Hotels to Look for When Planning a Family Vacation to Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia, in the Middle East, is a land of deserts, royalty, and fascination for many people across the globe. Home to Mecca and Medina, the country is also known for being family-friendly with millions of tourists visiting every year. If you are planning a vacation in Saudi Arabia with your family, one of the most important aspects to consider is accommodation. 

Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia and its financial hub, is a hip place to holiday at. Accommodation in Riyadh is easy to find, from luxury hotels to simple apartments available on rent. 

When travelling with family, choosing an apartment to stay in is a great idea. There are many great furnished apartments for rent in Riyadh if you plan to visit the capital.

Here are some great options to choose from:

1. Ascott Rafal Olaya

A contemporary stay option that provides furnished apartments for rent in Riyadh, travellers here have the option of choosing a studio apartment, a one-bedroom apartment, or a two-bedroom apartment. The Ascott Riyadh offers 24×7 room service, shuttle services, separate health club floors for men and women that include steam, sauna, gymnasium, swimming pools, playing area for children, among other things. The rooms are spacious and well-lit, they have a basement car park, and are soon to open a lobby boutique, a cigar room, and a restaurant.

Ascott Riyadh is located in Olaya Street, Riyadh, and prices begin from SAR 600 a night. Breakfast is included in this price also.

2. Pullman ZamZam Makkah

Experience five-star services at this luxury hotel located in Abraj Al Bait complex in the heart of Mecca. The hotel has 1315 rooms and suites with top-notch concierge and restaurant services. Also, the Al Haraam (Ka’aba) is only a 10-minute walk from Pullman.

The hotel is known for its warm services and a great welcome by the staff upon arrival. It also has great dining options for the entire family to indulge in. It is one of the most affordable places to stay, in and around the Clock Tower area. Prices begin from SAR 449 per night.

3. Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina

Located right next to the Red Sea and Jeddah’s natural lagoon on the other side, this hotel boasts of a spell-binding view. Its restaurant offers food from five different continents, and its rooms are comfortable, clean, and luxurious. The hotel is often dubbed to be the ‘perfect retreat’ by the guests who have stayed there. 

It has a direct connection with the canal-front promenade and numerous shopping, eating, and swimming activities, for a family to have a good time. Prices begin from SAR 1030 per night. 

4. Al Waha Palace Hotel

Located in the heart of Riyadh’s city centre, the rooms at the Al Waha Palace Hotel open to spectacular views of the city. This 4-star hotel is surrounded by famous malls and is a 25-minute drive away from the airport, making it a great accommodation in Riyadh.

The seven-floor hotel has a fitness centre and is only about a kilometre away from Riyadh’s famous golf courses. Prices begin from SAR 330 per night.

5. Swissotel Makkah

Reflecting the Arab culture, this five-star hotel is located in the famous Abraj Al Bait complex and is very close to the holy Masjid Al Haraam. Famous among families, this hotel is the only one that has private entrances to make it easier for people to reach the mosque. 

It is also the only hotel in Mecca that has a direct entrance through Ajyad Street. It has a fitness centre with a gym, a banquet room, a restaurant serving lip-smacking food, and free internet services. Prices start from SAR 530 a night.

How To Choose A Good Hotel In Saudi Arabia

  • Check if the neighbourhood of the hotel is safe, with ample of activities for everyone in the family to participate it like swimming pool, playing room, gymnasium, steam and sauna, and restaurants. Make sure the hotel is family-friendly.
  • Getting around in a new country with family can get difficult. Ensure your hotel can arrange for shuttle services to get around including airport transfers.
  • Check if they have room-service (preferably 24×7) and WiFi.

Rihlat saeida!