Shangri-La Takes Royal Arabian Encounters to Doha

Shangri La Doha

An opulent holiday hideaway, the 50-storey luxury property features 272 guestrooms and suites as well as 42 serviced apartments

Shangri-La Hotel Doha in West Bay celebrated its grand opening today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony reflecting its signature blend of Asian and Arabian hospitality. His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Prime Minister was in attendance.

The Minister of the Interior for the State of Qatar, local dignitaries, and other city officials were also present. A life-sized portrait of His Royal Highness the Emir and His Royal Highness the Father Emir was also unveiled to elevate the decadence of the regal establishment.

Designed in recognition of the Qatari falconry, the country’s historic pastime, the hotel is adorned with art pieces honouring the rich heritage of the peninsula, which are on loan from the Sheikh Faisal Collection. Strategically situated in a commercial centre, it offers a direct link to the City Centre Mall, the district’s largest.

Five minutes from the waterfront promenade, references to a warm Middle Eastern welcome begin upon arrival.  While a prodigious bottle tree greets visitors, a falconer in traditional garb and the recognisable bird of prey perched on his arm, receives patrons in true local fashion.

Guests are presented with a cup of rich coffee prepared by a specialist maker using a unique nomadic recipe. The ethnically-inspired gesture marks the destination’s signature blend of East meets East hospitality. The 50-storey luxury property features 272 guestrooms and suites as well as 42 serviced apartments.

With floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the city and Gulf, each offers earth tones and amenities including a 47-inch WiFi-enabled smart television and a signature mattress.  Complementing the chic interiors are spacious marble bathrooms fitted with premium toiletries, a deep-soaking tub, and walk-in shower.

Meanwhile, the Horizon Club Lounge presents a 360-degree backdrop of the skyline and glistening Arabian Gulf. A private enclave positioned on Level 42, travellers enjoy personalised check-in, complimentary refreshments all day, and a host of other exclusive privileges.

Leisure and business holiday-makers alike will be spoilt for choice with bespoke facilities.  An aquamarine lagoon-shaped pool occupies a 2,000-square-metre deck dotted with loungers so it is ideal for relishing the year-round sunshine.  A shaded splash pool is located nearby for younger guests.

Surrounded by more than 70 trees, the area is a tranquil spot nestled within the urban cityscape. Additionally, the Health Club next door boasts a fully-equipped 24-hour fitness centre, sauna, and steam rooms. Doha’s first Asian-themed luxury wellness oasis—CHI, The Spa—rewards with classic aromatic remedies.

Furthermore, an outdoor hydro-tonic pool and eight private treatment rooms are also available. The place captures the essence of global flavours with seven food and beverage outlets. For example, The Den, a European-inspired piano lounge resplendent in polished wood and supple leather, harks back to a bygone era.

Finally, providing event and meeting convenience are nine function spaces, including the grand pillar-less Shangri-La Ballroom with high ceilings and six ornate chandeliers.  Additional rooms provide versatility for a range of occasions and access to secretarial services.