The opening of the first Mondrian Hotel in the Gulf has again been delayed, with a new launch date set for the fall of this year, according to industry media reports.
That’s about six months later than the latest anticipated opening date of the first quarter of this year, a deadline that has already passed.
Specialist website Hotelier Middle East quoted Jason Kalisman, interim CEO of the operating company Morgans Hotel Group, as confirming the revised launch.
This is the latest in a series of set-backs for the hotel, which is situated next to Zig-Zag towers near Lagoona Mall.
Plans for Mondrian Doha were initially announced in 2011, with an opening set for 2013.
According to the hotel’s website, that deadline was pushed back to mid-2014, and then a revised date of early 2015 was set.
When previously contacted by Doha News, officials declined to comment for reasons behind the delay, although it is not uncommon for construction projects in Qatar to suffer set-backs to their timelines.
The hotel is designed to resemble a falcon and stands 31-stories high, with an entrance shaped like a beak, wing-like extensions framing the rooftop and basements that appear to carved out like a nest.
It houses 270 rooms and suites, will have a number of bars and restaurants with local and international cuisine, a spa and a roof-top pool bar, according to its website.
There are currently four Mondrian-branded hotels internationally – in New York, Miami Beach, Los Angeles and London, with Qatar expected to be the fifth, and another set to launch in Istanbul.
The Morgans Hotel Group specializes in lifestyle hotels and has four brands- Delano, Originals, Hudson and Mondrian.