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The Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi to Become the First Andaz in the Middle East

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Written by Charlie

The beautiful Hyatt Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi is about to become the first Andaz hotel in the Middle East. Find out about this rebrand and when you can expect to stay in this new Andaz hotel.

I have stayed at the Hyatt Capital Gate a few times and found it to be a wonderful property with a fantastic staff. The rooms are unique in both their shapes and the views they provide. Also, it is an incredible value at a Hyatt Category 3 (eligible for the anniversary free night with the Hyatt credit card or at a cost of 12,000 points per night or 6,000 points and $75 with Points+Cash).

The Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi to Become the First Andaz in the Middle East

Link: Hyatt Press Release

Hyatt Capital Gate

The exterior (or a portion of it) of the building housing the Hyatt Capital Gate

Now, the Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi will be rebranded to the Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi later this year. This will be the first Andaz property in the Middle East and number eighteen for the Andaz brand around the world.

I have stayed at a couple of Andaz properties and always found them be nice hotels that embrace the non-hotel mentality that Hyatt aims for. For example, the check-in process is definitely not like your typical hotel where the entrance is more of a spread out and personalized layout for the agents to help you with the process and walk you through the hotel.

About Andaz Hotels

Hyatt’s goal with the Andaz brand is to “weave the sights, sounds and tastes of their surroundings into each property for an experience that truly immerses guests in the eclectic culture of each local destination. Through personalized, unscripted service, Andaz hotels create a barrier-free environment where guests are encouraged to explore their personal sense of style and become inspired by the spirit of the culture around them.”

One of the things I enjoy about Andaz properties is that the snacks and minibars (nonalcoholic drinks only) are complimentary. In large cities like NYC, that is a very nice perk to have when even a small bottle of water might cost $2 or more out on the street! This goes with the more laid back style of the Andaz brand and certainly something that budget-conscious travelers will find useful! 🙂


The Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi is due to open under the rebrand in late 2018. It will keep the 189 rooms but no mention at this time if the 22 of those that are currently suites will remain as suites. It will also remain in its place from the 18th – 33rd floors of the Capital Gate building. The hotel is certainly a visual attraction and the hotel has offered me some wonderful experiences in the past (including a fantastic breakfast area with great views and wonderful food that included local plates).

Award Category Change?

I just hope that it stays a Category 3! There is only one other Andaz in the system that is a Category 3 or under so I wouldn’t be surprised if this property popped up to a Category 4, using the rebrand as an excuse to change categories. In case I am right and you were planning a stay here at some point, I would go ahead and book it now if you are going to have a trip there sometime later this year or next year.

I look forward to staying here again under the Andaz brand! I had a fantastic experience during my last stay here as the staff went out of their way to make the hotel the perfect starting and finishing point for my 3rd marathon run of the 6 I did on 6 continents in 5 days. Not only that, but some of the staff even braved the 110+ degree heat to run with me for a few kilometers! They all definitely went above and beyond to assist me during my short stay!


The great crew of runners at the Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

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