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Durrah Beach Resort
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Red Sea Coastline | Po Box 430,, Jeddah 21411, Saudi Arabia   |  
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Ranked #24 of 94 Hotels in Jeddah
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

since i work in saudi and due to the closed atmosphere i usually go for week ends in this resort, its comfortable with good rooms, staff is not that much friendly, the place contains swimming pool, gym, restaurant, most of the rooms have good view i belief its good place for being in saudi arabia

Room Tip: always chose pool view
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Very good place to spend week. About 40 minutes north of the airport, and rather secluded. Steps from the red sea, there is a marina as well. Only a few restaurants and activities. Great place to let the kiddies splash in the sea.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Hotel condition and cleanliness not to bad. Hotel staff polite but not very forthcoming with information. Service was very slow with Saudi's regularly being served in front of you. When we arrived it was the school holidays and the hotel was full to bursting. The noise in and out of the hotel went on all night till 3 and 4 in the morning then the morning pray speakers just outside the hotel would start at 5 am. The roads around the hotel and in the street was like a race track something out of the Fast and Furious series of films with kids of all ages driving. When the school holidays ended the hotel became a ghost town with just a few guests. Service was still slow and the hotel was in sleep mode only the cafe dinner open for meals. The sports gym is not air conditioned and both treadmills are faulty as the belts slip, I asked the staff about this and got no reply. Maybe a good place for kids spring break but not for anything else as there is no restraint shown.

Room Tip: Try to be away from lifts and service laundry.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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58 reviews 58 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

I dont understand why all the hate the view is breath taken the room was fairly clean the staff was friendly and caring. Men and women have more freedom no abayas required nor clothing limitation. You can confidently wear any swimsuit you like. The breakfas was very good. U can rent a jetski jetboat golfcar everything is available. U can see the photos and have an idea

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2011

Stayed here in Feb-March 2011. The place is deserted Saturday to Wednesday, and packed on Thursday and Friday. About 40 minutes north of the airport, and rather secluded. Steps from the red sea, there is a marina as well. Only a few restaurants and activities. Great place to let the kiddies splash in the sea.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2010

if you want to have fun and swim in or out in the sea you can go to the Durrah but you have to check if it was new villa or not 'cause the new villas are the cleanest.

Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2009

I use Trip Advisor often when I travel and wasn't expecting much after I read the reviews for this hotel. As soon as I arrived I was pleasently surprised. I don't think some people have seen soviet or communist architecture because this place is not in that category. More European colonial I would say. The first and most important point to remember is that this hotel is in KSA with all of the lifestyle restrictions that imposes. So I wouldn't travel from outside of the country to holiday there but if you are in or around Jeddah then this is the in place to go. I believe there is more freedom for Saudis within the compound too.
The staff and management were great I thought. There were a lot of europeans at the hotel due to the event we were working on and the hotel tried to accommodate all requests as best they could. English was spoken by pretty much all staff to a lesser degree but I always got my point across and they always tried to help. Room cleaning was patchy as were the selection of different electrical sockets available in the rooms.
The food from the kitchens was limited in scope but top notch for quality especially the seafood, particularly the jumbo prawns. Also recommended is the lemon juice with mint drink that was occassionally available in the restaurant.
I was there as the Holy Month of Ramadan began and it was at that point that the hotel quietened down. Up to that point the entire night is taken up with the kids slamming doors and sliding around the stone floored corridors, the women and girls driving about in golf buggies and the male members of the family ripping it up on quads and motorbikes or cruising in their humvees with the rap music turned up. A taste of Arabian Grafitti although it should be no suprise that they are petrol heads. That all changed during Ramadan as I don't think it is so popular to holiday at that time if you are muslim.
The swimming pool was a no-go area for me. I think I saw the bottom of the pool twice in the month that I was there. This could partly be explained by the modest habit of the girls and women to swim in their clothes, although not totally.
As I was working nights and sleeping days I didn't get to see the coral reef or use the jet-skis but both are there. it has to be said that if you swim outside of the designated zone you are likely to get hit by a jet-ski going at full speed as they have no limit or policing of the riders, who are children a lot of the time. The Red Sea is salty but clear and beautifully blue so no problems there at all. That said you will see the sight of women in their abayas sat up to their nacks in the sea on plastic chairs so be prepared to swallow a little water.
On the whole for it's location and the restrictions within the country I thought the hotel made a good fist of looking after us.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Durrah Beach Resort

Address: Red Sea Coastline | Po Box 430,, Jeddah 21411, Saudi Arabia
Location: Saudi Arabia > Makkah Province > Jeddah
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Jeddah
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Durrah Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 227
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