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Review: The Abu Dhabi EDITION

Review: The Abu Dhabi EDITION

Towards the end of my time in the Middle East, I booked myself into The Abu Dhabi EDITION to seek out another experience with the EDITION brand.

This boutique luxury lifestyle property was the brand’s first property in the region, having opened its doors in 2018. Given my many recent positive experiences with EDITION hotels, I was curious to see how the Abu Dhabi location would compare.

The Abu Dhabi EDITION – Booking

The lowest cash rates at this property fall at around 700 AED ($260 CAD); however, on average, you can expect to pay 1,000 AED ($370 CAD). During the busiest times, they can climb upwards of 2,500 AED ($915 CAD).

Meanwhile, redeeming points at The Abu Dhabi EDITION will typically run you between 35,000–60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

Luckily, I was holding a Free Night Award worth 50,000 points from my American Express US Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card, which I then topped up with another 10,000 points, for a total award cost of 60,000 points.

For those with an eligible Free Night Award on hand, if the nightly cash rates are on the higher end, it can indeed be a worthwhile use at this property.

Given the high cash rates at the time of my stay and our target valuation of Marriott Bonvoy points at 0.9 cents per point (CAD), I was pretty happy with the value that I got out of this redemption.

If you don’t have Bonvoy points or Free Night Awards at your disposal, The Abu Dhabi EDITION participates in Marriott STARS, a preferred partner program.

By booking your stay through an authorized travel advisor, you’ll pay the same as the best-available flexible rate, but you’ll enjoy a suite of perks, including complimentary breakfast for two, a $100 (USD) property credit, and more.

In addition, there’s a nice extra perk for Marriott STARS bookings at The Abu Dhabi EDITION: guests will be eligible to use the beach club facilities of the nearby St. Regis Abu Dhabi.

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