More than 200 members of Saudi Arabia's elite, including 11 princes, are now being detained at what is quite literally a gilded prison: the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the capital, Riyadh.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is widely seen as the muscle behind the recent anti-corruption purge as he consolidates power in a way Saudi Arabia hasn't seen in decades.

In a new report, the BBC reporter Lyse Doucet and camera operator Philip Goodwin described the atmosphere at the luxury hotel as "very serious."

Doucet and Goodwin, the first journalists allowed into the hotel since the purge, were under police escort and held to strict rules not to film anyone's face or quote anyone by name.

View the gallery above for a glimpse of what life in what Doucet called a "five-star prison" is like for its inhabitants. 

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Is this the most luxurious prison in the world? Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman arrested members of the Saudi elite in a supposed "anti-corruption" purge. Now, reports say that some of the prisoners are being held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. Cell phone video appears to show prisoners in the Ritz ballroom, while reports say that all paying guests were woken up in the night and taken to different hotels. The Ritz is considered the nicest hotel in Saudi Arabia, featuring its own bowling alley and a men-only indoor swimming pool. The hotel recently hosted President Trump during his first official visit to the country. But now, according to its website, the Ritz-Carlton isn't taking any new reservations.

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Doucet and Goodwin were the first journalists allowed into the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton since the Saudi government started using it to detain officials and others detained in an anti-corruption purge earlier this month.

Since November 4, no one has been allowed into the Ritz-Carlton without official permission.

Among the "guests" now are more than 200 people accused of abuse of power, corruption, and money laundering. The Saudi government is also putting up hundreds of experts to process the cases 24/7.

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