We review the best executive club lounges at hotels in Riyadh, Al Khobar and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia, officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is a country in Western Asia constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula. Most travelers come to Saudi Arabia on business rather than as tourists. All visitors, including pilgrims, need a visa to enter Saudi Arabia. In fact, it was only in September 2019 that Saudi Arabia began offering visas for the first time to non-religious tourists.
I have compiled a list below containing the club lounges available across luxury hotels in Riyadh, Al Khobar and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. I list the lounges that I consider to be the best in each city. I will be reviewing each of these hotel club lounges in detail so that you know what you’ll get if you book a room with club lounge access, or get upgraded to a club lounge for free because of your loyalty status.
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1. The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh
Among the most majestic five-star hotels in Saudi Arabia, The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh (pictured above), takes guests on a captivating journey throughout its 52 acres of lavishly landscaped gardens, spacious and sumptuous accommodations, fine-dining restaurants and 62.000 square feet of elegant event space.
This is the best choice for travelers to Riyadh, and is one of the city’s most respected five-star hotels. It offers a tempting array of amenities, including 492 guest rooms and suites, including two-bedroom Royal suites and one-bedroom Executive suites, 62,000 square feet of event space, including state-of-the-art conference rooms and two grand ballrooms. There’s also a Gentlemen’s-only spa offering signature rituals and treatments catering to business travelers. Finally, there’s a majestic indoor heated pool offering garden views from its floor-to-ceiling windows.
The Ritz-Carlton Club® Level is located on the second floor, overlooking a stunning indoor pool. The Ritz-Carlton Club® Level offers club guests, a heightened level of luxury and personalized service.
Featuring five continuous Food & Beverage presentations throughout the day and exclusive lounge benefits, the club lounge is perfect for conducting business meetings, or to just simply relax and chill while passing a day.
Club rooms are usually nicer than the ordinary rooms and feature a 43 sqm/462 sq ft and dedicated work area, including a spacious living room and expansive windows. Amenities include wireless internet, flat screen TV with satellite service and DVD player.
Guests staying in a Club Room or Executive Club Suite are entitled to exclusive access to The Ritz-Carlton Club® Level. Club Level guests may invite visitors, subject to availability, at a supplementary charge. Ritz-Carlton club lounges tend to be the best in any city and this Ritz-Carlton Club® Level offers the best club lounge in both Riyadh and the whole of Saudi Arabia
2. InterContinental Riyadh
Set in 100 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the InterContinental Riyadh is a peaceful hotel just a 5-minute drive from the city’s business district. City attractions including Masmak Fortress and Al Murabba’s Palace can also easily be reached.
The hotel’s 275 guest rooms and suites are spread over the 6 floors, with many of the rooms featuring fine city or golf course views. All of the rooms are neatly decorated in a modern Arabian style and feature luxury marble bathrooms.
Guests can enjoy a 9-hole golf course on site, a 12-lane bowling alley, tennis and squash courts as well as an indoor and outdoor swimming pool. The hotel’s health club features a well-equipped gym as well as a sauna, hot tub and wellness centre.
Club lounges at InterContinental hotels are always impressive, with excellent breakfasts including hot and cold items, food and beverages throughout the day, afternoon tea and evening drinks and light bites. Take a look at our review of the club lounge at the InterContinental London to see what you might expect in the InterContinental in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.
3. Nobu Hotel Riyadh
Not yet open, the Nobu Hotel Riyadh will be a contender for one of the best luxury hotels in Riyadh. Soaring and sparkling, sporting clean lines and a casual elegance, Nobu Hotel Riyadh will be an urban oasis in the heart of downtown Riyadh. It will be the very first five-star luxury boutique hotel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A modern masterpiece, Nobu Hotel Riyadh is a 23-story glass paneled skyscraper rising proudly above the storied skyline, with elegantly styled with distinctive design touches that reflect Nobu’s Japanese heritage.
Captivating from the very first glimpse, its arabesque architecture includes innovative printed, layered glass; a highly reflective façade that balances privacy and exposure, beautifully addressing its striking surroundings with a powerful synthesis of color, reflection and light.
