A good place to stay in Riyadh that is westernized, yet respects its place in the Kingdom. The room was nice, but I was taken aback by the pricing. It varied from $175USD/night to over $465/USD night based on the night of the week, and the groups staying there (more Yanks? Price goes up. Fewer Yanks, price goes down...). It was in a good location to my customer, and I did feel secure while there (they ran a bomb/metal detector under our car every time we came back to the property, and their were armed patrols if you looked very closely). The steakhouse is OK (steak is not a primary staple of the Saudi diet) and the more casual restaurant had a good variety of items to mix it up for the western palate. The real find was the Executive Center on the 5th Floor. During the breakfast and dinner hours it presented exceptional local dishes and some western "buffet" fare that I would just as soon have rather than the normal restaurant areas. The typical Saudi food was fantastic, and I would recommend going with that over their (poor, but much appreciated) attempts at "bacon" (finely shaved strips of beef with spices) or "sausage" (turkey or chicken rolls with some spice). Pork is forbidden, as well as alcohol, so plan on having the typical Saudi dishes with a soda or water, and you'll have a great meal. If you are vegetarian or vegan, you'll have blast. Angus is a carnivore, so it took a bit of getting used to.
- Also Known As:
- Marriott Riyadh Hotel
- Marriott Riyadh Hotel Riyadh
- Marriott Riyadh
- Riyadh Marriott
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riyadh Marriott Hotel stands majestically in the center of Riyadh City's corporate, financial and governmental agencies. This luxurious Marriott hotel in Riyadh is just minutes-drive from major shopping malls and downtown districts with easy access to King Khalid International Airport. The hotel offers excellent services in our Makarim Convention Center, Atrium Cafe, Mosaic Mediterranean Restaurant and Terrace Grill Restaurant. After business meetings and Riyadh attractions, relax in our indoor swimming pool and spa at Bodyline Health Club & Spa. You may just want the serenity and comfort in any of the 391 business-friendly rooms and suites with new beds from Marriott, down comforters, designer duvets and fluffier pillows. This multi-awarded, convenient hotel is perfect for business, conferences, events, weekend getaways, family travel and wedding. It has also 20 flexible meeting rooms, state-of-the-art space that includes Grand Ballroom and breakout rooms. Come and experience our unique Arabian hospitality. ... more less
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