I stayed at this hotel for four nights with my spouse who was in Kuwait for a meeting. The room is spacious and spotless with a bed, desk, chair and small couch. The tv had so many American speaking channels that I thought I was back in the states. The bathroom is huge with two shower heads and a bath tub on the other side of the bathroom.. A basket of fruit and small pastries inside the room welcomed us on our arrival.There are no vending machines and if you want ice, you have to call room service. No alcohol is served in Kuwait, so don't expect to find any. There are three pools on the property and they were great when it was 110 degrees outside. Across from the hotel is a shopping mall with many American favorites like Starbucks, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Hallmark, Foot Locker, TGIF. Room service was just ok. The breakfast restaurant had a wonderful omelette station. The lunch restaurant had a huge spread at its buffett. Maid service came by 10am every day. My room had a balcony facing the ocean and was a great view for the 4:30am summer sunrise. When entering the hotel, you walk through a metal detector. Secrurity guards outside stops all cars and searches under them with a mirror on a pole. The airport is about 25 minutes away. Beware that you will need a tourist visa costing 3 Kuwaiti dollars (about $10 American dollars). Get your money exchanged before arrival in Kuwait to speed up the visa process. (It took about 35 minutes to get my visa) You must take a number and wait your turn to get your tourist visa processed. When departing Kuwait, arrive early since you have to go through security lines twice. Once inside the terminal and again at your gate where you board your plane. My United flight to Dulles was at midnight and the airport was extremely crowded, but several shops were open.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the vibrant and up-market shopping district of Salmiya where one of the biggest malls, the Marina Mall, is a few minutes by walk passing the Marina Crescent area where wide range of coffee shops and international chain of restaurants. It offers convenient access to the business areas of Kuwait, and is 10 minutes from the heart of Kuwait City and 20 minutes from Kuwait International Airport. This prestigious, multi–facility complex offers luxurious and functional amenities to the business traveller and the tourist alike where all rooms are sea view facing the Arabian Gulf. Complimentary airport transfers are offered and 24 hour wifi internet connection free of charge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marina Hotel Kuwait
- Marina Hotel Salmiyah