Saudi King books entire Four Seasons hotel
The Georgetown hotel has literally rolled out the red carpet
On his recent trip to Washington, D.C. to discuss the Iran nuclear deal, the new Saudi Arabian ruler, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, has booked the entirety of the Four Seasons in Georgetown.
A source at Politico reported that the hotel has even gone so far as to redecorate for the king’s arrival, rolling out literal red carpets and bringing in burnished furnishings.
They’ve even gone as far as laying down red carpet in the parking garage, reportedly so that the Saudi royal family doesn’t have to touch asphalt.
Politico reports that a Four Seasons guest said: “Everything is gold. Gold mirrors, gold end tables, gold lamps – even gold hat racks.”
And it seems the whole 222-room hotel has been cleared out to make way for the Arab guests – it’s unclear whether this is for security reasons or simply because the Saudi king (famous for traveling to France this summer with an entourage of 1,000 people) brought too many people with him.
Politico reports that thethe entire property was reserved for King Salman's visit and that guests who had booked to stay at the Four Seasons during the royal visit have apparently been moved to other luxury hotels in town.
Wall St. Journal reporter Carol Lee snapped this photograph of King Salman's entourage arriving at Andrews Air Force Base on Thursday, which seems to show over 50 black Mercedes and 4x4s.
Though unclear whether it's linked to the Saudi royal’s visit, the hotel, recently underwent a US $13M renovation.
Politico reports that a representative for the Four Seasons declined to comment for this story.
The new Saudi ruler has been making headlines this year due to the high number of executions (via beheading) he's performed - more this year already than all executions in 2014.
In Saudi Arabian hotel news, the world's largest hotel is planned for Makkah, with a proposed opening in 2017. The hotel will feature 10,000 rooms and is set to break world records.