When you arrive at the Ritz Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and its doors open, a huge driveway with colorful flowers and palm trees unfolds in front of you. Then you see a grandiose hotel that looks like a palace, which is very suitable to the local culture. The architectural design of the hotel, the huge entrance, and the kind greetings of the staff, immediately make you feel like royalty. By the time you step inside, you feel the luxury: marble floors, vases full of roses, thick carpets, and the most kind staff welcomes you. The Ritz Carlton hotel chain is one of the most luxurious in the world. And of course, staying here is a wonderful experience.
Luxurious and spacious rooms with all the amenities
When you first step inside the luxurious lobby and reception area, you will feel like you are entering a Middle Eastern palace. Glamour and luxury are all around. You are quickly given your plastic key card and the staff accompanies you to your room, helping you with your luggage.
The spacious room looks more like a small apartment. The rooms are elegantly decorated with thick carpets, comfortable big beds, and a seating area to relax. There are large windows in every room, with a view of the hotel’s entrance and its beautiful gardens. A small desk with wired Internet is provided and Wi-Fi is also available in the room. You’ll also find a spacious wardrobe with a mini safe box and an iron. The 42-inch (106.68 cm) LCD television with a Blu-ray and DVD player and also the hundreds of worldwide channels, is the highlight of the room. Every morning an English newspaper with local and international news will be placed by your door. A Nespresso coffee machine is in the room, along with coffee capsules and cups that you can use for free. There is a fully stocked mini refreshment bar, but charges apply.
The bathroom is very luxurious, with a marble washbasin and a spacious marble bathtub. A bathrobe with slippers is provided, and luxurious cosmetics like shampoo, shower gel and body cream are refilled every day by the cleaning service. There is a hairdryer as well. Reception and room service are available 24-hours.
Spend a fun day inside the Ritz Carlton, Riyadh
The hotel, apart from its wonderfully equipped, luxurious rooms, offers additional amenities suitable for those traveling for business, for organizing events, spending your honeymoon or just relaxing. The property offers a modern conference center featuring two ballrooms with amphitheaters that can be used for conferences, exhibitions and other events. A team of experienced wedding planners is available for couples who want to celebrate their wedding at the Ritz Carlton, Riyadh. For a fun day inside the Ritz Carlton, there is a Strike Bowling Alley with a 6 lanes and a bar serving alcohol-free mocktails and delicious smoothies. Many Saudis come to have fun, mostly on weekends, and because it also offers dedicated evenings for ladies. Respecting the local tradition, there is a gentlemen’s only spa offering various treatments, a modern wellness area with a sauna and a fitness center and an amazing heated indoor swimming pool. The swimming pool is situated on the ground floor surrounded by marble stairs, windows with views of the gardens, and over the pool there is a dome that resembles a real sky.
Dining is an incredible experience
A breakfast buffet is available daily in the Ritz Carlton, Riyadh’s main buffet restaurant located on the ground floor next to the pool. The buffet includes a variety of sweet and salty, and local and international delicacies that are so abundant in variety that you will have trouble in choosing! I totally suggest trying all the different types of local sweets, dates, and order mango-strawberry-dragon fruit juice. It is really delicious!
Apart from the main restaurant, guests at Ritz Carlton, Riyadh can choose from Lebanese, Italian and Chinese cuisine, or order room service. The hotel offers numerous options for dining to please every palate.
Al Orjouan restaurant offers a buffet of Lebanese delicacies combined with international cuisine, and serves food all day. Al Orjouan also offers a Friday brunch. Friday in Saudi Arabia is prayer day, so all public places, except mosques are closed until 4 pm. That is the reason you will see many locals that day of the week at Ritz Carlton, Riyadh.
Azzurro offers classic Italian dishes with a modern twist, while the guests can admire the view of the indoor pool. For lovers of Chinese cuisine, Hong restaurant offers traditional Chinese dishes in a modern ambiance that will transport you to China!
Ritz Carlton, Riyadh is more than a hotel. It is also a place to have fun, have a night out or dine in one of its restaurants, even if you don’t stay there. Make sure you book a table in advance via their website (see below).
Location and hotel policies
Ritz Carlton, Riyadh is located next to King Abdulaziz Convention Centre and is right in front of the Diplomatic Quarter. It is a 40 minute drive from King Khalid International Airport. As public transportation is almost non-existent in the capital of Saudi Arabia, you will need to use a taxi to explore the city. The 24-hour reception staff can easily call a taxi for you and they also offer car rentals and free private parking. Check-in is 3 pm and check out is 12 pm. If cancellations take place at least 24 hours prior to arrival, no cancellation fee is charged.
It is important to know that the Ritz Carlton, Riyadh respects the Saudi culture and tradition, so women should be dressed in the traditional local garment (the abaya) and gentlemen should be dressed in a smart casual outfit. Shorts, sleeveless tops and sports shirts are not permitted. Pets are also not allowed.
The Ritz Carlton, Riyadh: A magnificent stay in the capital of Saudi Arabia
Riyadh is the largest city and the capital of Saudi Arabia, an impressive city built in the desert, featuring modern and imposing palaces, skyscrapers next to old castles and Arabic buildings. This architectural diversity and the cultural traditions of Saudi Arabia make Riyadh a great destination for business people or culture and history lovers. Ritz Carlton, Riyadh is an impressive building absolutely fitted to Saudi culture. The hotel looks like a palace and the staff will treat you like royalty. What should you expect from your stay here? You should expect warm and luxurious bedrooms and suites, a huge buffet featuring local and world cuisine, a heated pool, spa and wellness facilities all surrounded by a colorful garden with flowers and exotic palm trees. It is all you need for an pleasant, easy and luxurious stay in Riyadh.