Accommodation choices for groups or longer stays in the UAE capital
Looking to stay slightly longer in the UAE than a week or two? Perhaps you’re moving to the city and need to find your feet before finding more permanent accommodation? Or you’ve not got enough space in your house for family and friends and are looking to place them somewhere comfortable and convenient in Abu Dhabi.
To help you work out where to stay, we’ve put together a list of the top 11 serviced apartments or aparthotels in Abu Dhabi that won’t break the bank and contain everything you need for a comfortable extended stay in Abu Dhabi
You can click on our favourites here (which will take you straight to Booking.Com, our preferred hotel supplier) or read on into the detail to see which ones might suit your group best.
- Doubletree by Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island Residences
- Marriott Executive Apartments Downtown
- Park Arjaan by Rotana
- Beach Rotana Residences
- Al Seef Resort & Spa by Andulsa
- Bab al Qasr Residences
- Staybridge Suites Yas Island
- The Eclipse Boutique Suites
- Adagio Abu Dhabi Al Bustan
- Grand Millenium Al Wadha
- Al Manzel Hotel Apartments
Best Serviced Apartments in Abu Dhabi
Our list attempts to identify places in the region of $500 USD per night that can fit 4+ and include self-catering. We have left some pricier luxury options off this list that you may also want to consider for something special, including the Shangri-La Residences, Qaryat al Beri or villa options at the Ritz Carlton.
(If you find any of the details have changed since we conducted our last review in January 2024 please drop us a line in the comments below to rectify)
1. The Doubletree by Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island Residences
Hotel Location in Abu Dhabi: Immediately adjacent to the Yas Island theme parks WB World and Yas Waterworld; 1, 2 and 3 Bedroom apartments, some with extensive terraces, located within easy reach of the airport.
Why we like it: This is a new property with modern, stylish suites. The rooms in the apart-hotel section of the property include fully equipped kitchenettes, complete with an espresso machine, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Facilities include a fully equipped fitness centre and children’s playground. The swimming pool is closed for renovation until the 31st August 2024, but the pools at the neighbouring WB Hotel (also operated by Hilton), and the Hilton Yas Island with its Cafe Del Mar Beach Club are available for guests at no extra cost. Access to the private Yas Beach is also included.
The Doubletree is within walking distance of Yas Waterworld, Warner Brothers World Abu Dhabi and Yas Mall in the cooler months. There’s also a free shuttle bus available. Whilst there is no convenience store on site, there is a large supermarket (Carrefour) in Yas Mall.
Breakfast is available for a fee and is provided in the WB hotel next door. There are a few dining options available on-site. You’ll find a range of dining options in Yas Mall, including family favourites like Shake Shack, The Rainforest Cafe and The Cheesecake Factory, as well as more grown-up joints like Asha’s (Indian cuisine) and the Texas De Brazil Steakhouse.
2. Marriott Executive Apartments Downtown Abu Dhabi
Hotel Location in Abu Dhabi: 1, 2 and 3 Bedroom apartments close to Al Wadha Mall and in the heart of the city action.
Why we like it: These apartments offer a home-away-from-home feel with all the amenities you could possibly need on hand and large rooms great for family living.
They come with fully equipped kitchens, including a washer and tumble dryer and access to all the hotel pool & gym amenities. Breakfast is not included, but you can access the Marriott hotel restaurant and many nearby options.
Marriott is at the pricier end of the scale, but everything is included, parking and internet are available free and 24-hour front desk. This is an excellent Abu Dhabi apartment hotel choice for business travellers.
3. Park Arjaan by Rotana
Hotel Location in Abu Dhabi: Next to Khalifa Park, just after the Sheikh Zayed Bridge, as you’re entering Abu Dhabi island, it’s a fabulous position to access both on-island and off-island destinations (some rooms with magnificent mosque views).
Why we like it: The studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments are fully equipped with everything you need for a long stay. You have access to a children’s pool and play area, recreation facilities and part of the Park Rotana complex. You can also access several eateries, from cafes to fine dining and Coopers Pub.
It suffers a little from not being directly attached to a mall or supermarket so you will be reliant on taxis and deliveries.
Note there are many Arjaan hotels in Abu Dhabi that you cannot go too far wrong with when it comes to serviced suites – it really depends on where you want to be based in the city. Other options include the Al Maha Arjaan, Al Rawda Arjaan, and Capital Centre Arjaan, which are close to ADNEC and Zayed Sports City.
4. Beach Rotana Residences
Hotel Location in Abu Dhabi: In what used to be described as the Tourist Club area (now al Zahayih), you are above the Abu Dhabi Mall with a small beach frontage, attached to the Beach Rotana
Why we like it: If you need access to amenities while staying longer term in the city, then this is an excellent choice. 1, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments have everything you can think of, including a dishwasher and washing machine.
Take advantage of the shared resort facilities, including private beach, kids’ club, playground, aqua play area, pool, gym, and sauna. You are right on top of the mall, so there is easy access to the co-op supermarket and other shops, as well as a few dozen restaurants and bars on your doorstep.
Some rooms also have beautiful waterfront views over to Al Maryah Island. This is the best to mix fun & living and an excellent aparthotel in Abu Dhabi for families.
5. Al Seef Resort & Spa by Andalus
Hotel Location in Abu Dhabi: Studio, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom options situated next to Al Seef Mall, Khalifa Park / Ministries area (first exit off the freeway once you are “on island”).
Why we like it: Located right by Al Seef Mall, the modern and stylish Al Seef resort will have you thinking you’re in the heart of the med, when you’re actually in the centre of Abu Dhabi.
