THE Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company continues to show its strong commitment to the Middle East with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh. Opened on October 24, 2011, the palatial hotel, with 493 rooms and suites, 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. “This majestic hotel’s prime location in the literal heart of the Arabian Peninsula offers many significant advantages to visiting guests and dignitaries,” says Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. “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,” he adds.
Enjoying a pre-eminent address in the capital and situated within 213,500 sq m (52 acres) of luxuriantly landscaped gardens, the hotel rightfully positions itself amongst the grand palace hotels in the world. Originally envisioned as a royal guest palace for visiting dignitaries and heads of state, the hotel’s architecture is modelled on traditional palaces and elegant Arabian residences, with ochre facades, native palms, 600-year old olive trees from Lebanon, and water fountains abound on the property, providing an oasis of serenity.
All guestrooms and suites are elegantly styled using the vibrant colours and ethnic textures of the region, with subtle touches reflecting the Kingdom’s Arabic heritage. The hotel features 49 two-bedroom Royal Suites generously measuring over 425 sq m and 50 one-bedroom Executive Suites at 95 sq m. 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.
The The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh offers more than 5,800 sq m of conference space combined, including two colossal ballrooms in a separate wing that are both identical in size at 1,970 sq m each. Diners have a selection of gourmet dining venues to choose from including Al Orjouan, all-day dining buffet restaurant; and Turquoise, the cigar lounge. An alfresco option is Chorisia Lounge for leisurely breakfast, lunch or the signature afternoon tea, while Strike offers mocktails and smoothies within the 1,000 sq m indoor six-lane bowling alley. There is also Hong, the Asian restaurant and Azzuro Italian restaurant that serves authentic cuisine from the old country.
Recreational facilities include a stunning indoor swimming pool overlooking the garden, a full-service men’s health club complete with three treatment rooms. For medical emergencies, the hotel features a fully-equipped Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with separate rooms for patients.
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