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Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa, is a busy man these days. In addition to growing his Nobu Hotels collection (Miami, Chicago and London hotels are all coming soon), he's also celebrating the 20th anniversary of his eponymous restaurant empire.
And what better way to celebrate than by opening the largest Nobu in the world (and the second one for the Middle East) inside one of the most luxe properties in the world, The Four Seasons Doha? It's like the Nobu version of #treatyoself.
The opening date for the 26,000-sq.ft. Rockwell Group-designed Nobu at The Four Seasons Doha is still uncertain, but when it's finished it will be quite an affair. Which is par for the course for over the-top Doha.
The restaurant will feature an expansive 192-seat interior dining area, intimate 10-seat sushi counter, two exclusive private dining rooms, and a one-of-a-kind 82-seat rooftop lounge that encompasses both indoor and outdoor seating options.
Elliptical ribbons of river stone capped with bronze accents form the exterior of the structure – resembling a coiled shell – creating the three-tiered levels of the restaurant. While incorporating design elements made from natural, rich materials that reflect the cuisine and roots of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, this location will reflect Doha’s specific history and culture. Since the city is known for pearl diving, Rockwell Group references this past in many layers of the design.
Taken early afternoon, it was pushing 113F (45C), which felt like having a hairdryer on max in your face at all times, and meant no guest was brave enough to lounge in the scorching sun. We certainly weren’t, and headed straight to the lovely Six Senses Spa to hide out until the evening cool set in.
“Cool” being a relative term, because even in the middle of the night it didn’t drop much below 90F (30C), but the darkness did show the pool in a different light, with the star-filled sky effect adding a nice touch.
A Bed and Breakfast package at Sharq Village starts at 1395QAR ($380) a night, with a number of other offers available.
UPDATE 8.27.14: As of right now, the design and supervision of the Mondrian Doha is being done by SWA Qatar. Other partners in the project are listed on the signs outside the construction site:
Ray McShane, the general manager for the property also gave HotelChatter this update:
As we are still at construction stage, many of the elements of the design, F&B and services remain fluid and are not finalized, therefore we would like to provide updated information on design, interiors, services etc, only when those elements are 100% committed. The project information board at the site, plus our website, contains all currently available data on the hotel.
As with any new property, we are aware of the interest and hope to be able to share more detailed information on content as the project moves forward with industry sites such as yourselves and we look forward to your support!
So Wanders involvement may or may not be happening. Stay tuned!
With the 2022 Fifa World Cup on the horizon, Doha has been a hive of hotel activity lately, and one company that seems to be really cashing in is a luxury mini-chain known as Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels. We say 'mini-chain,' but actually this is a small collection of five boutique hotels, all centered around the city's main attraction, Souq Waqif.
Like Dubai's gold and spice souks, Souq Waqif is where tourists (and, allegedly, locals) go to experience the traditional bazaars, shisha cafes and old-style buildings. To get to the hotels, you have to physically walk through the souq, so whether you're stopping to buy a silk scarf or gazing down on the action from your balcony (many of SWBH's rooms look directly onto the souq), the 100-year-old market is likely to play a big role in your experience of the hotel.
All six of the hotels heavily emphasize traditional Arabic decor, with hand-carved wooden furniture, embroidered pillows, Arabic tea sets, and plenty of rich turquoises, maroons, and indigos.
The tricky part, however, is figuring out which of the hotels to stay at. Each claims to be slightly different—Al Mirqab stands out from the pack with its state-of-the-art 980-seat indoor theater, while Al Najada (pictured) was created by joining three traditional Arabic homes.
TripAdvisor guests love the proximity to both the souq and the Museum of Islamic Art, as well as the large bathrooms, rooftop pool, and selection of high-end restaurants (Al Jasra's seafood restaurant seemed to get the best reviews!). Best of all, the hotels are only a 15 minute ride from the Doha Int'l Airport.
As Qatar continues to put itself on world travelers' radars over the next few years, we have a feeling we'll be hearing plenty more about these hotels…
Rates at Al Najada from $343/night.
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There's tons of hotel news flying around and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
Tomorrow morning Westin Hotels is having a 5K run in New York to celebrate the launch of their exclusive New Balance gear lending program. Both Westin, New Balance associates (and now Top Chef-host, Padma Lakshmi) will run to benefit Soles4Souls, an organization that provides shoes to adults and children around the world. A majority of the donations will support Hurricane Sandy victims. The run starts and ends at the new Westin New York Grand Central where there will also be a Soles4Souls donation station the public can drop off gently used or new footwear throughout the day. After the run, Westin and New Balance will donate more than 15,000 pairs of shoes to Soles4Souls. For more info, visit westinnewbalance.com
Sandals Resorts International has purchased Grenada’s all-inclusive LaSource Resort for an undisclosed sum. This is the brand’s first property in the country. The hotel will be renamed Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa, and will add 100 more guest rooms to its current space for a total of 200 private cottages and bungalows. Many of these will be concierge- and butler-level suites, as is common in the Sandals brand, and also the famous octagonal-shaped Rondoval suites. We wonder if Sandals will keep LaSource’s former amenity of one free spa treatment a day. Sure it was only a 25-minute teaser, but it was something. A part of us believes they’ll be cut, but we’ve been pleasantly surprised before.
Parent hotel company, Rezidor, along with the Al Jassim Group announced that the 220-room hotel will be exclusively designed by Rosita Missoni, the matriarch who founded Missoni along with her husband in 1953. And it looks like the rest of the Missoni signature hotel offerings will also be in place.
The extensive food and beverage outlets will comprise Hotel Missoni's signature restaurant "Cucina" with a traditional yet creative Italian menu, a second all-day-dining restaurant, Bar Missoni, a pool bar and a lobby lounge. The food and beverage offering will be further enhanced by a number of distinguished fine dining restaurants providing a variety of culinary tastes incorporating the luxurious and stylish essence of the Hotel Missoni brand. Guests will benefit from an 800 square meter Spa- and fitness area, an outdoor swimming pool, approximately 1,500 square meter conference- and banquet facilities including ball room, and a business centre.