The Edition Hotel Abu Dhabi: More than just a place to rest your head

Located along the waterfront on the peaceful and picturesque Al Bateen Marina in the UAE capital, The Edition Hotel Abu Dhabi is more than just a place to rest your head. Step inside with your friends at The Huntr…

Opened in late 2018, The Edition Abu Dhabi marks the first Edition Hotel in the UAE and the region. From the folks at the Marriott hotel group, the arrival of The Edition is a welcome addition to the UAE’s hotel scene. This hotel is more than just a place to rest your head. It’s cosy but cool, boutiquey but expansive and chock-full of exciting F&B concepts. British celebrity chef Tom Aikens has been tasked with handling the dining and entertainment and has created The Oak Room – a luxurious steak house, the Market at Edition – a healthy and casual concept open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the Alba Terrace – a Mediterranean gem offering “organic coffee, biodynamic wines, light lunches and sharing plates”. All of the eateries are licensed. There is also the impressive and coveted Annex – a three-floor social space that encompasses a club, lounge, and rooftop complete with themed nights such as Disco Bar on Thursdays and Boom Box on Fridays.

In London, New York and Barcelona (and beyond) the name Edition is synonymous with individualised, curated hotels that attract the coolest visitors. Here in Abu Dhabi, it is no different. The Edition Abu Dhabi is the brainchild of a collaboration between American entrepreneur, hotelier and real estate developer – Ian Schrager – and Marriott International. Situated just 20-minutes from The Louvre Abu Dhabi, The Abu Dhabi Edition encompasses 198 guest rooms and suites alongside 57 exclusive residences (for long term rentals). The impressive exterior of the hotel was inspired by the lateen sails of the traditional Dhow boats, which once drove the UAE economy (together with pearl diving and other sea-based endeavours). Inside you will find Arabic-inspired carpets, minimal and modern furnishings and lots of relaxing and inviting candles and greenery. The staff are energetic, cool, hip and ready to help. At the centre of the building, there’s a beautiful kinetic art installation suspended from the ceiling titled ‘In 20 Steps’, which was created by the iconic art collective Studio Drift and produced by Czech glass company, Lasvit. Meanwhile, down below in the lobby, there are two stunning armchairs designed by Emirati designer Latifa Saeed, who took inspiration from the signature braids that Emirati children proudly wear and an eye-catching gold pool table (which is an Edition hotel signature).

As with all Edition hotels, the custom Le Labo x Edition Hotel (black tea) fragrance envelops every room and inside the guest room ensuites, the rainforest-head showers and deep, stand-alone baths are equipped with exclusive Le Lab x Edition Hotel toiletries. There’s also an on-site spa offering a variety of treatments for men and women plus a barbershop by Dubai-based homegrown concept Chaps & Co.

The Huntr visited The Abu Dhabi Edition for a two-night stay, arriving on a Thursday afternoon. The check-in process was swift and seamless and we were shown to our cosy room. We were delighted to find The Huntr’s favourite Mirzam Chocolate bars in the mini bar and retired to our balcony to enjoy drinks and soak in the views of the surrounding Marina.

The rooms are done in a neutral colour palette and feature photography by 20th Century photography Brett Weston. The ensuite offers an ample-sized separate shower, separate toilet, two wash sinks and a delightful stand-alone tub. The dressing gowns were hard to take off and were easily the comfiest we’ve ever put on, and the beds were faultless. During our stay, we enjoyed two wonderful breakfast experiences at the Market at Edition restaurant (open from 6.30am until 11am for breakfast) and we wholeheartedly recommend opting for the ‘bed and breakfast’ package so that you can do the same. With this package, you can order anything you like from the a la carte menu, plus enjoy the freshly-baked treats, healthy, organic juices and coffee and tea. There is also outdoor seating for when the weather permits. We also visited (and loved) the Rosé Brunch at Alba Terrace on Friday, followed by sundowners at the Annex. Unfortunately, the weather was a little too hazy to make use of the expansive pool area and we were far too busy luxuriating with Tom Aiken’s expertly-curated food and beverages to hit the upscale gym. The only elements that didn’t quite hit the mark during our stay were the late-night room service eats, but the team were swift to rectify this and remove the items from our bill and the coffee – which sadly isn’t speciality coffee or the best we’ve ever tried, but is still drinkable.

More to come on the Rosé Brunch at Alba Terrace and breakfast at Market at Edition, soon (some pictures included in the gallery above and full review features to follow with links here, shortly). For now, next time you are considering a place to stay in the UAE capital – do yourself a favour and book The Edition.

Insider tips: Request a marina-facing balcony. Complimentary water is provided in the rooms. The hotel is family-friendly and the team will cater for your little ones. If you are visiting over a Friday, book the brunch experience at Alba Terrace and then head over to the Annex to watch the sunset from the rooftop. Free valet parking available for visitors. Opt for the ‘bed and breakfast’ package to enjoy Market at Edition’s sumptuous and healthy fare. Skip room service and try The Oak Room – that’s what The Huntr plans to do on our next visit. Alternatively, two of The Huntr’s favourite homegrown (alcohol-free) eateries are a short walk (5-6 minute) away – Salama’s and No 57 Cafe.

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