As residents of Jeddah, we don't usually go out of our way to visit hotels, let alone staying overnight. So I guess if there is exceptions to this rule, anniversaries would be on the top of that list. I was looking up Jeddah's reputable hotels, and frankly price was the main factor. Jeddah's top tier hotels are nutritiously expensive, especially in these days which coincide the pilgrimage season. I picked up Mövenpick Hotel because of its central location and recognizable name but above all because it was the most reasonably priced in the bunch. Which not saying much because it was not cheap by any stretch (810SR/$216 a night).
The hotel itself is on one of Jeddah's main arteries; Al Madinah Rd, which can be makes central for stay in the town, but also can be a pain in the butt in rush hours. Its entrance is not much, tucked in a very hectic court yard which features a group of travel agencies, that is why it is easy to miss. But once you cross the sliding doors of the entrance, It is a whole different story. The lobby is wide and inviting, and because its middle section is open all the way to the 5th and top floor, the daylight would make the lobby a pleasant place to hang out. There is a restaurant that serves breakfast in the morning, and also a 24 hours cafe as well. There is also an Asian restaurant, and it is also located in the ground floor. An outdoor pool is outside the restaurant, which gives breakfast a great view if you happen to choose a tables close to it. That and the variety of food that they serve in breakfast, which makes the place perfect not only for tourists, but also for business travelers. The receptionists, bellboys, and service staff are very capable, nice, and professional. They ensures a smooth and fast check-in and check-out processes.
Our room was in the fifth floor, which is dedicated for non-smokers. Our room was 527, a room of modest size, but it features everything a guest would need. The bed was wide and very comfortable, and the closets are of a good size, the room was very clean, and nicely decorated. There is a flatTV with many channels, but we did not have time to check them out. The room has a minibar that was loaded with all kind of overpriced soft drinks and snacks. But the room also has a kittle and a complementary coffee, tea, and bottled water. The bathroom is small, but it has everything you need; a full range of toiletries, robes, enough towels, hair-dryer, a tub, and a very powerful shower. Everything to ensure a comfortable stay, and with the 24 room service, you could even stay in your room and not having to leave at all.
Bottom line, the hotel may not have the Red sea romantic view of Jeddah's top hotels like Corniche Rosewood, Hilton, Park Hyatt, and Intercontinental, but it almost match them in the quality of services and warm welcome, with room rates that are substantially cheaper, and that is a no small feat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Saudi Arabian seaport city. The Mövenpick Hotel Jeddah is a first-rate venue for meetings and conferences, combining Swiss hospitality and Arabian flair. ... more less
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