W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island has opened in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s bustling entertainment epicenter, the brand’s second W Hotel to open this year in the United Arab Emirates after W Dubai – The Palm. This new hotel has the bragging rights to be the only hotel in the world located atop a Grand Prix racetrack.
W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island is 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 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, in a statement. “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.”
Guests are greeted by Bedouin-inspired tents, large columns and seating inspired by local mangroves. Custom-designed welcome desks mimic the form of oil droplets and jewel tone furnishings, depicting the colors of liquid gold, a distinctive historic trade in Abu Dhabi. Show-stopping Whatever/Whenever desks are canoe-shaped, a visual reference to the Abu Dhabi waterways and once the mode of movement across the city.
There are 499 guest rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Grand Prix racetrack or the Yas Marina. WET, W’s iconic poolside experience, features the scenery of the Yas Marina Circuit as guests swim, sun and enjoy signature beverages while listening to live DJ performances.
W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island showcases eclectic dining with Garage, a one-of-a-kind a la carte food hub driven by five unique 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 which serves only tarts. Amici offers and authentic Italian dining experience and Indian food is featured at Angar.