Edition opens first Middle East hotel

1 Nov 2018 by Jenni Reid
The Abu Dhabi Edition

Marriott International’s luxury brand Edition Hotels will open its first property in the UAE this month, marking its entrance to the Middle Eastern market.

The Abu Dhabi Edition has 198 rooms and 57 exclusive residences “ideal for longer stays”, Marriott said.

Rates start from $250 (£159), including breakfast, and bookings are now open ahead of a November 21 launch.

The hotel is on the Al Bateen peninsula, 20 minutes from The Louvre Abu Dhabi and the beaches of Saadiyat, and 35 minutes from Yas Island, with views over the Arabian Gulf and an adjacent marina.

All rooms feature images by photographer Brett Weston, white marble bathrooms with bronze details, Le Labo amenities, timber wall panelling, and herringbone timber floors.

The private residences are located in a structure adjacent to the hotel with its own dedicated entry and lobby connected to the main hotel via a sky bridge. Each has a living space of up to 92 sqm with separate bedrooms and kitchen.

The Oak Bar at The Abu Dhabi Edition

The lobby, designed by Ian Schrager Company and Wimberly Interiors, contains group meeting tables, a pool table, a bar and a barista station. The lounge features a large installation, In 20 Steps, by art collective Studio Drift and Czech glass company Lasvit.

Three restaurants have been created for the hotel by Michelin starred chef Tom Aikens: a ‘healthy lifestyle’ restaurant, a traditional English oak panelled restaurant and a Mediterranean-style restaurant. For drinks, the hotel will offer a rooftop garden bar, a gin-led cocktail bar and ‘Annex’, a three-floor socialising space with games, drinks and snacks.

There is also a 654 square metre ballroom which seats 450, a pre-function area and an executive boardroom, meeting rooms and business centre.

The spa will open in late 2018 featuring two Hammams, a facial room and couple’s treatment suite.

Edition, a collaboration between Marriott International and hotelier Ian Schrager, has hotels in New York, London, Miami Beach, Barcelona, Shanghai, Sanya on China’s Hainan Island, and Bodrum, with more planned for Times Square, New York and West Hollywood.,

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