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Friday, 4 September 2015

Saudi king books entire DC Four Seasons hotel for 3 nights ahead of his first White House meeting with Obama

In anticipation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia’s stay, the Four Seasons hotel in Georgetown has done some redecorating, literally rolling out red carpets in order to accommodate the royal’s luxurious taste, Kate Bennetts' Politico reports.



Eyewitnesses at the property have seen crates of gilded furniture and accessories being wheeled into the posh hotel over the past several days, culminating in a home-away-from-home fit for the billionaire Saudi monarch, who is in Washington for his first White House meeting with President Barack Obama tomorrow.

"Everything is gold,” says one Four Seasons regular, who spied the deliveries arriving at the hotel. "Gold mirrors, gold end tables, gold lamps, even gold hat racks." Red carpets have been laid down in hallways and even in the lower parking garage, so the king and his family never have to touch asphalt when departing their custom Mercedes caravan.

Security is tight as well which is normal for such a visit, perhaps, but Saudi officials likely remember the bizarre 2011 bomb plot, linked to Iranian intelligence, that aimed to blow up then Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, now the foreign minister, at a Georgetown restaurant.

The guests staying at the 222-room hotel for the next couple of days are all part of the 79-year-old king’s entourage of Saudi diplomats, family members and assistants, one source said; a full buyout of the entire property was reserved for the visit. Guests who had booked to stay at the Four Seasons during the royal visit have apparently been moved to other luxury hotels in town.

A call to the Four Seasons confirmed the hotel is sold out Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. King Salman, who ascended the throne in January, has a habit of displacing commoners for his own comforts; this summer, during a sojourn to the French Riviera, his eight-day stay forced the closure of a popular beach, enraging locals. Salman rolls deep, with a reported 1,000-person delegation joining him for his seaside August vacation. Wall St. Journal reporter Carol Lee snapped this photograph of Salman's entourage arriving at Andrews Air Force Base on Thursday: Saudis seem to have enough vehicles for King Salman's visit - the car fleet parked at Joint Base Andrews.

At the Four Seasons on Thursday morning, the Washington “power breakfast” crowd didn’t seem to mind being displaced from their regular dining spot at the hotel’s lower-level Seasons restaurant to the main floor’s Bourbon Steak, a move made to accommodate the king. Foreign dignitaries and royals often choose to stay at the Four Seasons, as much for the hotel’s proximity to the White House, State Department and Embassy Row as for its 4,000-square-foot Royal Suite, equipped with private elevator and bulletproof windows for privacy and security.

Last month, the hotel, which opened in 1979, embarked on a $13 million renovation, redecorating the rooms, adding more art and committing to a guest experience that focuses on the best night’s sleep.

A press release cited new options for maximizing the sleep experience, including a new sleep-aid menu with “scented pillow oils,” “calming bath melts,” pre-selected mattress toppers in firm or plush, and custom pillow choices, which include a water-filled option. A representative for the Four Seasons declined to comment for this story.

Source: Kate Bennett for POLITICO

60 comments:

Endowed Mayowa said...

Oil Money!!! I like

Edem Christabel said...

Nice

Alloy Chikezie said...

Power of money. Nobody gives order, but money gives order. Welcome to the Good life.

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STERN said...

This one na OGA

AbokiDaWarriBoy said...

Arab money shekenan!

Don Pafegs said...

Wow! To even think that 13 million dollars was also spent on renovation before his arrival.

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Maxwell Akalonu said...

Hoooooo..poverty bad ..Mercedes S550 everywhere..too much miney

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NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Mouthedness

Julius Tha Freshboi said...

Oh mehn! I want this Arab money!

Juliet Iwuno said...

Choi! Dis is serious display of cash flow. Linda take note!

Juliet Iwuno said...

Choi! Dis is serious display of cash flow. Linda take note!

Juliet Iwuno said...

Choi! Dis is serious display of cash flow. Linda take note!

Henry Eze said...

Earthly rubbish, just for a couple of days and they are being this extravagant.......after they would say na only Nigerians they waste money

Henry Eze said...

Earthly rubbish, just for a couple of days and they are being this extravagant.......after they would say na only Nigerians they waste money

gentle said...

He's not even as rich as bill Gates. Wonder how the westerners manage to themselves so unique and different from others? I really wonder.

gentle said...

He's not even as rich as bill Gates. Wonder how the westerners manage to themselves so unique and different from others? I really wonder.

Henry Eze said...

Earthly rubbish, just for a couple of days and they are being this extravagant.......after they would say na only Nigerians they waste money

freeborn zinalima said...

