And We’ll Never Be Royals…

… but it sure is fun to pretend every now and then.

In true UAE fashion, Emirates Palace is over the top. A seven star luxury hotel, the Palace has delighted visitors for the past ten years. Sadly, its status as the “world’s most expensive hotel” has been lost and its current billing is the “world’s second most expensive hotel,” a title I’m sure the locals despise as the people live to showcase their enormous wealth.

Either way, this hotel oozes glitz and glamour. Emirates Palace boasts 114 domes and over 200 fountains, and is replete with gold, silver, marble, glass mosaics, and more than 1,000 Swarovski crystal chandeliers.
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Jen & me out front

Jen & me out front

Visitors are free to roam many areas (though the top floor of the hotel is reserved for Gulf Arab royalty only), so it’s nice to stop in with guests and take a photo in front of the gold ATM and/or the world’s most expensive Christmas tree.
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My December visitors

My December visitors

My first visit to the Palace was in the evening, so I was able to pop into Étoiles, a nightclub that starts rolling around midnight. Because we went at 10pm it was nearly empty. We bought a drink, but after learning the charge to score a table we decided just to walk around the indoor/outdoor club until we finished.

The second drink I bought in the hotel was last weekend with Kathryn, my fourth visitor (I love guests!). I had walked past Le Café every time I had gone to the Palace, so after hearing numerous rave reviews of the cappuccino with gold flakes, I decided to imbibe.
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Since Kathryn was only in Abu Dhabi for two days, we had to make smart decisions about what to see and do in order to maximize her weekend here, and we both agreed this was a win. When the cappuccino arrived, we took photos and marveled at our trays for at least five full minutes before digging in. The presentation, which included a date and a macaron, justified the cost (58dhs/$16 US) and the taste was wonderful as well.
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Treating myself to a few good things in life on the weekends makes the weekdays bearable. Come see for yourself for a taste of upscale living! Even if the UAE isn’t on your travel radar, you can still get a glimpse of Emirates Palace in the movie Fast and Furious 7, along with many other Abu Dhabi landmarks. But I suggest you just make a point to visit me and I’ll take you on a personal tour, gold-flaked cappuccino and all.
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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barb Donahue
    May 06, 2015 @ 15:57:06

    Love your pictures – that place and that cappuccino, so fantastic!! I really really wish I could visit (Will you please email Bill and tell him it is necessary and urgent that I see you now!!?).

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  2. Patrice from LdM
    May 06, 2015 @ 19:05:55

    Thank you so much for sharing! The pictures are wonderful! I see I’ve missed an earlier post — saving that treat for later. 🙂 Going to buy a lottery ticket so I can visit….. lol

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  3. hollerandriggs
    May 06, 2015 @ 21:05:00

    For evermore, you’ll consider Starbucks downmarket. sigh

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  4. Deb Mech
    May 06, 2015 @ 21:37:15

    Beth and I really want to escape our husbands and kids and visit you in the fall. First, we need to convince the hubbies, then we need to print out a detailed itinerary for them to take care of the kids!

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  5. flahertylandscape
    May 09, 2015 @ 07:42:06

    Your photos and stories tell something special about the public realm–the contemporary culture of Abu Dhabi–a fun place to work and live, isn’t it?

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