Top 10 new hotels of 2017
Hotelier Middle East brings you our pick of the top 10 hotel openings in 2017 - in no particular order
Four Seasons Kuwait City
Proposed opening date: H1 2017.
Location: Downtown Kuwait City.
Owner: Alshaya Group.
Interior designer: Yabu Pushelberg.
Keys: 284 rooms.
Total area of property: 140,000m2 (1.5 million ft2).
F&B outlets: A rooftop pan-Asian restaurant, open-kitchen Italian restaurant, lobby lounge, a poolside restaurant, and a restaurant serving international cuisine featuring breakfast and lunch buffets.
Leisure facilities: The hotel will offer indoor, outdoor pools, outdoor cabanas, spa and a fitness centre.
MICE facilities: Two ballrooms, conference rooms and banqueting rooms that can seat up to 2,000 people.
Unique selling points of the property: Billed as an urban resort with a poolside waterfall, lush greenery and outdoor cabanas, the hotel will offer a luxury experience, with spacious rooms overlooking downtown Kuwait City.
Hilton Makkah Convention Hotel
Proposed opening date: Q2 2017.
Location: In the heart of the Holy City of Makkah, footsteps from Masjid Al Haram and the Kaaba.
Owner: Jabal Omar Development Company (JODC).
Interior designer: Wilson Associates.
Keys: 780 rooms.
F&B outlets: All day dining restaurant, Lebanese restaurant with a private dining room and open-air terrace overlooking the landscape. Malaysian/Indian speciality restaurant, offering extensive use of fresh fruit and vegetables, aromatic herbs, rice and meat with a creative approach. The lobby lounge and an executive lounge.
Leisure facilities: Health club.
MICE facilities: Hilton Makkah Convention Hotel offers 3,500m2 of total meeting space, including a convention hall of 1,650m2, a 300m2 auditorium and eight meeting and board rooms.
Unique selling points of the property: The hotel features Makkah’s first convention centre, with five flexible conference rooms and three multipurpose galleries, and a pillar-free ballroom.
The Address Boulevard Dubai
Proposed opening date: April 2017.
Location: Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai.
Owner: Emaar Hospitality Group.
Interior designer: HBA.
Architect: Concept by Atkins; schematic and detailed design by Norr Group.
Keys: 196 rooms including 116 deluxe rooms, 44 deluxe club rooms, 28 one-bedroom suites, seven two-bedroom suites and a presidential suite.There are 532 serviced apartments including duplexes and two penthouses.
Total area of property: Hotel — 37,000 m2; residences — 76,000m2.
F&B outlets: The Restaurant at The Address — which will take prime position at the hotel. The Lounge and The Roof Top — located on the 70th and 71st floors, providing a dining experience with 360° views of Dubai.
Leisure facilities: The Spa at The Address Boulevard Dubai features a spa and wellness centre that occupies the 70th floor spanning 700 m2. Three swimming pools including a family pool and a spa pool along with steam rooms, saunas, hammam, and rhassoul. There is also a children’s splash pad.
MICE facilities: The hotel’s conference and meeting facilities include the 450m2 ballroom which is located on the ground floor of the hotel.
Kempinski The Wave Muscat
Proposed opening date: Q4, 2017.
Location: Al Mouj Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.
Owner: Oman Hospitality Company.
Interior designer: Woods Bagot, HBA and MDI.
Architect: Woods Bagot.
Keys: 310 hotel rooms — 40 suites, two Presidential, and 77 hotel apartments.
Total area of property: 42,250m2.
F&B outlets: 10 outlets within the property: Living Room, The Kitchen (all day dining restaurant), Café One, Indian restaurant, pan-Asian restaurant, cigar lounge and bar, Cosmic Bowling, Boulevard Café, beach club and lounge, pool bar and lounge.
Leisure facilities: 2km of private beach, three temperature controlled swimming pools, including a kids’ pool, dedicated Kempinski Kids Club and outdoor kids playground, beach club and water sports facilities, a PGA standard 18-hole links golf course, located in Al Mouj Golf Club, which is a five minute drive from the hotel.
MICE facilities: 12 meeting rooms, outdoor venues, garden and beach.
Unique selling points of the property:The hotel features 12 meeting rooms including a 1,100m2 ballroom. It also features three temperature-controlled swimming pools along with 10 dining venues within the property.
Grand Millennium Business Bay
Proposed opening date: July/August 2017.
Location: Business Bay, Al Abraj Street overlooking the Dubai Water Canal.
Owner: Riad Tawfiq Mahmood Al Sadek.
Interior designer: Samir Daoud.
Architect: DIAR Consult.
