World’s First Warner Bros. Hotel Opens Its Doors to Guests on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island
The WB™ Abu Dhabi, Curio Collection by Hilton invites visitors on a journey through the World of Warner Bros.’ most iconic films & television series
ABU DHABI, UAE - Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading curator of magnetic experiences, in collaboration with Warner Bros., home to one of the most well-known and successful collections of brands and characters in the world, announced The WB™ Abu Dhabi, Curio Collection by Hilton, located on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, the first-ever Warner Bros. themed hotel, has officially opened its doors to guests. The hotel allows guests to see their favorite stories and characters brought to life through unique hospitality experiences that only the rich history and storied legacy of Warner Bros. could offer.
HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of Miral, said, “This is yet another great moment for us, with The WB Abu Dhabi hotel opening on Yas Island, further positioning it as a top global destination for leisure, entertainment and business. We are very proud of our long-standing partnership with both Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment and Hilton, bringing world firsts and global hospitality offerings and experiences to Abu Dhabi.”
Featuring over 400 curated images and film and TV props, guests at the world’s first Warner Bros. hotel will be treated to a journey of discovery through film and television, enjoying Warner Bros.’ rich history and library of timeless productions at every touchpoint from arrival to check out. While dining in one of five restaurants on the property, you can listen as the piano from “Westworld,” the hit HBO science fiction TV show, plays a familiar tune. Visitors can stroll through the lobby or admire the 360-degree city and sea views alongside their favorite props and costumes from Warner Bros. films and TV shows. Kids and families can ring up one of their favorite Looney Tunes characters for a room service treat brought to them by the Wascally Wabbit, Bugs Bunny himself.
Pam Lifford, president of WarnerMedia Global Brands and Experiences said, “Our dream has come true with the grand opening of the first-ever Warner Bros. branded hotel. Our incredible partners at Miral and Hilton have helped us make this vision a reality for our fans around the world. We always strive to be fan-focused and have developed an exceptional hospitality experience for them to further connect with the iconic Warner Bros. brands, franchises, and characters they know and love. Guests visiting Warner Bros. World right next door will have the ultimate encore to their park experience by relaxing and treating themselves to a stay at The WB Abu Dhabi.
Jochem-Jan Sleiffer, president, Hilton, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, said, “With the opening of The WB Abu Dhabi hotel as part of Curio Collection by Hilton, we continue our successful partnership with Miral on Yas Island. This is the second of three hotels we are opening together, following on from the opening of Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island earlier this year, with DoubleTree by Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island Residences soon to come. This property is a perfect representation of what Curio Collection by Hilton is all about, unique locations and experiences that carry their own distinct identity as a concept underpinned by the same upscale Hilton service.”
Guests of The WB Abu Dhabi hotel begin their story as they pull up to the hotel and are greeted by digital screens that span the height of the building, playing over 35 different pieces of original content created for the hotel. Before entering the hotel, visitors won’t want to miss the iconic “Friends” fountain, or snapping a pic with the all-new Batmobile from the upcoming highly anticipated film, “The Batman.” Guests will then enter the lobby and be drawn to the hotel’s uniquely designed lobby columns. A spectacular Living Archive (spiral staircase) also resides in the lobby and will house an evolving collection of items dedicated to the vast depth and history of WB’s role in entertainment. It will showcase original films and several Warner Bros. props such as cowboy boots from the 1956 film “Giant,” worn by James Dean, Michael Keaton’s cowl from 1989 film “Batman,” an original drawing from “The Great Gatsby” and so much more. As guests continue their journey, the storytelling experience is further enriched with guest room corridors displaying a curated gallery of artwork.
Furnishings with nods to Warner Bros. legacy of rich storytelling make up each of the hotel’s 257 rooms. Three themes have inspired the guestroom artwork. The first theme, “From Script to Screen,” highlights standout moments from Warner Bros.’ movies and shows and documents the journey from the written page to the final shot. The second theme, “Artist Confidential,” celebrates a variety of talent in front of and behind the camera in some of Warner Bros.’ favorite productions. The third theme, “The Vault” features rarely seen images from Warner Bros.’ most memorable archives.
Accompanying the hotel’s unique design is a broad range of world-class food and beverage offerings featuring five dining options catering to both adults and children. Craft Services, located in the lobby lounge, offers a relaxing coffee break after a busy day, while Sidekicks is the perfect family-friendly place for socializing and interacting while enjoying a flavorful international menu. For those lounging by the pool, The Matinee provides a casual dining option for guests of all ages, complete with a dive-in pool theatre and Mediterranean menu. Guests looking to indulge in an elegant dining experience can visit The Director’s Club, offering a sophisticated meatery with charcoal ovens, perfectly aged cuts, and a menu selection of dishes serving the mature palate. Finally, guests can enjoy an experience at The Overlook, a fabulous lounge with a relaxing infinity pool and beautiful 360-degree city, theme park and sea views.
The hotel is home to a host of leisure amenities for guests to enjoy, whether that’s lounging by the family pool area, working out in the fitness center, relaxing in the spa, exploring the artwork and props or shopping in the Warner Bros. store, the Prop Shop. For younger guests, the Kid’s Club will offer a vibrant and playful space designed to bring Warner Bros.’ characters to life. Some of WB’s world-renowned characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and others will participate in entertaining activities throughout the hotel providing guests memories that will last a lifetime. The hotel also caters for business meetings and events with a large 394-square meter multi-function ballroom and expansive meeting room facilities perfect for events.
The WB Abu Dhabi is located adjacent to the award-winning Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi, the world's largest indoor theme park which features six truly immersive lands, including DC's Metropolis and Gotham City, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch and Warner Bros. Plaza, along with 29 state-of-the-art exhilarating rides, interactive family-friendly attractions, and unique live entertainment. Each registered room guest will have access to the park as well as other Yas Island attractions for every night stay.
Located 12 kilometers from Abu Dhabi Airport, the hotel is also walking distance from Yas Waterworld and a 5-minute drive to all other Yas Island unique attractions and experiences. Additionally, Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi’s first-of-its-kind multi-purpose indoor entertainment venue, and Yas Marina Circuit – home of the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, are in close proximity, making the hotel the ideal place to stay all year round.
The hotel is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty programme for Hilton’s 18 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, exclusive member discounts, free standard Wi-Fi and access to the Hilton Honors mobile app.
Miral is Abu Dhabi's creator of destinations, uniting people and places through unique, immersive and exciting experiences. Responsible for the development and management of Yas Island, Miral's assets encompass entertainment, hospitality, leisure, sport, dining, retail, and real estate destinations. Today, Yas Island is home to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi, Yas Links Golf Course, Yas Mall, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Marina and seven hotels, including the flagship Hotel W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island. For more information, please visit: www.miral.ae
About Warner Bros Themed Entertainment
Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment (WBTE), part of WarnerMedia Global Brands and Experiences, is a worldwide leader in the creation, development and licensing of location-based entertainment, live events, exhibits and theme park experiences based on WarnerMedia’s iconic characters, stories, and brands. WBTE is home to the groundbreaking global locations of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, WB Movie World Australia, and countless other experiences inspired by DC, Looney Tunes, Scooby, Game of Thrones, Friends and more. With best-in-class partners, WBTE allows fans around the world to physically immerse themselves inside their favorite brands and franchises.
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