Anyone reading this is probably already familiar with what passes for standard in Saudi so I'll not bore you with the ridiculous local rules and customs that might affect any female travellers other than to say that the management of this hotel told a colleague of mine who wanted to use the gym (it's forbidden) that the hotel wants to construct a separate one for ladies only.
A nice, modern building with well appointed rooms. Staff are friendly and very helpful. Two small drawbacks are that all meals are buffet only (so you pay full price even if you only want a light snack) and there is no coffee shop in which to pass the time of day. We didn't have time to search out local restaurants but most of the surrounding area appeared to be office blocks or building sites anyway and with a single female in our group we'd probably have been picked up by the fuzz for trying.
Happiness is Saudi in my rear-view mirror.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Meydan presents a modern, fresh and vibrant environment for all the business and leisure travelers to Riyadh. Our modern 8 story hotel is located close to the Olaya business district, within easy reach to business centers such as Al Faisalyah and Kingdom Tower very special and iconic location. The hotel is accessible through one of the major arterial roads to ensure an easy and smooth entry and exit to our valued guests. Our dedicated conference floor offers 16 meeting rooms of various combinations, from a boardroom table of 10 guests to larger venues suiting over 120 people. Holiday Inn Meydan contains a choice of over 290 accommodation rooms, and suites in addition to that very modern dinning outlets , and a gymnasium. ... more less
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