Saudi Arabia: ”Palace of the Orient” is open
Hilton International’s first ever palace hotel, ‘Qasr Al Sharq’ or ‘Palace of the Orient’ is now open, promising discerning travellers unparalleled luxury, lavish interiors, Arabian hospitality and the latest cutting-edge technology.
Conveniently located adjacent to the Jeddah Hilton, the 46 all-suite premier property is set to re-define the booming tourism and hospitality sectors in Saudi Arabia, with a host of first-ever services and amenities such as the largest guest suites in the region, a unique personalised butler service and exceptionally opulent interior design of a most spectacular calibre, to name a few.
“With the government actively promoting domestic tourism, the opening of Qasr Al Sharq comes at an opportune time. We believe that Qasr Al Sharq will play a significant role in shaping the future of high-end tourism in KSA,” said Marc de Beer, Manager of Qasr Al Sharq.
“Qasr Al Sharq will offer seasoned travellers, who know exactly what they want, the highest standards of luxury and sheer exclusivity. We believe that Saudi nationals will account for 95 per cent of all our guests,” added de Beer.
Qasr Al Sharq will offer guests a dreams-come-true lodging experience set in the heart of Arabia. Facing the Red Sea on the main Corniche, the palace is a nine-storey triangular shaped granite building with oriental architectural design. The palace comprises of two palace suites - each covering half a floor with two master bedrooms, a private sitting room, a large formal majlis, large dining room and kitchen, and a private health club that includes a gym, sauna and Jacuzzi - in addition to eight Royal Suites, 12 Executive Suites and 24 Junior Suites all of which are fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology for audio-visual equipment, WiFi internet access and automated controls for lighting, curtains, temperature control and refreshment centres.
“Our guests will be among the most discerning. Their needs will run the gamut of high tech solutions for global communications and conferencing, to dietary needs, to strictest privacy and security arrangements, and an entire array of individual considerations and preferences. This hotel is a palace, and it will be run as one; the service is not comparable to a hotel stay. The personal butler and round-the-clock housekeeping and dining services are all integral parts of any guest experience at Qasr Al Sharq,” explained de Beer.
Saudi Arabia’s first palace hotel is an authentic Arabian palace of unparalleled luxury, representative of the opulence and hospitality that is historical Arabia. Interior designers spent an extensive time researching Arabesque designs and working to blend colour and textures created specially for Qasr Al Sharq, so that guests are completely enveloped in a rich sensory experience.
The palace’s decorative ceilings boast 60Kg of gold leaf, which took six months to painstakingly apply. A show-stopping Swarovski chandelier graces the main staircase, with 600,000 crystals chained together, gilded in 24 carat gold and sparkling with 260 lights. Countless types and colours of marble were handpicked from around the world to create the mosaic-inspired flooring.
The entire project was conceived as a turnkey project from initial design stage through to the final construction, furnishing and decoration, by Haif Company in Riyadh.