Keys: 255 including 33 suites, and 1 royal suite.
Total area of property: Approximately 20,000m2.
F&B outlets: All day dining, an indoor and outdoor café, night club and two speciality restaurants with a bar.
Leisure facilities: Kids and adults outdoor pool, a separate male and female health centre along with a gym.
MICE facilities: Ballroom with 400 person capacity (banquet style) along with a pre-function area of over 180m2, eight meeting rooms of various sizes, business centre and an executive lounge with a meeting area.
Unique selling points of the property: Extensive leisure facilities with a varied spread of cuisines.
Dusit Hotel and Suites, Doha
Proposed opening date: September 2017.
Location: West Bay, Doha, Qatar.
Owner: Al Majed Hotel Management — A Division of Almajed Group.
Interior designer: Arab Engineering Bureau & Luna Design LLC.
Architect: Almajed Contracting — A Division of Almajed Group & Arab Engineering Bureau.
Keys: 192 suites (ranging in size from two-six bedrooms).
Total area of property: 64,250m2.
F&B outlets: Vogue Lounge, speciality restaurant, cigar lounge, Vogue Café — all day dining along with a club and bar.
Leisure facilities: Indoor pool, outdoor pool, gym, kids’ area, spa, ladies salon as well as a hairdresser.
MICE facilities: Meeting room and banquet facilities, business centre and executive lounge.
Unique selling points of the property: The Dusit Hotel and Suites, Doha is a luxury property featuring large suites with indoor pool facilities. The outdoor ladies health club is located on the 48th floor. Staying rooted, the hotel also features a traditional Thai spa with natural treatments.
Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
Proposed opening date: Q3 2017.
Location: Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island.
Owner: Al Diya Hospitality Investment.
Interior designer: KCA International.
Keys: 327 rooms and suites and 13 villas.
Total area of property: Built-up area of 66,000m2 and plot area of 90,000m2.
F&B outlets: Lobby Lounge, all day dining restaurant, Italian restaurant, a gastro pub, grill restaurant and bar and a beachfront bar and pool bar.
Leisure facilities: A swimming pool, Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club with instructors, Zen the spa at Rotana, steam, sauna, jacuzzi and treatment rooms, beach club, tennis court and a mini golf course.
MICE facilities: Three fully-equipped meeting rooms and a ballroom that can accommodate up to 800 guests.
Unique selling points of the property:The property is located on Saadiyat Island and features conceptualised vernacular architecture. The resort draws on strong influence from Arabic architecture, and is fused with contemporary architectural elements. The property also features its own golf course.
Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Waterfront
Proposed opening date: March/April 2017.
Location: Business Bay, overlooking the Dubai Water Canal.
Owner: Al Hamad Group.
Interior designer: The Design Studio of Al Hamad Group.
Architect: The Design Studio of Al Hamad Group.
Keys: 432 rooms.
Total area of property: 57,102.2m2
F&B outlets: Larder — all-day dining restaurant and bar with outdoor terrace; Makar Scottish bar; FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar; Gotha Club – nightclub from Cannes, France; Republic — restaurant concept from Lebanon; NYC Loft style bar and lounge; lobby lounge; executive lounge; and pool bar.
Leisure facilities: Swimming pool, spa and multiple treatment rooms.
MICE facilities: 11 meeting rooms spread over 1,150m2.
Unique selling points of the property: Every guest room offers views of Burj Khalifa or the Dubai water canal.
Wyndham Grand Manama
Proposed opening date: December 2017.
Location: Bahrain Bay in Manama, Bahrain.
Owner: United Tower Real Estate Development.
Interior designer: Design Worldwide Partnership (dwp).
Architect: Aref Sadiq Design Consultants.
Total area of property: Approximately 30,000m2 of space dedicated for hotel use in the mixed use hotel and commercial office tower.
F&B outlets: Market concept with live and interactive cooking stations including Italian, Chinese, grill, Arabic cuisines located on the ninth floor. Lobby lounge, pool deck offering healthy and organic dishes designed in conjunction with the spa operator, executive lounge and a 24-hour room service.
Leisure facilities: On-site fitness consultation, dedicated ladies-only gym, studio and members lounge, mixed gym, spa featuring holistic anti-aging clinic, Hammam, Thai massage room, spa suite, dedicated male and female treatment zones, wet area facilities, indoor ladies-only pool, outdoor family pool and lap pool and a dpa herb garden.
MICE facilities: Approximately 850m2 of flexible meeting space available, a ballroom located on the 45th floor with panoramic views of the city. 500m2 of conference space, with breakout facilities to support private, corporate events and weddings.
Unique selling points of the property: The architecture, its location, and lavish interiors.