By Elsa Baxter
New $450m hotel complex is the first in the Saudi capital city to be specifically designed and built for Hilton
Architect firm Goettsch Partners has revealed the designs for a new five-star 900-bedroom business hotel and serviced apartment complex in the Saudi city of Riyadh.
The project, estimated to cost $450m, will be the largest hotel in the capital and the first in Riyadh specifically designed and built for Hilton, the firm said in an emailed statement.
Located on the Eastern Ring Road, it comprises two towers connected by a large podium, one of which will be a 20-storey, 650-bedroom hotel and the other a 14-storey serviced apartments building.
The complex will include a number of food outlets, two outdoor lounges, 70,000 sq ft of meeting facilities, and a large, 44,100 sq ft multipurpose hall – the largest in the city.
Leisure and recreational facilities include a men’s spa, health club and pool, as well as similar private facilities for women.
The American company is working closely on the project with local architect firm Omrania & Associates as well as hospitality interior design firm David Wrenn Interiors.
The project is currently in the final design phase and is scheduled for completion in 2013.
Goettsch Partners is a Chicago-based architecture firm with additional offices in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi.
Recently completed projects the firm has been involved in within the GCC include the 214-room Wyndham hotel in the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and a 3 million sq ft office development in Abu Dhabi that features the headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
I personally think they government should spend some real money in to their city wide infrastructure and country wide roads. There are no street lights on highways across the kingdom, the gas stations look like they are in 1960s with no facilities for travelers or public. It is strange to see a country who is world's largest oil producer yet having such poor facilities across the kingdom. You compare highways and cities in UAE to even the most modern cities of the kingdom like Riyadh and it the difference is massive. Once you have world class road and public facilities and beautification of their cities then they should spend millions on hotels!
I have to laugh at the picture's "aerial design". I live within spitting distance of this new hotel, and gloomily watch it growing taller every day, but I do not recognize one single tree or bit of grass shown in the picture. I think the hotel guests will be looking out onto a building site for years to come, but hey, look on the bright side -they'll be able to look onto my "private" roof space- that should be fun for them, if not for me.