W Doha Hotel & Residences, the iconic luxury lifestyle hotel in Qatar and the only of the W Brand in the Middle East, has won seven top hotel awards this month; the most number of awards received by any Doha-based hotel.
The top local, regional and global awards reinforce W Doha’s growing reputation as the leading hotel and residences in the Middle East.
The property took centre stage at leading awards ceremonies in the region, walking away with the two biggest awards at the World Travel Awards 2012, which were given away in Dubai on April 30, 2012. W Doha won the Middle East’s Leading Business Hotel and the Middle East’s Leading Hotel & Residences recognitions.
World Travel Awards are the travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscars and seen as the biggest travel event of the year. The Awards celebrate exceptional hotels’ ultimate achievement and serve to reward excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.
Speaking about the unprecedented recognition to the hotel, Safak Guvenc – Area Manager Qatar/ General Manager W Doha Hotel & Residences, said: “To win seven leading hotel awards within a span of a month is indeed a great honour and privilege for us. These awards are not only a recognition of our commitment to service excellence and hospitality standards but a tribute to the futuristic vision and surging tourism potential in Qatar. As one of the leading lifestyle hotel brands in Doha, we aim to play a supporting role in the efforts of the Government of Qatar, as well as the Qatar Tourism Authority, to boost tourism into the country.”
He added: “W Doha has set new benchmarks for luxury lifestyle hospitality as we aim to create memorable experiences every day for our community, guests and members. The top awards for our hotel, including our spa and our culinary experience, is a recognition of the exceptional service we deliver. These recognitions belong to each and every one of those in the W Doha family for their collective efforts in making our hotel the iconic symbol of luxury lodging in Doha.”
W Doha Hotel & Residences was also recognized by Time Out Doha Magazine last week, winning the awards for the Restaurant of the Year [Spice Market], Best South East Asian Restaurant [Spice Market] and Best Express Lunch [Market by Jean-Georges].
Esra Parin, Director of Food & Beverage at W Doha, said: “We are very privileged for our wide array of F&B offerings to be recognized with such prestigious awards. Not only was Spice Market recognized in its own category as Best South East Asian Restaurant, but they were also awarded as the Restaurant of The Year. With such vast F&B options available in the market today, winning these awards places Spice Market in an elite category. For Market by Jean-Georges, this is the second year in a row we have won the Best Express Lunch. We didn’t let our win last year slow us down into complacency. We realize that there are more and more culinary options available in the market and I would like to thank my team for continuing to improve our product in this competitive category.”
Ms. Parin added, “W Doha offers a holistic lifestyle experience that is integrated into the brand’s sensibility through contemporary restaurant concepts and culinary offerings to stimulate the senses of our guests. Our Michelin 3-Star Celebrity Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has been the inspiration for creating the concepts of our winning restaurants. He makes seasonal visits to the restaurants to refresh the menus and ensure that all our staff, from the chefs to the servers, are trained to the highest levels of service excellence.”
W Doha also won the top honours at the Annual MENA Travel Awards 2012, which were handed over in Dubai on May 2, 2012. The property won the coveted ‘Best Five-Star Business Corporate Hotel’ and the ‘Best Spa’ recognitions at the awards, which acknowledges and tributes companies in the Travel, Tourism & Hospitality industry for superior service.
In comments on the Best Spa awards, Cindy King, Director of Bliss Spa, said: “We are honoured with the Best Spa recognition at MENA Travel Awards. Since our launch in Doha, we have ushered in a new spa revolution – offering a unique mix of unmatched, effective services and a fun atmosphere. We are eager to show how Bliss will continue to develop its services to maintain this honour throughout the years.”
The success of W Doha Hotel & Residences has paved the way for the expansion of the W brand in this region. W’s Whatever/Whenever service always strives to make its guests’ wishes a reality. With its glamorous appeal, W also provides an escape from the routine to the fantastic that its guests crave. The ultimate expression of style and sophistication, W Doha Hotel & Residences infuses one’s life with the unique combination of casual elegance and urban energy that only W Hotels can provide.
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