Hilton Worldwide plans to expand its Waldorf Astoria brand in the Middle East with a new development in Qatar, following the signing of a management agreement with Doha-based La Jolla, reports Gulf Times.
The hotel brand will debut in Doha with Waldorf Astoria Doha West Bay, a 42-storey property on a prominent headland and commanding panoramic views of the city and the Arabian Gulf.
The hotel, expected to open by 2016, will be in the heart of the modern business and diplomatic district, close to Qatar Exchange and near the upcoming Doha Convention Centre.
John T.A, Vanderslice, global head for luxury and lifestyle brands at Hilton Worldwide, said: “The aim of all Waldorf hotels and resorts is to offer unparalleled service and quality, and build on the brand’s legacy of timeless luxury and personalised experiences.
"Waldorf Astoria Doha West Bay will undoubtedly achieve this aim, and guests can expect the highest levels of luxury in exceptional surroundings.”
The hotel will feature 250 guest rooms and suites, as well as 80 large, serviced apartments. Facilities will include a huge ballroom, meeting and conference facilities and a range of bars and restaurants. A rooftop pool and a two-storey bespoke health club and spa will also be developed.
Rudi Jagersbacher, president of Hilton Worldwide, Middle East and Africa, said: “Introduction of the Waldorf Astoria brand is an important step in offering greater guest choice with what will, arguably, be one of the strongest and most enviable property portfolios in the country.”
Saad Mohamed Fahad Buzwair, owner of La Jolla, said: “We are honoured to be working with the world’s leading hospitality company to welcome the famous Waldorf Astoria brand to Qatar.
"By combining our design excellence with one of the finest luxury hospitality brands, we will create an unrivalled hotel with world-class features and attributes,” concluded Buzwair.