The St. Regis and Hilton brands separately have opened their first hotels in Qatar.
The St. Regis Doha has 336 rooms and 10 bars and restaurants, including one headed by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. The hotel also has the first Jazz at Lincoln Center club outside of the U.S. and about 45,000 square feet of public meeting space.
The Hilton Doha has 309 rooms as well as a ballroom that can accommodate asmany as 750 people, six restaurants and bars. The property also includes a Trader Vic’s.
The hotels add inventory to a Doha market where room revenue has declined as supply has increased during the past year. Doha had a 15% drop in first-quarter revenue per available room from a year earlier after the city increased its room supply by 11% in 2011, Smith Travel Research (STR) reported last week.
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Correction: There are several Trader Vic's locations worldwide. An earlier version of this report said the Hilton Doha had the first one outside the U.S.