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Holiday Inn Riyadh-Olaya

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Business trip for 2 days. Location : Not that of an impressive location, Other options is better nearby. Room : Clean, Small TV though. Classic decoration, I was able to sleep quietly and peacefully there. Nothing to complain about the room. Room Service : Cleaning and Laundry service were up to expectations. But the kitchen, I had one of the worst meals in my life from this hotel. Cold fries, Wierd sauce, Cold bread! A meal froma freezer to be more specific. I wont advise anyone to eat from this hotel. Lobby was a bit loud during evening since they host weddings and you cannot sit quietly in the lobby.

One of the best business hotel in riyadh. Location wise accessibility to Riyadh is very good. It is near to airport and king fahd road. Stay was relaxing and peaceful. Hotel room quality was good. Neat and clean.

The room attandant was amazing during the first couple days, he saw we bought a huge galon of water, and the second day when we came back to our room 218(our CI time is 8/3), we saw 8 water bottles sitting there waiting for us to drink in this extreme BBQ weather! It is not about the money of the water bottle, it is about service! Although after couple days i felt that room attandant changed to others because the beds makings skills were different, but the over all experience in holiday inn olaya was very nice, will come back again.

I use to stay at Holiday Inn Olaya Str due to my job in Riyadh; the staff is very kind, one of the best I met when I travel, they can help you in anything u need; rooms are very clean as the hotel itself; restaurants are also very good and you can find any kind of food; position is also very good, because near to Al Faisaliyah and the Center of the city; anytime u come back after a day of work they offer u coffee and dates and u can also relax in the spa. I can assure it is my second home in Riyadh. Excellent.

Very clean and comfortable place located in the heart of Riyadh.b A good breakfast and dinner buffet adds value to your stay here. Very pleasant staff. Special mention must be made of Asif Khan the Assistant F& B manager and Rana who works in the restaurant.

Stayed for 2 nights for business. I arrived early morning to the hotel and they are helpful gave me the room directly at the new building. The room was clean, spacious and it was totally great. Tried the restaurant for breakfast and other drinks and totally ok. Free Wi-Fi is included as well. Good value for money.

This will be longer than the usual review, mainly because I spent a full month here which, unhappily, coincided almost completely with Ramadan. When I checked in, thinking to give me a benefit, they checked me into an upgrade room. Alas, two days later, they closed the entire tower so I had to repack everything and schlep it all to the other tower. Would've been nice if they'd looked ahead so I could've settled in just once. The Coffee Shop in the lobby level was closed during Ramadan so meals either had to be room service or in a "speakeasy" style room on the Mezzanine level where they served expats. There were pluses and minuses to my stay. First of all, the room itself was generally fine and a good size: comfortable bed, sensible bath (for the most part) and mostly sufficient lighting. Only complaints: until I took the plunged and turned the A/C off altogether, it was set up so that the cold air blew directly on the desk area where I was trying to do a lot of work: it was FRIGID cold so that my hands couldn't type easily at the computer, and I began wearing a towel over the right side of my head to keep the breeze from giving me a brain freeze: made me look like I was turning half into a Saudi. The hotel is convenient if your work is close; otherwise, it's a pain in the neck because of all the traffic in downtown Olaya area, ESPECIALLY during the Metro construction for the next several years. They leave newspapers by the door of some guests, but, despite multiple requests, they never managed to leave one at my room. But the staff are friendly, especially the guys who cleaner the rooms and the waiters in the speakeasy. Would be nice if the outlet by the night table wasn't switched off when you turn out the light: I needed several devices to stay charged at night, and the only way to do it was to use an extension cord with a l-o-n-g cord (which, thankfully, I'd brought with me). A couple of gripes: over the course of the month, the fire alarm went off at least five times, twice in the middle of the night. They were all false alarms, but it was annoying disruptive to sleep, and dangerous, because guests got accustomed to the alarms and no longer cared to respond. Also, the knives in the restaurant are a style that makes them almost impossible to hold steadily as you cut. Why do people design these "arty" utensils? The Fitness Center has 3 treadmills and one elliptical trainer. A pathetic universal machine, some odd machines, an hilarious "body vibrator" that's like a standing version of the old massage beds in 50's style US motels, free weights and very little floor space for core and balance work. I had better luck exercising in my room to do planks and squats.. Finally, the hotel offers an expensive car service in the lobby, but they sometimes don't have any cars available, so you can't rely on them unless you make a reservation well in advance. That'd be fine if the cheaper city cabs on the street were readily available, but because the hotel is located on an oddly off-the-beaten-path short block off the main drag, it sometimes took as much as 10 minutes to find one cruising by. Not cool if you're trying to make an appointment or a plane. But, overall, the feel of this place was quite pleasant. I served my time for a month and didn't feel like I was in prison at all.

This hotel has nice rooms. Everything is clean and the staff is welcoming. The morning buffet was good and the room service very good. I had a good stay at this hotel. A point that I liked less, the view from our window was not very nice.

This location has two buildings. Each is clean and professional. The staff are friendly and helpful with any questions or needs. Each building has a restaurant area that offers breakfast and dinner buffets. There is a lot of variety in dishes to serve anyone's sensibilities. I enjoyed trying the local foods. The rooms are surprisingly spacious in comparison to other parts of the world that I've traveled. They are clean and the bed was comfortable. I do not usually stay at Holiday Inns, but this location is one that I would be happy to stay at again.

Although I have stayed in this hotel previously, it was not until I stayed in the "older" building that I realized that the buildings were of different levels of quality. I had a room on the executive floor in the old building. The Executive Lounge in the old building is located in the "lobby area" immediately outside of the elevators and consists of tables. The only item available during the day, except for business days during a few evening hours, was hot water and tea/instant coffee. The restaurant area in the old building is not open on weekends, and only for breakfast and lunch on work days. On my previous stay in the newer building, I found it much more to my satisfaction. I do not like having to go out of the hotel and walk across a street to eat meals; and I enjoy a much more relaxing atmosphere and access to beverages in an Executive Lounge.

Olaya Street Riyadh

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Holiday Inn Riyadh-Olaya places you within a 10-minute stroll of National Museum of Saudi Arabia and Al Watan Park. This 298-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free valet parking. It's in central Al Murabba and also a short walk from King Abdulaziz Historical Center and King Abdul Aziz Library.


Enjoy dining at Olaya Express Coffee Shop, one of 2 onsite restaurants. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a quick energy boost at the 2 coffee shops/cafés. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM.


The 298 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including refrigerators, minibars, and coffee makers. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and bidets, and beds are dressed in pillow menus. Other amenities include free newspapers, free bottled water, and safes.

Property features

Guests staying at Holiday Inn Riyadh-Olaya enjoy an outdoor pool, a health club, and a sauna. Free valet and self parking are available—or if you're not driving, take the airport shuttle (available on request) for SAR 155 per vehicle one way. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this family-friendly hotel include an outdoor tennis court, free WiFi in public areas, and 14 meeting rooms.

Room options

Executive Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room, Smoking

Twin 2 | Full 2 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

65% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 243 reviews