Hotel Khalifa – Luxury in the Desert
In Doha Qatar, construction has started on Hotel Khalifa. It’s a 150-room luxury property with French chateau motif, coming up on the grounds of the Khalifa Sports Complex. “A soft opening is expected in March 2009, followed by a grand opening in June 2009,” a spokesman for J/Brice Design International, Boston, told Gulf Times. The project’s budget is estimated to be around $80M, and does not including site acquisition.
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“The Hotel Khalifa’s French chateau motif will be a counterpoint to the international architectural style sweeping Doha and will distinguish it immediately as a unique and iconic property,” J/Brice’s CEO Jeff Ornstein has been quoted as saying by transworldnews.com
The Hotel Khalifa lobby will boast a grand stairway and four-storey atrium with a magnificent water feature, according to the website. In addition to its 150 guestrooms, the four-storey red-brick, granite and yellow ochre stucco structure will include four duplex super-suites and amenities such as an Olympic-size pool, luxury spa and fitness centre, ballroom-conference space with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment.
“A trend-setting nightclub with well-appointed game rooms featuring snooker, two theme restaurants offering Thai and Indian cuisine as well as a continental restaurant will make Hotel Khalifa a destination property for locals and travellers,” transworldnews.com said.