Saudi Arabia to get first Luxury Collection hotel

The Assila Hotel has 210 guestrooms, including a 590-square-meter Royal Suite and 94 apartments. Photo credit. Marriott International(Photo credit: Marriott INternational)

Marriott International has signed an agreement with Riyadh-based firm Assila Investments to bring its Luxury Collection brand to Saudi Arabia for the first time next year.

The Assila Hotel will have 210 guestrooms, including a 590-square-meter Royal Suite and 94 apartments. Food and beverage venues include a Café Lounge and Argentinian and Mediterranean specialty restaurants. The hotel includes a 348-square-meter ballroom and nine meeting rooms as well as recreational facilities, including a spa, fitness center and squash courts.

The property was formerly operated by Rocco Forte Hotels.

The hotel is situated on Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz (Tahlia) St. on the city's main commercial and retail strip and within five kilometers of the planned New Jeddah Downtown development, a mixed-used project on Jeddah’s 5 million-square-meter waterfront scheduled to open in 2022. The development will include residential, cultural and retail spaces.

Marriott now has more than 30 luxury hotels open across the Middle East, including The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh and The Ritz-Carlton Jeddah.