Giorgio reveals plans to open Armani Hotel near Riyadh
Giorgio Armani has revealed plans to open an Armani Hotel near Riyadh, in his latest expansion of his hotel chain.
The Italian designer first opened an Armani Hotel in Dubai a decade ago, located in the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Like that opening hotel, the latest inn is part of a deal with the Emaar Hospitality Group. No date yet for the new hotel's opening.
Giorgio’s newest hotel will open in Diriyah, an area being developed as an international cultural and lifestyle destination inspired by the heritage of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The 300-year-old-site is located just 15 minutes from Riyadh, the Saudi capital. The area is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, At-Turaif; the valley and lush palm groves of Wadi Hanifah, and will soon include the Diriyah development, a pedestrian-centric project designed to preserve the culture and history of Saudi Arabia. Upon completion, Diriyah will comprise 13 unique districts inclusive of museums, cultural institutions, fine dining, residences, hospitality offerings, office space, retail, and outdoor attractions. The development is a key driver of the Kingdom’s Saudi Vision 2030.
"This is a pioneering project that was born from rediscovering Saudi Arabia’s roots: a dialogue between history and the present that I find very fascinating. Armani Hotel Diriyah allows me to interpret my idea of lifestyle and hospitality in a particularly subtle and embracing way,” said the designer.
Armani Hotel Diriyah will include 70 luxuriously designed rooms, two restaurants and a high-end spa, with suites having their own spa and a swimming pool. The hotel is connected to approximately 18 exclusive self-contained ultra-luxury Armani Branded Residences - designed and furnished by Armani - with outdoor pools, landscaped terraces and rooftops.
“After celebrating the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Armani Hotels in Milan and Dubai, I am ready to take on this exciting new challenge. I am inspired by this initiative and delighted to be part of a project of such wide geographical and cultural scope,” Armani added.
The third Armani property globally, Armani Hotel Diriyah represents a subtle shift Giorgio’s concept of Italian hospitality, conversing with the unique architecture and landscape of the destination. Developed with the designer and his in-house design team, Armani Hotel Diriyah is characterized by essential lines that enhance the precious materials utilized, in a subtle interplay of volumes, light and shadow.
“It is an honor to partner with Armani Hotels on this prestigious project. Their elegant and forward-thinking approach to modern hospitality will bring a new dynamic to Diriyah’s hospitality offering and bring with it an exciting guest experience to the Kingdom,” commented Jerry Inzerillo, Group CEO of Diriyah Gate Development Authority.
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