IATA AGM 2014: La Cigale leads Qatari tourism
La Cigale Hotel is considered one of the most esteemed hotels in Qatari capital Doha, offering an engaging blend of contemporary style and cosmopolitan ambiance.
With industry leaders in Doha for the IATA AGM 2014, Breaking Travel News here explores what is on offer at this world-beating property.
A member of the Leading Hotels of the Word, La Cigale is located in the heart of Doha City and is situated approximately 15 minutes by car from Doha International Airport.
Behind its polished 20-story façade, this striking high-design hotel welcomes guests to the stylish interior teeming with touches of opulence.
Highlights include tableaux by Carlos Cruiz-Diez, Edra Tatlin sofas infused with Swarovski crystals, Murano chandeliers, custom-made seats by Poltrona Frau and crystal Baccarat tables designed by Philippe Starck.
Since its launch as an independent property in 2007, La Cigale Hotel has been able to distinguish itself from the larger hotel chains due to the hardwork of its 1,100 committed employees, all of whom offer genuine Arabic hospitality.
La Cigale Hotel was presented with the ‘Qatar Tourism Authority Quality Certificate’, recognising its high standards and quality of service while the hotel also took the Middle East’s Leading Hotel Dining & Entertainment Experience at the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony 2014.
The property also hosted the World Travel Awards Grand Final in late 2013, where the property claimed the World’s Excellence in Service Award, while also claiming the title of ‘Qatar’s Leading Hotel’ for the third time.
Today, La Cigale Hotel is considered a jewel in the crown of the Qatari hotel scene, offering complete five-star services and facilities.
La Cigale has everything from luxurious accommodation, to multipurpose ballrooms, wellness activities, and a huge variety of world class food and beverage outlets with the most versatile cuisines from around the world.
This is combined with various nightlife options.
Stylishly appointed, the rooms range from 34 to 84 square meters and each of the two royal suites located on the 18th floor is approximately 650 square meters in size.
All guestrooms are equipped with signature amenities: a 40-inch LCD television with RetroVue, and wireless internet access, while, for added indulgence, the hotel offers a dedicated pillow menu with 15 types of pillows, goose-down duvets, and heavenly pad.
La Cigale offers a chance to relish 11 dining and entertainment outlets.
Di Capri serves Italian cuisine while Le Central offers an extensive menu of Mediterranean favorites.
YEN Sushi Bar presents creatively-crafted sushi and sashimi through a rotating belt, while for international selections, Le Cigalon offers buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Orangery Café Trottoir is a casual dining outlet with both indoor and outing seating.
Shisha Garden serves Oriental mezzeh, bbq grills and a variety of flavorsome shisha.
La Cigale Traiteur offers a selection of home-made food items for takeaway or dine-in including cakes, pastries, 30 different flavors of ice creams, 70 types of chocolates, in addition to 180 types of artisan cheese.
The Lobby Lounge is an ideal location to relax over a cup of tea or coffee.
Take in the night panoramic view of the city at the rooftop/outdoor bar Sky View, located on the 15th floor, is the pick of the bunch, while Madison Piano Bar has a resident artiste who performs live in Arabic language.
A fashionable event and entertainment hall in the hotel Club 7 entertains with resident DJs and world’s top DJs on selected nights.
With a private entrance, the 1,370 square meters Al Wajba ballroom is equipped with state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment and can accommodate up to 1,000 people for banquet and 1,500 people for theatre set up.
Le Crillon Ballroom located on the 19th floor of the hotel’s main building is adorned with Murano chandeliers and offers a panoramic view of the city.
The ballroom can cater to different set up including banquet, boardroom, classroom and theatre.
Al Ghariyah offers a series of function rooms ranging from 40 square meters to over 300 square meters and ideal for meetings and events on a smaller scale.
Created to cater to bridal events, the Bridal Salon is equipped with a number of shampoo and styling chairs to allow the bride and her entourage to get ready for this important occasion in a cozy environment.
The Executive Lounge, with dedicated butlers, serves light snacks and evening cocktails and provides a cozy environment for business meetings.
Ozone Gym & Spa
For recreational pursuits, the world-class Ozone Gym and Spa inspires exquisite relaxation and renewal with diverse range of health and wellness activities complemented by a 20-metre long daylight indoor swimming pool, a well-equipped 490 square meters gymnasium with certified instructors and a deluxe spa with 8 treatment rooms and Moroccan bath facilities.
In addition, La Cigale Hotel has a gift shop offering a selection of souvenirs; a flower shop with an array of fresh flowers for any occasions and seasons; and a cigar shop showcasing a range of finest cigars and accessories.
There is more on La Cigale on the official website, while there is more on World Travel Awards here.