The modern, minimalist gem brings Parisian chic to the capital.
Riyadh is fast becoming a travel destination, and welcoming world-class hotels. In the Middle East, a lot of hotels believe that more is more, but Mansard Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Hotel understands that less is more. The property is a masterclass in understated elegance, which makes this a must for the modern millennial traveller.
Mansard Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Hotel opened in the summer of 2022. The property is perfectly placed, as it is approximately five miles from Bujairi Terrace, and two miles from Riyadh Park Shopping Mall. Plus, the airport is less than a 30-minute drive.
As we pulled into the Ar Rabi neighbourhood, the hotel looked like it could be in Europe. The architecture is inspired by the Haussmann style, which dominates the streets of France. The building boasts Parisian features, from a cream-coloured façade to a sloped mansard roof.
We were welcomed in style and with smiles. The lobby’s interiors are just as minimalist with floor to ceiling windows, grey marble floor and pillars, and a big beautiful bouquet. The Art Deco design, from curved edges to gold features, added a touch of class. Plus, the shelves were decorated with luxury globes, sculptures and vases.
Rooms and suites
Mansard Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Hotel is home to 191 rooms, from single rooms to three-bedroom penthouse villas. We stayed in the Collection Executive Room, which felt like we had our own apartment. Spanning 56 metres squared and boasting high ceilings, it squeezed a lot into the space. The room had two toilets, two TVs, a corner sofa, desk and a king-sized bed.
The décor was smart and sophisticated. The muted, monochrome palette covered white, grey and black, and let the simple details shine – gold door handles and a qibla pointer, anyone? We loved the spacious bathroom and powder room, although it would have benefited from a full-length mirror. Overall, it successfully combined old and new, mixing mod cons like automated curtains to traditional Arabic hospitality.
Restaurants and bars
Sadelle’s Riyadh is an all-day restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The flagship venue can be found in SoHo, New York, and the new venue draws inspiration from classic bistros. The place is packed with personality – there are seashell-style seats, bright blue tables and David Bowie music.
Diners can choose between an International, Lifestyle, Sadelle’s or Saudi breakfast. We loved the Lifestyle option, which came with Overnight Oats, Sliced Tomato and Avocado, Feta, Haloumi and Olives, and Egg White Frittata. The generous offering included a Protein Shake, Green Health Juice and selection of coffees and teas.
Since our visit, Mansard Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Hotel opened L’ami Dave. The French fine dining restaurant pays homage to 19th century Paris, and includes vintage pieces, white tablecloths, and waiters in white dinner jackets. Plus, the New York Italian American restaurant Carbone is opening soon – not only did it once have a MICHELIN Star, but visitors from Barack Obama to Jennifer Lopez.
Mansard Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Hotel includes a state-of-the-art gym, indoor pool, sauna and steam room. We are excited to see how the property develops, as it is set to open Carbone, Pucho Cigar Lounge, and a L’Occitane branded spa.
Welcome to the ultimate city escape.
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