Jeddah is known as the gateway to Mecca. Experience Al-Balad’s souqs and marvel at the Al Rahma floating mosque while staying in Saudi Arabia’s port city.
Dubbed the Bride of the Red Sea, Jeddah has been a popular stop for travellers for centuries. The gateway to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina for millions of pilgrims, this cosmopolitan city is now open to casual tourists. From luxurious five-star suites to budget-friendly stays, these are the best hotels in Jeddah — bookable with Culture Trip.
Whether you’re drawn to the oud-infused alleys of Souq Al Alawi, or the air-conditioned Jeddah Mall, you’ll find yourself in the city’s shopping district at this five-star hotel. Its Tahlia Street location makes it a prize pick for those looking for Arabian souvenirs – the hotel’s handwoven Saudi rugs and pillows will provide plenty of inspiration. Deluxe rooms and suites offer expansive views, showcasing the city’s 21st-century transformation.
This Novotel is conveniently located at the eastern end of Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Street, more commonly known as the boutique-lined Tahlia Street. Shopping comes easy here, but so does dining, with more than 40 restaurants found within a kilometre. Rooms are simple and stylish; after dropping your bags, you can head to the rooftop pool or unwind in the spa. The colourful playroom, including a touchscreen table tablet, will keep the kids busy.
This palm-tree-laden resort in North Obhur offers a hideaway from the city noise, yet it’s only 20 minutes from downtown Jeddah. Along with its spacious, minimalist guest rooms, suites, apartments and villas, you can enjoy access to a tennis court, two outdoor pools and a kids’ pool. If you arrive by yacht, you can moor your boat in the private marina.
There’s a regal air to this 228-room Mövenpick hotel in Al Bawadi. Its gold-rimmed furniture, mahogany hues and marble floor leave you with no doubt that this is a high-class establishment. Valet parking is available, and the drive from King Abdulaziz International Airport is around 15 minutes. The hotel’s location next to the highway makes it a good choice for visitors using Jeddah as a launchpad for pilgrimages to Mecca or Medina.
Occupying a small peninsula at the southern end of the corniche, the Park Hyatt is like a small city. The secluded low-rise hotel fans out along the seaside, sandwiched among well-kept gardens. The spacious 142 guest rooms, developed by French interior designer Gilles Quiffet and architect Patrice Hart, include deep soaking tubs and views of the Red Sea. The Lounge restaurant has outdoor seating and provides front-row views of King Fahd’s Fountain, the tallest in the world. It’s particularly beautiful at dusk when the lights are switched on.
Formerly a palace, the Ritz-Carlton Jeddah takes its royal roots seriously. The exquisitely designed lobby features multilevel light fixtures and soaring striped columns, while the classically decorated dining areas are lit by glowing crystal chandeliers. There are 224 bedrooms, each featuring a marble bathroom and touches of Middle Eastern decor. Service is top-notch, and its location, across from the corniche, allows for views of King Fahd’s Fountain from several rooms.
It’s impossible to miss the Rosewood’s cylindrical sand-coloured building on the northern end of the corniche. Here, the hotel takes its service to the next level, with a 24-hour butler service included in the room prices. The Rosewood is also a good option for families, with plenty of kid-friendly extras, such as complimentary games consoles and child-size bathrobes and slippers. There’s also a stunning rooftop pool with views of the Red Sea, but that’s only open to men.
Palatial opulence is abundant at the Waldorf Astoria, with enough twinkling gold decor and crystal chandeliers to wow a royal. The rooms are just as grand, with lofty ceilings, plush Middle Eastern furnishings, chandeliers and marble bathrooms. The 1,000sqm (10,764sqft) Qasr Al Sharq suite includes two primary bedrooms with views of the Red Sea, a separate dining room and kitchen, and a spacious formal majlis. Meanwhile, the 24-hour butler service will fulfil your every wish.
You might think you’ve accidentally wandered from Jeddah’s fashion district straight into Milan at the Hotel Galleria by Elaf; after all, its design was inspired by the glass-topped Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the oldest shopping centre in Italy. However, unlike the Milanese landmark, this award-winning hotel opened in 2018. It has 364 rooms, spanning seven floors, and bedrooms feature muted tones and modern decor.
This swish InterContinental hotel has a prime corniche-side location with close-up views of King Fahd’s Fountain. And, unlike some other seaside spots, this hotel has a private beach. The rooms are comfortable and come with luxurious touches, including crown-moulded ceilings and extravagant furnishings. Children are well catered for with activities and a separate kids’ pool, and everything else you could need is at your fingertips. The array of on-site restaurants means you’re likely to stick around even longer.
The Address Alhamra price point is certainly less eye-watering than the other high-end hotels in Jeddah. However, this budget-friendly property is still in the heart of the city, only a 20-minute walk from the corniche. Rooms include floor-to-ceiling windows, behind-the-bed mood lighting and wooden decor with contemporary furnishings. And despite the urban location, the hotel is quiet, so you are sure to get a good night’s sleep. For views over the city, head to the rooftop swimming pool.
Alexis James contributed additional reporting to this article.
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