Waldorf Astoria Kuwait: A Luxurious Night At The Mall

Waldorf Astoria Kuwait: A Luxurious Night At The Mall

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A few days ago, I asked for feedback on where I should spend the night in Kuwait, as part of my current review trip. After weighing the pros and cons shared by OMAAT readers, I ended up deciding to book the Waldorf Astoria Kuwait (mainly because spending the night at a mall sounded oddly appealing).

While I’ll have a full review soon, I wanted to just briefly talk about what a pleasant stay I had — I couldn’t have been happier with the hotel choice.

The Waldorf Astoria Kuwait is dazzlingly beautiful

Kuwait has seen several new five star hotels open in the past couple of years, with the Waldorf Astoria being among those. I love the design of the Waldorf Astoria — it’s luxurious and modern while still feeling classic. How beautiful is this lobby?!

Waldorf Astoria Kuwait lobby

And this atrium?!

Waldorf Astoria Kuwait atrium

And these hallways?!

Waldorf Astoria Kuwait hallway

And this pool?!

Waldorf Astoria Kuwait pool

And this gym?!

Waldorf Astoria Kuwait gym

Between my Hilton Honors Diamond status and booking through Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts, I got upgraded to a one bedroom suite, which was more than spacious.

Waldorf Astoria Kuwait suite living room
Waldorf Astoria Kuwait suite bedroom
Waldorf Astoria Kuwait suite bathroom

Breakfast buffets in the Middle East are on a different level

When it comes to over-the-top breakfast, it doesn’t get better than what you’ll find in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Even within that competitive set, the Waldorf Astoria Kuwait had an especially generous breakfast.

Waldorf Astoria Kuwait breakfast restaurant

For one, the breakfast restaurant literally had an interior view of the mall, which couldn’t help but make me chuckle.

Waldorf Astoria Kuwait breakfast restaurant view

Breakfast included a buffet that was as high quality as it was extensive, with everything under the sun. As if that wasn’t enough, there was an additional menu you could order an unlimited number of items off of.

Waldorf Astoria Kuwait breakfast buffet
Waldorf Astoria Kuwait breakfast buffet
Waldorf Astoria Kuwait breakfast buffet
Waldorf Astoria Kuwait breakfast buffet

On top of that, there were freshly squeezed juices and barista coffee, with one of the best cappuccinos I’ve had in a long time.

Waldorf Astoria Kuwait breakfast cappuccino

Who knew staying at a mall could be so fun?!

Now let me explain the main reason I chose to stay at the Waldorf Astoria — it’s connected to a mall. Okay, in the United States, a hotel being connected to a mall would be a way to guarantee that I avoid it. However, in the Middle East it’s a different story, as malls are very much where people meet and hang out.

Waldorf Astoria Kuwait mall entrance

Not only that, but given how hot it can be in the Middle East (and how high the UV can be during the day), I appreciate the opportunity to do some strolling indoors. Furthermore, since I was staying on a Friday night, I knew it would be a total scene, since that’s where locals tend to hang out in the evenings on weekends.

The Waldorf Astoria is connected to The Avenues Mall, which isn’t just any random mall. It’s the largest mall in the region (yes, even bigger than the Dubai Mall), and it’s also without a doubt the most beautiful mall I’ve been to.

This mall was filled to the brim with locals, and had quite some lively energy. I enjoyed an evening stroll — you can’t beat getting 20,000 steps and doing lots of people watching. Below are some pictures, just to give you a sense of how beautiful this mall is (they were taken the following morning at 8AM, when it was much less busy — I went back for round two).

