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5 November 2017 12:00 am

Why the Mondrian Doha is a new-age marvel

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Enter the Mondrian Doha and first thing that strikes you in this completely bespoke hotel is, well, everything. We’re drawn to its quirky nature, offering oversized bells, black and white floors, 3D texturized images on the walls, and ornate hand-curated furniture taking its inspiration from the folk tale of 1001 Arabian Nights. The feel of colour and whimsy – a staircase to nowhere? Check. Fantasy-like environments on every level? Check. All brimming with opulence and designed by the world’s hottest designer, Marcel Wanders? Check.

The Mondrian Doha is the first Middle Eastern property from leading hospitality company sbe, and with 270 rooms spread out across penthouse suites, studio suites, one and two bedroom suites, and standard guestrooms, bookings are already getting snatched up as Doha’s five-star faithful clamour for a first look and experience inside. 

The brainchild of iconic Dutch designer Marcel Wanders and South West Architecture, it’s fair to say that the property is a fully-functioning work of art that just happens to be a hotel. That signature, floating staircase to nowhere that stands sentinel in the hotel lobby is Wanders calling card – as are the One-Minute Delft blue vases dotted throughout. Meanwhile, a nod to the influential beauty of Arabia can be found in the custom-made Dean Majlis sofas and a ‘cabinet of information’ that links Mondrian patrons with the rich history and culture of the region.

“We’re delighted to have successfully morphed Marcel Wanders’ vision into the architecture and design of the Mondrian building,” stated Adnan Arzak, Chief Developer of Mondrian Doha, speaking on behalf of South West Architecture. “This incredible work of art has finally come to light and is now available for everyone to enjoy.”

Also opening at the new Mondrian Doha are seven restaurants and bars to whet the appetites of Qatar’s voracious foodies. Topping the list are CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Morimoto by internationally acclaimed Iron Chef, Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Hudson Tavern, Magnolia Bakery, and Walima, the first restaurant in the Middle East offering authentic Qatari hospitality with an Arabian inspired menu, located in a beautiful contemporary souq setting also designed by Marcel Wanders. Soon to open will be the entertainment outlets complete with a nightclub and SKYBAR.

The hotel also boasts a host of sumptuous venue options for events planners including the 2,000 sq m Moonstone Ballroom, ideal for lavish wedding receptions, awards ceremonies, and other large functions. An additional 500 sq m of dedicated space can accommodate further events of up to 10-300 guests, and facilities include a full-service business centre, boardroom, as well as production, wardrobe, make-up and casting rooms. 

Adding another notch in its belt of firsts, the Mondrian Doha is also home to the largest ESPA Spa in the world. At 2,000 sq m, it’s an opulent haven of twelve treatment rooms, separate spas for men and women, a spa within the spa, and an authentic hammam. The hotel also has a 24-hour fitness centre and rooftop pool. 

“I’m ecstatic about the opening of this exceptional property and to be finally celebrating this incredible milestone with the team,” expressed Chadi Farhat, Chief Operating Officer, Middle East & Europe at sbe. “We eagerly look forward to welcoming and showing the hotel off to our very first guests. Mondrian Doha will the change the world’s expectations of what a hotel can offer: ESPA’s largest spa, a culinary emporium, the most luxurious bridal suite imaginable, and Marcel Wanders’ one-of-a-kind design throughout. We’re proud to be a part of this extraordinary vision.”

With rates starting from QAR 1100 per night, book your reservation by visiting the Mondrian Doha website here

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