Saudi hotel in first to join Waldorf=Astoria

Hilton Hotels Corporation announced that Qasr Al Sharq or ‘Palace of the Orient,’ the company’s first ever palace hotel in the region will join the prestigious Waldorf=Astoria CollectionThe property will becomi the first international managed property in Hilton’s new luxurious hotel brand.

Qasr Al Sharq opened on June 1 this year, as Hilton’s fourth hotel in Saudi Arabia, and stands as a symbol of unrivalled opulence and hospitality in the Kingdom.

‘Qasr Al Sharq is a perfect addition to our pinnacle brand - The Waldorf=Astoria Collection. This exciting alliance solidifies the importance of the Middle East region to us, and marks the start of significant international developments for the collection,’ said David Greydanus, Senior Vice President - Brand Management, The Waldorf=Astoria Collection speaking at a media briefing in Jeddah.

At the same time, the palace announced the launch of its own dedicated Arabic and English website where guests can access detailed information and also book suites.

The Waldorf=Astoria Collection currently has four properties in the United States, comprising the legendary Waldorf=Astoria® in New York, Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa in Hawaii, Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix and La Quinta Resort & Club in California.

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Criteria for the exclusive designation of The Waldorf=Astoria Collection includes architectural significance, unique decor and original artwork, historic or landmark status and a reputation for product and service excellence.

‘We are extremely pleased that Qasr Al Sharq has been selected to join The Waldorf=Astoria Collection,’ said Rudi Jagersbacher, Hilton’s Vice President, Arabian Peninsula at the event. ‘As the first hotel outside the United States to join this prestigious collection, Qasr Al Sharq will favourably impact the brand and heighten the brand’s presence in the international market.’

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Qasr Al Sharq promises its guests unparalleled luxury, lavish interiors, true Arabian hospitality and cutting-edge technology - just a few of the many outstanding qualities that hold the palace high.

The 46 all-suite premier property offers a host of first-ever amenities, such as the largest guest suites in the region, a unique personalised butler service and an exceptionally opulent interior design. Qasr Al Sharq comprises two Palace suites, eight Royal suites, 12 Executive suites and 24 Junior suites, all inclusive of state-of-the-art technology for audio-visual equipment, WiFi Internet access and automated controls for lighting, curtains, temperature control and refreshment centres.

Qasr Al Sharq offers its travellers an all encompassing experience, opening doors to a new kind of luxury. As an affiliated Waldorf=Astoria Collection hotel, Qasr Al Sharq will become even more prominent on the worldwide platform, with the ability to reach the most distant of travellers.

Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 2,800 hotels and 495,000 rooms in more than 80 countries, including 150,000 team members worldwide.

The company owns, manages or franchises a hotel portfolio of some of the best known and highly regarded hotel brands including Hilton®, Conrad®, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn?, Hilton Grand Vacations?, Homewood Suites by Hilton?, Scandic and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection?.

The company currently operates 34 hotels in the Middle East - 20 hotels in Egypt, eight hotels in the UAE, four in Saudi Arabia and one each in Oman and Kuwait. Hilton’s heritage in the Arabian Peninsula stretches back over 30 years, when it became the first international hotel brand to open a property in the UAE - the Hilton Al Ain in 1972.

The 46-suite Qasr al Sharq, or ‘Palace of the Orient’ became Hilton’s first palace property when it opened earlier this year. Later this year will also see the opening of the first phase of a Worldwide Resort in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.

New Hilton properties are also under development in Doha marking the company’s first foray into Qatar, Kuwait and the Arabian Peninsula’s first Conrad hotel in Dubai, in addition to a Residence and Beach Club, also in Dubai.
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