Early last month Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia moved to consolidate power, arresting senior princes, the wealthy, and former government leaders under the banner of a new anti-corruption campaign.
The high profile prisoners were held inside the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh. All guests on property were unilaterally kicked out, reservations dishonored. A second Marriott was commandeered by the Saudi government as well.
Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, Credit: Ritz-Carlton
Here are photos from inside the Ritz-Carlton prison.
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) November 6, 2017
The hotel still shows unavailable for guest reservations for most of January. Oddly there’s one night where the property appears to be open for bookings.
Reportedly one of the prisoners at the Ritz-Carlton, Major general Ali Alqahtani, died from electric shocks on December 12. That gives new meaning to the Ritz-Carlton daily line up at that property. I don’t think it’s what Marriott had in mind when introducing experiential redemption ‘Moments’.
Politico‘s Jake Sherman asks how the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh can keep its flag. Goodness knows the Sheraton in Basra was bombed and the Sheraton Baghdad attacked 14 years ago, but those were ‘rogue’ Sheratons continuing to operate with the name even though they had no relationship with Starwood as a result of US sanctions on Iraq from the first Gulf war.
(HT: Larry L.)