JONAS
Jonas Rask Eilersen
Park Hyatt Jeddah
Al Hamra District , Southern Corniche, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 21432
23rd September 2015

The Park Hyatt is slowly expanding its empire, so we tried out its latest offering in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. As the main gateway to the holy city of Mecca, Jeddah is one of the more interesting and tourist-friendly cities of Saudi Arabia. While not a prime tourist destination for many western travellers, the city offers a combination of international hospitality flair and Arabian splendour which definitely make it worth a visit.

Location
The Park Hyatt is located away from the bustle, in its own little enclave on the Southern Corniche. It’s just a short taxi ride from the old centre of Jeddah, with its diverse souk and array of dining options. The hotel has its own marina on the Red Sea – perfectly situated to enjoy a walk along the corniche. It is a 20-25 minute drive to Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport, traffic-depending. Mecca is an easy 45 minute drive.
Who stays?
Truly eclectic; business travellers from across the world, families and Hajj-bound pilgrims making a stop before Mecca.
Style and Character
A gorgeous blend of modern and local styles (as you’d almost certainly expect); it really works here. Beautiful arches, pathways, gardens. It’s relatively restrained, and oozes luxury.
Service
Pleasant throughout – but staff could have been slightly more ready and willing to help.
Rooms and Suites
By Middle East standards, our room was actually a bit on the small-side. My Seaview King Room was approximately 40 sqm, with a nice view of the gardens and the sea at the back of the hotel. The open plan bathroom had views into the room. The bathroom had separate shower and bath and was stocked with Blaise Mautin toiletries (common for Park Hyatt properties). Cable internet is available although it kept cutting out during my stay - not ideal for a property of the Park Hyatt’s standing. Décor is contemporary without being too modern – the colour scheme was classic white and dark brown and there was a 42in flatscreen, DVD player, huge wardrobes and an amazingly comfortable bed, and lots of amenities - fancy lighting, well stocked mini bar (no alcohol). It’s very restrained, but again: very luxurious, with the top-of-the-line fixtures and fittings.
Food and Drink
The lobby bar (The Lounge) is honestly one of the most pleasurable public spaces in a fairly conservative city – it is bright and airy with a wonderful view to the gardens beyond. There are also several fine dining establishments open to hotel guests and casual visitors, including the elegant Nafoura, a Mediterranean fine dining outlet.
Al Sohba, the gentlemen’s social club at the hotel is one of the city’s most acknowledged places to meet and is clearly where many a deal is being done.
Features, Wellness, and Amenities
The spa, fitness and pool offer is gender-segregated – Evania for the ladies, and the “Gentlemens’ Seba Wellness Club” for the men. Overall there are more than 10,000 sqm. of leisure areas!
For those wanting to shop ‘til they drop, Tahliya Road is the spot to get your Gucci fix. The hotel also offers transport to one of Jeddah’s many huge malls – consult with the concierge for do’s and don’ts (‘bachelors’ are not always allowed in more family orientated malls).
Perceived Value
All this luxury and splendour comes at a high price; but at this end of the scale, it is all worth it.
Verdict
The Park Hyatt is a worthy competitor to Jeddah’s fabulous Rosewood Corniche Hotel. Service is not quite up to the usual standard of Park Hyatt, but architecture, style and atmosphere all come top.