The Granddaddy of Qatar Hotels Closes for Renovations

The Sheraton Doha shuts its doors ahead of a long-awaited face-lift
ByDawn GibsonTuesday , 04 March 2014
The Granddaddy of Qatar Hotels Closes for Renovations

If you were thinking of spending St Patrick’s Day at the Sheraton’s Irish Harp, you’ll have to make other plans. Ditto if you were pencilling in a stay-cation at the Sheraton Doha anytime soon.

The hotel, one of the oldest in Doha, has closed for multi-million-dollar renovations designed to give it the kind of cutting-edge style and facilities required to attract visitors in Doha’s increasingly competitive luxury hotel market.

In a statement released on 4 March, Katara Hospitality, the Sheraton’s owners, stated that the hotel was scheduled to re-open in December.

The work will include improvements to all guest rooms, public areas, recreation facilities and the conference and meetings space. The hotel’s food and beverage offer will also be enhanced.

The renovations have been in the pipeline for at least three years, but the suddenness of the decision came as a surprise to visitors and staff alike.

Last week, staff were trying to make alternative reservations for guests who had already booked rooms and conventions planned for the coming months were being relocated.

For Doha residents, the closure means several popular local hang-outs will be out of action, including the Irish Harp and South American restaurant Latino.

It's possible that the Sheraton, which long-time residents will remember as one of the few buildings in West Bay when it opened in 1982, will be rebranded to coincide with its fresh look.