Rising above the blue waters of the Arabian Gulf just north of Dohaâ€™s corniche, the St. Regis melds the brandâ€™s urbanity with traditional Arabic touches that range from indoor water gardens to wooden panels inspired by mashrabiya latticework. Two dome-crowned towers, which opened in March, house 266 rooms and 70 suites, all with subdued color schemes, mosaic tile work, and custom-milled cabinetry. Service is reliably high-caliber, as are the dining options: the impressive lineup includes two Gordon Ramsay restaurantsâ€”one a bistro-style venue, the other an elegant dining room headed by Michelin-starred chef Gilles Bosquetâ€”and a branch of Londonâ€™s famed Hakkasan.
An outpost of New York jazz club Jazz at Lincoln Center has now debutedâ€”big news for a city short on nightlife. Situated in the fast-emerging commercial center of West Bay, the hotel is an ideal address for business travelers, though it does not stint on leisure facilities. Among them are an Olympic-size swimming pool, oceanfront cabanas, and a RemĂ¨de spa, where some of the treatments use pure pearl extracts in a nod to Qatarâ€™s pearl-faring past.
West Bay; 974/4446-0000; starwoodhotels.com; doubles from US$300.
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