Acquisitions & Hotel Openings

St Regis Doha Set to Open Next Month

January 26, 2012 - Scheduled to debut on February 28, The St. Regis Doha is now accepting reservations – be it for a relaxing weekend, a business meeting or a stylish wedding. The St. Regis Doha, marks the debut of the St. Regis brand in Qatar, and is set to become the premier business and leisure hotel in the country.

“We have been building up to this moment for three years and it is with a lot of excitement that we received our first booking this morning,” says Tareq Derbas, General Manager, The St. Regis Doha. “We look forward to welcoming our first guests and to start building the reputation of the hotel as the finest address in Doha.”

The St. Regis Doha will offer 336 luxurious guest rooms including 70 suites – all offering sea views. The hotel is geared to set new standards in service and luxury in Qatar with the legendary St. Regis butler service provided to all guests. The hotel features 10 restaurants and lounges – from international fine dining venues to Jazz at Lincoln Centre Doha, the first jazz club in Doha to offer daily live jazz music. The hotel also offers 4,000 square meters of meeting space, a Remède Spa, an Olympic swimming pool and seafront cabanas with private Jacuzzis.

People in Qatar and luxury enthusiasts from across the region can now reserve the first taste of The St. Regis Doha lifestyle.

Coming Up In The January Online Hotel Business Review


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Mobile Technology: The Game Has Changed Forever
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