Embodying the best of the brand’s effortless style and laid-back luxury, Nobu Hotel Riyadh offers 134 stylish guestrooms and suites, superb dining, a stunning spa, a full-service fitness facility, an exclusive executive club lounge, well-equipped meeting rooms, two glittering ballrooms along with the Kingdom’s very first Nobu Restaurant. All of this adds up to a desert sanctuary that artfully blends the vibrant energy of Riyadh with the understated luxury that Nobu personifies.
While we don’t know what the executive club lounge will be like, it will almost undoubtedly be a step up from the Crowne Plaza’s lounge below and it may even be better than the InterContinental club lounge outlined above. Only time will tell. For now, we have placed this hotel club in position 3 in Saudi Arabia, even though it’s not yet open.
4. Sheraton Riyadh Hotel & Towers
: Club lounge with snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
Sheraton Riyadh Hotel & Towers is a Marriott Bonvoy Rewards Category 4 hotel and the best Marriott Bonvoy redemption hotel in Riyadh.
Strategically located in the heart of the city centre, this landmark of Arabian hospitality has been connecting people in the heart of Riyadh for nearly 30 years. Sheraton Riyadh Hotel & Towers features 193 modern guest rooms including 18 suites and 12 villas.
Business travelers will appreciate their Club Rooms, which offer complimentary access to the Sheraton Club Lounge where you can enjoy complimentary daily breakfast, internet access and non-alcoholic drinks. Beyond the club lounge, the hotel offers a unique dining experience within two very well-known restaurants in Riyadh, La Piazza Italian Restaurant and Al Bustan All-Day Dining.
5. Crowne Plaza Riyadh
Crowne Plaza Riyadh Palace has 304 rooms and is a recent addition to the growing portfolio of IHG hotels in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Crowne Plaza Riyadh Palace is strategically located in the Ministries Quarter, a popular business district that is close to major Saudi financial institutions and Government offices. The hotel is conveniently located 15 minutes from King Fahd Stadium and the King Fahd Cultural Centre, and is less than 30 minutes’ drive from King Khalid International Airport, making it easily accessible for visitors to the city.
Crowne Plaza Riyadh Palace is redefining the business travel experience and offers a comprehensive range of facilities to meet the needs of corporate and MICE travelers. For those in town on business, the hotel features five meeting rooms spanning 1,400 sqm and a dedicated team to execute seamless events. With free Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel, the guests can stay connected to their business or home. Additionally, the 24-hour business center is fully equipped with the latest technology and amenities, providing a great working space to the hotel guests.
During downtime, guests can enjoy the hotel’s outdoor pool, Club Lounge or rejuvenate and relax at the spa. The guests staying at the hotel can keep their workouts on track at the well-equipped fitness centre. At the end of a busy day, guests can sleep better with help of the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage System, which includes a relaxing aromatherapy kit and ultra-soft premium bedding, so that they are more alert, productive and energized the next day.
The Club Lounge at Crowne Plaza Riyadh Palace will not be as luxurious as the club lounge at the InterContinental, but it should also provide a decent breakfast and drinks and snacks throughout the day. Usually, the quality of food at Crowne Plaza club lounges falls below the quality you would find the more expensive InterContinental hotels in the ihg group of hotels.
6. Riyadh Marriott Hotel
Riyadh Marriott Hotel is a Marriott Bonvoy Rewards Category 3 hotel and one of the cheapest Marriott Bonvoy redemption hotels in Riyadh. Conveniently situated near the city’s downtown business hub, the hotel has an airy, welcoming lobby, with its communal high table with power outlets and two private reading corners.
Recently refreshed rooms and suites boast high ceilings and space to spread out, as well as walk-in closets, large marble bathrooms and flat-screen TVs. Savor a meal at the upscale hotel steakhouse, or stop into the Mediterranean restaurant. If you’re looking to maintain your fitness while in Riyadh, try the Bodyline Health Club & Fitness Center features a gym, squash and tennis courts, an indoor pool and a full menu of massage services. Those hosting events will be delighted with our 39,858 square feet of recently renovated venue space and exquisite catering. If you’re in town for work, you can make use of the on-site business center and Executive Lounge. If you’d like to explore, Kingdom Centre Tower, King Abdulaziz Historical Center and the National Museum of Saudi Arabia are all within reach.
There are some more Marriott hotels in Saudi Arabia which include the Jeddah Marriott, Madinah Marriott with no club lounge and Makkah Marriott which also features a club lounge.
7. Le Meridien Al Khobar
I have placed the club lounge at Le Meridien in Al Khobar in position 5 as it is probably around the 5th best club lounge in Saudi Arabia but it sits outside Riyadh. The club lounges in Riyadh tend to be the best, particularly those at the Ritz-Carlton and the InterContinental and Nobu. Le Meridien Al Khobar club lounge is, however, the best club lounge in Al Khobar.
Le Méridien Al Khobar features 333 guestrooms that display beautiful views of the Arabian Gulf. The hotel has three distinct dining venues, 14 meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 450 guests, a sun-drenched outdoor pool, a fitness center, tennis courts and extensive health and leisure facilities for tennis, pool and a fitness center.
Le Méridien Al Khobar has superb executive service, the Royal Club. It includes airport pickup, dedicated butler service, private lounge, complimentary continental breakfast, snacks, non alcoholic beverages, newspapers and unlimited use of the business center, complete with a boardroom.
8. Crowne Plaza Al Khobar
Located just 550 yards from Al Rashed Shopping Mall, this 5-star hotel offers spacious rooms with satellite TV. It has 3 in-house restaurants and a full-service spa with a pool on site.
Panoramic views of Al Khobar can be admired from the Oasis Café. Crowne Plaza Al Khobar has a Moroccan restaurant, and a restaurant with live cooking stations. Various massage treatments can be scheduled at Plaza Al Khobar’s spa. It features 2 separate well-equipped gyms one for ladies and one for men and a sauna.
There’s a nice selection of snacks and beverages in the club lounge including breakfast and evening snacks and beverages.
9. Jeddah Hilton Hotel
Located just 20 minutes from the bustling downtown area, Jeddah Hilton offers contemporary rooms with stunning views. Whether you’re there for business or leisure, enjoy excellent dining and meetings and conferences facilities as well as easy access to Jeddah’s many nearby attractions. The hotel’S location puts you within easy reach of the airport, city center and the Holy City of Makkah.
The top attraction in Jeddah is the Old City of Jeddah, a UNESCO heritage site, Red Sea shopping Mall & Vox Cinema, Jeddah Waterfront Corniche area and The Floating Mosque.
The hotel houses a private mosque for hotel guests, indoor and outdoor swimming pool facilities and the hotel itself overlooks the new Jeddah Waterfront corniche area.
Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Red Sea and the ancient city of Jeddah from your private balcony at the Jeddah Hilton hotel. Upgrade to an executive room or suite for more space, complimentary WiFi access and Executive Lounge access. Executive rooms are on high floors, sitting area with sofa, balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows. The Executive Lounge serves complimentary breakfast and evening snacks with non-alcoholic drinks.
10. Mövenpick Hotel City Star Jeddah
Featuring a classic interior design with a great location in the heart of the city, Mövenpick Hotel City Star Jeddah offers 5-star service in elegant surroundings. The Al Harthy Exhibition Centre is just a short walk away, Mall of Arabia is nearby and King Abdulaziz International Airport can be reached in 15 minutes.
The hotel offers vibrant city views from soundproof windows. Executive rooms and suites also have complimentary access to the Al Zulfi Executive Lounge, along with associated benefits which includes breakfast and evening snacks as well as an exclusive lounge to relax in.
11. Millennium Hail Hotel Saudi Arabia
Set in a convenient location opposite Hail economic city, Millennium Hail Hotel Saudi Arabia offers luxury accommodations and an extensive array of services and amenities. Each of the 166 luxurious rooms and 17 suites is spacious, beautifully designed and well-appointed. The hotel also features an on-site beauty salon, separate men’s and women’s spas and swimming pools, and a mini sports complex.
The Saudi Railway Station is right next to the hotel and Hail Regional Airport is only 20 minutes away. The hotel is near the University of Hail, Rally Hail Base Camp and Arab Open University, and just a short drive away from horse racing, Al Khatta Village, Jubba and Old City Centre.
In the Executive Lounge at Millennium Hail Hotel, Saudi Arabia, staff serve international food within a luxury atmosphere, which includes breakfast, evening snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.
*benefits offered were correct at time of writing but may be amended at the hotel’s discretion.
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