From my 3 room bathroom, to my big comfortable bed, and substantial breakfast - all was excellent.
There were many pluses in the hotel.
The room I had in the hotel was large and extremely comfortable, and faced the pool area.
The bathroom was wonderful, with a large soaker tub, and walk in shower with a 4-foot (1.3 m) marble bench, and rain and soaker showers.
The bed room was very comfortable with a kingsize bed, chaise lounge and nice desk for working.
The flat-screen TV had a large selection of channels.
There is a large closet with a safe, and bathrobes.
There was a rather confusing set of electronic controls by the bed that controlled all the lights in the room - sort of. The controls seemed to have some sort of memory of what you did last so pushing the same button didn't always lead to the same response. I found the easiest thing to do was go back to the door and pull out the room key that activated the lights, and re-set everything.
There is a nice gym, and a separate one for the ladies that I don't know about. But the men's gym has a nice set of state-of-the-art equipment, although there is a shower and lockers to put clothes, there isn't a change room, which made it a bit confusing how to traverse to hotel appropriately attired to work out. The other thing that I wasn't familiar with is that the hotel is "Sharia" and appropriate dress is expected, including in the gym. I wasn't sure what this meant, but apparently men aren't supposed to show skin between the knee and navel, so short shorts are apparently out. The arab folks seemed to wear track pants - so I guess that is appropriate attire, and gets around the problem of walking through the hotel after workout.
There is no indoor pool, and the outdoor pool was closed for the winter, but it is worth noting that this might not be the best resort hotel for western couples. If women wish to use the outdoor pool they are expected to wear sharia swim wear, which means clothed from head to toe. No lying around in your bikini here with your husband, or family. That said, there is a "ladies lounge" and private beach, where men are prohibited, and ladies can apparently dress as they wish.
There have been comments regarding the lack of coffee in the rooms, and the fact that it is available in the executive lounge. The executive lounge is very nice, and yes there is coffee, and snacks, but when I asked if I could take my coffee back to the room I was told "No", if I wanted coffee in my room it would have to be ordered through room service. That was disappointing, as I just wanted to have a cup of coffee while working at my desk.
Finally, the food: for breakfast, it was more than substantial, with a cook to make custom omelets, and a wide variety of other foods. Overall, it was excellent, although some things like pancakes and waffles are sitting out and dry. The buffet selection at dinner was also excellent, with a variety of steaks and seafood cooked to order. The preparation was very basic, but still tasty.
Overall - suited my needs better than fine.
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- Also Known As:
- The Regency Kuwait Salmiyah