Yas Hotel, Abu Dhabi $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:A bold architectural departure in an emirate known for its social conservatism and palace-style resorts, the Yas Hotel straddles Abu Dhabi's new marina and Formula One race circuit, beneath a wing-shaped grid of 5,016 glass lozenges. Large beige-and-gray-toned rooms have an iPhone meets Austin Powers geekchicness and are equipped with mood lighting and high-tech desks facilitating travel-gadget connectivity; more significant, some have not only balconies but free-standing bathtubs and toilets from which you can watch cars shrieking around the course. Designed by the glass-loving New York firm Asymptote, the hotel is the centerpiece of the formerly barren Yas Island, now a $40 billion testosterone-fueled leisure zone that includes an 18-hole golf course and, starting this summer, a Ferrari World theme park with the world's fastest roller coaster. The rooftop Skylite bar and six restaurants, of which Kazu, serving Japanese, is the most popular, are already modish nightlife outposts for Abu Dhabi residents, who travel by a 12-lane highway from island to developed desert island across what is becoming an urban archipelago. The only downside to staying here is the shortage of public taxis in what is not yet a residential district, but friendly concierges manage to shift coming-and-going guests into the house limos (Porsche Cayennes and lesser sedans) with a pit stop crew's efficiency. Given the hotel's newness and 499 guest rooms, some services have yet to shift into high gear.2010 Hot List
Which room to book: Marina Executive suites like No. 2305 have sculptural beds and unimpeded views from everywhereincluding the toilet and bathtubof the race track and luxury yacht slips.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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