Sands  4 stars

Zayed Ii, P.O. Box 32430, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  show mapSave
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Sands is rated 4 stars and provides visitors with a safe deposit box, a tour desk and a beauty salon. The hotel, built in 1980, is renowned for its international architecture.

It is located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, just 20 minutes from Qasr al-Hosn, Abu Dhabi Mall and Al Manhal Palace. The property is 700m away from Zayed City Center, Gold Souk and Fish Market & Vegetable Souk.

The nearby surroundings feature embassies and exhibition centers.

Just 15 minutes from Bateen airport.


The property comprises of individual rooms well-appointed with individual climate control, coffee/tea making facilities, a minibar, satellite TV and in-room safe. A microwave and coffee/tea makers as well as en suite bathrooms with free toiletries, bathrobes and a hairdryer are available in each room.


A deluxe breakfast is served at the breakfast room. The outdoor restaurant serves Italian dishes. The elegant beach bar features a terrace.

You can start your day with a buffet breakfast, which costs AED 40 per person per night. 


Guests of Sands are welcome to use a business center, a photocopier and daily newspapers.


A wellness center, shiatsu massage and a health club are available on-site. Guests can go in for darts, billiards and golf at the hotel.


Wireless internet is available in public areas and is free of charge.

Guest Parking

Private hotel parking is possible on site and the rate is AED 30 per day.

Year renovated   2012.  Number of floors   16.  Number of rooms   257.

City Center Abu Dhabi - 1.6 mi
Airports Bateen (AZI) - 7.1 mi, Abu Dhabi International (AUH) - 17.8 mi
Restaurants Nihal - 900 ft, Cho Gao Restaurant and Lounge (cuisine: Thai, Vietnamese, Asian) - 1200 ft
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  • Parking (fee required)
  • Safe deposit box
  • Car rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Elevator
  • Multilingual staff
  • Bus parking
  • Concierge desk
  • Airport shuttle
  • Shoe shine stand
  • Storage space
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Front desk
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • Barber/Beauty Shop
  • Trouser Press
  • Tour desk
  • Designated smoking area
  • Spa & wellness center
  • Billiards
  • Darts
  • Bell staff/porter
  • Maid Service
  • Shops/Commercial Services
  • Valet parking
  • Laundry
  • Dry cleaning
Dining facilities
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Continental breakfast
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Poolside snack bar
  • In-room breakfast
Business facilities
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Business center
  • Fax/photocopying
Meeting facilities
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Meeting room
  • Conference facilities
Children's facilities
  • Child care
Facilities for people with disabilities
  • Rooms/facilities for people with disabilities
Leisure and relaxation facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Sauna
  • Karaoke
  • Fitness center
  • Exercise gym
  • Night club
  • Sun terrace
  • Shiatsu massage
Room facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • 24-hour room service
  • Tea and Coffee Facilities
  • Ironing facilities
  • Work desk
  • Mini bar
  • Terrace
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Dressing area
Living Area
  • Sitting area
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower
  • Toilet
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Satellite TV
  • Voice mail
  • AM/FM alarm clock
  • Telephone
  • Radio
  • Internet access
  • DVD player
  • CD player
Room decor
  • Soundproofed windows



from  12 pm


until  2 pm

Children and extra beds
  • All children under the age of 6 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 
  • One child under the age of 2 may stay for free in a crib. 
  • Maximum capacity of extra beds in a room is 1. 

Pets are not allowed.

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        Sands LocationWhat's nearby

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        What's nearby

        Popular areas
        • City Center
          1.6 mi
        • Abu Dhabi Public beach
          2.6 mi
        Places of interest
        • Gold Souk
          2300 ft
        • Große Moschee
          4000 ft
        • Fish Market & Vegetable Souk
          4600 ft
        • Al Manhal Palace
          1.2 mi
        • Al Bateen Palace
          2.5 mi
        • Abu Dhabi Int. Marine Sports Club
          2.9 mi
        • Al Khubeirah Garden
          2.9 mi
        Shopping areas
        • Zayed City Center
          2000 ft
        • Abu Dhabi Mall
          1.1 mi
        • Al Wahda Mall
          1.3 mi
        • Marina Mall
          3.0 mi
        • Ah Nahyan Stadium
          1.4 mi
        • Al Jazira Sports & Cultural Club
          2.9 mi
        • Heritage Village
          2.9 mi