The Avenues Mall Kuwait
The Avenues Mall Kuwait
The Avenues Mall Kuwait
The Avenues Mall Kuwait
The Avenues Mall Kuwait
The Avenues Mall Kuwait

Bottom line

While I doubt too many OMAAT readers will be planning a vacation in Kuwait anytime soon, I had an excellent stay at the Waldorf Astoria Kuwait, and appreciate all the tips that OMAAT readers provided. I never thought I’d find a Waldorf Astoria connected directly to a mall, let alone that I’d enjoy it this much. I almost want to return to Kuwait just to stay at this hotel again…

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  1. scio nescio Guest

    Thanks for this positive review.
    Given how mediocre an airline KU is and how much I dislike KWI airport this review came as a surprise to me. My experiences with KU and KWI had shaped my perception of Kuwait and stifled my desire to extend my usually short layover and actually visit the place. Maybe I try some day...

  2. dee Guest

    Did you use point or $$$ for the Hotel and flights?

  3. jessie Guest

    As an expat in the ME, I've really beomce a fan for Hilton's Waldorf Astoria properties in the ME. They are pretty consistently providing top-qulity service (for Diamond member, almost automatic one-bed suite upgrade) not to mention the gorgeous architecture & interior design itself at reasonable price: Two (one in west bay and the other in Lusail beach) in Doha, DIFC one in Dubai, Beach one in Ras al khaimah etc. When I stayed at...

    As an expat in the ME, I've really beomce a fan for Hilton's Waldorf Astoria properties in the ME. They are pretty consistently providing top-qulity service (for Diamond member, almost automatic one-bed suite upgrade) not to mention the gorgeous architecture & interior design itself at reasonable price: Two (one in west bay and the other in Lusail beach) in Doha, DIFC one in Dubai, Beach one in Ras al khaimah etc. When I stayed at Waldorf West Bay Doha, some of managers highly recommnded a newly opened Kuwait one, and I am going to give it a try soon (as I have no visa hassel personally as a gov. official). I am going to try a Cairo Waldorf soon, which is actually converted from ex-Fairmont tower after a proloned renovation during COVID time (I used to stay at Fairmont Tower hotel around 2014-2016).

    1. Drew Guest

      This is really good to know. I'm staying at the WA West Bay (Doha) for the first time later this month and was wondering if it is as nice IRL as it looks.

  4. Lukas Diamond

    Glad you listened to the minority ;) and went with WA! Can't wait to read the whole review!

  5. Cm. Guest

    Why not if the mall is nice. So convenient, like those above brickell city center mall.

  6. Jason Guest

    Why wait, go to Kuwait!
    I've been saying that since my first visit in 2008. It's worth visiting the Kuwait Towers too

    1. Eskimo Guest

      Only when they clean the glass.

  7. Phil_S New Member

    "While I doubt too many OMAAT readers will be planning a vacation in Kuwait anytime soon" ... are you implying that your readers might harbor certain prejudices or preconceptions about Kuwait that deter them from considering it as a vacation spot?

    1. Eskimo Guest

      Or because there are a lot more of cheaper, easier accessible, more things to do vacation spots in the Middle East or rest of the world than Kuwait.

      Vacationing at Mall of America is not likely on many people's list not because of prejudices or preconceptions about MSP.

    2. Stuart Guest

      I currently live in Kuwait and to be honest the country is not really set up for tourism unless your within the GCC or Middle East area. I know for US citizens its visa on arrival and for a few other countries, but for everyone else it is a true hassle to get even a tourist visa to come here.

  8. Julia Guest

    "you could order an unlimited number of items off of"

    Enough with the hyperbole lol

  9. Gene Guest

    You are spot on about the breakfast buffets being on a totally different level in the Mideast than anywhere else on the planet. My absolute favorite is that at the Atlantis Royale in Dubai. The breakfast buffet there is like nowhere else!

  10. Mohammed Guest

    Here in the gulf, the main reason to visit Kuwait is the Avenues, it's a destination by itself

  11. Drew Guest

    I am a huge fan of malls like this outside the US - reminds me of Place Vendome in Doha and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, but with even more bling. You are right that they are social spaces, great for walking, people watching, spending a few hours reading and having a coffee. Stayed once at the Address Dubai Mall which if I recall you access through Bloomingdales, and loved the ready access, not to...

