- REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his entourage have reportedly rented out every room in the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills for several nights.
- The crown prince is in Los Angeles as part of multi-week trip across the US with business leaders, media moguls, celebrities, and politicians to help continue his ambitious agenda back home in the kingdom.
- The crown prince also intends on highlighting the potential for the Saudi Arabian entertainment industry during his trip to LA.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and his entourage rented the entire Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills for several nights during his visit to Los Angeles, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The hotel often hosts VIP guests and is a common stop for celebrities, politicians, and society elites. A single room starts at $625 per night, and the presidential suites go from $10,500 to $11,00 a night, the Hollywood Reporter notes.
With 285 units, the cost for the crown prince’s visit could reach into the millions of dollars. But it is not the first time the House of Saud has spent a massive amount of money on trips, or rented out entire spaces so they can relax in private.
In 2015, Saudi King Salman rented a summer villa in the town of Volaris on the French Riviera. The entire beach was closed for his use, and a 300-metre exclusion zone that included the waters around the villa was set up by the French police.
“The Saudis have a very strong spending power and don’t count the cost,” Jean-Noel Falcou, a councilor from Volaris, told the Guardian at the time.
“They order 10,000-15,000 flowers every day and hundreds of limousines that give jobs to as many chauffeurs.”
The crown prince is visiting a number of cities during his three week-long trip in the US, where he is meeting with business leaders, media moguls, and politicians to help continue his ambitious plans for modernizing the Kingdom.
In Los Angeles, the MbS, as he is known, had a private dinner with Rupert Murdoch, and met Disney CEO Bob Iger, Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Morgan Freeman, James Cameron, and other celebrities.
The Saudi General Entertainment Authority is also expected to hold a summit at the hotel, where officials will meet with Hollywood’s elite to discuss the future of Saudi Arabia’s entertainment industry. Saudi Arabia lifted a ban on public movie theatres last December.