The Red Palace Boutique Hotel

Built in 1943 under the patronage of King Abdulaziz, The Red Palace holds a storied legacy within Saudi Arabia’s history

The Red Palace Boutique Hotel stands as a testament to the art of melding heritage with contemporary luxury. Nestled in the historic Al-Futah district of Riyadh, this majestic resort is envisioned by Boutique Group and designed by Aedas; led by Global Design Principal Ignacio Gomez. Aedas embodies a unique vision that bridges the past and future of Saudi Arabian architecture and hospitality.

Built in 1943 under the patronage of King Abdulaziz, The Red Palace holds a storied legacy within Saudi Arabia’s history. Once a venue for international receptions and royal banquets, and later serving as governmental headquarters, this iconic structure witnessed pivotal moments in the nation’s history.

Gomez shares his perspective on the project’s significance: “Our aim is not just to recreate a physical space but to evoke a sense of time, specifically the solemnity and grandeur associated with the emotional importance of the Kingdom’s history and its future vision.”

The design of The Red Palace Boutique Hotel

The transformation of The Red Palace Boutique Hotel into an ultra-luxury boutique hotel is a collaboration between the Aedas team. Their shared vision seeks to preserve the palace’s historical essence while introducing modern amenities and design elements to create an immersive experience for guests. The design philosophy of the project revolves around “time travel” – offering visitors a glimpse into the golden age of Saudi Arabia while enveloping them in contemporary elegance. The main palace and its historic mosque will be meticulously restored, complemented by new annexes, a Spa and Wellness Centre, landscaped gardens, and water features.

“The Red Palace project is about creating an experience that would transport visitors to a different era, immersing them in the rich heritage of the palace while also reflecting its significance in the present and future,” adds Gomez. 

The Red Palace Boutique Hotel, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | identity

The grand entrance, marked by a majestic colonnade portal and a landscaped royal garden, sets the tone for a regal experience. The fusion of Najdi architecture with Art Deco influences is evident in the façade, where traditional elements blend seamlessly with modern design motifs.

The interior design concept is led by interior design consultant Tristan Auer. The heritage of King Saud and Saudi Arabia is celebrated through opulent materials like rich woods, marquetry, and intricate patterns. The hotel promises world-class amenities, including a spa, fitness center, restaurants, event spaces, and personalized butler services, all embodying the essence of Saudi hospitality.

As The Red Palace Boutique Hotel prepares to open its doors to the world in 2025, it stands as a symbol of timeless elegance and a harmonious union between the past and future. It promises an unparalleled experience, where history meets luxury, creating a destination that transcends time and captivates the senses of global travellers.

Technical sheet

Project: The Red Palace Boutique Hotel
Location: Riyadh, KSA
Client: Boutique Group
Design and Project Architect: Aedas
Interior Design Consultant: Tristan Auer
Gross Floor Area: 20,500 sqm
Design Director: Ignacio Gomez, Global Design Principal
Completion Year: 2025

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