Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has reportedly rented out the entire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills this week.
The heir to the Saudi throne is wrapping up a visit to the United States, his first since taking over as the de facto leader of the kingdom.
The crown prince booked all 285 rooms – including 100 suites – at the luxury hotel, which charges on average $600 a night per room, The Wrap reported.
That means the royal popularly known as MBS will be shelling out at least $171,000 per night just for him and his entourage.
No rooms will be available at the hotel Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has reportedly rented out the entire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills this week
The crown prince booked all 285 rooms – including 100 suites – at the luxury hotel, which charges on average $600 a night per room
The above image shows the Culina Restaurant at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. The Saudi royal popularly known as MBS will be shelling out at least $171,000 per night just for him and his entourage
No rooms will be available at the hotel Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Anyone wishing to stay at the hotel will have to book their reservation beginning on Friday evening
Those in the know say it is rare for anyone to reserve such a large block of rooms in one of the most expensive areas in the country
The image above shows a view of the pool at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills
Anyone wishing to stay at the hotel will have to book their reservation beginning on Friday evening.
About a half-mile away lies the L’Ermitage, another high-end hotel.
The crown prince booked 40 rooms there, with each going for $559 per night.
That means the Saudi royal will have spent more than $190,000 per night during his trip to Los Angeles.
MBS is scheduled to meet with a number of big names in Hollywood and the media, among them mogul Rupert Murdoch, Brian Grazer, superagent Ari Emanuel, Disney boss Robert Iger, and Oprah Winfrey.
Those in the know say it is rare for anyone to reserve such a large block of rooms in one of the most expensive areas in the country.
MBS is scheduled to meet with a number of big names in Hollywood and the media, among them moguls Oprah Winfrey (left) and Rupert Murdoch (right)
The crown prince is also scheduled to sit down with Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger (seen above in February 2018)
‘The expense of a short-term buyout is mesmerizing,’ a source told The Wrap.
‘Not only do they have to convince a hotel to shut down their operation – but also, to relocate high-end guests who already made reservations.
‘That is not something you see every day in Beverly Hills.’
Both the Four Seasons and L’Ermitage declined comment.
MBS has a habit of reserving every room in a luxury hotel.
This week, he snapped up bookings for every single room in the Four Seasons Silicon Valley in East Palo Alto, Recode reported.
Film producer Brian Grazer (left) and superagent Ari Emanuel (right) will also have an audience with the crown prince
The State Department has asked the hotel to relocate guests so that they could make room for a ‘large VIP delegation,’ according to an email sent by hotel management.
‘The State Department has approached the hotel for a large VIP delegation next week,’ the email read.
‘Due to the hotel’s layout and location they’re adamant that we are the best fit for their high security needs which will be restricting the hotel and all outlets from other guests.’
MBS is currently in the Bay Area where he is scheduled to meet with tech heavyweights, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, top executives at Google, and venture capitalists.
There is widespread hope that the crown prince will open up his country to more Western investment as it seeks to liberalize its laws and develop its economy.
In December, Saudi Arabia lifted a 35-year ban on movie theaters.
This June, a Saudi law allowing women to drive is expected to take effect.
MBS has been on a public relations tour in the US as part of an effort to present a more modern face to the repressive Middle Eastern kingdom.
MBS also reportedly rented all of the rooms at Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley in East Palto Alto, California this week
In an interview with The Atlantic, he explicitly endorsed Israel’s right to exist, the first time a Saudi leader did so on the record.
The comment was so rare that the crown prince’s father, King Salman, felt compelled to issue a statement reiterating the kingdom’s support for a Palestinian state.
The king also emphasized the need to advance the peace process in a phone call with President Donald Trump on Monday night, made after Israeli security forces killed 16 Palestinians last week during a demonstration along the Israel-Gaza border
King Salman reaffirmed ‘the kingdom’s steadfast position toward the Palestinian issue and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital,’ state news agency SPA said on Tuesday.
The report did not refer to the comments by MBS in an interview published on Monday by The Atlantic, which are the latest public sign that ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel may be growing closer.
Asked if he believes the Jewish people have a right to a nation-state in at least part of their ancestral homeland, Prince Mohammed was quoted as saying: ‘I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land.
‘But we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations.’
Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam and home to its holiest shrines, does not recognize Israel. It has maintained for years that normalizing relations hinges on Israeli withdrawal from Arab lands captured in the 1967 Middle East war, territory Palestinians seek for a future state.
Increased tension between Riyadh and Tehran has fueled speculation that shared interests may push Saudi Arabia and Israel to work together against what they see as a common Iranian threat.