RENOWNED for their emphasis on individual service, Al Faisaliah has recently undergone an extension to extend its personalised offering even further to it guests, with a new wing, Al Faisaliah Hotel-South. Bringing the total number of rooms to 330, the $50 million expansion project, which opened in March last year, scooped Best Hotel Project Award 2012 at the Saudi Build Infra Awards in Riyadh.
Erich Steinbock, regional vice president and managing director of Al Faisaliah and Al Khozama said: “We are delighted to win the Best Hotel Project Award for the second year running. For 12 years Al Faisaliah Hotel has been at the forefront of unrivalled luxury, prestige and world class hospitality, and with Al Faisaliah Hotel South we will ensure that this leadership position continues for many years to come.”
The award reflects the hotel’s dedication to maintaining its position as the most luxurious hotel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and highlights such as the 24-hour butler service and spacious accommodation in more than a dozen distinct styles reflect this ethos. In addition, the South Wing will also feature a ladies-only spa that includes 13 treatment rooms, a fitness centre, indoor pool and mediation and relaxation rooms. Covering four floors, the spa is set to open in the autumn of 2012.
Al Faisaliah along with its sister property Hotel Al Khozama, both part of the US-based Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, are well established in the region with the latter being one of the oldest hotels in the country.
“We’ve had a very strong presence in the region with Al Faisaliah being one of the first luxury hotels. Our presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been very important for us as a hotel company so that’s why expansion in the Middle East is fairly easy for us,” reports Steinbock.
Such expansion will include hotel openings in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE and while Dubai doesn’t have a confirmed opening date, the 326 rooms, suites and serviced residences in the capital are set to debut this year.
One of the most noteworthy developments for the hotel group is their recent acquisition by New World Hospitality.
“If you looked at the vision statement of Rosewood Hotels and Resorts and New World Hospitality, it was almost mirror image: of having a sense of place, not taking the cookie cutter approach, adjusting to the local environment. To have New World Hospitality come in with the exact same vision and wanting to grow the brand, especially in the Far East – it’s been a wonderful marriage,” enthuses Steinbock.
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