When I arrived in reception I was quoted (presumably) the rack rate but it wasn't until I turned my back and walked away that I was offered a discount of 40%. To me this feels like the staff were fully prepared to totally rip me off until such time as I requested otherwise.
First impressions are that the huge lobby is totally empty of any guests or atmosphere. Even with a 40% reduction the price probaly keeps the guest numbers low. I only stayed one night but didn't see one other guest during my stay.
The rooms are spacious but somewhat tired. The furniture is old and scratched. The velvet covered walls are a mistake because they are easily marked and now look like a bad paint job. The bath was a nice size although the towels and bath robe were old and rough. The bedside music and alarm console looks like something from an antique shop. The bed was short (I'm six foot but expect to fit into the bed).
I stayed during ramadan so there was no breakfast buffet, it was only available through room service at an extra cost. My evening meal arrived quickly and was of average quality but the order of chicken, mashed potato and greek salad had become chicken, rice and green salad and green salad wasn't even on the menu.
One small thing... when you are given sauce bottles with your meal and the bottles are new I would expect the waiter to have already taken the plastic shrink wrap off the bottle top.
Overall this hotel is overpriced for a very average experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At an elevation of 1,700 metres (5,577 feet), InterContinental Taif occupies a lofty perch in one of the Kingdom’s most desirable resort areas. Cool breezes and abundant sunshine complement natural and man-made treasures such as Al Hada Mountain, Shubra Palace and King Fahd Park. Shoppers can browse traditional souqs for crafts, spices and perfumes. ... more less
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