    I am a huge fan of malls like this outside the US - reminds me of Place Vendome in Doha and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, but with even more bling. You are right that they are social spaces, great for walking, people watching, spending a few hours reading and having a coffee. Stayed once at the Address Dubai Mall which if I recall you access through Bloomingdales, and loved the ready access, not to shop, but just to stroll. This makes me want to go to Kuwait or at least pass through for a day or two.

  12. beachfan Guest

    Nice review, thanks!

    Reminds me of the Galleria in Milan a little.

  13. Luke Guest

    To be fair there are two totally decent mall connected hotels in the US also. First comes to mind is the Aria in Vegas directly connected to the upscale city center mall, and second not bad at all is the Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner connected to Tysons Galleria in VA (Also find it a great way to burn the amex $200 fhr credit with room rates often can be had at close to that)

  14. Vinod Guest

    This is an amazing property, which my family and I enjoyed in dec 2022 and Jan 2023. They really treat Diamond members well.

  15. Dwondermeant Guest

    Well then how’s the sears or macys there
    Any KMarts? ;)
    Was that Ben in the Waldorf entranceway in his dishdasha?

    1. Stuart Guest

      I mean lolololol there is technically a SEARS in Kuwait in a community called Salmiya. Not a really big one, but if you want nostalgia you got it there ;)

  16. Daniel Guest

    If you have time when you come to Bangkok, do check out the Iconsiam mall here, if you haven’t been before. It’s different to the avenues but pretty special in its own way - especially the outdoor areas and the top floor.

    1. Jerry Diamond

      Wow that looks fun! I've always wanted to overnight in KWI, mainly for the country count. Looks like the WA Avenues Mall is the move.

  17. W Diamond

    That's not a mall, that's an indoor village with AC.

    Now I really want to check this place out!

  18. pstm91 Diamond

    One thing I've always wondered with huge breakfast buffets is what happens to all of the left over (perishable) food? There's always tons of it each day... Do staff get to take it, does it get used with other meals throughout the day, donated...? I'm sure different properties have different answers, but it's something I've always wondered because otherwise it's such a massive waste.

    1. Eskimo Guest

      Your left over breakfast is the employee's lunch.

      Rather than trying to solicit controversial answers from luxury hotels, I'd suggest asking about over buying food at the checkout lines at Costco.

  19. Blake Pickering Guest

    Other than the beautiful mall, what other activities are there near the hotel?

    1. Never In Doubt Guest

      You must be new here.

      Leaving the hotel to walk into the mall is the most extensive review trip excursion I can recall Ben ever writing about.

    2. Blake Pickering Guest

      Respectfully, while that is often the case, there are also times when he does quite a bit away from the review content.

      https://onemileatatime.com/trip-report-a-day-of-sightseeing-in-london/

      https://onemileatatime.com/great-israel-tour-guide/

      https://onemileatatime.com/tokyo-favorite-city/

      https://onemileatatime.com/reviews/zimbabwe-cockpit-suite/

    3. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Blake Pickering -- So the hotel's location isn't ideal in terms of close proximity to other things, given that the mall is basically its own part of town. However, it's a short enough drive to other parts of town. I didn't have time to do anything else this time around based on my limited time, but last time I had a stroll through the more traditional part of town.

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pstm91 Diamond

One thing I've always wondered with huge breakfast buffets is what happens to all of the left over (perishable) food? There's always tons of it each day... Do staff get to take it, does it get used with other meals throughout the day, donated...? I'm sure different properties have different answers, but it's something I've always wondered because otherwise it's such a massive waste.

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Eskimo Guest

Or because there are a lot more of cheaper, easier accessible, more things to do vacation spots in the Middle East or rest of the world than Kuwait. Vacationing at Mall of America is not likely on many people's list not because of prejudices or preconceptions about MSP.

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Julia Guest

"you could order an unlimited number of items off of" Enough with the hyperbole lol

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