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Marriott International To Launch W Hotel in Riyadh KAFD in 2025
Marriott International To Launch W Hotel in Riyadh KAFD in 2025

Marriott International and King Abdullah Financial District have agreed to bring the W Hotels brand to Riyadh’s KAFD.

The new hotel, the W Riyadh is due to open in 2025 and offers 210 luxurious rooms and suites, 7 restaurants, and extensive event facilities with signature W brand spaces such as the AWAY Spa, and FIT fitness center.

This partnership aligns with KAFD’s vision to become the world’s most iconic and advanced business district which is already home to Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and multiple international companies.

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Unveiling W Riyadh

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The groundbreaking partnership between Marriott International and KAFD DMC represents a significant milestone in the evolution of Riyadh’s hospitality landscape. 

Set to open its doors in 2025, W Riyadh promises to captivate guests with its stunning design, unparalleled service, and innovative culinary experiences. 

Envisioned as an urban oasis within the capital, this property will seamlessly blend the brand’s bold aesthetic with the essence of local culture, creating a space that celebrates individuality and self-expression.

Location of W Riyadh

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Strategically situated within Riyadh’s King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), a mere 20-minute drive from King Khaled International Airport, W Riyadh, will be the heart of the city’s premier business and lifestyle destination. 

Living and Dining at W Riyadh

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W Riyadh’s architectural blueprint showcases a harmonious fusion of contemporary elegance and traditional Saudi Arabian influences. The property will boast 210 meticulously appointed guest rooms and suites, each a sanctuary of refined luxury and cutting-edge amenities.

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Guests can indulge in diverse culinary delights across seven distinctive dining venues, where locally sourced ingredients and global flavors converge to create an unforgettable gastronomic journey. 

Signature Spaces at W Riyadh

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Signature W brand spaces, such as the iconic Living Room, WET Deck (where guests can soak up and enjoy the sun), AWAY Spa (where guests are offered inspiring workout spaces), and FIT fitness center, will elevate the guest experience to new heights. 

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These immersive spaces will foster a sense of community, encouraging visitors to connect, unwind, and rejuvenate amidst an atmosphere of sophistication and vibrancy.

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Furthermore, the hotel will feature expansive event and meeting facilities, catering to the evolving needs of business travelers and discerning clientele.

Elevating Riyadh’s Hospitality Offerings

This monumental collaboration between Marriott International and KAFD DMC underscores Riyadh’s increasing demand for distinctive luxury brands. 

As the capital city rapidly transforms into a key regional metropolis, attracting global leisure and business travelers, introducing W Riyadh is a strategic move to cater to this ever-expanding market.

KAFD: Riyadh’s Premier Business and Lifestyle Hub

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KAFD is the world’s largest LEED-certified mixed-use business district, spanning an impressive 1.6 million square meters.

By seamlessly integrating office spaces, luxury residences, hotels, retail outlets, entertainment venues, and cultural attractions, KAFD is transforming how urban communities live, work, learn, and play.

Aligning with KAFD’s Vision

The signing of W Riyadh aligns seamlessly with KAFD’s strategic vision to broaden and enrich its dynamic lifestyle destinations, attracting both business and leisure travelers with elevated luxury and hospitality offerings. 

Marriott International in Riyadh

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Marriott International, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of nearly 8,900 properties across more than 30 brands in 141 countries and territories. 

The company’s highly acclaimed Marriott Bonvoy travel program offers members exclusive experiences, unparalleled benefits, and a gateway to a world of luxury and adventure. Marriott’s dedication to delivering unforgettable experiences has solidified its position as a pioneer in the hospitality industry.

Marriott International already offers 15 hotels in Riyadh alone, including:

KAFD DMC: Shaping Riyadh’s Future

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King Abdullah Financial District Development and Management Company (KAFD DMC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund (PIF), the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is at the forefront of shaping Riyadh’s future. 

With a visionary approach to urban development, KAFD DMC is transforming the city’s skyline with its iconic 95 buildings, designed by 25 world-leading architectural firms.

Through its commitment to sustainability, innovation, and luxury living, KAFD DMC is redefining how urban communities thrive, fostering an environment that seamlessly blends business, leisure, and cultural experiences.

W Hotels’ Brand Evolution

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As W Hotels undergoes a multi-year brand evolution, the introduction of W Riyadh marks a significant step in meeting the evolving needs of today’s discerning travelers. By embracing the latest innovations, W Hotels aims to deliver a new generation of luxury lifestyle experiences resonating with modern times.

Redefining Luxury and Lifestyle in the Heart of Riyadh

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The unveiling of W Riyadh marks a significant milestone in Riyadh’s journey towards becoming a global hub for luxury and lifestyle experiences. 

Through the strategic partnership between Marriott International and KAFD DMC, this avant-garde hospitality venture promises to redefine the city’s hospitality landscape, offering guests an unparalleled fusion of bold design, exceptional service, and innovative culinary experiences.

More Hotel Developments in Riyadh 

Novotel Riyadh Sahafa Hotel

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The new Novotel Riyadh Sahafa Hotel, located in the lively Al Sahafa district of Riyadh, has been opened by Accor for guests. 

Hessa Al Mazroa, the first female General Manager in the country for Accor, leads the hotel, which is conveniently situated near the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) and just 15 km from King Khalid International Airport. 

With 232 luxurious and contemporary rooms and suites, a top-notch fitness center, an outdoor pool, a variety of dining options, and impressive views of Olaya Street, one of the bustling streets of Riyadh, the hotel is a prime destination for guests. 

This marks Accor’s 9th Novotel property in Saudi Arabia as they continue to expand in the country.

