This was my first stay at an Intercontinental. The staff were welcoming and very helpful. The room was large, with two queen beds and featured a full bath, with toilet and bidet, weigh scale, bathrobe and slippers. The scale helped me to determine that I'd gained a kilogram in the week I stayed there.
The internet connection was mostly good, and comparable to those seen in the United States and Europe. Some downloaded CNN videos played smartly and some just stalled. As is often the case with me in hotels, I never turned on the widescreen lcd television, so I don't know what that offered. Wall receptacles were the multi-cultural type, so no electrical adapter was needed for most plugs.
The room was clean and well-kept, and a conservation program is in place to avoid unnecessary laundering of towels. A complimentary copy of Arab News was delivered daily.
The hotel sports Al Tuwayah, a buffet restaurant, and Al Rehab, a snack bar, on the reception level. Al Tuwayah features a variety of regional and foreign foods, calculated to appeal to Arab, American, European and Oriental tastes. The steam table offers rice and five to ten hot meat, fish and vegetable dishes and there is a cook-to-order station where fish and meats are prepared as you like, along with a choice of fried vegetables and noodles. The menu changes daily. The fried hammour in pesto breading is delicious. There's usually a selection of deep-fried spring rolls and samosas, too.
Wednesday night appears to be fish night and the variety of foods expands a little. Friday lunch expands out of Al Tuwayah into the hotel lobby area, with cocktail shrimp, incredible smoked fish and lots of other appetizers. This started as a hotel review, but look where it's going!
And don't even ask about soup (one daily), salads, breads and desserts. The variety is dizzying and the quality every bit as good as the appetizer and entree offerings. You'll pay about 219 Saudi riyals for the lunch or dinner buffet. If you have an average appetite, this is pretty expensive by American standards.
Breakfast is also buffet at Al Tuwayah, with something to please everyone. This is somewhat North of 100 Saudi riyals, and is, by American standards, *Really* expensive, but very good. Amongst the offerings is included "beef bacon." A word of advice: Don't. This was the only real dud I found in the menu.
I didn't try the offerings at Al Rehab.
On the first floor is Al Diwan, a Lebanese restaurant. This is a traditional order-off-the-menu establishment. The portions offered are huge. Appetizers are 8-12 riyals; entrees are 45 to 60 riyals. Service is attentive, the atmosphere relaxing and the food tremendous. The appetizers appear to be intended for four people - don't expect to finish if you're a lone diner.
The hotel also offers The Ranch, a steakhouse, and La Laguna - a beachside Mexican restaurant. I'll have to try these next time, if there is one.
Nightly rate for the room was 977 riyals, which is so far outside my normal budget I don't even want to think about it. In my estimation, the hotel is horrifically expensive and the prices at Al Tuwayah are, also. I have, however, absolutely no complaints about the accommodations or the service and, as mentioned before, I gained a kilo in a week, mostly due to the influence of Al Tuwayah, so I have little room to complain. If you labor under the illusion that you'll lose weight in a country without beer, stay away from the Intercontinental and find someplace with bad food. Oh. Right. Al Tuwayah offers a German-brewed, non-alcoholic beer.
The concierge service is excellent. Foreign currency exchange is available, and the hotel happily provided airport transportation to King Fahd International Airport in Dammam for 300 riyals, added to the hotel bill.
If you have a pile of money, I can heartily recommend this hotel. If you're on a budget, you might want to try the Sharq downtown (5th floor or above).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- InterContinental Al Jubail is uniquely situated in a perfect business location neighboring industrial cities 1 & 2 which house the world's biggest petrochemical and support industries. Easy to reach from Dammam and Bahrain Airport, the hotel also has a private beach with various water sports activities and offers free internet access in rooms, lobby and beach. Our dining experience is different in Intercontinetal al Jubail where you can enjoy international cuisine in the coffee shop with different theme nights on daily basis, Arabic cuisine in Al Diwan restaurant and Tex Mex cuisine in the Ranch restaurant. ... more less
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