The Makarim Riyadh Hotel is located very close to King Khalid International Airport, northeast of Riyadh. There is no other hotel that close to the airport. Approaching the main entrance it really looked like a five star hotel.
First doubts about five star service came up when I experienced the hotel staff's poor ability to understand and speak english languange at the checkin counter. Entering my room on the fifth floor I was immediately hit by a heat wave. Obviously the room was not occupied for some days and the air condition was turned off. The result was a room temperature of well above 30 degrees centigrade.
The room was spacious with a good and clean bed and well equipped with flat TV, working desk, iron and ironing board, tea / coffee cooker and a mini bar. The bath room was clean but a little bit worn out. Trying to charge my phones and the laptop I experienced the next surprise: I found not less than four different standards of power plugs in the room - a nice exercise for the traveller's collection of power adapters ;-) .
The supreme hospitality at the airport's immigration counter was the reason for my arrival well after midnight and the reason for my desire to find some sleep very soon after arrival. However, the noise of the air condition made it somewhat difficult. My options were very limited: Try to sleep in a room of more than 30 degrees or try to ignore the a/c's noise.
The breakfast was okay but nothing special. As usual in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the enternainment options in and around the hotel were more than limited.
The Makarim Hotel is suitable for travellers who expect a three star standard and look for an accommodation close to the airport. For vacations I would recommend to look elsewhere.
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