THE new Bavaria City Suites Doha is set to welcome its first visitors this month in Qatar’s West Bay, with introductory short term rates from QR325 ($89.2).
The 2200-unit property targets travellers on medium- or long-term visits to the peninsular country. It is centrally located in the Qatari capital, with its four towers overlooking the Arabian Gulf.
Commenting on this soft opening, Thomas H F Gertz, CEO Bavaria Hotels International said: “Bavaria Hotels International is delighted and honoured to be establishing a firm presence in Qatar with the opening of Bavaria City Suites Doha. We look forward to building close relationships with colleagues and neighbours, and to playing an active role in the continued development of this appealing city and establishing Qatar as a key MICE and leisure destination.”
Short term rates begin at QR325 per night for a studio, going up to QR450 per night for a one-bedroom suite and QR950 per night for a two-bedroom suite. Rates exclude 17 per cent service charge and tax.
Long term rates begin at QR5,600 for a studio.
Bavaria is launching two suites properties in the Arabian Gulf, including one in Dubai’s Media City area, which was due to open early this year.
“Opening a hotel with 2,000-plus suites is a huge task, and delays have occurred due to Bavaria Hotels International’s exacting standards for the hardware and IT requirements,” said Gertz. “We will open Bavaria City Suites Doha slowly, with limited accommodations and facilities operational from March 1, with further facilities coming online over the coming months. Bavaria Executive Suites Dubai will also open slowly, with the first tower in October 2007.”
The group will be represented on the Qatar and Dubai stands at ITB by Gertz and international corporate director of sales and marketing, Claudia Siebecker.
Commenting on the projected business mix, Bavaria City Suites Doha executive assistant manager Joseph Karam said, “Initially, we anticipate that up to 70 per cent of our guests will be longer term corporate clients, or families residing in Doha. The suites are ideally suited as a working base in Doha, with living and dining rooms, kitchens and spacious bedrooms. All suites are furnished with a well-equipped workstation designed for the business executive with high-speed internet access and spacious desktop working areas. Flexible configurations allow for one- two and three-bedroom combinations, ensuring room to grow when family or guests visit this enchanting destination.”
by Clark Kelly