A record-breaking keep at Abu Dhabi’s Andaz Capital Gate — Lodge Insider
The Andaz Capital Gate constructing is a landmark that residents in Abu Dhabi have absolutely handed by lots of of occasions through the years.
Leaning at an angle of 18 levels, the 35-storey constructing holds the Guinness World Report because the farthest man-made leaning constructing on this planet, with a design impressed by the dunes of the desert and waves of the Arabian Gulf.
A part of the Hyatt Group, the Andaz model is thought for its vibrant properties that encourage reference to the local people. The Nationwide checked in for an in a single day keep.
Driving into Andaz Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi — a Idea by Hyatt, to provide the lodge its full title, we’re greeted warmly by the workers on the entrance. After parking our automobile, we’re escorted to the 18th ground, the place the check-in desk is situated. The decrease ranges of the tower are house to a number of places of work with the lodge commanding a first-rate place from ranges 18 to 33. A bustling foyer awaits as we exit the elevate, and vibrant calligraphy works by Iraqi artist Wissam Shawkat immediately catch our eye.
We head to the Andaz Lounge to finish our check-in the place an array of refreshing drinks, Arabic espresso and moreish dates offers company an area welcome.
The method is fast and we quickly have our room keys in hand.
A landmark in itself in Abu Dhabi, the lodge is situated on Khaleej Al Arabi Avenue. Andaz Capital Gate is a mere 5 minutes from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a few 15-minute drive from Abu Dhabi Worldwide Airport and about the identical from among the metropolis’s different main landmarks together with Emirates Palace and Qasr Al Watan. Regardless of its metropolis location, most of the rooms include views over the water.
We keep in a spacious deluxe room on the twenty sixth ground, which has a really snug and plush king-size mattress that faces a large tv. The flooring are carpeted and the room is drenched in daylight due to a floor-to-ceiling glass wall. A desk and chair sit within the nook of the room overlooking town and the ocean past, and it is a good place to get some work accomplished if wants should.
Slightly wardrobe space is tucked away in one other nook, the place there’s additionally house for baggage. There is a mini bar, with a wide selection of teas and coffees on supply.
That includes muted tones, the room has a number of fascinating Arabic touches — from the cursive calligraphy on the wall to the mashrabya patterned stationary and coasters. A big standalone bathtub overlooking the ocean is a important characteristic of the room’s sizeable lavatory, which additionally has a separate bathe space and vainness house.
Labelled gentle switches by the bedside are handy — there’s nothing worse than battling with a complicated lighting system — as is a small distant management that enables company to open and shut curtains within the bed room and toilet with out having to maneuver.
There’s an attractive vibrant embroidered gown hanging in our room with a observe saying it has been designed particularly for the lodge by designer Essa Walla. Obtainable in 10 colors, company are free to don the “loungewear” whereas staying within the lodge, and in the event that they take a robust liking to it, it is in the stores for Dh900 from the lodge’s on-site store.
Heat, pleasant and extremely useful. The workers at each breakfast and dinner have been additionally very accommodating with dietary necessities.
Cyan, the French-Arabic brassiere on the property is the lodge’s all-day eating restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The title comes from the color that may be a mixture of blue and inexperienced — blue representing the French “le bleu” and inexperienced, from the color of Arabian olive timber. The menu additionally blends cuisines from each these areas, providing decisions that add playful twists to conventional choices. The restaurant additionally options an open kitchen within the centre, permitting diners to look at their meals being ready.
The buffet-style breakfast has loads of choices — from breads, pastries and croissants, to cheeses, chilly cuts, recent fruits and yoghurts. Meat choices embody Turkish sujuk with eggs, rooster sausages and beef bacon, whereas vegetarians can take pleasure in foul with toppings, veggie spring rolls, roasted potatoes and extra. Made-to-order eggs can be found as are candy choices corresponding to waffles, pancakes and chia bowls.
Within the afternoon, Cyan provides a enterprise lunch throughout weekdays, and on Saturdays and Sundays, diners can both go for the weekend menu, or order a la carte. Between lunch and dinner, there are teas, coffees and a number of pastries accessible.
For dinner, we strive the set menu, which provides company a selection of two or three programs from a beginning value of Dh120 on weekdays, with a dip in costs on the weekend.
The tomato tart starter, grilled Angus strip loin and a scrumptious chocolate tart have been our favourites in every of the programs, which we loved seated on the terrace of 18 Levels, the lodge’s bar. Excellent for the cooler months, the out of doors space with dim lighting and tender music is good for a quiet dinner together with your companion or buddies.
For speciality espresso and pastries, head to 165 Beneath on the bottom ground. The cafe is run in partnership with native Cafe Artea, which serves speciality brews.
Andaz Lounge on the 18th ground is another choice for drinks, desserts and lightweight bites.
The desert is the inspiration for the property’s Rayana Spa, the place soothing beige colors dominate the house, together with within the therapy rooms which have desert-inspired crops and a ceiling designed to resemble a starry sky.
Company can select their very own oil, with therapists providing a number of choices together with rose, lemongrass and stress-busting scents. For a particularly stress-free expertise, strive the Rayana therapeutic massage.
Andaz Capital Gate has a completely geared up health club, the place you’ll be able to hit your cardio objectives whereas having fun with stellar views of the Arabian Sea.
On the nineteenth ground, the lodge has the best suspended pool in Abu Dhabi and provides superb metropolis views. Lined with loungers, it was quiet once we visited and is the perfect place to loosen up for a number of hours. There’s additionally a vibrant indoor house if you have to escape the solar.
A Latin tapas bar that opened in 2020 and halted operations throughout the pandemic will reopen once more subsequent 12 months, providing poolside drinks and lightweight bites.
There’s a massive deal with native artwork on the property, with a number of works by native and regional names together with eL Seed, Shawkat, Badr Abbas and Abdulla Lutfi. Artwork lovers take observe — the bottom ground is at present being refurbished to be opened subsequent 12 months as a gallery.
Highs and lows
Our meal at 18 Levels terrace was an enormous plus — the views are extraordinary, the atmosphere is cosy but intimate and the meals from Cyan was completely scrumptious.
The insider tip
The Pulse e book within the lodge foyer is a good concept. This big tome is filled with 100 hidden gems, issues to do and locations to go in Abu Dhabi, all beneficial by earlier travellers and splendid in the event you’re searching for some inspiration for a time out.
In the event you join the World of Hyatt loyalty programme, you may earn 5 factors for each greenback you spend on the lodge — and all different Hyatt properties. These factors can be utilized to e book spa remedies, pay for room upgrades, meals and even an in a single day keep. The World of Hyatt app lets you maintain monitor of your factors, and what number of you have to e book an award.
A improbable place to remain if you’re coming to Abu Dhabi to discover town and need to really feel a reference to the local people. It is price noting that whereas households are welcome, there is not any kids’s membership nor any kids’s menus on supply.
The underside line
Charges at Andaz Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi begin at Dh450, plus taxes, for the standard room. Verify-in is from 2pm and checkout is at midday. Extra info is obtainable at hyatt.com
This assessment was performed on the invitation of the lodge.
Up to date: January 18, 2023, 4:00 AM