Saudi Arabia welcomes its first Grand Hyatt hotel
A new hub for business and leisure travellers in Saudi Arabia, Grand Hyatt Al Khobar Hotel and Residences marks an important milestone in Hyatt Hotels Corporation’s Middle East growth strategy.
Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 initiative – which strives to reduce the Kingdom’s reliance on oil, not least by attracting more international visitors – is a step closer to being realised with the arrival of Grand Hyatt Al Khobar Hotel and Residences.
Hyatt’s Middle Eastern expansion
The new property is the sixth Hyatt-branded hotel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the first from the Grand Hyatt brand. Located in the city of Al Khobar, on the Arabian Gulf, the 368-room hotel is more precisely situated in its commercial and retail heart, conveniently connected by bridge to the Al Rashid Mall.
“We are thrilled to open the first Grand Hyatt hotel in Saudi Arabia and we look forward to welcoming guests seeking magnificent moments from this iconic destination,” said Nizar Weshah, general manager at Grand Hyatt Al Khobar Hotel and Residences. “Grand Hyatt Al Khobar Hotel and Residences celebrates these moments and exceeds guest expectations by delivering iconic cuisine, breathtaking design and unparalleled service.”
Inside, an upscale interior design of oatmeal tones, highlighted by bold blue hues, gold accents and flash details from sparkling chandeliers to decorative Islamic geometric patterns, unfurls over a series of dining options, event spaces, a spa and 368 rooms, including 45 suites and 54 residential units.
Here, each room boasts views across the city alongside all the usual offerings, including a flatscreen TV, high-speed internet access, and a work desk. All of the suites have access to the Grand Club lounge, a quiet space with culinary highlights throughout the day, while the sprawling 138 sq m Diplomat Suite comes complete with a separate living room, dining area and kitchenette.
A dining destination in its own right, there are four options to choose from at Grand Hyatt Al Khobar Hotel and Residences: Ashman, an all-day dining space serving up traditional Levantine cuisine; Sakana House, a steak and seafood spot influenced by Pan Asian culinary traditions; a French patisserie called Rosalie, situated next to the entrance of the mall and providing perfect pre-shopping sustenance; and Grandeur, a 24-hour lobby space, serving up a selection of light meals and beverages, including freshly brewed Arabic coffee.
One of Al Khobar’s largest ballrooms
The property’s 2,300 sq m of light-filled meetings and events spaces include the 1,050 sq m Grand Ballroom, one of the largest in the city with capacity for up to 1,400 guests, while downtime can be had in the hotel’s wellness area. Its Nirvana Spa offers a series of treatments across ten rooms, six for women and four for men. There’s also a fully equipped fitness centre, as well as two separate lap pools, relaxation beds, a whirlpool bath, a sauna, a steam room and a Moroccan bath – and for the more active, there’s a squash court.
As of now, 120 guestrooms, 20 residences, the all-day dining spot, the lobby lounge, the banquet halls, the spa and the fitness centre are open. The remaining guest rooms, Rosalie and Sakana House will come next in February 2021, before the final residences launch the following month.