Marriott International and Dur Hospitality Open Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh, Diplomatic Quarter

Main Photo: The Marriott Executive Apartments Diplomatic Quarter

Date: March 2019

Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Name: The Riyadh Marriott Diplomatic Quarter and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh, Diplomatic Quarter

No. of Keys: 80 and 140 apartments.

Buyer: Marriott International and Dur Hospitality today announced the opening of Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh, Diplomatic Quarter.

Dur Hospitality is a leading Saudi hospitality company established in 1976, known for the managing, developing and operating a wide portfolio of hotels and residential compounds across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with assets under management of 2.6 Billion SAR, with
20 Properties and 3,047 Rooms and a further 20 projects are in the pipeline.

Their own brand is Makarem, with 2,000 rooms and besides Marriott, they have a master development agreement with IHG. The company is headed up by Dr Badr Al Badr, CEO.

The complex is located in the heart of one of the most sought-after areas in the city with easy access to key embassies and major corporate headquarters, just a 30-minute drive from King Khalid International Airport.

“We are delighted to enhance our footprint in Saudi Arabia with the opening of two strategically important hotels that not only complement each other but also deliver very distinct brand experiences.

Saudi Arabia continues to be one of our key markets and we are delighted to further strengthen our partnership with Dur Hospitality,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International.

The hotel is inspired by the scenic and fertile Wadi Hanifa, a beautiful desert oasis running through Riyadh. The low-rise hotel resembles the smooth, dry canyon walls that make for a dramatic arrival experience.

Once inside, the waterways guide the way into the heart of the building, ushering guests through the arrival court into the palm dotted oasis in the heart of the hotel’s lush courtyard.

Planted cacti, flowering vines, plentiful blooming desert flora and native date palm trees create a soothingly calming ambiance, providing shaded secluded areas from the scorching desert sun. Here, life happens against a scenic lush backdrop in one of the restaurants and cafes.

The complex is the first five-star full service hotel in the Diplomatic Quarter and features 80 spacious modern rooms, and 140 fully equipped apartments.

Guests staying in one of the six Premium Suites or the Presidential Suite can have access to the M Club Lounge offering an international buffet, hors d’oeuvre and local specialities 24 hours a day.

Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter houses three dining venues, Gojia Kitchen – a sophisticated all day dining destination, a la carte restaurant Mesquite and Agave Café located in the lobby.

The hotel offers multiple recreational areas surrounded by lush greenery. An open-air swimming pool, 24-hour Fitness Centres for both men and women and a Saray Spa featuring a Turkish Hammam and female and male treatment rooms.

Meeting the standards for energy and environmental (LEED) Gold Certification requirements, the hotel site creates a protected micro-climate and maximises on environmental impacts.

By amplifying useful daylight via a complex reflection processes, the hotel can decrease its illumination needs during the day. Plentiful shaded areas and the building’s structure allow for natural ventilation, reducing the need for air conditioning and additional cooling.

The opening of Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh, Diplomatic Quarter marks the fifth collaboration between Marriott International and Dur Hospitality following Riyadh Marriott Airport, Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh Convention Center, Courtyard by Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter and Riyadh Marriott Hotel – the Marriott Hotels first property in the Middle East.

Price: Undisclosed

THPT Comment: Continued great movement in Saudi for Dur and Marriott.

First Seen: Marriott website

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