Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) announced the reopening of Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Hotel after extensive renovations. An iconic landmark in Doha for more than 30 years, the hotel emerges from a complete restoration featuring extraordinary 1980s architecture and design, unique to the region, while the operational and technology systems have been upgraded to address the needs of today’s business and leisure travellers.
Known to be the city’s favourite gathering place, the hotel celebrated its reopening with the residents of Qatar on 18th December, the country’s National Day.
In the words of His Excellency Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Chairman of Katara Hospitality, the owners of the hotel: “Sheraton Doha was envisioned as a place the Qatari people could be proud of, a prestigious hotel that could host both international gatherings and occasions of celebration. It served as the early focal point of West Bay, its distinctive pyramid profile a monument to the heritage and future of Qatar. Newly restored to its original grandeur, Sheraton Doha once again serves as a symbol of the growth and development that have made Doha what it is today.”
“Sheraton Doha is one of our first Sheraton hotels in the Middle East and has been a local icon since it opened in 1982. It is an honour for us to be part of the city’s development and history,” said Guido de Wilde, Senior Vice President, Regional Director, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Middle East. “Together with our long-time partner, Katara Hospitality, we are proud to continue to set new hospitality benchmarks and strengthen our presence in Qatar.”
Sheraton Doha welcomed its first guests in 1982 on the occasion of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit. The hotel has been hosting the GCC Summit since its opening and continued its commitment to the event by hosting the 35th anniversary of the summit earlier this month (December 9-10).
Sheraton Doha offers 371 completed renovated and beautifully-appointed guest rooms and suites, all of which feature traditional Qatari design, comfortable work spaces, a balcony with spectacular sea or city views, and a restful night’s sleep in the signature Sheraton Sweet SleeperTM Bed. Guests staying in one of the hotel’s 64 luxurious suites also enjoy complimentary airport pickups for added convenience.
The new and luxurious Sheraton Club Lounge, now twice its previous size, offers exclusive access to guests staying in Club Rooms and above. Mixing business and comfort, guests can stay connected or simply relax with complimentary tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks available throughout the day to cap a long day of meetings. Free internet access and use of the business center access are also included.
The oasis-like resort features a variety of leisure facilities, including a large Sheraton Fitness Centre with state-of-the-art cardio machines and weight training equipment, individual fitness studios and indoor and outdoor multi-purpose courts for tennis, squash, and badminton; a swimming pool; extensive landscaped gardens; and a pristine beach that provides the perfect balance between action and relaxation. The resort is home to nine restaurants, bars and lounges, including the popular Latino Steakhouse, La Veranda, Al Shaheen Lebanese Restaurant, and the city’s most-visited Irish pub, Irish Harp.
Ideally located on the crescent bay of Doha’s Corniche, the hotel is just a 15-minute drive from Hamad International Airport. Sheraton Doha is situated close to a wealth of businesses, popular shopping centres and cultural sights, making it the ideal venue for all types of gatherings.
The hotel is a three-minute walk from the upcoming Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre, the city’s largest convention centre, which is connected via an underground tunnel to the newly redesigned Sheraton Park. The convention centre will comfortably accommodate up to 5,000 guests and will comprise 26 meeting rooms.
“Sheraton Doha holds an extremely special place within our Sheraton portfolio as it is one of our most iconic hotels globally,” said Thomas van Opstal, Complex General Manager, Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Centre. “Many generations of Doha residents have grown up with and celebrated personal milestones at the hotel. We’re excited to unveil the renovated property and offer new experiences and services to our guests.”
‘Rediscover Sheraton Doha’ photo-exhibition
To mark the reopening of Sheraton Doha, the local community and its loyal guests were invited to share their favorite photos and memories at the hotel on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtags #SheratonDoha and #betterwhenshared. The call for photo submissions was part of a series of activities celebrating the icon on the Doha Corniche as it welcomes the next generation of Qatar’s residents and visitors.
The special photo exhibition ‘Rediscover Sheraton Doha’ was unveiled on December 18 and includes 32 images to celebrate 32 years since the hotel first opened its doors. The images will be on display in the lobby until January 17, 2015.