Ocular “Inspection” at Fairmont Riyadh

Yours truly has recently visited one of the high-priced hotels in Riyadh, Fairmont, and “is” truly impressed with its stunning ambiance.

Fairmont Riyadh is a relatively new hotel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) but not its reputation as a luxury brand within AccorHotels network.  It debuted in KSA in January 2019 and is located in Qurtubah within The Business Gate—a community in Riyadh comprising a mixed-use development project and business district featuring over 70 multinational and regional companies, based on what I read.

The hotel is conveniently connected to the convention center in central Riyadh and is also close to Granada Business Park in Exit 9. This business park will soon be a major train station in Riyadh that links busy destinations particularly the King Khalid International Airport and shall then evolve into a land mark. It is as well equipped with state-of-the-art communication technologies offering contemporary architecture and office spaces as we speak.

Fairmont Riyadh offers 298 rooms with Wi-Fi; 10 meeting rooms, five restaurants namely 365, Café Connect, House of Grill, Pesto, and the Plaza; convention spaces; a business center; an indoor pool; a 24-hour fitness gym; and a full-service spa.

The rooms include 40 suites while the convention spaces feature two ballrooms that can accommodate up to 1,500 guests each.


If there is one thing that makes this a hotel a standout, it would be the joint forces of its enticing open dining concepts that reflect the very best of local and international cuisines animated by the aforementioned five restaurants—and—the rich modern look from its balanced distribution of multiple geometric metal designs and shapes.

“The 365 offers exceptional opportunities for guests to experience unique meals. Café Connect presents busy guests with a unique grab-and-go concept. House of Grill offers a fine-dining steak experience while Pesto brings the authentic flavors of southern Italy to the Kingdom. The Plaza features the landmark Signature Savoy Lounge which offers delectable beverages and a high tea experience combined with homemade sweets” (zawya.com).

Among the four restaurants, what really caught my eye and got my palate was the 365. According to the manager I interviewed, the restaurant’s name—365—was inspired by the wide variety of cuisines from around the world which are featured in their multinational cuisine: European and Arabic (Middle Eastern and Gulf) and South East Asia (Japan, China, India, and Indonesia).

A guest can enjoy food delicacies and engage with the chefs as they prepare authentic culinary dishes from an international cuisine pallet. This an opportunity for any guest to experience a memorable meal.

Other than that, it is where the “Iron Throne” sits in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia—right at this restaurant 🙂 See for yourself.

The one-hour ocular at this place would make me say that their service team as a whole is attentive and dedicated. I commend them for their out-going personalities and passion for providing a high form of standard service which is a barometer for a five-star hotel. (A special mention to Rich of the Reservations Department.)

I would not be surprised if our company’s annual major event will take place at one of Riyadh Fairmont’s ballrooms next year.

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