By Sarah Williams
Guests who had booked to stay during the royal visit were moved to other luxury hotels
On his recent trip to Washington, D.C. to discuss the Iran nuclear deal, the new Saudi Arabian ruler, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, booked the entirety of the Four Seasons in Georgetown.
A source at Politico reported that the hotel has even gone so far as to redecorate for the king’s arrival, rolling out red carpets and bringing in burnished furnishings.
Politico reports that a Four Seasons guest said: “Everything is gold. Gold mirrors, gold end tables, gold lamps – even gold hat racks.”
And it seems the whole 222-room hotel was cleared out to make way for the Arab guests. Politico reports that the entire property was reserved for the monarch's visit and that guests who had booked to stay at the Four Seasons during the royal visit have apparently been moved to other luxury hotels in town.
While it is unclear whether it was linked to the royal visit, the hotel recently underwent a $13 million renovation.
Politico reports that a representative for the Four Seasons declined to comment for this story.
Good for the King of Saudi Arabia. He booked, he will pay his bills, and if the $13 million refurbishment was induced by his visit, a lot of businesses benefited from the refurbishment, and many businesses will benefit from the money spent by the King and his entourage,
On the other hand, George W Bush visited the UAE a number of years ago, and Sheikh Zayed Road was closed for most of the day for his pleasure. The resulting chaos caused to businesses in the UAE was at least 10 times the $13 million U.S. businesses benefited by. George and his entourage - easily a similar size to that of the Saudi King, did not even have the courtesy to stay the night.
In a nutshell, don't be so sensationalist. Most Heads of State deserve some privacy.