Training grind for 200 staff as St Regis readies to open
TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK
DOHA IN preparation for the hotel’s upcoming opening, the St Regis Doha has welcomed over 200 hospitality professionals to its growing family in the past two months.
As workers complete the building and fit-out works on the 336-room hotel, employees are training on-site.
Training is a key part of the St Regis Doha experience, to enable staff to anticipate guests’ needs and build the reputation of the hotel as the ‘finest address in Doha’.
“We have brought a significant number of staff to the hotel early, in order to provide a comprehensive training programme before we open our doors to guests,” said Tareq Derbas, general manager of the St Regis Doha.
“Our plan is to make our opening season one of the highlights of the social calendar in and we are confident that we have assembled the right team to deliver this unique experience for people in the country and for luxury enthusiasts from around the world.” In the last week of 2011, members of the St Regis Doha family assembled for a special event at the hotel titled ‘Let the Legacy Begin’.
The team is planning a full calendar of events and culinary experiences to mark the opening of the hotel, set to take place in the first half of the year.
Steeped in Middle Eastern mystique, the St Regis Doha presents interiors styled in modern opulence overlooking the Arabian Gulf’s tranquil blue sea. All around are the towering sand dunes and ancient architecture that make up the picturesque landscape of the region.
Continuing a century-old tradition, all guests who stay at the hotel will be provided with their own butler for the duration of their stay, ensuring the highest levels of service.
The St Regis Doha features 336 rooms, including 70 suites – ranging from junior suites to presidential suites offering 600 square meters of space to relax after a day of business meetings. All guest rooms and suites boast sea views and second-floor rooms are distinguished by open terraces.
The hotel features 10 restaurants and bars – from international fine dining venues to jazz at Lincoln Centre Doha, the first jazz club in Doha to offer daily live jazz music. The hotel also offers 4,000-square-meters of meeting space, with the largest ballroom in Doha to offer natural daylight.
Recreational facilities include Remède Spa, an Olympic swimming pool and oceanfront cabanas with private Jacuzzis.