W to Open Middle East Property

Starwood Hotels & Resorts' W Hotel brand is set to open its first property in the Middle East when it welcomes the W Doha in mid 2008. The hotel will feature 291 guest rooms and suites along with 156 luxury apartments, a Bliss Spa and multiple restaurants. The W brand has been making an international push, eyeing such destinations as Macao, Istanbul, Shanghai and Dubai. "W is about escaping from the routine and becoming part of all that is now," said Ross Klein, president of W Hotels Worldwide. "Everyone and everything at the W Doha will be geared towards making sure that guests have a fantastic stay." Visit [www.starwoodhotels.com]. (DE)