        Local Attractions

        • Sea Lion Interaction UAE
          1.6 mi
          Emirates Park Zoo, Abu Dhabi
        • Emirates Palace
          3.7 mi
          West End Corniche, Abu Dhabi
        • Mushrif Mall
          4.6 mi
          Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (Old Airport Road), Hadbat Al Zaafran, Abu Dhabi
        • Monte Carlo Beach Club
          7.0 mi
          Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
        • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
          8.6 mi
          Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi

        Restaurants Nearby

        • Nihal

          62% likes this, based on 19 reviews

          900 ft
          Madinat Zayed

          Phone: 02 631 8088

        • Cho Gao Restaurant and Lounge

          75% likes this, based on 156 reviews
          Cuisine: Thai, Vietnamese, Asian, Indonesian, Singaporean
          Price Range: USD 6 - USD 31

          1200 ft
          Crowne Plaza Hotel Abu Dhabi

          Phone: 009712 616 6101

        • The Garden Restaurant

          65% likes this, based on 39 reviews
          Cuisine: European, Asian, International, Philippine
          Price Range: USD 7 - USD 52

          1200 ft
          Crowne Plaza Hotel

          Phone: 00971 2 616 6166

        • Heroes Sports Bar

          76% likes this, based on 30 reviews
          Cuisine: Bistro, British, Bar, Brew Pub
          Price Range: USD 5 - USD 35

          1200 ft
          Basement Level, Crowne Plaza Hotel

          Phone: 00971 26166101

        • China Restaurant

          81% likes this, based on 12 reviews

          1300 ft
          Hotel Novotel, Hamdan

        Sands Reviews

        Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Sands

        Average guest rating

        out of 10
        Very good
        Based on 338 reviews

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        Individual guest reviews

        • Single

          Ambiance is nice plus the best thing i like about them is that they provide variety of TV channels which cater most of the different nationalities of the world.

          • Average rating
        • Family with children

          the place is clean and nice, accessible and staff are friendly and approachable

          • Average rating
        • Couple

          Fantastic value for money, I paid 300 Dhs for one night and it was worth 3 times that (but please don't put the prices up!!)

          • Average rating
        • Older travelers

          Good central city location. Efficient valet parking. Charming older decor.

          The swimming pool was unavailable. We were put into the wrong class of room, but it was readily rectified.

          • Average rating
        • Older travelers

          Romantic and formidable hotel with a good staff

          Excellent hotel without any comment

          • Average rating
        • Single

          rate is litte high. breakfast should be included.

          i ve requested for the B/Fast. the front desk staff said she will ask manager and will call. she never did.

          • Average rating
        • Single

          Good facilities and good location in Central Abu Dhabi

          Rooms especially bathrooms a little tired looking.

          • Average rating
        • Single

          I always find the staff very helpful and courteous. The rooms are very comfortable and it is well located in the city.

          • Average rating
        • Group of friends

          Very nice hotel I like to go there again

          • Average rating
        • Couple

          Only the location of the hotel.

          I thought that Hotel is luxury, but actually it's not. The main reason I selected this hotel only to try as I want to stay from beginning in this hotel, but I shocked when I stayed there. The building it's too old also they charge 20Dhs for the parking service during holiday days. Which is free charge parking during the weekend days in Abu Dhabi?

          • Average rating
        • Single

          good location - good rate

          Internet was terrible Ventilation was terrible I smelled cigarette smoke in my no smoking room all night. I will not stay at this hotel again.

          • Average rating
        • Single

          Good value for the price

          Poor internet connection, quite often not working wifi spots

          • Average rating
        • Single

          First of all, the hotel was very affordable and in good location. Also the hotel was very clean with helpful staffs. I feel very comfortable and relaxed in spending my weekend break.


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        • Single

          Well about sands hotel..its location,acess to major malls,comfort,free wifi,bars,restaurant,check in check out,staffs,room service everything is more than the value you pay.Though I booked king size I coduldnt get the room while I check in but after few hours as they promised changed to king size.

          Wi fi weak in all king size room need to somehow improve this.chequers bar -when you go as single its hard to find a place and bartenders not helpful.massage/spa very ordinary.

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        • Single

          The professionalism and efficiency of reception staff. When I arrived, it seems that there was no non-smoking rooms available, so they decided to upgrade me to a club room on 16th floor. That was very nice of them.

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