A frequent question asked by visitors new to Saudi Arabia is “where is the best hotel”? This can be somewhat difficult to answer, depending on whether it’s for business, a city break, a wilderness experience, or a beach holiday. Nevertheless, there are a few luxury hotels that leave such an overwhelming impression that they have to be ranked among the most memorable travel experiences ever. At the top of that list when visiting Riyadh is undoubtedly the Mövenpick Hotel and Residences.
Perfect for business and pleasure, the five-star Mövenpick Hotel and Residences, located next to King Abdullah Financial District, the new CBD in the north of Riyadh, is a jewel in the hospitality crown of one of the world’s fastest-moving and most intriguing capital cities.
Providing Swiss warmth and generosity, influenced and inspired by the openness and cordiality of Middle Eastern culture, Mövenpick Hotel and Residences has something for everyone, incorporating 269 sophisticated rooms, suites, and 90 spacious residences, not forgetting The Royal Penthouse, a 740m2 oasis of calm and elegance.
For business travelers, there are 4,000m2 of exceptional meeting and events facilities, with the twin ballrooms also acting as the perfect venues for society weddings. All of the ballrooms and meeting venues are ideal for hosting up to 2,400 guests at a time. Moreover, each of the eight elegant meeting rooms features state-of-the-art audio and visual technologies, with a specialist team of event planners and organizers able to support and deliver a personalized service for any special occasion.
These world-class amenities are complemented by several magnificent restaurants and a unique outdoor Plaza on the second floor with spectacular views over Riyadh.
A jewel in the hospitality crown of one of the world’s fastest-moving and most intriguing capital cities
For a Discriminating Clientele
Ideally located next to KAFD and Riyadh Winter Wonderland, and just 2.8 miles from Riyadh Gallery Mall, 3.3 miles from Riyadh Park, 6.6 miles from King Khalid Grand Mosque, and 15 miles from the city’s closet airport, King Khalid International Airport, Mövenpick Hotel and Residences offer a 24-hour front desk, airport transportation, room service and free Wi-Fi.
Each room has city views and is equipped with a private bathroom and coffee machine, while certain rooms include a terrace and others also offer pool views. Guests can also avail themselves of the swimming pool, sauna, ice room, gymnasium and massage rooms, providing everyone with the opportunity to exercise and relax during their stay.
The Wellness Center offers individual treatment rooms, a fully equipped fitness zone, Turkish baths, a sauna, steam rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi, and special male and female spa and fitness facilities.
Each room has city views and is equipped with a private bathroom and coffee machine
World-Class Standard of Cuisine
The food and drink at Mövenpick Hotel and Residences are every bit as brilliant as its chefs’ extremely long list of credentials. The food is, without a doubt, exceptional.
Take Majaz, for instance, which takes diners on a world tour of flavors whilst promoting local products and cultural traditions. You can actually taste the passion for gastronomic creativity and excellence, with an international menu served in a buffet format that is as timeless as it is delicious. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Majaz has a menu that is reassuringly comforting, with the ambience in the restaurant playing an undeniably significant role in shaping guests’ overall dining experience.
Also offering a leisurely, intimate and relaxed atmosphere is Fez, providing traditional Moroccan flavors, which tend to be a fusion of diverse influences, from Arab and Berber to European and African, reflecting the country’s rich history and culture, but with a modern twist. The à la carte menu leaves the mouth watering before the food even arrives at the table, with such time-honored dishes as tagine, couscous, pastillas, which are surely the most characteristic and flavorsome Moroccan appetizer, and mezze.
The food and drink at Mövenpick Hotel and Residences are every bit as brilliant as its chefs’ extremely long list of credentials
Featuring a garden lounge setting, offering an open-air urban retreat that encourages guests to chat and socialize while diving into international delicacies, a live BBQ and exotic beverages, Otium focuses on international and Levantine flavors, which, geographically speaking, is cuisine from all those countries from Egypt to Turkey, often referred to as the oriental coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The on-site BBQ leaves hints of mouth-watering smoke in the air, giving the whole experience a one-of-a-kind aura.
The Swiss-inspired Café Bonnard presents a wide variety of stylish food and beverages, including high-end pastries and cakes, chocolate-inspired milkshakes, speciality coffees, and light food items. If you fancy a naughty – but nice – treat, this is the place to be!
Meanwhile, the luxurious Lugano Lobby Lounge is the ideal spot to enjoy the ‘Mövenpick Experience’, with delectable sweet and savory bites along with a variety of drinks. Just sit back, relax and enjoy.
Finally, the same Mövenpick service and sense of theatre, taking in an extensive selection of the hotel’s cuisine and beverage options, can also be enjoyed in guests’ rooms or suites. Simply pick up the phone and then await a genuine restaurant experience in your own room.
As part of the complete Ramadan experience for families, children are presented with a range of activities
You Deserve the Best at Ramadan
For Ramadan 2023 (22 March – 20 April), Mövenpick Hotel and Residences has created a broad array of activities, including, at Otium, for example, special decorations, a coffee corner, a live cooking show, and a kids’ corner.
Indeed, as part of the complete Ramadan experience for families, children are presented with a range of activities, from crossword puzzles and books (including coloring books) to connect the dots games, allowing the adults to have a quiet and extensive Iftar without the youngsters getting bored.
There are competitions for the grown-ups too! Guests will be encouraged to share their experiences of Ramadan in the hotel by taking photos and sharing them on Instagram, with the post with the most likes and interactions winning one double room with bed and breakfast after Ramadan. There will also be four ‘Ramadan Riddles’ to solve, with four winners receiving a free Iftar or Suhoor for two people.
By watching a series of weekly recipe videos on social media and then trying the recipe, there are yet more ways of picking up a prize! By simply shooting a video while they are preparing it or by taking a photo of the finished dish and sharing it on Instagram, Twitter, or Tik-ok, guests will have the opportunity to win vouchers for Fez, to be used following Ramadan.
All this and so much more will make this year’s Ramadan fun and illuminating for the whole family!