Background: Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island, is part of the six-property Yas Plaza hotels complex, providing guests with the flexibility of dining at other venues, depending on the room package/deal they have chosen.

What’s it like? There’s a nice atmosphere at this hotel. The lobby is spacious, filled with light and is the focal point, leading to its dining venues and the outdoor pool. Although it’s a business property primarily, there is a leisure vibe, which is relaxing. The staff are very friendly and helpful.

Where is it? Opposite Yas Marina Circuit (YMC) on Yas Island, if you are attending an event at the circuit, including Formula 1, it could not be more convenient. Attractions including Yas Mall, Yas Waterworld, Yas Links golf course, and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi are just minutes away too, while a 15-minute taxi ride will get you to Abu Dhabi International airport, as well as Abu Dhabi’s Corniche Road.

Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Rooms: There are 397 rooms and suites with views of the Abu Dhabi coast on one side and the YMC on the other. Some have private balconies. I stayed in a 36 sqm Standard room with Plaza View, with an Insta-worthy view of YMC. The room was spacious, comfortable and practical with a workspace, king-size bed, chair, mini bar, tea/coffee-making facilities, TV, hairdryer, plenty of complimentary water and ample hanging space in the wardrobe. The shower was in the bath, so it’s something to consider when booking if your mobility is restricted in some way.

Food and drink: There are three restaurants, poolside dining and room service, plus the option to dine at one of the other hotels in the complex if your stay is longer than a few days and you’re looking for variety. For lunch or dinner, the Belgian Café Yas Island offers classics like burgers and Belgian fries, and mussels too, with very generous portions, and if you’re into sport, there’s live coverage on the TV screens. I enjoyed a Caesar salad and a club sandwich. The Italian restaurant Filini Garden has a pleasant outdoor seating area. The freshly-grilled catch of the day was prepared table side, served with grilled vegetables and a fresh and crispy salad. At all-day dining venue Assymetri, the buffet breakfast could’ve been a little more generous with the options offered, but it was ample.

Business: There are eight meeting and event spaces plus The Galaxy Ballroom that can be divided into three separate areas and features both a pre-function area and an outdoor terrace overlooking the island. The pool area can also be converted into an events space.

Leisure: If you do have some leisure time, the outdoor pool has plenty of sunbeds and views of the dunes and mangroves around the island, so you can instantly switch off from work. There’s also
a good-sized gym, which opens at 0600. The hotel runs a complimentary shuttle
bus service to Yas Mall and the island’s public beach.

Verdict: A comfortable business hotel in a central location with a great selection of dining and meeting venues. It offers quick and convenient access to leisure facilities and local attractions. Gemma Greenwood

BEST FOR: Business travellers or events

DON’T MISS: Dinner at Filini Garden

PRICE: Internet prices indicate a price starting at Dhs354 per weeknight in September

CONTACT:  Yas Island, Yas Plaza, Abu Dhabi, UAE; +971 2 656 2000;