In March 2014 Kempinski Hotels, one of Europe’s most reputable luxury hospitality chains, opened its first property in Riyadh. Located a mere 27km away from Saudi Arabia’s King Khalid International Airport, Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski enjoys an exquisite location in the heart of the capital.
Situated in the tallest residential tower in the city, Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski offers its guest stunning views of Riyadh’s new commercial and business quarter, the King Abdullah Financial District, and the glittering capital city that stretches far beyond. Defined by its impressive height and unmatched elegance, Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski invites guests to savour the European luxury and warm Arabian hospitality that it has to offer.
Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski has been carefully designed to include artistic touches of the Saudi culture
A bridge between continents
Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski can be found in Riyadh’s shimmering Rafal Tower, where 349 guestrooms and luxurious suites are spread out across 23 of the tower’s floors. Each room is perfectly suited to stays of any length or purpose, from one-night business trips and weekend getaways to weeklong vacations. At each and every check-in, an unparalleled sense of luxury and refinement is waiting to greet the modern traveller: the hotel’s furnishings have been carefully designed to include artistic touches of the Saudi culture, mainly inspired by the Najdi scene. These subtle nods towards the hotel’s heritage run throughout Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski, from its refined interior to the stunning panoramic views of the city.
The hotel’s superior luxury is complemented by the impeccable customer service and unique features that the Kempinski brand is known for worldwide. By combining these two ideals, Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski is able to offer a plethora of services that make it the ultimate choice for any business traveller arriving in Saudi Arabia. Special packages for corporate stays are offered throughout the year, with a unique selection of rooms that allow guests to experience both efficiency and indulgence throughout the duration of their trip.
Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski’s corporate packages include airport pick-up and drop-off services, complimentary laundry services and flexible check-in and checkout times. The hotel also promises complete relaxation to its guests by offering complimentary express face and scalp massages in its renowned European spa area, Resense Spa. This immaculate centre is situated on the sixth floor of the hotel and leads directly onto the outdoor pool and tennis and squash courts.
Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski offers a wide variety of catering and dining options, guaranteeing that any meeting or event runs smoothly: the hotel’s spacious banquet and ballroom hall, Rafal Ballroom, can cater for up to 2,000 guests and is designed to accommodate events of any size or nature. Over the last year the hall has already hosted everything from exhibitions and multimedia conferences to formal banquets and royal wedding ceremonies. Flexible wall dividers can be installed, allowing the venue to be separated into areas of appropriate size and privacy.
The Rafal Ballroom is widely considered to be the epitome of grandeur, with a stylish and charming entrance hall that leads through to the most luxurious ballroom in Riyadh. Beautifully woven carpets span the room, which is adorned with intricate chandeliers and stunning marble fixtures. Adjacent to Rafal Ballroom, the hotel’s beautiful bridal suite offers private chambers for bridal parties. There is also an exclusive VIP lounge for men, known as majlis, and a picturesque terrace area.
The hotel’s fourth and fifth floors offer a collective total of 19 meeting rooms, the largest of which can accommodate up to 80 persons. Each meeting room is equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, LED screens, videoconferencing facilities and remote climate control settings. Additionally, the Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski staff team is happy to supply further services and equipment on request, including secretarial assistance, photocopying, flip charts and translation and interpretation services.
For those guests looking to enjoy the ultimate culinary experience during their stay in Riyadh, the hotel offers a selection of cuisines provided by world-class chefs, all producing premium dishes at the highest possible culinary and service standards. Set among the beautiful white pillars of the hotel’s lobby is Le Bijou, a spacious, French-concept lounge that serves classic dishes with an innovative twist. Le Bijou’s menu includes an assortment of viennoiseries and other pastries, along with a selection of snacks, hot dishes and beverages. The lounge extends its graceful French charm to the ground level terrace, where guests can enjoy drinks and refreshments in a relaxed ambience.
El Capitolio is the hotel’s exclusive cigar lounge, which offers a refined atmosphere that is perfect for evening relaxation. Located on the fourth floor of the hotel, El Capitolio is known for its aromatic Syphon coffee and creative blends of mocktails, along with its wide selection of premium cigars from around the world.
Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski named its luxury buffet restaurant, The Grand, after the venue’s own beautiful spaciousness. It is the daily destination for guests who are looking to sample some of the finest cuisines that Europe and the Middle East have to offer, serving colourful dishes every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every Friday The Grand hosts a unique weekend brunch, where market stalls offering fresh produce are set up throughout the restaurant and guests are able to watch and interact with a series of live cooking stations.
Tugra, the hotel’s signature restaurant, embraces the ideals and unique flourishes of the royal Ottoman Empire. Attracting guests who have bold tastes and a sense of adventure, Tugra offers a fine dining journey that is evocative of the lifestyle and palates of the Ottoman sultans. The restaurant’s extensive menu includes a range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes from traditional origins, some of which date back to the 14th century. Tugra’s head chef lovingly places his own modern twist on the menu, which includes dishes of his own design, to ensure that guests from around the world can find something to enjoy.
Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski seamlessly combines the charm and flair of European hospitality with the warmth and the customs of the Middle East, creating a hotel experience that is like no other within Riyadh or beyond. Mirroring the building in which it is situated, the hotel continually strives to reach new heights of hospitality excellence: by merging heritage with originality, it has brought forth a distinctive experience for business and leisure travellers alike.
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