Tivoli announces its expansion into Qatar’s hospitality landscape, operating the landmark luxury Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels, in the heart of vibrant Doha
With the goal of developing outstanding hotels in Qatar, Tivoli Hotels and Resorts – part of Minor Hotels – announces it is now operating the Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels in Doha, a collection of nine unique and historical buildings featuring intricate décor and architecture, nestled in the heart of the historic Souq Waqif.
Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels, which is one of the many assets managed by Katara Hospitality, Qatar’s leading hospitality organisation, will now be known as Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli. The synergies of these two brands will enhance the development of the local hospitality sector and contribute towards the economic diversification, as envisioned in the Qatar National Vision 2030.
Located within the renowned Souq Waqif and close to Doha’s Hamad International Airport, as well as major business hubs such as the New Msheireb Business and the Bank Street, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli offers an immersion in Arabian tradition and culture, combined with the luxury service and personal attention for which Tivoli hotels are renowned.
Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli specialise in bespoke services and facilities, tailored to the needs of today’s business and leisure travellers. From personal butler service and fine quality dining, to a fully equipped business centre and recreational facilities. The hotels provide a range of experiences to suit the most discerning guests. Traditional architecture fuses with contemporary spa facilities, along with a Moroccan hammam.
Backed by its impeccable 80 plus years of heritage and experience, Tivoli Hotels & Resorts differentiate through the range of unique experiences offered, allowing guests to enjoy the most authentic features of every destination, along with innovative and outstanding service. As part of Minor Hotels portfolio of brands, Tivoli now adds Qatar to the collection of distinctive high end luxury properties it operates in Portugal and Brazil.
Guests staying at Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli are able to experience both traditional culture and the modern vibes of the city, discovering Souq Waqif through guided tours offered by their Personal Butler. Exploring narrow winding alleyways reveals merchants trading fine silks, carpets, spices, textiles, antiques, musical instruments and Arabian Oud perfume.
Dillip Rajakarier, CEO Minor Hotels, commented, “The addition of Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli to the portfolio is extremely exciting for Tivoli and represents the brand’s debut in the Middle East region and also the first of Minor Hotels’ planned expansion of the brand outside of its home markets of Portugal and Brazil. It will undoubtedly enhance Doha’s appeal to affluent travellers from around the world, including the discerning millennial market.
In addition to Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli in Qatar, the brand, which will celebrate its 85th birthday in 2018, has a portfolio of 12 hotels – ten in Portugal and two in Brazil. This year has seen significant investment in a number of the brand’s properties, including multi-million Euro refurbishments at both the flagship Lisbon property – Tivoli Avenida Liberdade – and Tivoli Carvoeiro in the Algarve. In addition Tivoli Oriente in Lisbon and Tivoli Marina Vilamoura in the Algarve, along with the two properties in Brazil, have all been refurbished. Minor Hotels also operates Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, the luxury brand’s first resort in Qatar.