SUSTAINABILITY IS ALWAYS IN STYLE AT W DOHA HOTEL & RESIDENCES
Environmental Awareness Tops the Business Agenda at W Doha
Doha, Qatar (XX October 2012) – W Doha Hotel & Residences is encouraging its guests to send a power message of support about the future of the planet with a range of hotel initiatives designed to underscore parent Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc’s. dedication to environmental sustainability. Such activity includes waste elimination, power saving; all offered with a unique stylish twist that befits the hotel’s status as the first lifestyle hotel in Qatar.
One of the most tangible examples of this green outlook are the ‘Sustainable Meeting’ packages on offer, that empower guests to make their own contribution to minimizing waste and boosting recycling. Such green meetings use paperless sales tools to cut down on printing in addition to personalised reservation websites and electronic menus, proposals, brochures and invoices. In the meeting itself, guests will be offered ‘Clutter Free’ set-ups where pads of paper, pens and mints are set as stations instead of at each setting to reduce waste. Where possible, only recycled paper is used, with a focus on reducing the usage of linen and paper waste with all guests encouraged to recycle throughout the session.
In addition, appetites will be sated with a specially designed ‘Green Menu’ that offers sustainable, fresh and healthy meeting snacks such as Falafel wrap with fresh mint, Chick peas dip with crispy Arabic bread, Museli with honey granola and fresh yoghurt, Laban pancake and Spinach and pine nut quiche served with coffee, tea and chilled juices.
Residents and visitors to the hotel can be rest assured that all aspects of the property’s operations are underpinned with a respect for the environment, from the guest rooms to back of house. Each of the guest rooms is equipped with a key card insertion device that controls the occupancy energy activation system, whilst the hotel’s green linen program allows guests to opt not to have their linen and terry changed daily, whilst the water faucets are designed to reduce water consumption. The lighting in all public spaces is controlled by a central dimming system known as ‘ilight’, which adjusts the light to the intensity of the natural light at that time of day.
From the moment they enter the property, the W hotel staff are introduced to the hotel’s green council and energy conservation toolkit with the objective of fostering a culture of environmental responsibility amongst the staff.
Earlier this year W Doha went dark for Earth Hour 2012, marking Starwood’s fourth annual participation in Earth Hour, making it one of the biggest worldwide companies to make a global statement with a voluntary hour of darkness.
W Doha Hotel & Residences General Manager Safak Guvenc comments, “The W family is proud to be part of Qatar and is committed to working hand-in-hand with our leaders to develop the success and prosperity of our great nation. We place sustainability issues at the very top of our agenda, to ensure that we protect both our environmental and economic health for our children and our children’s children. Furthermore, we take great care to ensure that all our green initiatives are carried out with style and substance, as befits the core values of the W brand.”
About W Doha Hotel & Residences
Casual glamour meets urban energy at W Doha Hotel & Residences. Find insider access to the hottest shopping, buzzing nightlife and full array of restaurants and lounges located in the hotel. W Doha features 441 rooms and suites each with iconic design. Experience creative cuisine at Spice Market and Market by chef Jean-Georges or try the W Café for mouth-watering snacks or re-energise at the BLISS® Spa, the WET poolside deck or SWEAT®, the state-of-the-art fitness facility. Finally, get some business done and connect with the world in the Wired Business Centre or meeting rooms. Should guests need to leave the hotel, they can discover historical culture at the Museum of Islamic Arts in the Corniche, or take in the sounds and spices of Souq Waqif, both only minutes away from W Doha, with the help of the hotel’s own W Insiders. Too much choice? Rest assured the W brand’s signature Whatever/Whenever service philosophy, will be able to offer you whatever you want – day or night!
About W Hotels Worldwide
W Hotels is a contemporary, design-led lifestyle brand and the industry innovator with 40 hotels and retreats in the most vibrant cities and exotic destinations around the world. Inspiring, iconic, innovative and influential, W Hotels provides the ultimate in insider access, offering a unique mix of cutting-edge design and passions around fashion, music and entertainment. W Hotels offers a holistic lifestyle experience that is integrated into the brand's sensibility through contemporary restaurant concepts, glamorous entertainment experiences, stylish retail concepts and signature spas. With more than 12 years of proven success, W Hotels is on track to reach more than 50 hotels by the end of 2012. W Hotels and W Retreats have been announced for Paris, St. Petersburg, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Bali, Bangkok, Athens – Astir Palace, and Verbier, among other international destinations. For more information, visit www.whotels.com