Ritz-Carlton Enters Saudi Arabia With Opening Of Riyadh Property

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company signaled its arrival in Saudi Arabia with the opening of its first hotel in the country. Prominently located next to the Diplomatic Quarter and adjacent to the King Abdul Aziz Convention Centre, The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh is modeled after traditional palaces and elegant Arabian residences.


Initially envisioned as a royal guest palace for visiting dignitaries and heads of state, the hotel is an oasis of serenity amongst the Saudi capital’s desert landscape. Native palms and 600-year old Lebanese olive trees abound on the 52-acre grounds and regal fountains front a 1-kilometer long driveway, while the interiors are elegantly styled using the region’s vibrant colours and textures.


The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh’s 493 guestrooms and suites are generously appointed with luxury amenities and state-of-the-art technology. Subtle touches reflect the Kingdom’s Arabic heritage, blending seamlessly with modern comforts such as soft bedding, spacious bathrooms with Bulgari and Aqua di Parma amenities, LCD televisions with DVD players, high-speed internet access, work area with connectivity ports, in-room safe and coffee-/tea-making facilities available. Discerning guests will enjoy the generous space offered by the hotel’s 50 one-bedroom Executive Suites or 49 two-bedroom Royal Suites, ideal for corporate titans and political delegates.


6 restaurants and lounges seek to fulfill the tastebuds of guests and locals alike. Al Orjouan is a signature all-day dining outlet featuring Lebanese favorites, while authentic Italian flavours with a modern twist can be found at Azzuro and Hong’s oriental creations are prepared using some of the freshest ingredients in the market. Afternoons are best spent at the Chorisia Lounge over tea, or at the Strike Bowling Alley enjoying mocktails and smoothies. Alternatively, the Turquoise Cigar Lounge offers the widest selection of Cuban cigars in Saudi Arabia.


The conference and catering team at The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh is well-poised to accommodate events ranging from private parties to international summits. Over 5,800 square meters of convention space, including 2 colossal ballrooms, 2 vast auditorium-styled theatres and a generous variety of smaller meeting rooms, are available to meeting planners and business travellers. For wellness, guests can indulge at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, an exclusive location for gentlemen, while the Health Club and heated indoor swimming pool provide varied sports options for guests. Unique to the hotel is its own fully-equipped Intensive Care Unit with separate rooms for patients during medical emergencies.


With the opening of The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, the brand now boasts a sizable presence in the Middle East, with hotels in Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Muscat and Sharm el Sheikh. Ritz-Carlton is also developing new propperties in Abu Dhabi and Cairo.


For more information, visit www.ritzcarlton.com.


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