I have stayed at the Mövenpick Hotel in Jeddah already many times and I can really recommend it. You will get there everything you need as long as you won't need alcohol and the many other things which are not available in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The rooms are nice and large, the bathrooms are large as well however they could be cleaner for my taste. (It has a lot to do with the poor quality of water in the city - already the smell of the water is appalling.)
The hotel is about 15-20 min away from the airport if there isn't a traffic jam. The staff is friendly and helpful although I had regularly problems with airport pickup which was ordered but no driver showed up. Airport transfer costs less than 15 EUR.
There are internet terminals in the hotel (a small room next to the lobby) where you can check in and print your boarding pass so you won't need to wait at the airport.
The restaurant in the hotel is indeed very good, I like the buffet with oriental dishes as well as the excellent selection of desserts (thanks to the Swiss touch). Also breakfast is phantastic, especially the fresh strawberry, mango, orange and whatever juices.
There are rooms towards the inner courtyard (towards the lobby) which are silent and some facing towards the street which are less silent, especially the ones facing the mosque. There is a swimming pool for men only as well as a fitness center.
air conditioning is effective in the hotel rooms which is very important given the climate. My advise is to set it to the lowest temperature while you are away and switch it off when you come back, otherwise you'll probably get a bad cold. at least I always did. And in general be prepared that the restaurant will be airconditioned to 16°C while on the other side of the windows the temperature is at 42°C.
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- 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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