Not every hotel stay can be a five star one, but something somewhere shudders when the adjective ‘budget’ is used. Park Inn is thankfully not budget, far from it and that’s the delight. Those looking for a cheaper option in the capital, (but who don’t mind staying on Yas Island) should look no further.
Yas’s hotels are arranged as a semi-circle cul de sac, that could be compared to an out of town retail park (minus the retail) but their close knit nature means it’s possible to venture between them and have a whole night out (bars, restaurants, shisha terraces) all on foot, a novelty in itself. For those that want to step it up, Allure nightclub at the Yacht Club or Skylite bar, at the top of Yas Viceroy (the one that sits over the F1 track) are only a five minute taxi ride away.
The Park Inn brand delivers modern comfort, without the jaw-dropping price tag. Ok so the rooms don’t have the same floor space as a nightclub, or come with as many different lighting options, and you couldn’t fit a family of twelve in the bathroom but if you’re planning on actually doing something, anything, beyond the walls of the hotel then it’s a great ‘sleep only’ option. The beds are comfortable, the showers are pretty decent and there’s Wi-fi available and a mini-bar in the rooms…what more could you need? Bright and breezy colours pep up the minimal lobby and white walled bedrooms, although the striped coloured carpet might be taking the Paul Smith vibe a touch too literally.
Outside, the hotel’s pool has a view over the Abu Dhabi wilderness beyond the new developments, you’re afforded a vista of actual nature, quite rare in itself in the UAE and it is perfect for lying by, sunbathing away the effects of the night before, although it does also have a pool bar for snacks and drinks (and pretty good bowls of ice cream).
It’s also worth getting up for the buffet breakfast in the all day dining restaurant Mint. You could be mistaken for being in a modern design showroom, with quirky furniture and decorations but with the large windows overlooking the pool, the fresh and simple space works. The buffet breakfast is impressively large for a non-five star hotel, with many better ingredients than older, more expensive places will dish up.
The hotel also has a Mexican restaurant called Amerigos but unless you just want to chill in the hotel all night, you’d do better to explore Yas’ other options. The brick cellar inspired Y Bar at Centro does especially good (and reasonable) bar food or head to Stills at Crowne Plaza Yas Island for a decent pint whilst doing some people watching.
For those that want an action packed mini-break, Ferrari World is also only across the road and this autumn the island will open a new super-duper water park, so you could spend a whole weekend here, without venturing on into the actual centre of Abu Dhabi. If you want more, the Corniche and Tourist Club Area are both about 20 minutes away in a taxi.
When you consider the low cost, Park Inn is impressive and delivers every time.