It is quite bizarre to walk through the front door and find the whole ground level totally empty. Yes, there is a desk in what should be reception, but there is no one there.
If you shouted "hello" it would come back with the echo "hello, hello".
Someone eventually appears and you are directed to the lift and go to the second floor where there is a reception and some people.
The rooms are clean (and extremely spacious if you opt for the senior suite). Everything is quite okay. TV with quite a few channels including BBC World. Very nice bathroom with clean towels and the usual shampoos etc. Hot water too, if you leave it running for five minutes. I asked for an iron and board and also an adaptor to charge my phone. There within five minutes.
The restaurant, which was buffet style for dinner and breakfast, served a surprisingly good variety of food. You could find something to your taste wherever you are from. Top notch cheese and chilli omelette cooked to order for breakfast.
There is also a pastry shop which I did not sample but looked to have a good choice.
There were a severe lack of nightlife options available which was not a surprise.
If you have the misfortune to have to stay in Hafr-Al-Batin for whatever reason then this is the place to go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Holiday Inn Hafr Al Batin, the only luxurious hotel in the city and affiliated to an International chain. Located at the crossroads to Kuwait/Jordan/ Iraq from Saudi Arabia, Hafr Al Batin has been for centuries a popular 'stay-over' place for travellers. Every guest staying at Hafr Holiday Inn is assured of a great night's sleep, a great breakfast and a warm friendly welcome. The 7-floor hotel is situated in the heart of the city. In addition to its 150 guest rooms, it offers some unique facilities for the guest, including international restaurants, meeting rooms for up to 450 delegates and a banquet hall for 300 guests. Equally impressive are the hotel's leisure facilities that include a roof-top swimming pool, gymnasium, whirpools, sauna and steam room. ... more less
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