After many years of delays, the Nobu Hotel is finally set to open in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The hotel will offer 119 spacious guest rooms and suites. Located in the heart of downtown Riyadh, the property will be the very first five-star luxury boutique hotel in the Kingdom.

Nobu Hotel Riyadh is set in a 23-story glass panelled skyscraper that already features a Nobu restaurant on its second floor.

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Each of the guestrooms has been designed by the internationally acclaimed New York-based Rockwell Group that has worked on other Nobu Hotel projects including the properties in Las Vegas and Miami and separately Nobu restaurants in Dubai and New York. Rockwell has elegantly styled each room with subtle design touches reflecting Nobu’s Japanese heritage.

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Nobu Hotel Riyadh will also offer a spa, a full-service fitness centre, an executive club, meetings rooms and ballrooms. While the design and feel of the property mirrors other international Nobu hotels – clean lines, casual elegance, exquisite craftmanship and state-of-the-art technology – the building’s Arabesque architecture that includes printed, layered glass is in keeping of its Middle Eastern location.

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The first Nobu restaurant opened in New York in 1994 – a collaboration between Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa and Hollywood actor Robert De Niro. There are now nearly 50 restaurants – from Malibu to Marbella and Dallas to Doha – serving Nobu’s upmarket Japanese-fusion cuisine. The group’s signature dish is the lacquered “black cod with miso”. In 2013, the first Nobu Hotel opened its door in Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. There are over dozen Nobu Hotels dotted around the world, with Riyadh, Toronto and Tel Aviv set to open this year.

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