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The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

If you like your hotels big and grand with plenty of bling this is the place for you. In acres of grounds and with an entrance to rival regal palaces it is certainly in your face.
Big rooms with all mod cons. Staff are friendly and helpful.
Good buffet breakfast and the buffet evening meal has plenty to choose from. The Italian and Chinese restaurants are ok but expensive for what you get.
Biggest drawback if the wifi- expensive and not that effective in the rooms. Be careful, if you are there for a conference the wifi does not work in the meeting rooms so you pay for your 24 hrs and need to walk to the lobby to get connection.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled on business
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1  Thank Pwillholme
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

I've been staying in many hotels in Riyadh for business reasons, I happened to stay in this one for 15 days in a row. The hotel is gorgeous and the impression you get from the entrance is fantastic. Rooms are just a bit below the expectation set by the reception lobby. Yuo get welcome food in room and fresh fruit every day and the srvice is nothing less than fantastic. Hotel is brand new. Restaurants and Breakfast are by far the better in Riyadh, they are expensive but the quality fully justifies the cost. The breakfast buffet selection is simply impressive.
This is not my favorite hotel in Riyadh for a couple of reasons:
1) is basically attached to the diplomatic quarter so it's a little bit far from Riyadh Downtown (Olaya/Thalia St), taxi cabs are not allowed to enter the hotel space so you need to call a taxi driver by phone or use the Hotel Transportation which is expensive.
2) A lot of diplomatic people and military people use the hotel and security measures are everywhere and very strict. Many bodyguards sometimes armed

Rest of hotel is very ok, sometime the place is crowded. One big plus is the swimming pool, beautiful. Room service is excellent and quality of food exceptional.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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2  Thank Giuseppe F
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

There is not much to say about the hotel itself - very opulent, great service, breakfast, comortable rooms. As a European woman however I lack appropriate facilities for females - the spa, gym and swimming pool are all men-only. Admittedly, there is a small ladies-only gym, which is a nice touch, but insufficient and can get too busy very easily (it only contains two treadmills, a bike, some hand weights, mats and exercise balls). Seeing that other hotels in KSA (like the Four Seasons) have introduced much more generous facilities for the women, The Ritz should also step up the game if they want to remain in the top league of Riyadh hotels.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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2  Thank MonTravelling
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

This hotel physically lacks nothing. It is the appitamy of luxury. From the arrival, check in, concierge and general staff efficiency everything is just right. All this said, it lacks what would make it top class........CHARACTER, WARMTH.........Personality, for the lack of a better word. Even if I could afford it......not for me thank you!

Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
1  Thank trimbuster
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

I was just here for a short overnight stay, wish I could have explored more. Classic decor in stunning fashion, with unique chandeliers, painted and vaulted ceiling frescos, sections of the hotel in their own unique color scheme. I just wanted to film it all. Breakfast was excellent and included in the room rate, but wifi not free (c'mon!). The Azzuro Italian restaurant is in a beautiful locale above one of the indoor pools, but gets so-so rating for food and the service was slow. If you arrive late in the evening and need a quick bite before bed, you are better off getting a sandwich in the lobby bar area. This hotel is a feast for the eyes, worth visiting!

Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
1  Thank MishkaNewYork
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