Avant-Garde Celebration: The W Hotel in Doha, Qatar

Entering the newly opened W Hotel in Doha is like walking into a never-ending celebration. Sleek ultra-modern design combines with a fascinating array of lighting fixtures while chillout music plays in the background. The hotel’s charming staff greet you and ask you if you’d like a cocktail–a bit of a surprise for a still quite conservative Islamic country. With two Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurants, a hip Bliss spa, and a crystal-themed champagne bar, Doha’s new W Hotel welcomes a more cosmopolitan and worldly crowd into its luxuriously posh and  opulently defined interior.

Opening last March 2009, the hotel is the first W Hotel in the Middle East. It has quickly become one of the hippest places in town as well as a preferred hotel for business travelers and tourists. One great attraction is the hotel’s incredibly avant-garde decorations; its design is synonymous with ultra sophistication and style. Each of the 291 rooms are filled with curves endowing the atmosphere with subtle movement and sensuality. The “Extreme Wow” suite comes complete with its own cocktail bar, 46 inch LCD television, and Bang and Olufsen surround sound–clearly the best place to dispose of your riyals. Escape to the outdoor swimming pool where staff will offer you shisha and fancy cocktails. Later you can journey into the Jean George’s Spice Market for a real gourmet adventure with accompanying catchy DJ tunes. Doha’s W Hotel will tempt you to linger and return for more.