The Ascott Limited has announced the appointment of Bartlomiej Mart as general manager of one of its Saudi-based luxury serviced residences, Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh. Originally from Poland, Mart is a senior hospitality professional with a wealth of experience gained from international postings — many of which have been in the Middle East.
Armed with a master’s degree in European financial law, Mart eschewed the legal profession and instead embarked upon a hospitality career working for global brands in the UK, US and Gulf region.
“I am pleased to be joining the Ascott group in Saudi Arabia,” said Mart. “Since opening its doors in 2017, Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh has gone from strength to strength, and I look forward to working with the team to further enhance its reputation as one of the Saudi capital’s premier serviced residences.”
Mart began his hospitality career in the US in 2003 in the F&B department with Marriott and has since built up an impressive track record moving through the ranks to housekeeping manager, director of services, and director of operations. In 2014, he was an Edge Award winner in the “Marriott Global Award for Excellence in Delivering Guest Experiences,” one of only 12 winners from Rooms & Spa disciplines selected from approximately 4,000 hotels in the world. Prior to his posting in Riyadh, Mart was hotel manager at Swiss-Belhotel Residences in Bahrain.
Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s regional GM for Middle East, Africa and Turkey, said: “Ascott has pinpointed Saudi Arabia as a key expansion territory, we currently have five operating serviced residences in the Kingdom with an additional property set to open in August this year. Over the next two years we will open another five properties located in Alkhobar, Riyadh, Jeddah and Abha.
“As we move ahead with our ambitious Saudi Arabia expansion plans, we’re very pleased to welcome Bartlomiej Mart on board. Not only is he a highly experienced and dynamic hotelier, he also has a reputation for delivering outstanding guest services with impressive attention to detail,” added Miccolis.
Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh is located close to King Abdullah Financial District with easy access to the international airport.