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Holiday Inn Riyadh-Olaya

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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.

im business traveller and i found this hotel outstanding compared to other hotels in Riyadh. the location is perfect as you will be near the center . kingdom mall and faysaliah in addition yo easy access to highways. service level is high, staff is so freindly and helpful. food is tasty. Omar Spire Ambassodor

I stayed at this hotel for one night only The room is spacious, mattress is nice and 4 pillows on a king size bed. Everything is neat and clean The IT department called me and said its regular check on internet quality and this is the first time i experience such a caring service because honestly internet is of a big concern to me especially if i am staying at the room for long time. I took room 112 on the first floor it is disturbing you can hear the police siren all the time in addition to the car horns. I advise not to take the first 3 floors. I checked the terrace it is very nice although there is no f&b outlet just empty terrace looking on the most busiest bridge junction in The kingdom. The pool is very small although i wont use it not now not later but for someone looking for a pool it is small good for chillig only and not for swimming. The breakfast has many varities and the presentation is very nice I would recommend this hotel and i will visit it again and again

In the heart of Riyadh I spent 5 nights in this hotel. Big clean quiet spacious room. Nice bed. High speed WiFi. Free Parking. Average but nice breakfast. There is a pool which I didn't use. Friendly staff. All of this for a reasonable price

I stayed here again a few weeks ago. Again very happy with my stay. Only 1 thing this time: My room was facing the side where I was awaken each morning at 5:00am by the "call to prayer" loudspeakers outside. That was annoying! I think that next time I'll ask for a room facing the other side.

Rooms are old not modern. Spacious though and they could have make it much better. The lobby area does not belong to holiday inn chain. Breakfast is great.. They offer many variations. it's location is convenient for business travelers. Price for value is fine.. Not sure if I will visit it again.

Centrally located. Rooms are oldish but of good side, the whole property is dated. Budget hotel , basic standard. Reception service leaves much to be desired. Booked my room with breakfast thru then hotel attempted to charge me for breakfast on the first day. When I raised the issue the person at reception told me I have had to sort it out myself. Stayed in this hotel a few times before, I must say that quality of service deteriorated.

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

King 2 | Full 2 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

65% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 238 reviews