Arabian Hospitality at its best
The Officers’ Club and Hotel comprises more than 20 halls for conferences, exhibitions and meetings; the property is targeted by major companies in the Middle East for organizing meetings, exhibitions, training, catering and sports events. The five star state-of-art Armed Forces Officers’ Club and Hotel has 294 room. Located in close proximity from Abu Dhabi Airport, it is situated right in front of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and near from Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, it comprises a large variety of recreation facilities such as Children Village, Kids pools, cinema, Spa, Olympic swimming pool, shooting club, bowling, Paintball and much more.
We were entertained upon arrival with typical Arabian coffee and dates and warmly greeted by Director of Sales and Marketing, Ms. Dulce Ortega and the Relationship Manager Mr. Ameer. After desk check-in formalities were done. We were given a quick tour of the property. Lush green elongated patches of Natural plantation were so soothing. The natural light piercing through the high domes in lobby alley was brightening the whole area. Don’t get deceived by the front exterior of the hotel with dull off-white color. As the first impression was so fancy and regal as soon as you entered the main lobby. From the velvet staff till bell boy everyone greeted with a smile on their faces. After a quick hotel tour, we proceeded to our room where the luggage was already been sent...
Rooms & Amenities
We were privileged to be staying at Presidential suite of AFOCH. The Hotel offers the finest luxury accommodation in Abu Dhabi. It’s classic style blends perfectly with modern touches. All rooms boast a superb selection of Arabic traditional amenities, carefully chosen to address all & every day need including wheel-chair accessibility and non-smoking zone. It was stunning and well equipped with each and every facility. With a round table dining area and a fully equipped and working kitchen it was so welcoming for your guests as well. Refrigerator and freezer with separately maintained temp control facilities is so convenient. Coffee machine and tea making facilities were dully provided. Cabinet, stove and cutlery was ample.
Mini bar has all the coolest attractions for kids along with fresh and health fruits basket bestowed on table.
Al Bathna restaurant serves a wide variety buffet options such as seafood, salads, stake and other dishes. They welcome their Guest’s to a lavish food spread every day in Al Bathna Buffet Restaurant promising a wonderful gastronomic experience.
The Buffet offers a grand feast of freshly marinated salads & Appetizers. They have international cuisine however many Arabic , Indian & Best seafood varieties are there. (Salmon, Oysters, Tuna, Sushi & Sashimi, Dim Sums, Mussels, Grilled Lobster, Steamed Crabs, Jumbo Shrimps etc). You get to taste the Seafood from the local Catch on their sea food special evening too. It was one of the largest buffet spreads we found in Abu Dhabi.
Prepared in unique culinary ways and with LIVE Station this culinary Journey at Al Bathna restaurant was memorable for me & family. Kids specially enjoyed at their secluded kids area within the dining hall with separate customized buffet for them, Popcorn stall and with an incredible Dessert Buffet, live Crepes & exotic Fruits stations.
Their special offerings will surely tickle your taste buds to remind you for long and to re-visit them again. Make sure you keep some room for desserts from around the world with Continental, Oriental, & Indian Delights & their Live Crepe Station which satisfied even the strongest sweet tooth.
Do not miss the European fine dining restaurant Kennedy for a unique culinary experience which is been re-launched in January this year. Also you can enjoy at the Mexican, sports style café and restaurant ‘The Taverna’,
You can relax and rejuvenate in their health club which boasts extensive, world-class sports and leisure facilities. Track & Field created to promote physical fitness and provide fun learning experiences for all ages. They have artificial, natural, dome & cage Football Courts, in short it’s an ultimate football ground in Abu Dhabi. To fulfill all you fitness and health needs you can approach their Cardio Gym, functional Hall, Mix or Ladies Gym.
For those interested there is The Caracal Shooting Club in ADOCH, the first commercial shooting club in Abu Dhabi. The ADOCH is equally interested to the welfare of the children. They have two swimming pools, one with Tunnel Slide and the other with Open Slides. Our pool is connected to the Children’s Village (play area with exciting game zone and toys) and Olympic Size Swimming Pool. I personally love their Steam Bath and Jazcuzzi set-up also their club Indoor sauna rooms are more private. Unlike other properties it is so convenient as sauna is near to the bathroom or Jacuzzi (to have a shower or a bath prior its usage).
Via Al Maqta Sports Hall, popular outdoor games are brought to interiors, like tennis, basketball, volleyball, handball, netball and football. Various packages are also available for children, adults, groups and corporate events. Other than that they also have Bowling Centre and Squash Court.
There is nothing to complaint off in our entire stay as we genuinely been treated very well by each and every staff. The only thing we observe and might suggest them to start some indoor commute buggy system or so, as due to the fact F&B restaurants, recreational facilities and other amenities been available in the other wing, it’s quite inconvenient for the elderly guest to walk all the way till the other end of the property. For health conscious people and young one it’s actually a good pleasant walk as you will entirely pass through the whole property within the covered centrally air-conditioned area exploring different parts of the property till you reach the Club side.
All in all, our trip was superb at the prestigious Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel. As claimed, it literally did intrigue and enthrall us. With its internationally acclaimed architectural design and unmatched Arabic hospitality this luxurious 5-star hotel is one of the most unique property in the modern urban landscape of the United Arab Emirates that we have reviewed so far. Their thoughtful little touches ensure that our stay is truly an unforgettable experience.
- Their impressive, inner garden, is one of the world’s largest assemblies of 142 species of plants in an indoor location.
- Hotel has eight restaurants and lounges serving diverse cuisines ranging from ambient lounges to European fine dining.
- They have Grand Theatre in capacity of Hotel with seating up to 700 pax or Cinema seating up to 200 px.
Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel have recently won the below 2 prestigious awards and have added to the none ending list of recognitions they have received altogether:
- Arabian Travel Award 2016
- Fact Dining Awards Abu Dhabi 2016
For inquiries and booking Tel: 00971 2 4415900.
Or visit www.afoc.mil.ae
First and foremost we would like to thanks IRIS Media team, Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel, Deputy General Manager, Mr. Peter Freeman, to ever smiling Dulce Ortega for such a warm welcome and Ameer for assisting us through out and all the other staff at the Hotel for being one of the most hospitable team we came across.