The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh will open on 24
The 493-room hotel is prominently situated next
to the Diplomatic Quarter and adjacent to the King Abdul Aziz
Convention Centre, one of the largest in the region and host to
international summits and conferences.
president and chief operations officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Company, said, “We are privileged to be managing this spectacular
palace which fits our luxury brand perfectly, and we are extremely
proud that The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh represents our first hotel
into the Kingdom.”
The sense of arrival will
immediately let guests know they have entered an hotel that is
unlike any other within The Ritz-Carlton portfolio. Enjoying a
pre-eminent address in the capital and situated within 213,500
square meters (52 acres) of luxuriantly landscaped gardens, the
hotel rightfully positions itself amongst the grand palace hotels
in the world.
Designed by Al Rasheed Engineering Company and
constructed by Oger International, The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh
faces spectacular fountains fronting a one kilometer
driveway. Originally envisioned as a royal guest palace for
visiting dignitaries and heads of state, the hotel’s stately architecture is modeled on traditional palaces and elegant Arabian
residences, with ochre facades blending gracefully with the verdant landscape of the gardens. Native palms, 600-year old olive
trees from Lebanon, and water fountains abound on the property, providing an oasis of serenity amidst the city centre.
architecture, interior design, landscaping and accessories fuse to
create a marriage of style and sense of place within the Middle East. All guestrooms and suites are elegantly styled using the
vibrant colors and ethnic textures of the region, with subtle
touches reflecting the Kingdom’s Arabic heritage. Highlights
include not just one, but 49 exquisitely appointed two-bedroom
Royal Suites, each generously measuring more than 425 square
meters (4,574 square feet,) and 50 one-bedroom, opulent Executive
Suites at 95 square meters (1,022 square feet,) ideal for senior
corporate titans and political delegates.
All guest rooms are
equipped with the latest technology, including wireless and wired
internet access, flat screen televisions and DVD players as
standards, enabling guests to both work and relax in their rooms.
Already host to several weddings even before the hotel opened, the
conference and catering team at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh is well poised to accommodate the largest of international summits and
social gala events. The hotel offers more than 5,800 square meters (62,000 square feet) of conference space combined, including two
colossal ballrooms in a separate wing that are both identical in
size at 1,970 square meters or 21,000 square feet each. They are
complemented by two vast auditorium-styled theatres with stepped floors and built-in stages, perfect for press conferences and
symposium lectures, and a generous variety of smaller meeting
rooms. Completing the conference area is Aubergine restaurant that
cater exclusively for the invited delegates, journalists and accompanying security personnel.
A selection of gourmet dining
venues includes Al Orjouan, the signature all-day dining buffet
restaurant featuring Lebanese favourites; and Turquoise, the cigar
lounge that will be home to one of the widest selection of Cuban
cigars in Saudi Arabia. Presenting an alfresco option is Chorisia
Lounge for leisurely breakfast, lunch or the signature afternoon
tea, while Strike offers a fun and stimulating atmosphere for
mocktails and smoothies within the 1,000 square meter (10,700
square feet) indoor six-lane bowling alley.
indoor swimming pool on the ground level, which features
garden views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, are Hong, the
Asian restaurant featuring a contemporary fusion of fresh Oriental
ingredients with a western flair, and Azzuro Italian restaurant
that serves authentic cuisine from the old country.
Recreational facilities include a full-service men’s health club
complete with three treatment rooms. For medical emergencies, the hotel
also features a fully-equipped Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with
separate rooms for patients.
The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh
joins nine other Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts currently
operating or under development in the Middle East: Bahrain, Dubai,
Sharm El Sheikh, Doha, Sharq Village & Spa, Dubai International
Finance Centre, Muscat, Abu Dhabi and Nile Cairo (opening
respectively in 2012 and 2013).
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