Starwood to introduce Westin Hotels & Resorts brand in Qatar

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. has announced that it will soon introduce its Westin Hotels & Resorts brand in Qatar. Owned by Ghanem Al Thani Holdings, The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa is scheduled to open in late 2014 and will enjoy a prime location in the city's central business district, comprising a total landscaped area of 49,000 square meters (527,432 square feet). Just 15 minutes from Doha International Airport, The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa will be in close proximity to the Museum of Islamic Art, Education City and the Al Mushreib rejuvenation project in Doha's downtown area.

The 365 guest rooms will include 92 executive rooms, five private bungalows and two presidential suites, all featuring the Westin Heavenly Bed, as well as the latest in modern in-room technology. The Heavenly Bath will be available, enhanced with the brand's Heavenly Shower, Heavenly Robe and exclusive White Tea Aloe bath amenities.

The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa will also offer five dining venues, including an all-day dining restaurant, a grill and Thai restaurant as well as a jazz cocktail and sports bar.

The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa will similarly feature nearly 2,900 square meters 31,215 square feet) of event space, including a ballroom and 10 meeting rooms and a fully-equipped business center.

For relaxation, available is The Heavenly Spa by Westin, which will offer 10 treatment rooms and an array of treatments; three pools; and the WestinWORKOUT fitness center.

Starwood currently operates three hotels in Doha, including the Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, W Doha Hotel & Residences, and The St. Regis Doha. The company has nearly 50 hotels in its portfolio. In 2015, the Middle East will become the second region, after North America, to operate all nine of Starwood's brands. The Westin brand will also be introduced in Dubai, Makkah and Aqaba over the next few years.