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Staying in the world’s most leaning hotel – Hyatt Capital Gate

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When researching things to do in Abu Dhabi, there are a few landmarks that are regularly mentioned. One of them is the Capital Gate building. Just 15 minutes away from Abu Dhabi Airport and located next to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the Capital Gate building is one of the tallest buildings in Abu Dhabi. It is also the ‘World’s Furthest Leaning Man Made Tower,’ and has a certificate from the Guinness Book of World Records to prove it. The building leans at an astonishing 18 degrees to the west, four times more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa. And unlike the latter, this structure was specifically designed to lean this way. On my recent visit there, my family and I got to experience it in the best way possible – by staying in the five-star Hyatt Capital Gate hotel, which is located inside the building.

Hyatt Capital Gate view

View from the hotel

The hotel has 167 hotel rooms and 22 luxurious suites which are situated between the 18th and 33rd floors. After a warm welcome at the reception area, we went to our rooms on the 28th floor, where we were welcomed in an even sweeter way – with personalized platters of gourmet chocolates and bowls of fresh fruit.

Hyatt Capital Gate

A very sweet welcome

We had two inter-leading rooms, one for us and one for the kids. Both were huge and had equally spacious bathrooms. The kids loved having so much extra space in a hotel room. There was a comfortable King-size Grand Bed in each room as well as a sitting area and a workstation. The mini-bar and the beverage drawer were subtly placed in the wall panelling and the safe was large enough to store and charge a laptop. Complimentary internet was provided.

Hyatt Capital Gate bedroom

Bedroom

The décor was modern and trendy. Floor-to-ceiling windows provided amazing views of the city and the coastline. I enjoyed looking at the islands, mansions and royal palaces from there.

The marble bathrooms had an enclosed shower area with a rain shower, and another enclosed area with a toilet and bidet. A deep bathtub with mood lighting created a relaxing bath time zone. Comfortable bathrobes and slippers were provided. A transparent glass window separated the bathroom from the bedroom, however a roll-down screen was available for those who prefer their bathroom activities to be private, like us.

Hyatt Capital Gate bathroom

Bathroom

On the ground floor of the building is a lounge area, a coffee shop called Profiterole and a gift shop. Offices occupy the lower half of the building

Hyatt Capital Gate lounge

The Ground Floor Lounge area

The hotel’s reception is located on the 18th floor, at one end of an opulent lounge with several comfortable seating areas, and a small library. Teas, coffees and sweet treats are served in the lounge, and it makes a great meeting and socializing place.

Hyatt Capital Gate lounge

The Lounge

Also on the 18th floor is the hotel’s signature restaurant, the appropriately named “18 Degrees”, which specializes in Mediterranean cuisine. We enjoyed breakfast there. The dining room is huge and has open kitchens where one can view the chefs at work. There is an outdoor terrace too, which is a great place to eat, weather-permitting. Breakfast consisted of a wide variety of dishes, including Arabic, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine as well as fresh fruit and pastries.

18 Degrees Hyatt

18 Degrees

In the evening, after a long day exploring Abu Dhabi, we ordered delicious Pizzas and Club Sandwiches from Room Service, which the kids especially enjoyed.

Hyatt Capital Gate food

Room Service

All the public areas share the great views of the city. Rayana Spa (meaning ‘Gates of Heaven), on the 19th floor, is the highest spa in Abu Dhabi. It offers a range of holistic treatments that embraces its desert location. I didn’t get an opportunity to experience it on this visit though. The Fitness Centre contains state-of-the-art cardio and resistance machines and gym lovers can have a great workout with a view here. A suspended swimming pool area with sunbeds overhangs the building. There is a helipad on the top of the building too, if that’s your mode of transport.

Hyatt Capital Gate swimming pool

The Swimming Pool

There are many reasons to stay at the Hyatt Capital Gate hotel: the comfortable rooms, the panoramic views and bragging rights for having stayed in an architectural marvel are just some of them. Go and experience it for yourself.

2018 Update. The Hyatt Capital Gate is now known as the Andaz Capital Gate. Book your stay here.

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Parnashree Devi

Wow..I did not know about Capital Gate building . I am sure that it must have been an amazing experience to stay in a leaning hotel. I am very excited to explore it someday. The view from the hotel was superb. Having a meal in their signature restaurant 18 degrees would be a great gastronomic affair.

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Kevin Del Prado

Wow! It looks like a modern Leaning Tower of Pisa. We all know that Hyatt produces world class hotels so I probably list this one down on my go-to hotels around the world.

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Ha

The bathroom looks really fancy with those decorations. Also, I love the view of this hotel too! Swimming and enjoying a great time in the pool with the beautiful view of the city are definitely memorable. I’d love to stay in this place and experience all of these features.

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Ivy

I love the decor of this place! I haven’t gotten a chance to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa yet- I can only imagine how crazy this Hyatt is. I’ll definitely be checking this building out when I visit Abu Dhabi!

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James

I just visited the Leaning Tower of Pisa so it’s interesting to read about this hotel. It looks incredible in the pictures – 4 times more than the lean of the Pisa Tower is amazing! It looks like a wonderful place to stay too – very luxurious.

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Dann Castillo

Wow! Such a fancy and luxurious place! I can see why you and your family enjoyed your stay. That bathtub… Geez, I could spend an entire day there. I have stayed in so many hostels and Airbnbs lately that I need to treat myself with a fancy hotel room. Abu Dhabi is on my bucket list, so it’s good to know. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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Tom

Oh wow I thought I knew all the hotels in Abu Dhabi, but this is the first time I am seeing this. Happy for you, you got to stay there and cool to read about your experiences.

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Rachelle Gordon

I think I’d love to stay here if nothing else but the views and that rooftop pool! I think it’s cool that they can boast the highest-up spa in Abu Dhabi. Bummer that you weren’t able to experience it this time. The hotel looks really welcoming and offers a nice respite for your family!

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Jen Morrow

That pool does not disappoint, what a view! Hyatt properties are consistently good and this one looks like it exceeds expectations. That architecture is just wild.

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