The Pink Tarha was invited last week to the Australian Food Festival at the Marriott Hotel. Apart from the very good food, we were mesmerized with the newly-renovated hotel’s lobby. Sampaguita Pride couldn’t help but reminisce about the hotel, having seen it in its heyday as a kid and how historic it looked like before she left for the Philippines last year. Even I was really impressed by the Marriott’s renovation. From being ‘a blast from past’, Marriott has now earned its place in the present; both as an icon of the glorious days and a beacon of change.
|The Riyadh Marriott Hotel from afar|
Last March 10, Marriott International celebrated the re-launch of the Riyadh Marriott Hotel, their first property in the Middle East and Africa. Opened in 1980 (yes 1980!!! I wasn’t even born yet!), the Riyadh Marriott Hotel is an iconic landmark in Riyadh. “The Riyadh Marriott Hotel is a beacon It showcases our authenticity as a company: our roots and the strength of our partnership with Saudi Hotels and Resorts Company, the owners of the property for more than 30 years. With the refurbishment, the hotel also symbolizes and showcases our vision, as we continue to innovate and lead the future of travel,” said Mr. Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director of Marriott International Middle East and Africa.
|Marriott International and Saudi Hotels and Resorts Company held a media conference last night in Riyadh to re-launch the hotel following a multi-million refurbishment.|
The refurbished five-star property now features Marriot Hotels’ signature new innovations – the ‘Great Room’ – which is being rolled out across all hotels in the region. Mr. Muin Serhan, general manager of the Riyadh Marriott Hotel said, “The Great Room is stunning with its Arabian oasis atmosphere. Our guests can socialize, unwind, work, or dine in this up-scale space where then can enjoy the ambiance created by the spectacular light installations, Mashrabiya wooden screens, glass mosaics, water feature, and plush seating.” This is taking a “hotel room” to the next level!
|The grand lobby|
Other features and amenities at the Riyadh Marriott Hotel include 418 newly-renovated rooms with modern furnishings, newly-designed contemporary executive lounge for dining, relaxing, and working, a ladies-only gym (yes!!!), and stunning new Royal Suite and exclusive crew lounge. They also have pumped up dining venues: Terrace Grill, a fine-dining steakhouse that won the MENA Travel Award and the only restaurant in Riyadh specializing in Angus beef and the Atrium Cafe for relaxed meals and drinks throughout the day.
With this improvements in the Marriott, I can smell “staycation” in the air! It would not only be perfect for visitors and tourists in the Kingdom. It would also be the perfect venue to spend some quality time with family and friends in Riyadh. All that hard work in the city needs some relaxation and pampering time too. Riyadh Marriott Hotel with its iconic stance and amazing evolution might just be our next destination! ~ Sundrenched
Riyadh Marriott Hotel
Al Ma’ather Street, Al Wazarat District
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia