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New luxury hotel opens in Doha in time for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

European-born brand, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, has today debuted its first Qatar hotel as Le Royal Méridien Doha welcomes its first guests – expanding the list of exclusive 5-star hotels in Qatar available at affordable prices.

Located in the heart of the country’s future city, Lusail, the 377-room hotel is the latest in Qatar’s efforts to add over 100 new hotels and serviced apartments to its already extensive portfolio of properties – as the country gears up to host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

Featuring striking neo-classical architecture, Le Royal Méridien Doha seamlessly connects to Place Vendôme Qatar, an iconic Parisian-inspired luxury complex home to 580 retail outlets, fine dining experiences, theatres, office and residential spaces, and more. With expansive waterfront views of Lusail, the hotel is an illuminating getaway for creative-minded travellers looking to discover Qatar’s newest city that combines true modernity with the richness of Qatari traditions.

The hotel features 240 thoughtfully designed guest rooms including 53 suites offering sea or city views, as well as 137 residences including studios, and one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. With easy access from the airport or the city centre by limousine, taxi, metro or ferry, the hotel is an ideal destination for culture seekers to discover Qatar. Le Royal Méridien Doha is a 15-minute drive from downtown Doha, a 12-minute drive to Doha Exhibition and Conference Centre and offers metro and bus links to the surrounding Entertainment City and is the closest hotel to Lusail Stadium.

The 5-star hotel follows closely from several new openings in Qatar, including Zulal Wellness Resort and Banyan Tree Doha.


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Rooms start from £172 (794 QAR) per night based on a two person stay.

About Qatar

Qatar is a peninsula surrounded by the Arabian Gulf in the heart of the Middle East, with 80% of the earth’s population within a six-hour flight. Ranked the safest country in the world in 2022 by Numbeo, Qatar welcomes all travellers, and guests from over 95 countries can enter visa-free. Qatar has an incredible variety of easily accessible tourist attractions, a plethora of fauna and flora including Whale Sharks and the majestic national animal the Arabian Oryx, and most experiences are a unique combination of cultural authenticity and modernity. From iconic museums to high-rise restaurants, from thrilling desert adventures to world-famous events including none other than the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, there is something for all types of travellers and budgets. Travellers set to transit through Qatar should turn one holiday into two with the world’s best value stopover packages, launched by Qatar Airways and Discover Qatar and supported by Qatar Tourism.

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 Telegraph.

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  1. When you start talking about new planned cities you know that the Qataris are working on a whole new ball game. Looking long term it will be interesting to see if the World Cup really boosts tourism for Qatar.

  2. A lot of football fans are going to be surprised by the heat. I can see them staying in their air-conditioned hotels until match time.

  3. We used to be big fans of a blast of winter sun in Dubai. For the millions who’ve been stuck in traffic on the Sheik Zayeed Road some are beginning to ask if Qatar is setting itself up as the next Dubai? With fewer traffic jams and better air quality.

  4. Good to see that architects are returning to their senses and looking to the fundamentals of their trade. Neo-classical architecture is reassuringly solid.

    After all it’s been in and out of fashion for over two millennia. Many of today’s architectural trends are merely fads which will look ridiculous in a decade’s time.

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