While we're used to beach hotels in Qatar, the latest development in the city will really get people talking.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has signed an agreement to manage a Westin-branded hotel in Doha, featuring a manmade beach, wave pool, a river and a waterfall, smack bang in the middle of the CBD, according to a report by Arabian Business.
The water-themed hotel, scheduled to open next year, is expected to have a river running through reception under a glass floor to reach a waterfall and wave pool at the back of the property.
The 372-room Westin Doha Hotel & Spa will sit on a landscaped area of 49,000 square metres and will also include a spa, three swimming pools and a choice of five restaurants and bars, the hotel group said in a statement.
Starwood already has three hotels in Doha – the funky W Doha, the Sheraton Doha and the relatively new St Regis Doha. Given the speed at which new hotels keep popping up in the city, offering a swathe of new restaurants, spas and other attractions, it will be interesting to see what the Westin Doha will bring to the market to entice Qatar foodies and staycationers. Watch this space!