Marriott brings European spirit to Qatar

by | 22 Jun 2022 | Hotel Openings, Projects

Imagery courtesy of Marriott International.

Le Méridien has debuted in Qatar with a 377-room hotel in Lusail, designed to reflect the brand’s distinctly European spirit.

The Marriott Bonvoy brand’s first Qatar opening features striking neo-classical architecture encouraging guests to savour the good life.

Paris by the waterfront

With sprawling waterfront views of Lusail, Le Royal Méridien Doha seamlessly connects to Place Vendôme Qatar, an iconic Parisian-inspired luxury complex home to 580 retail outlets, fine dining experiences, theatres, office and residential spaces.

Jennifer Connell, global brand leader, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts and vice president, distinctive premium brands, Marriott International, said: “We are excited to introduce Le Méridien to Qatar and bring the brand’s distinctive European flair to global tastemakers and locals.”

Upon entering the hotel, guests are welcomed with a nostalgic nod to the glamour of the French Riviera in the 1960s. Exemplifying the brand’s design ethos of celebrating the destination with mid-century modernism, guests will find artistic interpretations of Qatar’s pearl diving heritage adorning the lobby in the form of bohemian crystals chandeliers representing mother of pearl shells and subtle portrayals of marine coral reef art pieces.

Contemporary or cosmopolitan rooms

The hotel features 240 thoughtfully designed guest rooms including 53 suites offering sea or city views. With a contemporary and cosmopolitan aesthetic, the rooms feature touches of creams and blues in contrast with pops of orange and sculptural lines, plus a selection of inspirational quotes by leading designers featured on the walls.

Designed with comfort and ease in mind, each guest room features spacious 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. The hotel also features 137 residences including studios, and one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments.

Michelin rated dining

On-site is 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.

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.

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. While 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.

Premium tone

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.

11,000 sq m of event space includes the Pétale Royal Ballroom 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.

Marriott International’s multi-property general manager Gerrit Gräf said: “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.”

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