Abu Dhabi Sheraton chalks out multi-million dollar renovation

Khalifa ... promise of better facilities.

Multi-million dollar renovations at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi will upgrade all 259 guestrooms and suites, double the size of the banqueting areas, create a spacious new foyer, and introduce a new cigar bar and a fusion restaurant.

Existing restaurants and bar are also being revamped, the hotel said in a statement.

The renovation is the latest phase in a Dh100 million ($27.2 million) makeover at the landmark hotel, following completion last May of the adjoining Sheraton Palms Resort.

General manager Ahmed Khalifa said the hotel will remain in operation during the renovation.

"With its impressive architecture and prominent location on the Corniche, Sheraton Abu Dhabi is a unique landmark boasting a beautiful view of the Arabian Gulf, and only a short walking distance from the shopping and commercial districts," he said.

"The renovation will further enhance its status, providing guests with even better features and facilities."

The hotel's existing Liwa Brasserie is being converted to a cigar bar with live piano entertainment and a fusion restaurant.

The popular Italian restaurant La Mamma will be completely refurbished and will be relocated temporarily to the premises adjacent to the health club while work is in progress.

The adjoining Tavern Pub will also be relocated temporarily to the Snack Bar while renovation is carried out.

Upon completion of the refurbishment, there will be a total of three executive tower floors.