We went on a business trip and had a tough time through immigration and headed to the hotel. Front desk staff were very pleasant and helpful during our 2:00 am arrival but overall the rooms were a bit grim in my opinion. No bathtub and quite small rooms. Mine was partially facing a brick wall and then partially some apts beside us. You would not leave the curtains open. Breakfast buffet was decent but I never had other meals there as it was more of a cafe than restaurant. The surrounding area surprised me with a dew upmarket malls and then open sites and quite a low standard of buildings for such a wealthy country. Front desk had a hotel care for journeys to a conference which was expensive but well worth it for women travelling for business. You need to be firm and agree prices with a taxi before getting in one as foreign women. One taxi from the expo centre wanted to charge twice what the hotel driver charged to take us home so I walked away until I could find someone to take us for a decent price. Its ok for a night but I would upgrade to a better hotel if I was a women over for business.
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- A New Style Of Hotel Living..The Suite Novotel Riyadh Olaya is a new concept of contemporary elegance and style. A refined boutique hotel ambience makes it an ideal place to cater for business and leisure travelers.Perfectly situated at the exclusive region’s premier Olaya Street, providing guests the convenience of being directly linked to an impressive selection of upscale office towers, exquisite boutiques and an endless selection of restaurants and cafes. ... more less
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