April 16, 2017

Review: Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Planning & Booking
British Airways First Class 747-400 Denver to London
British Airways Concorde Room LHR
British Airways First Class 747-400 London to Dubai
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa Dubai
Park Hyatt Dubai
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Etihad Airways First Class Lounge & Spa Abu Dhabi
Etihad Airways First Class 777-200LR Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles

The ride from the Park Hyatt Dubai to the Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi took about 90 minutes.  We had expected to hit F1 traffic but never did.  The ride was somewhat boring (lots of desert) with one exception.  Our driver asked if he could stop at a gas station (we figured for gas) and of course we said yes.  Instead of pulling in to get gas, he pulled into a parking spot.  Maybe it was prayer time?  Nope.  Bathroom?  Not entirely convinced.  We never figured out what it was but 15 minutes later he returned to the car with a coffee for him and a couple of waters for us.

We chose the Hyatt Capital Gate because it was free and relatively close to the airport/F1 track.  There are lots of other great points options in Abu Dhabi but given the race, many of them were sold out.  We were lucky to find a free night available.

Check-in was relatively smooth and the front desk confirmed that they had our F1 tickets (Thanks Doug!) and would send them up in a few minutes.

We were assigned a standard room on the 31st floor of the hotel.  We were in a bit of a rush to get out the door so the pics aren't that great.

There room featured a comfortable bed:

An open concept bathroom with both a tub and shower.

Curved wall that held the tv, coffee maker, and minibar that was pretty cool.

And some crazy views looking out the window.

 And within the atrium of this "leaning" hotel.

A few minutes later, our tickets arrived.

We headed out to grab a car for a quick visit to the Grand Mosque.  We weren't able to attend during our last visit due to the weather.  So worth it - what a beautiful place.

After an hour or so, we grabbed a cab to Yas Marina and F1 qualifying.

What an awesome experience - can't wait to go to another F1 race!

After qualifying was complete, we skipped the Lionel Richie concert and grabbed a cab back to the hotel to get some sleep.  We would be up around 5AM the next morning to head back to the US.

Final Thoughts:
We didn't get to experience much of the hotel but the room was pretty standard Hyatt fare.  With so many options in Abu Dhabi, I wouldn't return unless it was a similar situation - free nights available with crazy cash rates.  But for a quick overnight with a busy itinerary, the hotel was perfectly fine.

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