We opted to stay at a budget hotel in Abu Dhabi because we were splurging on our Maldives stay, and after extensive research, we selected the Southern Sun Abu Dhabi. We ended up loving this hotel. Upon our arrival after many many hours traveling, we were greeted with a special welcome beverage, dates, and warm towels. The room itself was decent - we went with the standard option. There were nicer rooms available. We thoroughly enjoyed the upstairs bar and lounge area and spent every night there, eating sushi, having drinks, and smoking hookah, often until midnight or later. Bhavish, our bartender, was fantastic, and went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed every beverage. He's truly passionate about bartending - if you see him, tell him we sent you! If you're looking for a four star hotel at two star prices, look no further than Southern Sun Abu Dhabi!