I stopped at the Crowne Plaza Riyadh for one week during October 2012
The first thing to know is that there is construction work going on at this hotel. During the day the sound of hammering is very intrusive and this did go on into the evening on some occasions.
Also quite bizarrely it was thought a good idea to move a monster construction machine at 3.00am one night onto the back of a low-loader truck. I am sure I wasn't the only guest woken up by the racket it made !
Check in was professional. Checking out was the same.
The bedroom I had was quite small although well appointed. There was no desk to work at having only a shelf by the window for the laptop (just wide enough for a laptop)
Internet access is free (very good) and speed seemed perfectly acceptable.
There is a small coffee table and leather chair.
A nice bowl of fruit was provided on the first two evenings but after that none was provided.
The bathroom whilst very small was good with a large walk-in shower with good toiletries provided.
The iron in the room was completely useless being a non steam iron, also the plug was broken exposing bare wires. It beggars belief that non steam irons are put in hotel rooms in this day and age !
I didn't use the one restaurant at all so can't comment other than it looked rather basic in appearance.
The lounge also leaves a lot to be desired being just an open space with chairs and tables. The drink and food menu in the lounge was limited but the waiter was very good and actually organised some food not on the menu. Well done to him !
This is not a new hotel and compared to some of the regions hotels it really does not match up favourably for quality or amenities. But saying that having stayed in four hotels in riyadh it isn't the worst you could choose (bearing in mind the on-going construction)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Crowne Plaza Riyadh Minhal Contemporary style and traditional hospitality in downtown Riyadh A warm Arab welcome and an elegant, modern room or suite awaits you behind the gleaming facade of the Crowne Plaza(R) Riyadh Minhal hotel. A private limo can pick you up for the 30-minute ride... Contemporary style and traditional hospitality in downtown Riyadh A warm Arab welcome and an elegant, modern room or suite awaits you behind the gleaming facade of the Crowne Plaza(R) Riyadh Minhal hotel. A private limo can pick you up for the 30-minute ride from King Khalid International Airport, and a complimentary shuttle can take you directly to Riyadh International Conference & Exhibition Centre. Business travelers are conveniently close to the Diplomatic Quarter and corporate offices. With complimentary Wi-Fi and shaded parking, a 24-hour Business Center and a smart meeting room for 15, the hotel provides round-the-clock support for guests on a busy schedule. You can start the day with a hearty breakfast buffet at Al Yasmeen Restaurant, return with clients for a business lunch and meet colleagues later for a lively themed dinner. Al Mishraq Cafe serves delicious light meals in the lobby, and room service runs 24 hours. For those with leisure time to spend in Riyadh, the Concierge can arrange transport to souks and shopping centers. If you fancy golf or an expedition into the surrounding golden dunes and wadis, our friendly staff can make all the arrangements. A small but well-equipped Fitness Center is open 24 hours. Helping you make the most of your stay in the Saudi capital, the hotel serves as both a restful retreat and a stylish base for work and leisure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Riyadh Minhal Hotel Riyadh
- Holiday Inn Riyadh
- Riyadh Holiday Inn