My colleagues and I were on an extended visit for work staying at Le Meridien. The building and grounds are pretty, the rooms are clean and well furnished, and the food is adequate. What we found most rewarding was the hotel staff. They are a mix of Saudis and expats who are friendly, curious, cooperative, and hardworking. We got to know many over our stay, and they made the trip. Due to the length of our stay, the hotel management was willing to negotiate a moderately reduced rate - they didn't have to, but they did. We had people coming and going, too, so our billing was complicated, but the management was helpful and congenial in sorting this out at the end. The hotel hosted two large conferences and numerous wedding celebrations while we were there. The conferences appeared well organized and serviced; the wedding celebrations ran well into the night, but the sound was contained and did not keep us from sleeping.
Shortcomings include that: (1) The hotel is isolated and is a long walk from shopping and restaurants; on the other hand, this keeps it quiet and there are taxis. (2) In-room wi-fi is costly and for the price of the rooms really ought to be complementary. There is free lobby wi-fi that can be accessed from most floors around a central atrium, but logging on can be irregular probably due to limited bandwidth. (3) The business center charges per print or scan. The cost of the rooms is high enough that these nickel-and-dime charges are a little irritating. If you just need a photocopy, ask the guys at the front desk, they will make a few in an instant. (4) The restaurant dinner buffet is expensive. The room service dinners are much cheaper and are adequate - expect 30-45 min for dinner to arrive. The breakfast buffet is complementary and has sufficient diversity and abundance that you can make some sandwiches to take for lunch on the job. (5) As noted by other reviews, the hotel lacks amenities that one might expect (gift or other shops, 24 hour snack bar or diverse restaurants, pool or fitness center). Although the grounds and interior look spectacular, this is really more a business hotel and certainly is not a resort.
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Medina Hotel Medina
- Medina Le Meridien
- Le Meridien Medina Al Madinah