The mall is not one of the biggest in the capital but includes a Carrefour Supermarket and all the little everyday essentials that you need. There’s also a children’s play centre, a fast food court, and an outdoor ‘village’ area filled with many great places to eat. These include a pretty authentic Irish fish and chip shop (The Chippy), Sandersons and the much-loved Nolu’s healthy lifestyle restaurant.
The rooms are top-notch and have kitchen facilities and a washing machine (but no dryer).
For the kids, there’s a playground, kids room, outdoor pool & spa. Maybe not with glamorous waterside views like some, but a very spacious and well-equipped living space at quite a reasonable price tag.
6. Bab Al Qasr Residence
Hotel Location in Abu Dhabi: Sitting on Corniche West, this is one of the newer parts of town, opposite Emirates Palace. It’s recognisable by its shiny bronze exterior!
Why we like it: A range of studio, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments with full kitchen & washer (no tumble dryer). Breakfast is also included, as well as full beach, pool and gym facilities.
There is a Waitrose supermarket in neighbouring Etihad Towers, or you can take a short taxi ride to Marina Mall, where you will find a range of international shops, dining options, and a large Carrefour supermarket.
7. Staybridge Suites Yas Island
Hotel Location in Abu Dhabi: Part of the hotel complex on Yas Island, ideal for those based off-island or wanting to be handy to the Airport and Dubai side of town.
Why we like it: It’s nothing overly fancy but delivers in terms of family living. The self-catering facilities make it easy for you to have breakfast in your room, or you can join the hotel buffet breakfast.
You get access to the pool at the Crown Plaza and the onsite lane pool, and free access to Yas Beach is included in your stay. They’re also a free shuttle bus to Yas Mall and the theme parks on Yas Island.
There are restaurants on-site and around the Yas Hotel Plaza, and the Yas Bay development is within comfortable walking distance during the cooler months. A small convenience store in the Mayan development is next door, and a reasonably sized Waitrose at Al Zeina (through the tunnel). Otherwise, the biggest supermarket close by is the Carrefour at Yas Mall.
8. The Eclipse Boutique Suites
Hotel Location in Abu Dhabi: In the heart of the action for the Corniche; Liwa Street, off Khalifa Street (close to Junction Aiport Road and 3rd)
Why we like it: One of our value picks on this list. It doesn’t have nearly as many fancy amenities but does have good, clean, modern apartments with full kitchens, washing machines and great access to local services nearby – ideal if you’d prefer takeaway-style catering!
Parking is a downfall (you’ll need to pay daily for valet) and it lacks a pool, but you are only a few minutes’ walk to the beach and easy walking distance to the World Trade Centre Mall making this a convenient and good value Aparthotel in Abu Dhabi city.
9. Aparthotel Adagio Abu Dhabi Al Bustan
Hotel Location in Abu Dhabi: Located mid-island between Airport Road & old Muroor Road
Why we like it: It offers very modern studios and apartments in studios, with 1, 2, or 3 bedroom options. Fully equipped kitchens come with dishwashers, stovetops and washing machines. Parking and Wi-Fi are included with the use of the rooftop pool, gym, and spa facilities.
It does suffer a little bit from being in no man’s land- i.e., unlike others we’ve listed here, it’s not attached to a large shopping mall or other shops.
You do have two on-site dining choices, but otherwise, you will need a car or taxi to find other dining choices or get supplies – fine if you are here short-term, but not ideal for longer stays. This is reflected in a lower price tag for the quality you’re getting, so still worth your consideration.
10. Grand Millenium Al Wadha
Hotel Location in Abu Dhabi: Located next to Al Wadha Mall, 11th Street, and the Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station
Why we like it: Deluxe and Executive 2-bed apartments are part of the main hotel building, with full kitchens and a clothes washer and tumble dryer. Access the rooftop pool with stunning city views and all the hotel’s spa and gym amenities.
It is one of the older hotels in town, and we’ve heard some complaining that it’s getting a bit tired, but you cannot beat the convenience and location. Al Wadha Mall, right at your feet, is one of the largest malls in the city, so you’ll never be short of supplies or choices of places to eat.
There’s also a cinema and numerous entertainment venues for the younger visitors. Traffic can be a bit of a pain, but many taxis are always available here.
11. Al Manzel Hotel Apartments
Hotel Location in Abu Dhabi: Situated on busy Electra Street, close to the Abu Dhabi Mall.
Why we like it: This is another great value pick for what you get – a fraction of the cost of many others on this list. Not attached to any of the large chains, it is a pure aparthotel offering studio and one-bedroom apartments.
Breakfast is offered, or you can self-cater in your well-equipped kitchen, which includes a dishwasher and washing machine.
Other on-site offerings include a pool, gym, restaurant and room service. You are within easy walking distance of shops and restaurants in the city centre – parking cannot be guaranteed, but taxis are plentiful.
Further Abu Dhabi Accommodation Inspiration
But wait, there’s more! As well as our detailed guide on the best areas to stay in Abu Dhabi, we also have these posts and reviews you may find helpful:
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- Saadiyat Beach Resorts Compared
- Abu Dhabi’s Best Desert Resorts
- 10 Best Beach Resorts in the UAE for Families
- Abu Dhabi’s Best Glamping and Camping location
- And if your accommodation isn’t on the beach, you may want to treat yourself to a weekend break at one of Abu Dhabi’s Best Beach Clubs.
Before you go… Important things to consider when planning a trip to Abu Dhabi
- Pop into our essential planning information page; it includes everything you need to know about getting around Abu Dhabi, a handy guide on what to pack and top tips for first-timers on the dos and don’ts, laws, and customs in the UAE.
- Don’t forget to pack your travel insurance!
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