The man from the Mercure

I’ve moved from the Ramada Downtown and I’m now ensconced at the Mercure City Centre, Abu Dhabi.

As this is an Accor Hotel, I’m on more familiar turf here. The hotel — one of the oldest in the Abu Dhabi CBD (and, I believe, originally The Novotel), is showing a bit of wear and tear, but the experience so far has been very pleasant.

I am a little familiar with this hotel because I’ve visited it several times — to have a drink at the bar, Mood Indigo (or “Moody Dingo” as some of my friends call it), and I’ve visited the nightclub, Blitz, which is well known in the Abu Dhabi expat community for its talented band (and, to be honest, for being frequented by single women).

There’s also a nice bistro-style restaurant, Le Beaujolais, where I once spent a very pleasant afternoon with good friends. It is also highly rated on various web forums.

The room is a decent size, with everything I need, including free wi-fi, a bathroom with a tub, a comfy sitting area, and a decent view of the cityscape and the streets below.

The hotel’s location in Hamdan Street puts me in the heart of the city.

More later.

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