Saudi Arabia commandeered the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh to use as a prison as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman moved against powerful senior princes and government leaders over this past weekend.
All guests on property were unilaterally kicked out, reservations dishonored. Here are photos from inside the Ritz-Carlton prison.
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) November 6, 2017
Now the Saudi government has taken over the Marriott Courtyard Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter, too.
A worker at the nearby four-star Courtyard by Marriott in the Saudi capital’s diplomatic quarter confirmed to Newsweek that Saudi authorities had commandeered the hotel for their own use, forcing guests to leave.
“Unfortunately this month is completely fully booked,” the receptionist, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed, adding that December was unavailable too. … “The local higher authorities booked all the hotel,” she added. “We just received this order yesterday.”
Marriott Courtyard Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter, Credit: Marriott
The property isn’t taking reservations for check-in at all through end of the year.
Though the Saudis seem to like occupying Marriotts, 3 Marriott hotels remain available for booking in the nation’s capital.