Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s largest operator of hotels, has made its first move into the Middle East with the opening of a five-star property at West Bay, in Qatar’s capital Doha.
Centara Grand West Bay Hotel Doha is being operated under a management contract for Al Bandary Hotel Management LLC and will open in 2016.
West Bay is a newly developed district in Doha, noted for its dramatic skyline and with easy access to the Corniche and to the airport.
“We are proud to be announcing our move into Qatar, with this beautiful new property in Doha,” says Thirayuth Chirathivat, chief executive officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts.
“Our brand, with its distinctive Thai identity, is now being accepted by international investors and we are moving into markets that are strategically important for our overseas expansion.”
Properties within Centara’s five-star Grand brand, in addition to 10 locations within Thailand, can now be found in Bali, Maldives and Mauritius, with further properties underway in Vietnam, Shanghai and Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia.
Overseas properties for other Centara brands are currently located in Vietnam, Bali, Maldives, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.
“Doha’s West Bay is a superb location for a Centara Grand hotel,” says Chris Bailey, senior vice president for sales and marketing at Centara Hotels & Resorts.
“This neighbourhood is emerging as a prime business and shopping area, and with Qatar growing as a business and leisure destination we are in a very strong marketing position and can offer our international guests yet another exciting destination.”
Centara Grand West Bay Hotel Doha will have 264 guest rooms and 96 residences, with a great variety of room and apartment styles all under one roof, featuring many family friendly accommodation options including multiple bedroom units and lock-offs, as well as Club level business rooms and a Club Lounge for the discerning business traveller.
The hotel will feature four latest-trend food and beverage outlets with some concepts appearing in Doha for the first time, including a rooftop dining and entertainment venue.
A large multi-level entertainment zone on the 29th and 30th floors will feature a Spa Cenvaree with his ‘n’ and hers facilities, and a fitness and aerobics centre.
An eclectic mix of meeting facilities including a ballroom and a series of smaller meeting rooms and business centre all on one dedicated floor will be designed to cater to the local, regional and international meeting and MICE market.
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