Jeddah is famously known as the gateway to Mecca, and with that, new waves of travellers pass through the city throughout the year. Here are the best places to stay 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.
Park Hyatt Jeddah
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Occupying its own small peninsula at the southern end of the Corniche, the Park Hyatt is something of its own small city. The secluded low-rise hotel fans out along the seaside and is sandwiched among well-kept gardens. The spacious 142 guest rooms were developed by French interior designer Gilles Quiffet and architect Patrice Hart, and include huge soaking tubs and Red Sea views. Bedrooms are inspired by European and Arab-Andalusian architecture and decor. A highlight is the hotel’s restaurant, The Lounge, which features outdoor seaside seats with a front-row view of the King Fahd Fountain, the tallest in the world. It’s particularly beautiful at dusk, when the lights are switched on. The staff here truly go above and beyond.
Formerly a palace, The Ritz-Carlton Jeddah takes its royal roots seriously. The exquisitely designed lobby features multilevel light fixtures and soaring columns in a sleek light-and-dark colour scheme, while the classically decorated dining areas are lit by glowing crystal chandeliers. There are 224 bedrooms, with each featuring a marble bathroom and touches of Middle Eastern decor. Service is top-notch, and its location, across from the Corniche, allows views of Jeddah’s famous fountain from a number of the rooms.
It’s impossible to miss the Rosewood’s cylindrical sand-coloured building on the northern end of the Corniche. This hotel’s personal service is next level, with a 24-hour butler service included in the room prices. Request a personalised wake-up call or book an appointment with the hotel’s Fragrance Butler, who can help match your perfume to a day of sightseeing and activities in the city. The Rosewood is a good option for families, as it provides 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 note that it is only open to men.
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Known as Jeddah’s Palace of the East, the Waldorf Astoria Qasr Al Sharq is the height of luxury. Decadently designed with gold leaf and decorative dark woodwork – perhaps it’s no surprise that the same designer outfitted Dubai’s world-renowned seven-star Burj Al Arab. In the lobby, a three-storey Swarovski crystal chandelier sets the tone. All of the palatial suites feature lofty ceilings, plush Middle Eastern furnishings, chandeliers and marble bathrooms. A 24-hour butler service ensures that your every wish will be fulfilled.
Shopping enthusiasts might think they’ve accidentally wandered from Jeddah’s fashion district straight into Milan. Elaf Galleria’s design was inspired by the glass-topped Galleria Emanuele II, Italy’s oldest shopping centre. However, unlike Milan’s historic architectural landmark, Elaf Galleria is newly built, opening in 2018. The award-winning hotel has 364 rooms in total, spanning seven floors. Bedrooms come outfitted in muted tones and modern decor.
Jeddah’s swish InterContinental hotel has a prime Corniche-side location with close-up views of the King Fahd Fountain. 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.
Address Al Hamra’s price point is certainly less eye-watering than Jeddah’s other high-end hotels. However, this budget-friendly hotel 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. Despite its urban location, the hotel is quiet, so you are sure to get a good night’s sleep. For sweeping views over the city, head to the rooftop swimming pool.