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Starwood hotels to anchor Doha’s $1.5bn Place Vendôme

Luxury Collection hotel and Le Méridien Lusail to be built as part of luxury mixed-use scheme in Qatar

Starwood hotels to anchor Doha’s $1.5bn Place Vendôme

Two Starwood hotels are to be built in Doha to anchor the $1.5 billion Place Vendôme mixed-use scheme under construction in Lusail, developers announced this week.

The hotels, which together provide 650 new keys, are being built under a joint venture between United Developers, a consortium of four Qatari companies, and US-based Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which is soon to be acquired by Marriott International.

The first hotel is a Luxury Collection comprising 250 “classically designed” rooms, including two presidential suites. It will be the first of Starwood’s Luxury Collection-branded hotels in Qatar.

The second hotel, Le Méridien Lusail, will offer a more “contemporary” style, the developers said. It will provide 150 serviced apartments in one mid-rise building, and 250 guest rooms including one presidential suite, in another.

Part of Doha’s Parisian-inspired mixed-use development Place Vendôme, the hotels will be directly connected to a shopping centre comprising more than 400 clothing and food & beverage outlets, with central entertainment amphitheatre and special wing dedicated to designer fashion boutiques.

The 800,000 sq m development broke ground in 2014 and is targeted to open in 2018 in preparation for Qatar’s hosting of the World Cup in 2022.

Place Vendôme partner AbdulAziz Al Rabban told a press conference this week that the scheme would generate a minimum of 5,000 jobs once it starts operations in Lusail City in 2018, according to Gulf Times.

Al Rabban described the project as “one-of-its-kind” in the country, and said it would “take Qatar to another level of shopping and tourism”.

Starwood revealed in April that it would built two hotels in Doha as part of plans to open 100 new hotels in the Middle East by 2020. However, it not disclose the details, not that they would be part of the luxury Place Vendôme development.

Neil George, senior vice-president, acquisitions and development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Africa and Middle East, said: “These signings reinforce our commitment to Qatar, where we will double our current portfolio by 2020.”

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