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The Ritz Carlton Riyadh: It’s all in the details

As a designer of jewellery and accessories, Alaa Balkhy has definitely got an eye for details. During her stay at The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, she says, she noticed the smallest gestures that made all the difference.

Below, she talks about her memorable stay and shares a little bit about her own personality as well.

What most catches your attention when you first enter The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh? How does it compare with other hotels in the capital?

The service is impeccable and the attention to detail when it comes to your day-to-day. There is something about The Ritz-Carlton that makes it so glamorous.

You have mentioned noticing little details that seem to have made all the difference in your stay. What is the one thing that resonated with you and made the difference in your stay?

Everyone knew my name when I stayed there, which is super sweet.

We know you are a morning person. What makes a perfect morning and how do you tend to spend your mornings to get a good start to the day?

To me sunlight makes it; big windows are always a good idea. Of course, I check my e-mails first thing in the morning and I have to have breakfast in the first hour after waking up. A little bit of music and I would call it a perfect morning.


(Watch Alaa’s stay at The Ritz Carlton Riyadh here)


How did The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh help you have a good morning?

One of the best breakfasts, honestly. And don’t get me started on those beds – I think they are made of clouds, literally. I want to take one home!

In addition to being spacious, what makes The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh “one of the best hotels in the city”, like you said?

The staff is just so friendly, the hotel is quiet and super relaxing; one of the best sleeps I had.

How often do you stay at The Ritz-Carlton?

Every chance I get.

Are there special amenities or features you look for in a hotel to make your stay a better one? Which of these did you find in The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh?

A smooth check-in and check-out just makes the whole experience so much better. The bed was very comfortable and so was the food… Also those cute toiletries, just loved those!


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