The approached to the hotel from the main road is one which gives rise to doom and depression - rough and unmade road, driving down between a truck stop filling station, and the industrial landscape has to be seen to be believed...
The area surrounding is filled with squalor and rubbish more akin to the average council tip. The abundant rubbish piles which surround the area are home to wild dogs and small groups can be seen roaming the area. Your heart drops along with your moral.
The compound, given the approach road and landscape, is a welcome sight, and once within the walls the staff are friendly and try hard to provide a service. The service has an air of promise that is never quite attained!
The rooms are small but adequate and everything is kept very clean.
The laundry service works well, and is good.
Much is made of the large TV screens, although the cable is from South Africa Company and the programs are not always relevant.
Facilities offered will suit some but not every one is thrilled by a gym.
There is however a swimming pool, but a requirement is water and this one is kept empty, just a hole in ground.
Any attempt to lounge pool side, if you were so inclined, is quickly curtailed by the stench, which cannot be described – sulphur, high levels of dust (anyone’s guess what that contains). One other health threat comes from the stagnant water which, given the high temperatures during the summer months, may attract mosquitoes and the problems they bring.
All in all this” hotel” is not for rest and relaxation after work, or at any other time. You would be foolish to even consider venturing outside the compound gates on foot; that is unless you have no regard for your own safety.
Depending on your views this is best described as adequate.
From the expats point of view the security aspects are not what they should be.
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- Also Known As:
- Western Park Compound Hotel Al Jubail