This is the best hotel I have stayed in in Saudi Arabia. It was my sixth hotel stay in KSA, first time Al Khobar.
Saudi hotels generally do not measure up, if they say four star, think two star.
This hotel is everything you would expect from a Holiday Inn in the US with some features more like Crowne Plaza. Good restaurants, excellent security, modern, spacious, comfortable rooms. Courteous, helpful staff.
Faisal made me very welcome at the restaurant and made excellent suggestions. He convinced me to eat dinner in the hotel and it was a good decision.
At the registration desk, Hussain was very professional and welcoming. He was also helpful with a couple issues during the stay, ie change for tips, etc.
Dinners were competent, good value. Of course, no wine for the meal. Try the Lemon-mint beverage -
it adds a counterpoint to food.
Breakfast buffet is a must however, don't miss it. Breakfast in the Gulf is one of the high points of stay in this region. [Less]