Having had very good ecperiences in other Golden Tulip hotels, I booked this one for a trip to Jeddah and was surprised at the low room tariff. From the moment I arrived, it steadily becamr clear why the rate was so low.
"10 minutes from the airport" was, I suppose, strictly true, but the airport they were measuring from was the one that closed 25 years ago - the airport that is now in use is more like 45 minutes away, and more during busy traffic right through the town centre.
The hotel turned out to be what used to be the "Kaki" hotel and although the web site description claimed that it had been refurbished (some years ago), it was hard to see anything that had been refurbished except for the outside of the entrance (on a side-street). The location is beside an elevated main road, in a very run-down area of Jeddah, and the hotel really fits in here. From the outside the hotel looks as run-down as the areas behind it. The inside matched that, with carpeting that looks like it has been there since the hotel was built.
The view from my room was of what appeared to be derelict warehouses and appartments (though some of the appartments did have washing hanging out of the windows)
There were signs of some refurbishment in the room, with some fairly recent bathroom ceramics, but the bath had not been included in the refurbishment and was old, with a thin limescale film on the inside.
The advertised "free WiFi" was sort of true - as long as you didn't mind spending your internet-working hours in the lobby. There was no internet available in the bedrooms.
The whole impression was that the places was tired and grubby. The staff (when visible) seemed disinterested. Next time, I'll find somewhere else to stay in Jeddah
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