Le Meridien debuts in Qatar with opening of Le Royal Meridien Doha
The 377-room hotel is located in the country's future city Lusail
Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 hotel brands, has unveiled Le Royal Méridien Doha, marking the European brand’s debut in Qatar. Located in the heart of the country’s future city, Lusail, the 377-room hotel encourages guests to savour the good life through the brand’s distinctive European-chic lens.
Featuring striking neo-classical architecture, the hotel connects to Place Vendôme Qatar, a Parisian-inspired luxury complex home to 580 retail outlets, fine dining experiences, theatres and office and residential spaces, among others. With waterfront views of Lusail, Le Royal Méridien Doha is an illuminating getaway for creative-minded travellers looking to discover Qatar's newest city that combines modernity with the Qatari traditions.
“We are excited to introduce Le Méridien to Qatar and bring the brand’s distinctive European flair to global tastemakers and locals,” said Jennifer Connell, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts and Vice President, Distinctive Premium Brands, Marriott International. “Qatar is a destination for travellers seeking culture, relaxation and sport, and the city of Lusail is poised to welcome global travellers looking for a destination within a destination that is close to key attractions and leisure landmarks.”
Upon entering the hotel, guests are welcomed with the glamour of the French Riviera in the 1960s. The hotel features 240 guest rooms including 53 suites offering sea or city views. With a contemporary and cosmopolitan aesthetic, the room feature touches of creams and blues in contrast with pops of orange and sculptural lines. Each guest room features bathrooms with large bathtubs and separate rain showers, working areas and LCD televisions. Club guest rooms have exclusive access to the hotel’s Club Lounge facilities offering daily complimentary breakfast and a happy hour. Le Royal Club guest rooms offer daily breakfast and fresh fruit baskets, afternoon tea, evening canapés and drinks. The hotel also features 137 residences including studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments.
Guests can experience the Michelin-rated restaurant by the “Gypsy Chef” David Myers. ADRIFT ANDA By David Myers fuses the best from a Roman trattoria to a Florentine steakhouse, serving artisanal pizza, pasta and Bistecca Fiorentina cooked over a charcoal grill. The alfresco restaurant YEDI situated on the Vendôme canal, offers a taste of Turkey from Chef Esat Levent Akyildiz, serving authentic street food found across the seven regions of the country. Mixology is an essential element of the culinary experience at Le Royal Méridien Doha. Guests can enjoy custom beverage grape menus, aperitifs, and signature cocktails curated by iconic mixologist Jimmy Barrat. In the lobby, Loleya Cafe offers light bites and unique drink experiences with a botanical soft drinks menu that has therapeutic properties devised by plant-focused beverage specialist, The Herball. At Loleya Patisserie by Chef Aziz, guests can also enjoy classic French pastries married with iconic Arab signature desserts crafted by Qatari chef Aziz Al Qubaisi. The G.O.A.T Sports Lounge is a go-to casual restaurant featuring 19 screens dedicated to live sport, live music, an outdoor terrace, a private viewing room, pool table, fun mixology and hearty, home-style comfort food.
The hotel features an outdoor pool, whirlpool and kids pool, a fully equipped fitness centre open 24 hours a day and an Explore Spa set to open this summer. Le Méridien Family Kids Club and diner offers a unique ‘Build Your Own’ interactive concept for young guests as part of the Le Méridien Family Programme.
For meetings and events, the hotel’s dedicated in-house events team, Le Caractère Events, are available to curate large events such as lavish weddings or smaller, more intimate gatherings and business meetings in its 11,000 square metres of event space. The Pétale Royal Ballroom is the perfect venue for large events of up to 750 guests, complete with a private luxury bridal suite. The hotel also offers six flexible meeting rooms and six breakout rooms with state-of-the-art AV systems and high-speed Wi-Fi.
“Le Royal Méridien Doha will set the tone for premium hospitality in Lusail offering distinctive dining experiences, creative meeting and event spaces, and engaging service,” said Gerrit Gräf, Multi-Property General Manager, Marriott International. “This year, we expect to attract international travellers attending global events and those looking to explore the country’s rich heritage. We look forward to welcoming global jetsetters who delight in the journey of discovery.”
With easy access from the airport or the city centre by car, metro or ferry, the hotel is an ideal destination for culture seekers to discover Qatar. Le Royal Méridien Doha is a 15-minute drive from downtown Doha, a 12-minute drive to Doha Exhibition and Conference Centre and offers metro and bus links to the surrounding Entertainment City and is the closest hotel to Lusail Stadium.
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