Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel
Dubai-based Jumeirah Hotels, founded in 1997, has become synonymous with Emirati style and luxury. The company is now international, and its posh hotels (with Moroccan-style Talise Spas) beckon from London to China.
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers occupies one of the city's landmarks: it is one of the five slinky Etihad Towers prominent in any photo of the Abu Dhabi skyline. Guests savor the 68-floor skyscraper's drop-dead view from the hotel's observation deck and from its sky-high restaurants, bars, and cafes (which whip up a signature “camelccino,” with rich camel's milk).
The hotel's 382 rooms are modern and lovely, with subtle, swirling Arabian patterns and floor-to-ceiling windows that capture the panorama. The vintage photos on the walls, of Abu Dhabi as a sleepy port 50 or 60 years ago, are from the personal collection of an Abu Dhabi sheikh.
Set in the western part of the city, the hotel is not very close to tourist attractions. But Etihad Towers is a destination of its own, with a private beach, some of the best designer shopping in the Emirates, and an entire boulevard dedicated just to restaurants. And the service you get at this hotel is among the most dedicated and inspired in the entire world of hospitality.