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 August Online Hotel Business Review


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Food & Beverage: Going Casual
According to industry tracker PKF Hospitality Research, food and beverage sales represent the second- largest source of revenue for full-service hotels behind rooms. Given its financial importance, hotel operators are constantly adapting and evolving their F&B operations in order to remain current with industry trends and to meet (and exceed) guest expectations. Recent food developments which continue to proliferate include the farm-to-table movement; customized menus for those who are vegan, vegetarian, paleo or gluten-free; the appearance of smaller dishes on tasting menus; and creatively- prepared comfort foods served in more casual settings. In fact, there is a growing emphasis in the entire industry on more casual food operations. Customers are eschewing the typical breakfast-lunch- dinner/appetizer-entrée-dessert model in favor of "fast-casual" menus and service (think Panera, Chipotle or Cosi as examples). Even better if these menus are also available throughout the property, especially in social-gathering areas like the lobby, pool or bar. Some hotels are also experimenting with "pop-up" restaurants - a temporary dining option with edgy menus and design served in unexpected locations (like rooftops or lobbies) - as a way to keep things energetic and fresh. Another trend which applies to both food and wine is the option to purchase food and beverages in multiple sizes. Some operations are giving their customers the opportunity to choose - a three ounce pour of wine or a nine-ounce pour; a six-ounce filet or a twelve-ounce - the customers decide their portion size and pay accordingly. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document all these trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.