The hotel will be operated by Marriott International starting 1 July 2018.
Aldar Properties has announced that as part of its active asset management strategy for its AED 20 billion real estate portfolio, it has appointed Marriott International, to manage one of its most strategically located hotels on Yas Island.
Marriott International will assume operation of the Yas Island hotel, which will go through a refurbishment period before opening under W Hotels, marking the debut of the brand in Abu Dhabi. Areas across the hotel will be refreshed and redesigned as per W Hotels’ brand standards, with an upgrade to its lobby and pool facilities, whilst remaining open to guests.
The Viceroy, which overlooks the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race track is a key component of Aldar’s Yas Island destination strategy.
Commenting on the announcement, Talal Al Dhiyebi, chief executive officer of Aldar Properties, said:
“Appointing Marriott International to manage the operations of our Yas Island hotel supports our strategy to employ the most reputable international operators and reflects our active approach to the management of our portfolio. Marriott International’s experience will ensure guests have a memorable stay at our world-class hotel while driving value for our Asset Management business. Our enviable portfolio of 11 hotels, including the recently acquired Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa and Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, positions us well to drive the activation of Yas Island and Saadiyat Island, and cater for the increasing number of tourists visiting Abu Dhabi.”
Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International commented:
“We are delighted to work with Aldar to introduce W Hotels on Yas Island, bringing a new dimension to the luxury and lifestyle hospitality offering on the iconic landmark. Marriott International and Aldar share a similar vision for this project and we look forward to infusing the energy and innovative mind-set of the brand into a vibrant destination such as Yas Island. This hotel marks our 13th property in Abu Dhabi and adds to our diverse brand portfolio in the capital, complimenting the destination and the diverse traveller it attracts today.”