Radisson Blu offers serenity in the heart of Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter

Radisson Blu offers serenity in the heart of Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter
Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence lets guests escape the concrete jungle. Supplied
Updated 29 November 2019

Radisson Blu offers serenity in the heart of Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter

Radisson Blu offers serenity in the heart of Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter
  • Whether you’re in Riyadh for business of pleasure, a stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Residences makes for a serene, tranquil and rejuvenating experience
  • Located away from the densely populated Olaya Street, guests will find it a welcome change from the concrete jungle

DHAHRAN: Although there is no shortage of business hotels in the Saudi capital, Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter stands out for several reasons. Located away from the densely populated Olaya Street, guests will find it a welcome change from the concrete jungle. After all, how often, in the capital city, can you step out of your room and be greeted with a view that makes you forget that you’re in Riyadh?

Radisson Blu’s newest location in the heart of the Diplomatic Quarters (home to over 80 foreign embassies and diplomatic missions) has been open a little more than eight months. It is a 30-minute drive from the King Khaled International Airport and a 15-minute drive to the Riyadh Seasons Boulevard and the location of Ad’Diriyah Season— making it an ideal location for both business and pleasure. 

The 29,000-square-meter property is situated amid lush palm trees and foliage, an open courtyard and fountain with a seating area, and a tranquil garden terrace. There are several cafés — so plenty of options for working outdoors or unwinding once work is done. The hotel’s in-house business center also offers an appealing and comfortable space to work from, with enough solitude, amenities, and complimentary coffee and snack refills to keep you going.




The hotel lobby is bright and spacious. Supplied

The hotel lobby is bright and spacious — furnished with neutral lounge chairs, but with bright, vibrant color accents, sleek light fixtures and chandeliers, and wall-to-wall windows, overlooking the Larder Garden terrace.

The interior’s upscale, modern décor is strikingly juxtaposed with nearly 1,000 pieces of traditional Saudi artwork currently on display throughout the hotel’s public and private spaces. Sponsored by the King Salman Center for Disability Research, the exhibition is a collaboration between the Saudi Handicrafts Programme at the Ministry of Culture and a Scotland-based charitable trust, the Turquoise Mountain, and features the handiwork of 60 Saudi artisans. The exhibition runs until December 2020 and is currently the largest collection of Saudi handmade crafts in the Kingdom.

To the side of the lobby, the Larder Lounge, serves light bites and is a great place to burrow into a good book with a cup of coffee. The spacious lobby also includes intimate corners for one-to-one conversations and meetings.  




The Larder Restaurant serves the usual breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare with à la carte and buffet options. Supplied

The Larder Restaurant serves the usual breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare with à la carte and buffet options. The International and Mediterranean menu may seem uninspiring, but it is wholesome, flavorful, and done just right. With an extensive selection of fresh cheeses, fruit, nuts, salad fixings, smoothies, and detox drinks, the breakfast spread offers many healthy options, in comparison to other hotels across the country.

With 110 rooms and suites, the options range from Standard to Presidential and a two-bedroom Duplex Suite. We stayed in the Junior Suite that came with a fully-equipped kitchenette, a separate seating area, individual climate control, digital media players, and a spacious balcony. Although there isn’t much difference in the amenities included in different types of rooms, guests who stay longer can opt for a more spacious abode, like the one-bedroom suite.  




With 110 rooms and suites, the options range from Standard to Presidential and a two-bedroom Duplex Suite. Supplied

Another impressive feature of the hotel is their use of smart technology, like the digital panel on the door, with an electronic button for the doorbell, ‘Do not Disturb’, and housekeeping; plus smart glass for the shower; and a television with mirror casting.

Whether you’re in Riyadh for business of pleasure, a stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Residences makes for a serene, tranquil and rejuvenating experience. 


Rappers Kodak Black and Lil Wayne among 73 pardoned on Trump’s last day

Kodak Black was originally supposed to serve his 46-month prison sentence until 2022. File/AFP
Kodak Black was originally supposed to serve his 46-month prison sentence until 2022. File/AFP
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Rappers Kodak Black and Lil Wayne among 73 pardoned on Trump’s last day

Kodak Black was originally supposed to serve his 46-month prison sentence until 2022. File/AFP

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned 73 people, including rappers Kodak Black and Lil Wayne, just hours before he was due to leave office.

Kodak Black, was granted clemency after being jailed for making a false statement on a federal document, while Lil Wayne, who faced 10 years in jail after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon last month, also made the list.

The star, listed as Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., had shown “generosity through commitment to a variety of charities, including donations to research hospitals and a host of foodbanks,” the release said.

Trump’s former aide Steve Bannon was also pardoned.

Bannon – who was Trump's campaign manager during the 2016 election, before becoming a senior adviser to the president – left the White House acrimoniously in 2017, Trump later giving him the derogatory moniker "Sloppy Steve."

Last year he was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, over funds raised to build the Mexico border wall, a flagship Trump policy.