Shangri-La Hotel, Doha celebrates opening



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Shangri-La Hotel, Doha, the 50-storey property located in the commercial district of West Bay, celebrated its grand opening on 23 February with His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, The Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior for the State of Qatar, local dignitaries and other city officials attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony that reflects the hotel’s signature blend of Asian and Arabian hospitality. A life-sized portrait of His Royal Highness the Emir and His Royal Highness the Father Emir will also be unveiled.

The hotel, designed to resemble a falcon’s head in recognition of Qatari falconry, the country’s historic and elite pastime, is adorned with art pieces honouring the rich heritage of the Qatari peninsula which are on loan from the Sheikh Faisal Collection.

Located close to the business and diplomatic areas, Shangri-La Hotel, Doha offers a direct link to the City Centre Mall, the city’s largest mall, and is only five minutes from the waterfront promenade.

References to a traditional Arabian welcome begin when guests arrive at the hotel. In the driveway, a bottle tree greets visitors, while a falconer in traditional garb with the recognisable bird of prey perched on his arm welcomes guests with a cup of rich coffee, made by the hotel’s specialist coffee maker.

Light-filled luxury accommodation includes 272 guestrooms and suites and 42 serviced apartments. The guestrooms, all with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the city and Gulf, feature earthy tones and amenities including a 47-inch Wi-Fi-enabled smart TV and Shangri-La’s signature mattress. Complementing the chic interiors are marble bathrooms fitted with premium toiletries, a deep-soaking tub and walk-in shower.

Taking advantage of the 360-degree panoramic vista of the skyline and the glistening Arabian Gulf is the Horizon Club Lounge. Here in the private sanctuary, located on level 42 of the hotel, Horizon Club and suite guests can enjoy private check-in service, complimentary refreshments all day and a host of exclusive privileges.

An aquamarine lagoon-shaped pool lies invitingly on the 2000sqm deck dotted with loungers and surrounded by over 70 trees – ideal for luxuriating in the year- round sunshine. A shaded splash pool is located nearby for little guests to frolic in. Next to the pool area is the Health Club that offers a fully equipped 24-hour fitness centre, sauna and steam rooms. A haven of relaxation can be found at CHI, The Spa, the first luxury Asian-themed spa in Doha, where an outdoor hydrotonic pool and eight private treatment rooms are available.

Shangri-La Hotel, Doha offers seven food and beverage outlets: Sridan provides an interactive all-day dining experience where distinctive arches, intricate lamps and coloured tiles recreate a lively souq, Fuego is the only restaurant in the city to offer certified Argentine Kobe beef and live folk music, and Yabby, the seafood restaurant, showcases the largest live seafood selection in Doha. The Shanghai Club, opening later in the year, will be located on level 42 and 43 of the hotel. At a height of 162.3 metres above ground, the venue will be Doha’s highest Chinese restaurant with food presentations for lunch and dinner, as well as after-work drinks.

Providing event and meeting facilities are nine function spaces, including the hotel’s Shangri-La Ballroom, classically inspired with high ceilings and six ornate chandeliers.

In celebration of its grand opening, Golden Circle members reserving the ‘Thrice the Welcome in Doha’ offer, valid until 30 June 2016, will receive triple Golden Circle award points and a 25% discount on the Best Available Rate, food and beverage and CHI, The Spa.

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