4 OCTOBER, 2023
The DoubleTree: A Masterpiece of Modern Classic Design

In the heart of Sharjah, a city steeped in tradition and culture, stands the remarkable DoubleTree by Hilton Sharjah Waterfront Hotel & Residences. This architectural gem, designed by Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ), has not only captured the essence of Sharjah's unique heritage but also secured its place in the annals of excellence by winning the prestigious Hospitality Project of the Year Award in 2022.


Inspired by Sharjah's rich history, the hotel pays homage to its roots through a modern interpretation of classic design, drawing from three key elements that define its unique character. These elements seamlessly blend to create an atmosphere that's both welcoming and awe-inspiring.


As you step into the hotel, you are welcomed by a stylized vertical representation of the historic Rolla tree, a beloved gathering spot for locals in the past. This abstract tree structure and contemporary majlis-style seating areas hark back to the days when residents would gather under the shade of the Rolla tree while waiting for cargo boats at the nearby port. The design gracefully evokes the welcoming culture of Sharjah, providing guests with a sense of belonging from the moment they arrive.


Historically-rich interior design of the lobby at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Residences Sharjah Waterfront
Rich interior design of the lobby at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sharjah


The lobby area of the DoubleTree by Hilton Sharjah Waterfront is a testament to the second key element of design – a modern interpretation of the traditional 'arish' or palm woven style of housing. Stylized cladding and installations cleverly incorporated into the public space give a nod to this time-honored architectural style. It's a beautiful fusion of the past and present, bridging the gap between tradition and modernity.


The third element pays tribute to the UAE's ancient art of pearling. Throughout the hotel, luxurious materials are used, and a monochrome palette sets the tone. Inspired by the deep blue of the ocean and the cool green shades of the Rolla tree, with accents of warm desert orange and lustrous pink pearl tones, the color scheme captivates the essence of Sharjah's natural beauty. It's a visual feast for the eyes that makes every corner of the hotel a work of art.


The DoubleTree by Hilton Sharjah Waterfront doesn't just stop at its breathtaking design; it also offers a wealth of facilities and experiences for its guests. Wellness enthusiasts can indulge in a wooden-floor gym, an indoor pool leading to a steam room, and a unique Himalayan Salt Sauna, ensuring relaxation and rejuvenation in style.


Interior design of the hotel amenities and health club including olympic pool and spa in DT Sharjah
Hotel amenities including modern health club and spa designed with a modern feel


Dining options at the hotel are equally impressive. Majdolin, an upscale Levantine restaurant offers a culinary journey through colorful flavors. Meanwhile, Banyan Café tempts guests with specialty coffee, tea, and freshly baked goods, providing a cozy space to unwind and savor delicious treats.


The outdoor terrace in Majdolin Restaurant overlooks the night Sharjah Skyline
The outdoor terrace in Majdolin Restaurant overlooks the Sharjah skyline


The DoubleTree by Hilton Sharjah Waterfront's recognition as the Hospitality Project of the Year by Godwin Austen Johnson in 2022 is well-deserved. With its homage to the past, blending seamlessly with modern luxury and design, it stands as a testament to what can be achieved when heritage and innovation come together. It is not just a hotel; it is a masterpiece, a living piece of art, and a destination in itself.

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