IHG and Regent Hotels Luxury Hotels in KAFD

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IHG Hotels & Resorts will be expanding their presence in Riyadh’s King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) with the opening of two new luxury hotels – Regent Riyadh KAFD and InterContinental Riyadh KAFD by January 2027, 

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the stunning architecture of KAFD and dine at world-class restaurants in the world’s largest LEED-certified mixed-use business district when IHG’s first KAFD hotel, Kimpton at KAFD, opens later this year.

The Rotana Group Hotels

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The Rotana Hotel Group has announced its plans to double its presence in Saudi Arabia by launching 8 new hotels within the Kingdom in the upcoming four years. 

This announcement was made during the recent Saudi Tourism Forum held in Riyadh to expand to a total of 16 properties and 4,400 guest rooms. The growth plan encompasses the development of new hotels in Riyadh, Madinah, Khobar, and Al Baha.

These hotel developments will redefine luxury hospitality standards and contribute to Saudi Arabia’s vision of becoming a leading global tourism destination.

Marriott Expansion In Saudi Arabia

Marriott International is expanding in Saudi Arabia with 40 planned hotels with more than 11,000 rooms and entry into new luxury destinations such as NEOM and The Red Sea. 

The expansion includes luxury brands, including W Trojena and JW Marriott in NEOM, Autograph Collection, The Ritz-Carlton Reserve, and several new hotels in the Holy Cities of Makkah and Madinah.

The Ritz Carlton Diriyah

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The construction of a new Ritz-Carlton Hotel Diriyah has been started by Marriott International, with plans to open its doors in 2026. 

This luxurious five-star hotel will be situated in the massive $63 billion Diriyah Giga Project, representing a major step in Marriott’s growth in Saudi Arabia. 

The Ritz-Carlton Diriyah is expected to feature 195 guest rooms and 34 lavish suites, each providing a distinct combination of opulence, comfort, and local influences.

The Autograph Collection, Sindalah

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The Autograph Collection, set to debut in Sindalah by 2024, will house 66 rooms and suites, including one- and two-bedroom villas. Guests can look forward to an array of dining options, a kids club, and a rejuvenating spa experience.

Sindalah stands as the inaugural member of a cluster of islands slated for development in NEOM, poised to emerge as one of the most captivating havens in the Red Sea. 

Marriott will also introduce some of its luxury brands to the region, including The Ritz-Carlton Reserve and St. Regis.

Ritz-Carlton Al Khobar

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The Ritz-Carlton Al Khobar, announced at the prestigious Cityscape event in Riyadh, is a significant addition to the Saudi Arabian luxury hospitality sector. The resort, overlooking the mesmerizing Arabian Gulf, marks the Ritz-Carlton’s debut in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia.

The resort sprawls over 99,917 square meters, designed to provide an immersive luxury experience. With 130 hotel rooms and suites, including villas and 48 chalets, the resort is primed to cater to discerning travelers seeking a blend of comfort, luxury, and local culture.

The Autograph Collection Hotel, AlUla

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Marriott International, a leading global hospitality company, is partnering with the AlUla Development Company, a wholly owned Public Investment Fund subsidiary (PIF), to expand its renowned Autograph Collection brand into Saudi Arabia.

The hotel is slated to house an impressive 250 rooms and suites. Guests can look forward to an extensive array of recreational and entertainment services. The hotel plans include four dining venues, a full-service spa, a swimming pool, a modern fitness center, a business center, meeting facilities, and retail space.

The Autograph Collection Hotel’s amenities are designed to provide guests with a unique blend of luxury and comfort, complemented by the rich heritage and natural beauty of AlUla.

Marriott’s Holy Cities Expansion

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Marriott International plans to increase its room capacity by over 7,000 in the Holy Cities of Makkah and Madinah. 

Anticipating significant growth, the company is set to introduce two Fairfield Inn hotels in Makkah, contributing nearly 4,000 keys, establish a 1,000-room Aloft in Makkah, marking the brand’s largest global property, and launch two Courtyard by Marriott hotels, providing over 500 rooms in both cities. 

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In Madinah, the company has recently partnered with the PIF-funded Rua Al-Madinah for eight projects within the Rua Al-Madinah initiative, including a new Sheraton property featuring more than 600 rooms.

Marriott NEOM Trojena Hotels

The inaugural Marriott’s Ritz Carlton Reserve, W Hotel, and JW Marriott Hotel in Trojena are poised to inaugurate their presence in Trojena’s Lake Village, representing its premier establishment in Saudi Arabia. 

Ritz Carlton Reserve Trojena

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NEOM in collaboration with Marriott International is set to introduce The Ritz-Carlton Reserve Trojena to the breathtaking and secluded Trojena mountains in northwestern Saudi Arabia. 

The exclusive resort will consist of 60 luxury villas ranging from 1 to 4 bedrooms, a luxurious spa, multiple pools, and a variety of top dining options. 

This new addition to NEOM will provide a unique and private getaway, making it Marriott’s seventh venture in the area.

W Hotel Trojena

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Located in the diverse Lake Village of Trojena, the Marriott W Hotel will house 236 guest rooms and 47 suites, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and freshwater lake. The hotel will feature the brand’s signature spaces and offer four unique dining destinations

The W Hotel will be in the Lake Village, a residential, hospitality, and commercial hub directly at the water’s edge. The Lake Village will be home to a 2.8-kilometer-long architectural lake, an enchanted forest, and waterfront adventure activities, ensuring diverse experiences for residents and visitors alike.

JW Marriott Trojena

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Situated in The Bow, the JW Marriott Hotel in Trojena will be a futuristic water world blending nature with technology. The hotel will feature 500 luxury rooms and suites and a variety of entertainment and recreational offerings.

With the opening of the first W Hotel and JW Marriott in Saudi Arabia’s Trojena, Marriott International continues to redefine the luxury hospitality sector. 

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