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Middle East hotel market turned on its head by W Hotels

W Hotels  has marked  its entry into the Middle East with the opening of the highly-anticipated W Doha Hotel & Residences.  This new hotel merges  traditional Arabian imagery with the contemporary cool design of the W brand with a hotel lobby that combines water features, ceiling-suspended seating and modern hand-blown hanging lanterns. Symmetrical designs, clean lines and innovative lighting create private, tranquil areas within the sweeping, dramatic public spaces. Perhaps the highlight is the 15th floor Extreme Wow suite (W’s take on the traditional Presidential Suite) which offers breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea, private massage and meeting rooms, full-size pool table and wet bar, stunning saltwater aquarium stocked with exotic sea life, and luxurious oversized bathroom. W Doha has 291 guest rooms, 31 suites, and 154 W branded Residences. There are  three stylish bars, various lounges (including a poolside lounge) and  three signature restaurants, including modern cuisine at Spice Market and Market by Jean-Georges, both concepts created by three star Michelin Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, complemented by the sophisticated fare of La Maison du Caviar. The signature Bliss ® Spa can now also be enjoyed in the Middle East for the first time.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. That extreme WOW suite sounds amazing! I look forward to hearing what kind of upgrades they offer to SPG Plat’s!

  2. Love the W hotels and think this middle east addition to the family will be most welcomed in Doha and will also provide a different dimension to hotels in the city!

  3. The hotel certainly sounds fantastic but I don’t think that Qatar would be my first choice of destination. I know there’s a lot on offer for the tourist or business person, but it doesn’t really entice me.

  4. I wonder if they will have to change their whatever/whenever policy. It is usually that they will do anything for you, as long as it is within the law. Well, what about here, where there may be significant cultural differences between staff, and guests.

  5. Probably wiser for them to build somewhere like qatar rather than entering into more crowded markets like dubai or oman!

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