I've stayed here for perhaps fifty or sixty nights over the last three years. I love the location relative to the meetings I have in Riyadh, I like the staff, love the security set up (its world class), and I like the size and layout of the bedrooms. However, lots of money has been invested in the lobby and none in the rooms I stay. I typically pay between $275 and $375 per night, and thus its fair to expect a very nice room. But they are dated, which is fine I guess except for the bathrooms. They are small, cramped and awkward. Just opening and closing the door in the bathroom requires you contort your body into a corner to swing the door. There is a bath/shower combo that is barely wide enough so the shower curtain isn't stuck to your body. I'm told that there are newly renovated rooms, I've just never seen one in all my trips here. My other gripe is the cafe off of the lobby. They have light meals as well as coffee/tea etc. The worst service you can imagine. They are all smiles as they ignore you, but they avoid approaching tables as if you're going to bite them. Its bizarre. Every time i'm in there you can watch the staff getting yelled at by someone. The simplest orders are difficult, order a coke and wait fifteen minutes. The staff at this hotel is very friendly and helpful, I see many of the same faces on each trip and I enjoy greeting them and thanking them for their service, its hard to imagine how this cafe has been overlooked so long.
Anyway, I will not stay here again anytime soon. Al Faisaliah and Ritz Carlton are about the same price and much nicer. Perhaps not as convenient but I'm done trying with Intercon Riyadh.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The InterContinental® Riyadh hotel is a luxury hotel, located just five minutes from the city's exciting, high-rise business and shopping district. You can practise your golf swing on a nine-hole course, have a round of tennis and then cool off in one of two large pools. Or you can relax by strolling the hotel's 40 hectares of exotic landscaped grounds. Experience true Saudi hospitality in our restaurants, or host a business meeting or conference in one of 13 sleek event spaces. ... more less
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