The W Lounge follows the narrative of the hotel’s multicultural F&B philosophy with a variety of drink stations that focus on a signature beverage alongside a curated menu.
“W Hotels seeks dynamic destinations that are multi-dimensional and ever-evolving, and Abu Dhabi, with its cultural DNA that honors a millennium of tradition while boldly embracing what’s new and next, is an ideal fit for the brand,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “The arrival of W in Abu Dhabi marks a new chapter for both the brand and the capital. While paying tribute to the essence and spirit of the city, the hotel creates a modern, energetic and stylish escape unlike anything else.”
A special opening offer runs through February 2020 and includes accommodations for a minimum of two nights or more, buffet breakfast for two plus $68 in F&B credits at Garage. Online rates start at $168 per night.