Travellers who are making a stopover in the United Arab Emirates on their way to Asia, or perhaps those in transit in Abu Dhabi before resuming a long journey towards an overseas destination will love the idea of spending the night in an airport hotel before catching a flight first thing in the morning. Boarding the plane refreshed, well-rested and after having a nice meal is, without a doubt, the best way to avoid fatigue and an opportunity to gradually start adapting to new time zones.
Abu Dhabi airport (AUH) in the UAE is known for being the hub of Etihad Airways and consists of three passenger terminals: Terminal 1 (T1A and T1B), Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. Depending on how you organise your trip or layover in Abu Dhabi, you may choose to do your check-in at the city terminal in the downtown in order to reduce the hassle of last-minute travel or commute straight to the terminal buildings, unless you have not been issued a transit visa and cannot step out of the complex or only have time for a night’s sleep until it is time to fly again.
Our two recommended hotels inside Abu Dhabi International airport are located in the restricted departures area and right opposite the terminals respectively. While the former is ideal for passengers who cannot leave the airport (either because they have just a few hours before departure or they are not allowed to do so), the latter is perfect for travellers who are not in a hurry and would like to enjoy all the perks of staying in a hotel and maybe to take a short trip to the city as holders of a transit visa.
Read below for further details of both hospitality establishments.
Transit hotel inside Abu Dhabi airport: the Aerotel in Terminal 1 of AUH
The Aerotel in the transit area of AUH offers double and family rooms with large beds, WiFi internet free of charge, coffee maker, luggage storage space and private shower. It provides guest services like wake-up call –to ensure you won’t miss your flight-, breakfast buffet and a-la-carte meals.
If you have a reservation to sleep in Abu Dhabi airport, you will find the Aerotel on the ground level of terminal 1 after the security filter, meaning that in order to stay in this hotel you must have a valid boarding pass to fly or already be in the passenger-restricted area to make a connection after landing in the UAE. Should you need assistance, the staff at the reception is available 24 hours a day.
The Premier Inn Hotel in Abu Dhabi International airport
To arrive in the accessible facilities of the Premier Inn Abu Dhabi International after your flight, follow the signage once having cleared the passport control and go across the walkway connecting the arrivals zone of either Terminal 1 or Terminal 3 with the hotel. This establishment not only features soundproofed rooms with air conditioning, complimentary WiFi, mini fridge, coffee makers and different bed arrangements to accommodate solo travellers and groups, but also a rooftop pool, a gym, a spa, a locker room and breakfast buffet.
What guests also love about this hotel in Abu Dhabi airport is that it has its own Costa Coffee outlet on site –which helps them feel like at home-, aside from a restaurant that remains open round the clock and a shuttle service for those who want to take advantage of their stay to visit some of the city’s main attractions, as is the case with Ferrari World. Guests are entitled to use free parking spots and there is car rental service available at the front desk. They may also help you with any queries you may have about currency exchange, laundry, safes, early check-in and take your orders for room service.
Advisory: Bear in mind that you won’t need a transit visa for Abu Dhabi as long as you do not leave the airport (which only applies to the Aerotel example in this post). Even so, if you change your mind or your flight is delayed, go to the visa counter in Terminal 3 and you might be granted a short period of time to explore the city.