Waldorf Astoria is continuing to strengthen its luxury portfolio with a brand-new property in the heart of Doha’s bustling West Bay district.
In a nod to the brand’s storied history, the façade and main entrance of the Doha outpost is almost exactly the same as the original Waldorf Astoria in New York. At the heart of the lobby lies a striking Tiffany & Co black-and-gold clock inspired by the falcon – Qatar’s national bird – with patented Tiffany Blue minute and hour hands. Beneath the clock is a matching robin’s-egg blue sofa (a color used throughout the guest rooms) upholstered in sumptuous mohair. Lush green plants spring from each corner and a glittering chandelier hangs overhead; this is unashamed luxury at its finest.
“The thoughtful design of Waldorf Astoria Doha West is evident from the moment a guest steps through the door, immediately creating a sense of place and building anticipation for the unforgettable experiences that await,” commented Dino Michael, senior vice president and global head of Hilton Luxury Brands.
The 45-story tower is home to 283 glamorous rooms and suites decorated in a distinctive Art Deco style. Think plush patterned carpets, curved velvet sofas and plenty of marble. Our favorite is the Royal Suite – a sprawling three-bedroom abode with a private hammam, sauna, gym, study area and multiple terraces for soaking up the views of the Arabian Gulf. Best of all, every guest at Waldorf Astoria Doha West Bay is assigned a personal concierge so you won’t have to lift a finger during your stay.
Perhaps most impressive is the expansive spa. Situated on the 41st floor, the wellness haven features an alphasphere sensory room, hydrotherapy pools, salt inhalation room and Lemi Quartz massage bed. The hotel is also home to an 85-ft marble-tiled pool (plus two private pools for men and women) and a modern fitness center complete with a yoga and meditation studio.
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As you would expect, the hotel has an excellent culinary offering including Tribeca Market – a gourmet restaurant serving New York-inspired classics – and the soon-to-be-opened eatery Muru helmed by Michelin-starred chef, Mauro Colagreco. For something a bit more casual (but just as glam) The Courtland Bar is the perfect spot for light bites and cocktails.
Those visiting for business (or looking for a wedding destination) can also make the most of the lavish event facilities which include two ballrooms and can host up to 500 guests.