With all this terrorist visit in america,i have no doubt that obama is a terrorist and a muslim.
If he like's make he book's all the whole hotel in america i don't care wicked and heartless men,pedoplie's.



















#sad indeed

freeborn zinalima said...

With all this terrorist visit in america,i have no doubt that obama is a terrorist and a muslim.
If he like's make he book's all the whole hotel in america i don't care wicked and heartless men,pedoplie's.



















#sad indeed

freeborn zinalima said...

With all this terrorist visit in america,i have no doubt that obama is a terrorist and a muslim.
If he like's make he book's all the whole hotel in america i don't care wicked and heartless men,pedoplie's.



















#sad indeed

KCE said...

vanity

ed DREAMZ said...

a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said..
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This one don mad finish nobi lie.....
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

Anonymous said...

King Saudi or whatever your name is, please note that people are dying right in front of your nose in Syria and trying to cross the dangerous ocean to survive Assad and ISIS. The most you can do is give them a place to stay whilst the crisis in that region last. Why watch and see innocent children, women and helpless men bury their dead because of the Arab world uncaring attitude and particularly you and Saudi. Only Jordan and Turkey is helping. Your so called wealth is nothing if you watch your fellow brothers and sister die next door. Make your money and influence in the Arab world count and stop looking up to Eurpoe and America to help them. After all, they are already fighting the ISIS war for you and the rest of the Arab world. The picture of that innocent boy, the brother and mother that was buried today should make the Arab world and you in particular cover your face in shame and bury your face in your desert.

christie benjamin said...

Money is good!

okechukwu nnoduechi said...

Ummmm okay




Aunty linda

okechukwu nnoduechi said...

Ummmm okay




Aunty linda

Rotimi Bewaji said...

Money talks

debbie damsel said...

Arab money choi!!!

Franca said...

Arab money speaking.. lmfao

Anonymous said...

THESE ARE HEARTLESS PEOPLE, WHO NEVER THINK OF HELPING THEIR PEOPLE, THE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVED IN THEIR RELIGION. HOW SAD TO SEE THE REFUGEE SUFFERING HERE AND THERE.

NONE OF THESE RICHEST COUNTRIES DONATE MONEY OR PROVIDE HOME FOR THE REFUGEE.

Anonymous said...

Let him just buy a house instead

Ifechukwu Chioke said...

Money speaking

Ifeoma Azolukwam said...

Arab cash.

Amy said...

Money speaking. Arab money, unending flow. Oil money...never runneth dry.lol

Agnes akuabata Ibeh said...

When money talks

Anonymous said...

Forgetting Naija isn't Saudi Arabia, yet, this is how some of Naija's leeches aka blood suckers seek to live absent any regard for the welfare/well-being of the citizenry. So long as these lucky /elite group own private oil licences/blocks, albeit, illegally obtained, they set out to rub their loot on the faces of the people: Rolls royces, under age brides, costly wines, decadent celebrations, mega mansions all over the globe, antiques of arts, cars, watches and every luxury item their insatiable gut and wandering eyes can muster. The time is now to say: enough is enough.

idara etuk said...

When money speaks.....

Anonymous said...

Vanity...
~D great anonymous!

Anonymous said...

Ogaa ju... dee

Apple Berry said...

$13million for renovation for him only! How much then will he pay for the days he will spend there?! Choi! Money speaking!

Anonymous said...

Yet syrians are rushing to europe for help.

abu becca said...

Even the bible says that money answers all!!!!!

Neb said...

True riches comes from God. God is all you need to get all your needs met

Neb said...

True riches comes from God. God is all you need to get all your needs met

Anonymous said...

Shame on Arabs. See as Syrians are running to Europe and drowning in the sea. We are not impressed.

Anonymous said...

Power of money

Anonymous said...

Power of money

bridget iyere said...

Poverty is a sin indeed, and to think that God has given us the power to get wealth(deuteronomy 8:18)

*cute bree*

I B M bolubantin said...

Mad money, I'm sure he shares the same genes with mayweather

ary said...

Excess Arab money

David Uche said...

Ballin!!

Prophetess Mirabel Douglas said...

NAH WAH......

bummyla said...

money good ooooh! http://www.bummyla.com

Anonymous said...

Shea all our naija king dey see deir mate!!!

Precious Douglas said...

Arab money

Anasi Okenwa said...

Kai...Benz don turn kabu kabu 4 this king......I must taste good money before leaving this planet earth.

Anonymous said...

Arab money on top Arab cold heart.

Anonymous said...

Zina dear, Obama and his cohorts aren't just muslims, terrorists and paedophiles, NO.
* take note, they're also gays which you already know but refuse to admit of the root of all this wickedness...

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