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Starwood set to debut Le Meridien brand in Riyadh

Hotel group says first hotel will open in 2016; will feature 219 rooms, three restaurants

Starwood set to debut Le Meridien brand in Riyadh
Frits van Paasschen, Starwood president and CEO. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced it will open the first Le Méridien hotel in Riyadh in 2016.

The 15-storey hotel will have 219 guest rooms and 12 suites, as well as three restaurants and nearly 7,000 square feet of meeting and event space to cater to the growing number of business travellers into the capital.

Leisure facilities will include a spa with four treatment rooms, an outdoor pool and a fitness centre, the company said in a statement on Monday.

The hotel will be close to the city’s main business district and the King Khaled International Airport and is to be built by Al Jazeerah Al Oula Real Estate Co, an entity managed by Kuwait’s leading financial institution, First Investment Company.

Starwood said it was planning aggressive growth throughout Saudi Arabia, where it operates 10 hotels and has another nine under development. The kingdom is Starwood’s second largest market in the Middle East, behind the UAE.

“We are delighted to work with Al Jazeerah Al Oula Real Estate Co. as we debut our Le Méridien brand in Riyadh,” Starwood Hotels & Resorts Europe, Africa and Middle East president Michael Wale said.

“Over the past seven years, Starwood has made significant investments in developing Le Méridien as a contemporary lifestyle brand focused on bringing destinations to life through cuisine, the arts and local culture. We believe Le Méridien Riyadh will offer a compelling experience in the capital, which has become a leading business destination in the Middle East.”

Tariq Al Adsani, deputy CEO of First Investment Company and Al Jazeerah Al Oula Real Estate Co. manager said: “We believe a world-class brand like Le Méridien with its unique and contemporary approach will make the hotel a popular destination for both business travellers and the local community.”

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