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Riyadh Business Hotel Unveils a Multimillion-Dollar Transformation

From Restaurants to Recreation, the Riyadh Marriott Hotel Is Sporting a New and Improved Guest Experience

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/19/14 -- When the Riyadh Marriott Hotel opened its doors in 1980, it was Marriott's first property in the Middle East and Africa. And, like most first children, it has always been an overachiever. No fewer than 16 Marriott hotels now welcome guests in the Middle East and Africa, and an additional 13 are set to open by 2017. Yet the Riyadh Marriott Hotel continues to reign over Saudi Arabian luxury hotels, thanks both to its established reputation for excellence and its brand-new, multimillion-dollar renovation.

This Riyadh hotel near the Saudi Arabia Ministry enjoyed its relaunch on March 10 of this year following 1 1/2-years of remodeling, refurbishing and general refreshing.

The changes greet visitors immediately upon their arrival where Marriott's signature Greatroom concept has been beautifully implemented in the lobby. Unique among Ad Dir'iyah hotels, the new Greatroom resembles a desert oasis with its water feature and striking light installations, not to mention decorative accents like glass mosaics, plush seating and traditional Mashrabiya wooden screens. Private meeting spaces within the lobby create private and public seating areas where guests can catch up on work via complimentary Internet access, network with colleagues or even relax with friends over a light meal from the new Atrium Cafe located in the Greatroom.

The lobby's new look, however, is only the beginning of the changes wrought to this Riyadh hotel near Al Faisaliah. In response to the modern traveler's need for high-tech features, all 418 guest rooms and suites have been remodeled to include smart lighting and jack-pack technology. Aesthetically, the rooms now wear a sophisticated palette of neutral hues accented by Marriott's signature red.

New amenities follow the stylish lead of the guest rooms. A sumptuous Royal Suite and crew lounge are now available for visitors who demand the best. Plus a contemporary executive lounge welcomes guests with complimentary drinks and snacks, all of which are served with skyline city views. Executive-level guests may also enjoy the fully-equipped business center, private meeting room and complimentary, high-speed Internet access.

Two fitness centers -- one exclusively for women and Riyadh's largest hotel gym, Bodyline -- round out the hotel's impressive recreational facilities, which also include an indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, spa and rooftop tennis court. Plus travel awards are pouring in for the hotel's new Terrace Grill steakhouse, which has the distinction of being the only Riyadh restaurant to specialize in Angus beef, as well as the Makarim ballrooms, where ample square footage creates an ideal setting for conferences and weddings.

The Riyadh Marriott Hotel may now be one of many Marriott properties in the Middle East, but its prestigious reputation, five-star service and newly renovated spaces mean it will always be a favorite among travelers.

About the Riyadh Marriott Hotel
Extending a sumptuous travel experience to its guests, the Riyadh Marriott Hotel can make any visit a memorable one. Business guests benefit from the hotel's close proximity to the airport and central location among corporate, financial and government organizations. And with 39,859 square feet of flexible, fully equipped meeting space, every conference is a productive one. Three restaurants serve a pleasing array of cuisines, from light snacks in the Atrium Cafe, to Mediterranean fare at Mosaic, to the one-of-a-kind Terrace Grill steakhouse. Guest rooms include luxury bedding with down comforters and designer duvets, as well as high-speed Internet access. And when guests find themselves with a little downtime, the hotel's Bodyline Health Club provides the perfect opportunity to get active.

About Marriott Hotels
With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest's stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Great Room, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.

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