MID­DLE EAST DE­BUT

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Life­style hos­pi­tal­ity com­pany sbe has opened its first ho­tel in the Mid­dle East. Mon­drian Doha is Dutch de­signer Mar­cel Wan­ders’ de­but in the re­gion and boasts 270 rooms, with guests able to choose from five dis­tinc­tive cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing pent­houses and stu­dio suites – all of which fea­ture Swarovski crys­tal chan­de­liers and be­spoke fur­ni­ture.

The ho­tel also has a strik­ing spi­ral stair­case in its lobby atrium, plus a rooftop pool and sky bar on its 26th and 27th floors, com­plete with stained­glass dome.

An­other fea­ture of the prop­erty is a ground floor ball­room com­plete with a se­cret suite, plus a 1950-square me­tre spa.

Struc­turally, the build­ing is shaped like a fal­con and fea­tures many ref­er­ences to the na­tional bird of Qatar, in­clud­ing paint­ings, por­traits and or­na­ments.

Wan­ders’ de­sign was in­flu­enced by the beauty of lo­cal pat­terns, or­nate Ara­bic scripts and his­toric souks, with stand-out el­e­ments in­clud­ing a tree of life com­posed of flow­ers, fal­con video art, or­nate stained glass and in­tri­cate mo­saic til­ing.

Mar­cel Wan­ders

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