DOHA, Qatar (March 14, 2011) – Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company as measured by approximately 7,210 hotels and one of three business units of Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), today announced the addition of the first Wyndham Grand® property in the Middle East to the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® portfolio: the 246-room Wyndham Grand Regency Doha, centrally located in the Qatari capital’s Al Sadd area.
The hotel, expected to open under the Wyndham Grand flag in spring 2011, is owned by Regency Group Holding. Currently operating as the Grand Regency Doha, the re-launched hotel will be managed by Wyndham Hotel Management, Inc., adding to the company’s managed hotel portfolio in Europe and the Middle East which includes the flagship Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour in the United Kingdom and the recently opened Ramada Encore Doha, which also is owned by Regency Group Holding.
“We are very proud to work with Regency Group Holding to open the Middle East’s first Wyndham Grand property in Doha, an exciting market that is important to our company’s growth strategy in this region,” said Eric Danziger, Wyndham Hotel Group president and chief executive officer.“The addition of this luxurious hotel represents our commitment to develop properties in top travel markets around the world that provide the utmost in service and style.”
Ibrahim Al Asmakh, President Regency Group Holding, said, “We are delighted to align with Wyndham Hotel Group and to join its distinguished collection of Wyndham Grand hotels to introduce the first ever Wyndham Grand property in the region. The collaboration marks an exciting new beginning for the hotel which, through an ongoing commitment to the highest standards of quality and service, is certain to appeal to both business and leisure travellers alike.”
Located fifteen kilometers from Doha International Airport, the Wyndham Grand Regency Doha provides convenient access to the Exhibition Centre and Corniche waterfront promenade. Guest accommodations include 10 suites and penthouses, all featuring high-speed Internet access, a safe and complimentary mineral water, as well as an additional bed, sitting room and complimentary breakfast. The Al Asmakh Royal Suite, which commands impressive views across the city, boasts a bedroom, living room, dining-board room accommodating up to 10 people, two televisions and two bathrooms, each with separate shower and Jacuzzi.
The food and beverage offering comprises three restaurants and café: Chopsticks, which serves Far Eastern fusion; Tangia, which offers a Moroccan menu; and Grand Gourmet, which features an international à la carte menu. The hotel’s leisure facilities include Angsana Spa, gym, a swimming pool and “fat-burning studio” with a chamber designed to speed up the body’s metabolism.
Hotel features include a business centre, wireless Internet throughout and meeting facilities including five, 50-square-metre rooms that each can accommodate up to 42 people in a theatre-style setting. Three of the rooms can be combined to accommodate up to 120. The 600-square-meter Al Qasr Ballroom can host up to 900 at a cocktail party or 650 theatre-style. Meetings and events spaces feature the latest technology, including LCD projectors, wireless microphones, flat-screen televisions and built-in sound systems.
Wyndham Grand Regency Doha joins the Wyndham Grand Collection, an ensemble of distinguished hotels within the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand that represent one-of-a-kind experiences in key destinations with refined accommodations, attentive service and relaxed surroundings. For more information, visit www.thewyndhamgrandcollection.com.
Wyndham Hotel Group, part of the Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) family of companies, is the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7,210 hotels and 612,700 rooms in 65 countries under the hotel brands: Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Ramada®, Days Inn®, Super 8®, Wingate by Wyndham®, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Microtel Inns & Suites®, Hawthorn Suites® by Wyndham, TRYP® by Wyndham, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge® and Knights Inn®. In addition, the company has a license agreement to franchise the Planet Hollywood Hotels, Dream® and Night® brands and provide management services globally.
All hotels are independently owned and operated excluding certain Wyndham and international Ramada hotels which are managed by Wyndham Hotel Management, Inc., one of its affiliates or through a joint-venture partner. Wyndham Hotel Group is based in Parsippany, N.J. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com.