Marriott is to open its first Residence Inn by
Marriott property for extended stay travelers in the Middle East
with an 83-unit hotel in the Saudi Arabian province of Jizan on
the Red Sea in 2012.
It will be part of a mixed-use development that
will also include a new 129-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel that,
when opened, will be the fourth Courtyard property in the Middle
East, and a 58,000-square meter shopping mall.
will manage both hotels under a long-term agreement recently
concluded with Abdulrahman Saad Al-Rashid & Sons Co. Ltd.
properties are currently under construction in two adjacent towers
separated by a shared swimming pool in the northern part of Jizan
City close to the municipality and the new Jizan University.
“We’re thrilled by the continued expansion of our lodging
portfolio in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to participate in the
economic development of Jizan,” said Ed Fuller, president &
managing director of international lodging for Marriott. “Tourism
in the Kingdom has strong growth potential with an average
increase of 6.5% year-over-year projected through 2014.
We’re confident that both these hotels will be successful from day
one because of the power of their brand names, the value and
comfort they both offer, their integration with a modern shopping
mall and Jizan’s easy accessibility to the renowned offshore
Farasan Island archipelago which is recognized for its spectacular
coral reefs and abundant underwater life.”
The Residence Inn by Marriott Jizan will offer 83
studios and one and two-bedroom suites with each studio unit
connecting with a one or two bedroom apartment. Designed for stays
of five nights or more, each suite will include a fully equipped
kitchen and separate living area and flat screen TV. Rates will vary depending on
length of stay.
A special feature will be the Residence
Inn lobby that will offer a club-like environment and will include
a self-service lounge/coffee shop, a library and a small meeting
room. A “grab and go” kiosk/market offering snacks, basic food
items, newspapers, magazines and various sundries will be located
adjacent to the front desk. The hotel will also host a
complimentary weekly social hour.
will include separate fitness rooms and lockers for men and women.
Guests will share an outdoor pool area with those staying at the
adjacent Courtyard by Marriott hotel. Other services will include
the ability to print documents from apartment to business center,
baggage and package delivery services and on-site parking.
The Courtyard by Marriott Jizan
will offer king-bedded guest rooms
and suites interconnected with double-bedded rooms to
accommodate families during school holidays. Guest rooms will
feature high speed internet access, flat screen TV and in-room safes.
For dining and entertainment, the hotel will have a casual
restaurant serving three meals daily, a lobby lounge and a juice
bar on the pool deck.
Recreational amenities will include a shared
fitness room with separate lockers, sauna and steam room for male
and female guests. The outdoor swimming pool will be shared with
guests of the Residence Inn. Other amenities will include 24-hour
room service with limited menu, an in-room mini-bar, a “grab and
go” kiosk/market in the lobby.
Marriott International currently manages three
hotels in Saudi Arabia: the 389-room Riyadh Marriott, the 210-room
Jeddah Marriott and the 150-room Medina Marriott. In addition,
Marriott has signed management contracts for the following hotels
which are also under construction:
•238-room Courtyard by
Marriott in Riyadh’s central business district
Courtyard by Marriott located in Riyadh’s diplomatic quarter
•119-unit Marriott Executive Apartments property adjacent to the
currently operating Riyadh Marriott.
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