Accor opens first Novotel in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia

Group clocks 20,000 rooms in operation across the Middle East

Novotel Yanbu in Saudi Arabia.
Novotel Yanbu in Saudi Arabia.

AccorHotels has opened a new seaside-located Novotel in Yanbu, the Red Sea port city in the western province of Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

With this latest addition, AccorHotels has more than 20,000 rooms in operation across the Middle East.

Novotel Yanbu is AccorHotels’ second property in the city, following the Ibis Yanbu, which opened in 2014.

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Novotel Yanbu is owned by Al Hokair Group and operated under a franchise agreement with AccorHotels. It constitutes the group’s fourth property and second Novotel with the same owning partner - Al Hokair Group.

AccorHotels Middle East managing director and chief operating officer Olivier Granet said: “AccorHotels is celebrating the opening of our 20,000th room in the region, and we are pleased to have reached this significant milestone in Saudi Arabia, which holds more than 50% of our current pipeline.”

Novotel Yanbu features 120 rooms and suites, and is equipped with three meeting rooms, a ballroom, an indoor pool, a health club and a gift shop. The hotel also has an F&B outlet on the terrace – Belle Vue Café.

AccorHotels Saudi Arabia & Egypt vice president operations Salah Oumoudden said: “The hotel will cater to the expanding business segment as well as the leisure visitors looking to explore Yanbu’s coral reefs which have become a popular destination for shore excursions.”

AccorHotels has more than 15 properties in operation in Saudi Arabia featuring more than 4,500 rooms in operation and close to 35 properties under development bringing an additional 9,000 rooms.

The group’s Saudi portfolio, set to encompass 50 hotels in total, spans a range of brands from the luxury Sofitel, upscale Pullman and Majlis Grand Mercure, to upper mid-scale brands such as the Novotel, mid-scale Mercure, and the economy Ibis.

AccorHotels currently operates in excess of 75 hotels in the Middle East, presenting more than 20,000 rooms across the luxury to economy segments.

The group’s regional network also includes 55 hotels under development, bringing over 14,000 additional rooms to the Middle East.

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