Marcel Wanders, South West Architecture design Mondrian Doha, sbe’s first Middle East hotel

Hospitality company sbe opened Mondrian Doha, marking the luxury hotel brand’s first property in the Middle East.

The hotel has 270 rooms, designed in collaboration with Dutch designer Marcel Wanders and South West Architecture. The hotel has five room categories, including penthouse suites, studio suites, one and two bedroom suites, and a range of standard guestrooms.

Located on the 23rd floor of the property, the penthouse suite has panoramic 360-degree views of Doha’s landscape. Wanders’ signature floating staircase and hand-painted One-Minute Delft blue vases can be seen throughout the property. There are also locally-inspired features, such as custom-designed Dean Majilis sofas and a “cabinet of information” for guests to know about the history and culture of the region.


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The property has the largest ESPA Spa in the world, with the 2,000 square meter (21,528 square foot) spa with separate spaces for men and women, 11 treatment rooms, a spa within the spa, and Hammam areas. In addition, Mondrian Doha has a fitness center and a rooftop pool.

For dining, Mondrian Doha has seven restaurants and bars. This includes CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Morimoto, Magnolia Bakery and a number of other “first to market” concepts including Walima, a Qatari-inspired restaurant.

For events, the property has the 2,000 square meter (21,528 square foot) Moonstone Ballroom on the ground floor. A further 500 square meter (5,382 square foot) function and conference space can handle events for 10 to 300 guests. All rooms can be configured according to specific needs and equipment required. Facilities include a boardroom, full service business center, as well as production, wardrobe, make-up and casting rooms. Wireless Internet is available throughout the hotel.

Additional hotel facilities include an entertainment floor with a nightclub, rooftop pool and SKYBAR.

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