2024-04-12

The best hotels in Riyadh

Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, these are the best hotels in Riyadh

The impressive hotel scene in Riyadh means whatever the reason you’re checking-in in the Saudi capital, there’s a hotel for you From cool boutique stays to the grandest addresses in the city, here are the best hotels in Riyadh

Al Faisaliah Hotel Mandarin Oriental

Al Faisaliah Hotel

Since it opened in May 2000 Riyadh’s Al Faisaliah Hotel has been a pioneer for luxury hospitality in the Kingdom. Now operated in partnership with Mandarin Oriental, it’s centrally located in the heart of Riyadh’s Central Business District. The hotel stretches across an east and west wing of Al Faisaliah Centre, divided by Al Faisaliah Tower With Adam Tihany Design behind the new interiors, the Arabian influence remains in dark woods and ornate patterns, but Mandarin Oriental’s midas touch has been added to the lobby and guest rooms through more timeless and contemporary creams and natural hues. Within the Al Faisaliah development, there’s everything you need for a stylish city break, from the array of restaurants from big international names like LPM and London-born Meraki, to the top-tier fashion brans housed within Mode Mall. For pampering, ladies are invited to enjoy the relaxing surrounds of the Al Faisilah Spa, a haven of wellness

Al Faisaliah Hotel, King Fahad Rd, Olaya, Riyadh, doubles from SAR1,360. Tel: (0)11 273 2000, mandarinoriental.com

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Fairmont Riyadh

For a luxurious stay in one of the best hotels in Riyadh, Fairmont Riyadh is an elegant address that celebrates Middle Eastern design with understated grandeur. Centrally located, the city’s top attractions are all within easy reach making this a top choice for ticking off your Riyadh bucket list.In the hotel, you can dine your way around five restaurants, which include light and elegant The Plaza; all-day eatery, 365; and Pesto, a relaxed and friendly Italian restaurant. When you’re in need of some down time, take leisure time to new levels with a session at the Fairmont Spa, or hit the gym or indoor swimming pool. The collection of 298 guest rooms and suites all come with stylish bathrooms with Le Labo amenities, in-room business facilities and high-speed Internet. The hotel also features a collection of state-of-the-art Fairmont Gold rooms, a signature of the brand.

Fairmont Riyadh, Airport Road, Qurtubah Area, Business Gate, Riyadh, doubles from SAR1,300. Tel: (0)11 826 2626, fairmont.com/riyadh

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Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre

Housed within one of Riyadh’s most iconic skyscrapers, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh has its lobby, restaurants and leisure offering set across the ground and first floors. Guest rooms occupy levels 30 to 50 of the 99-storey tower, each benefitting from brilliant views that stretch out across the capital. Among the first elements to be given a modern makeover are the guest rooms and suites, which are now finished in warm hues of dove grey, ivory and vanilla. Super-sized Smart TV’s, a Dyson hairdryer, an iPad for round-the-clock butler service and Bose sound systems are high-tech features that cater to those travelling for both work and play. There’s a huge gym packed full of equipment and a dedicated ladies-only gym room off the main space for women who prefer to work out in a more private setting. The spa – complete with steam, sauna and jacuzzi – is the city’s first men-only spa, although women can arrange treatments in the comforts of their room should they wish. Those visiting Riyadh for the first time shouldn’t miss a visit to the Sky Bridge observation deck, found on the 99th floor of the Kingdom Tower. From this lofty perch, suspended 300 meters above the city, visitors can enjoy spectacular views across the city. Read our full review here.

Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre, Center Point, Al Olaya, doubles from SAR2,015. Tel: (0)11 211 5000, fourseasons.com/riyadh

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Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya

Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya staycay

Centrally located, Hyatt Regency Olaya is one of the best hotels in Riyadh for business, with Olaya Towers, KAFD and Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center all located nearby. But it’s not all about business. Guests at this property can also enjoy walking distance access to the fashionable Centria mall and vibrant Tahlia Street. There’s also the Soukun Spa and Fitness Centre, where guests can relax and rejuvenate with facials and therapeutic body techniques, or dive in the refreshing, temperature-controlled indoor pool. A collection of 257 guest rooms are dotted across 28 floors, all overlooking the stretching cityscape. For dining, the treasured 56th Avenue Diner is an all-American eatery for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the flavours of Spain await at Azure, the brainchild of chef Ramon Cantos. Then suites guests also enjoy access to the Regency Club, an elevated 26th floor lounge where guests are sure to feel right at home in the relaxing surroundings.

Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, Olaya Street, Riyadh, doubles from SAR905. Tel: (0)11 288 1234, hyatt.com

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Jareed Hotel

This Saudi-born, design-led hotel is a boutique stay that opened last year at The Boulevard. A product of luxury Saudi hospitality brand, NMR, it’s a centrally located address that’s packed with personality. The property’s small size adds to its boutique feel, but there’s a grandeur once you step inside that comes from meticulous attention to detail in the design. Sumptuous surroundings start from the double height lobby, where shades of regal sapphire blue are laced with dark woods and brass features. In the upper tier suites, space reigns supreme, with a light-bright living space that leads out onto a boulevard facing balcony. Then there’s the little things, like a pillow menu with a scent to help you sleep, fresh fruit platter on arrival, and Hermes amenities adding a high-fashion touch to the marble bathroom. Dining comes in the form of elegant, New York-style Italian, Morini; or The Living Room, Jareed’s interpretation of a co-working space with a cosy feel reminiscent of a chic city home. 

Jareed Hotel, The Boulevard, Riyadh, doubles from SAR1,346. Tel: (0)11 400 4141, jareedhotels.com

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JW Marriott Riyadh

Catering to mindful travellers, JW Marriott is all about creating experiences that allow guests to live in the present, foster connection and feed the soul. In Riyadh, that includes an impressive array of culinary experiences, serene spaces that extend from the gardens to the spa, and intuitive service that welcomes guests for both business and leisure. The elegantly designed guest rooms vary across a dozen categories, right up to the multi-room suites that are perfect for family or group stays. For the leisure traveller, it’s hard to be bored at JW Marriott Riyadh. Both ladies and gents are catered to with separate wellness areas at Spa by JW, with outdoor swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms and indoor plunge pools. An impressive collection of restaurants includes the signature JW Steakhouse, a sleek space for cosmopolitan carnivores to enjoy grilled, smoked and slow-roasted meats; JW Glass Garden, a greenhouse dining space complemented by a plethora of fresh, organic produce grown on-site; and Casa Cacao, the first international boutique from renowned Spanish chocolatier, Can Roca

JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh, King Fahd Rd, Sahafah District, Riyadh, doubles from SAR1,093. Tel: 011 511 7777. @jwmarriottriyadh

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Mansard Riyadh, a Radisson Collection Hotel

Mansard Riyadh hotel

One of the best new hotels in Riyadh, Mansard Riyadh is an elegant and refined property in the northern neighbourhood of Ar Rabi, a short distance from the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD). This impressive property hits a new height of luxury in its design statement, with classic European architecture seamlessly combined with contemporary aesthetics. The interiors are luxurious and flawlessly finished, with accents of blue and beige, creating a calming and timeless atmosphere for guests. A collection of contemporary art by local artist Mishal Saad Alzaid can also be found throughout the corridors of this exciting new hotel. There are 191 rooms, suites, serviced apartments, and duplex villas – each exquisitely furnished and decorated to the highest standards. Guests can already dine at New York hotspot Sadelle’s, a brunchtime favourite, with Michelin-starred Carbone set to add to the restaurant portfolio later this year.

Mansard Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Hotel, 4248 Prince Mohammed Ibn Salman Ibn Abdulaziz Road, Riyadh, doubles from SAR1,755. Tel: (0)11 829 0900. radissonhotels.com

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Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter

If you’re looking to be in or around Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter, you’ll want to check-in to the Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter. A five star city hotel with a more contemporary feel than most of the top hotels in Riyadh, the guest rooms are well appointed for the business traveller, complete with flat-screen TV, a large workspace and high-speed Wi-Fi access. Global fare can be enjoyed at all-day dining destination, Goji, guests can get their lengths in at the heated outdoor pool, while the tranquil signature spa is an ideal spot to switch-off after a stressful day. The meetings space at this DQ property is truly standout, with nine venues, including a grand ballroom, to choose from.  

Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter, 6781 Abdullah AlSahmi Street, Diplomatic Quarter, doubles from SAR998. Tel: (0)11 835 3000, marriott.com

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The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh

Among the best hotels in Riyadh for all-out grandeur, The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh is a majestic property with a palatial feel. The perfectly landscaped grounds are filled with 600-year-old olive trees, swaying palms and verdant gardens spread across 52 acres. The array of 492 guest rooms and suites are lavishly appointed, all finished in rich, regal hues, ranging in size from the generous 43 square metre club room, up to a two-bedroom Royal suite. For relaxation, there’s a gentleman’s-only spa that offers signature spa rituals such as a dead sea salt toning scrub. And few can miss a dip in the indoor heated pool that overlooks the garden. An impressive collection of dining experiences highlights international and local cuisines in equal measure. The decadent buffet spreads at Al Orjouan are stuff of legend in the Riyadh dining scene, but there’s also elegant Italian dining by the poolside at Azzurro and delights of the Far East at Hong

The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, Makkah Al Mukarramah Rd, Al Hada, doubles from SAR1,197. Tel: (0)11 802 8020, ritzcarlton.com

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