Le Méridien Hub: a sensory experience
Upon entering the hotel, the first thing you will notice is the Le Méridien Hub: a reinterpretation of the traditional hotel lobby, an inspiring environment where Le Royal Méridien has focused in giving its guests a sensory experience.
The space features integrated floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, and plenty of glass surfaces that capture Abu Dhabi sunny weather.
The bathroom is quite lush with modern features and marble slates. I liked how the space has been used to offer choices for both a bathtub and a shower.
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Below is a video focusing on Le Méridien Hub and the Deluxe Twin Bedroom that I stayed in, so feel free to have a look at the clip below before I proceed on telling you more about the outlets.
In addition, sight wise, you can't miss the two huge contemporary sculptures made of letters and numbers that are positioned on the sides of the Hub's front steps. The concept for these art works made by local artists members of the LM100 is to portray Abu Dhabi's diversity and position as an international crossroads. To find out more about the artistic collaboration between Le Royal Méridien and LM100 please click here.
SOUND: A beautiful sight can only be enhanced with the right sounds. With this in mind Le Méridien, again in collaboration with LM100, has introduced a new musical innovation called ‘Don’t stop the music’. This is a unique 24-hour playlist that is far more than just "ambient music", it's been created to inspire you with a selection of the best in pop, soul, rock and electro from four continents. The 1,500 tracks are divided into four moods to suit the time of day.
SCENT: So, you have fabulous sights and delightful sounds, your experience can only be completed with the unique signature scent by Le Méridien: the LM01™ created by Le Fabrice Penot and Eddie Roschi.
I've an acute sense of smell, and actually there are a couple of hotels in Dubai that I avoid, despite being 5* gorgeous hotels, because I cannot stand their signature scents, so I immediately noticed the one at Le Royal Méridien in Abu Dhabi, and I really liked it.
It's energetic with woody tones; I then found out that it's combining fragrances of incense, iris, ginger, cedar and moss. I also learnt that the scent concept is one of discovery, culture and exploration. Being that I am naturally an explorer, I realized why I had an instant liking to this scent.
Food & Beverage outlets
I had two options for breakfast: the all-day-dining Cafe` Palmier or the artisan bakery and bistro` whEAT. As I couldn't (even with the best of intentions), have them both I decided to go with whEAT.
Enough of those sickly looking and super strong lattes that I taste around, please! I really don't care for you to draw pretty hearts or leafs on the top, what I would much rather love, it's a well made cafe` latte!
How is that made? A well made latte needs to have the coffee shot sitting on the milk and very importantly it needs to be only 1/3 of the glass or cup. 2/3 of it must be milk.
Anything different is NOT a cafe` latte. Then we, cafe` latte drinkers, like to have a good foam on top, this should be about 1.5 to 2.5 cm thick anything more or less is just ruining the experience, if it's a big thick foam I just feel it's not value for money, if it's too thin I just think you can't do your job and deprived me of my latte experience, so please if you are reading this, take the picture I offer you from whEAT of how a cafe` latte must look like and go back to your drawing board until you can make it exactly the same.
Then, please write to me and I will be more than happy to come try it out.
As far as whEAT baristas go, well you made it to perfection and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
But let's move on to the food...the Baker's Breakfast is simply put one of the best breakfasts I had in weeks. I could easily make the drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi on a Friday morning, just to come back and enjoy this! Everything, including the grilled tomato was cooked and seasoned to perfection.
A generous portion of veal bacon and two tasty poached eggs are sitting on thick toasts waiting eagerly to meet your palate! If a good day is seen from the breakfast, believe me after the Baker's Breakfast you are set for the most amazing of days!
The ambiance reminds me one of those lovely bakeries in Italy or France, with lots of light wood, natural lighting and a fragrant aroma of freshly baked bread to welcome you in. There are in fact 8 international types of breads that will take you all across Europe, from Ireland to Poland, from France to Germany, to Italy and more.
This is an ideal place for an on-the-go breakfast with its delicious muffins and brioches or if you are looking to try something more filling there is a good variety of breakfast dishes, from porridge. to BNB and croque madame, to mention but a few.
I started my day with a cafe` latte and the Baker's Breakfast which includes: 2 thick slices of toast, topped with veal bacon, poached eggs, tomato & béarnaise sauce. I hope you had your breakfast, because the photos below are guaranteed to get your taste buds frolicking!
Bringing his successful concept of the “hotel as home” to the capital, with Market Kitchen, we experience a restaurant environment that's portrayed as a casual family kitchen not only in the setting but also in the menu.
I loved the decor of Market Kitchen, and in the evening I had the chance to attend a cocktail masterclass hosted by Market Kitchen's manager Bruno and Stratos' Bar Manager Alex.
I know that you loved previous articles on cocktails and cocktails recipes, so I will do a separate write up on the cocktail masterclass in the Food & Bar section, so stay tuned!
Read a separate article for Amalfi here.
This is an ideal hotel for a city, family or business break.
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