Marriott International has celebrated the relaunch of its landmark property, the Riyadh Marriott Hotel, Saudi Arabia. Opened in 1980, located in the heart of Riyadh, and operating under the flagship Marriott Hotels brand, the Riyadh Marriott Hotel was the company’s first property in the Middle East and Africa.
Alex Kyriakidis, president and MD of Marriott International Middle East and Africa, says: “I am delighted to celebrate this historic milestone with the relaunch of our beautiful Riyadh Marriott Hotel. This property is iconic for Marriott International and for the city of Riyadh. Mr Marriott himself signed the deal and visited Riyadh back in 1979 when the hotel was under construction.
“The Riyadh Marriott Hotel is a beacon. It showcases our authenticity as a company, our roots and the strength of our partnership with Sharaco, the owner of the property for more than 30 years. With the refurbishment, the hotel also symbolises and showcases our vision to innovate and lead the future of travel.”
The newly-refurbished Riyadh Marriott Hotel features one of Marriott Hotels’ signature new innovations, the Greatroom Lobby, which is in the process of being rolled out across all hotels in the region.
“The hotel has been transformed to reflect the brand’s goal of reimagining the future of travel for the next generation of travellers, who blend work and play, demand style and substance, and require technology to stay connected,” says Muin Serhan, GM at the Riyadh Marriott Hotel. “The Greatroom Lobby at the Riyadh Marriott Hotel is stunning, with an Arabian oasis atmosphere. Our guests can socialise, unwind, work or dine in this upscale space, where they can enjoy the ambience created by the spectacular light installations, Mashrabiya wooden screens, glass mosaics, water feature and plush seating. The area is work-ready too, with hot desks, private meeting spaces and free guest internet access 24 hours a day.”
Other new features and amenities at the Riyadh Marriott Hotel include:
- 418 newly-remodelled rooms incorporating modern furnishings and high-tech facilities
- The Atrium Café in the Greatroom Lobby
- A newly-designed contemporary executive lounge
- Introduction of a ladies-only gym featuring the latest LifeFitness equipment
- Bodyline, Riyadh’s largest hotel gym
- Royal Suite and exclusive airline crew lounge
- Terrace Grill fine-dining steakhouse
- Makarim Conventions Center featuring grand ballrooms