This brand new hotel is opulent! The architecture and gardens are quiet spectacular as you enter the main gate. The public spaces are HUGE; rooms are about average for a luxury hotel. Service is excellent and the staff is very friendly. There are several problems though. At the moment there is only one restaurant and every meal is a lavish buffet. If you want a light meal, your only option is Room Service. The other bigger issue is that the pool, spa, and fitness center only permit "gentleman" to enter. In a brand new extravagant international hotel such as this one has to wonder why there aren't separate facilities for women or (at least) separate hours. I do not want to challenge the culture or customs but it would seem that something acceptable might have been planned to accommodate an international clientele.
The other problem is that the hotel location is bad. It is isolated from the city and there is nothing (NOTHING) nearby. If you want to go for a walk, you can only walk the grounds. There are no restaurants or shopping nearby. NOTHING! No lobby shop. I needed ibuprofen. Forget it without a long car trip. Fortunately a colleague had brought a good supply along.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, guests retreat to a 5-star hotel that offers an abundance of space for luxury to unfold. Our Riyadh hotel's 52 acres of lavishly landscaped gardens and our palatial accommodations address every need of the most discerning traveler. Our luxury Riyadh hotel's tempting amenities and signature spaces are perfect for those who come to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to work or for pleasure. The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh features 493 guest rooms and suites, including 2-bedroom Royal suites and 1-bedroom Executive suites, along with 62,000 square feet of space for events. Our state-of-the-art conference rooms and grand ballrooms are ideal for hosting a variety of types of meetings. The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh features a gentlemen's-only spa that offers an indoor heated pool and garden views from floor-to-ceiling windows. ... more less
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