Marriott & Shangri-La to Open Shop in Qatar

Marriott & Shangri-La to Open Shop in Qatar

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Doha’s City Centre is soon to be graced with two new luxury hotels. The five star hotel operators Marriott and Shangri-La are both set to open their doors shortly, respectively next year as being part of the new City Center building in Qatar’s capital Doha.

In total there will be five luxury hotels. Two of which will be adjacent to the east side of the shopping mall – the Marriott Courtyard and the Renaissance Hotel. The other three will be situated on the west side including the two Marriott hotels – the Doha Shangri-La, the Doha Rotana Hotel and a new Merweb.

The Renaissance Hotel will feature 257 rooms and the Marriott Courtyard 204 rooms and both are expected to open by the end of this year. Around the same time Marriott will also open their luxuriously appointed Executive Apartments with approximately 123 rooms.

Both the Doha Shangri-La and the Rotana Hotel will be managed by the Faisal Bin Oassim Al Thani & Sons Holding Company. Both hotels are expected to open in 2010.

The Doha Shangri-La which is being developed by the Al Rayyan Tourism Development Company will feature 272 luxury rooms. All rooms will feature wireless LAN and high-speed Internet access. There will also be 42 serviced apartments, a lobby lounge, a variety of eateries, a piano bar,Sridan which is a Middle-Eastern food souq (kind of like a bazaar,) a Latin American restaurant by the name of Fuego and Xi’an, a Chinese sea food eatery.

Guests can bed themselves for the night or long-term with the knowledge of being catered for to their every whim. Further features will include:

  • A Shangri-La signature spa, called CHI
  • 840 square metres of grand ballroom
  • Function rooms
  • A helipad
  • An overall luxury ambiance known to the Shangri-La Hotel Group.

Madhu Rao, Shangri-La’s Managing Director and CEO said: “The Shangri-La Hotel – Doha reconfirms our commitment to expanding in the Middle East. Our target is to build a regional presence of about eight to 10 hotels and we are delighted to be opening a hotel in Doha in a prime location with such dedicated owners.”