Doha is described as the shining jewel of Qatar. Perched on the Persian Gulf, it is full of mystical sand dunes, ancient architecture, and the scenic Pearl Island, Doha is an intriguing location to visit – a cosmopolitan capital city made up of expats and locals.
Leisure is at its core and shopping is central to its ethos, as reflected by scores of malls. With the 2022 World Cup football tournament, Qatar will be in the spotlight and thankfully its hotels are World Class!
The BusinessClass.com guide to the best hotels in Doha:
Four Seasons Hotel Doha - 9/10
Four Seasons Hotel Doha features 180 rooms and 57 suites. Its décor is the handiwork of French interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon who pairs sea-inspired colours with classic and contemporary furniture. His design nods to Qatar’s heritage with mother of pearl inlays and decorative Arabic motifs. The hotel showcases a fabulous art collection and custom-made chandeliers, and furnishings. Fine dining options are covered at Nobu, Elements and Pier. Executive chef Ahmad Sleiman and executive pastry chef Mohamed Saleem Gafoor look after guest’s gastronomy needs. The shisha terrace is a perfect place to unwind or for a tasty snack try the pool grill.
There are two tennis courts and a children's club offering toy camel racing, kite making and flying, beach games, treasure hunts and Middle Eastern arts and crafts. Over at the spa, guests can relax in one of the 11 treatment rooms inspired by Chinese health and healing. The ambiance, as well as the treatments combine the five elements water, wood, earth, metal, and fire.
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St Regis Doha – 9/10
With 336 fabulous rooms and suites, St Regis Doha is a vision of sumptuous splendour. Golden hues fit for royalty blend luxury silk drapery and partial canopies on the beds. All rooms have high-speed internet access, an iPod docking station, 42-inch television and a fully stocked fridge. Meanwhile, spacious marble bathrooms feature mosaic detailing, a deep soaking tub and ornately etched glass doors reveal a separate rain shower. Furthermore, a St. Regis Butler provides round the clock services for the ultimate in luxury. Fine dining awaits at Hakkasan which specialises in Cantonese, Vine serving international and the Astor Grill serving sublime steak. Al-Sultan Brahim restaurant serves Middle Eastern dishes.
Spend time in the lounges and the hotel’s main swimming pool which has a spacious terrace. Remède Spa is a soothing haven covered in cream hues and natural wood letting in the natural light. With 22 private treatment room including a ‘his and hers’ pre- and post-treatment lounges, face and body therapies can be performed there or on the beach under a private cabana. For further pampering there are steam rooms, a manicure and pedicure studio and hydro-massage relaxation pools.
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Sharq Village & Spa – The Ritz-Carlton – 9/10
Sharq Village and Spa - Ritz-Carlton is a 174-room resort set along the coast, fusing authentic Arabian architecture with the latest in modern comforts and amenities. Rooms feature oriental décor, wooden ornaments, and canopied beds, as well as marble bathrooms with a deep-soaking bath and a rain shower. Private balconies overlook the resort village or Doha Bay. One of the treasures of this resort is the 1,400 square metre infinity pool and extensive wellness centre.
When it comes to dining options patrons can enjoy Persian delights at Parisa restaurant with sea views overlooking Doha Bay, while Al Liwan grill restaurant showcases a wide range of buffets including Lebanese to seafood. Designed to mimic a traditional Qatari village, The Spa at Sharq Village is an immersive spa experience. Discover 23 unique treatment rooms, hammam rooms, saunas, and a private ladies-only area. The spa offers an extensive menu of skin therapies and massages. Guests can rest on comfortable loungers in the lantern-lit relaxation area or enter the hammam and sauna.
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Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha - 9/10
On a secluded man-made island within the Pearl, closeted in an oasis of palm trees and lush gardens, Marsa Malaz Kempinski’s hotel’s façade blends with the vibrant neighbourhood. It is as chic and charming on the inside. There are 281 luxury rooms and suites, all with balconies, all designed with lavish Arabian panache. The Marsa Malaz Suite has a king bedroom and superb views, a living room, which can be connected to a deluxe room, presenting an outdoor area of 200 square metres. Deluxe rooms peer over the Pearl with its Venetian channels and each one has a king-sized bed, flat screen television, tea & coffee facilities as well as 24-hour butler service.
Offering a refined stay, the Royal Suites are the epitome of opulence. With two king beds, spacious living areas, two magnificent master bedrooms and striking bathrooms – it can be linked to a grand deluxe room and suite. It also has a fabulous open-air terrace featuring a private grand whirlpool bath. Enhance your experience by hiring a Rolls Royce to drive during your stay. Guests can go on a culinary journey in any one of seven refined restaurants, two stylish bars, a cigar lounge, and a jazz house. Alternatively, unwind at the spa by Clarins which has a 100-metre private beach, outdoor pools, a tennis court, a state-of-the-art health club, water sports and a kids’ club.
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Mandarin Oriental Doha - 9/10
Mandarin Oriental showcases 117 rooms, 41 suites and 91 serviced apartments. Within, décor is inspired by the city’s pearling heritage and the dunes. Families will love the four bedroomed apartment with a spacious living room on the top floor of the hotel overlooking Barahat Msheireb, a climate-controlled town square. The Royal Suite is one of the top picks of accommodation. For those who love their cuisine, IZU is the place for Mediterranean food with a heavy French influence which is open all day. If you fancy Chinese food, choose Liang, meanwhile, Mosaic serves international cuisine, but Mandarin Cake shop has delightful pastries and sugary treats for those with a sweet tooth.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Doha takes a holistic approach and offers zen and balance over three thousand metres and nine treatment rooms, six of them private. This includes one couple’s suite and two exclusive VIP suites, male and female indoor pools and extensive heat and water experiences One of the specialities of the spa is its gold quartz sand treatment bed by Gharieni.
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Al Messila Resort – A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa - 9/10
Set within an authentic oasis and private palace, Al Messila showcases spacious rooms, signature suites and luxury villas with private pools. The Al Messila Royal Suite boasts two spacious bedrooms, an extensive living room with private kitchen and a royal majlis. Interlaced throughout the rooms are Arabic influences and as well as the rooms and suites there are also private villas available.
Masterchef Pino Lavarra serves up culinary genius at his Michelin star Deli Kitchen across five global flavours. Specialities include Arabic hot & cold mezze, Angus rib-eye beef à la carte or teriyaki salmon. The sweet offerings are also evocative including Chocolate Dome Cake – a delightful concoction of candied orange and pistachio. Other options include Veritas, Wa’Ha Pool and Lounge, Al’ Amma, Elixr, Parisa and Food Lab. Unwind in the 14,000-square-metre Al Messila Spa - exclusively for ladies - full of therapy & plunge pools and steam rooms. Choose from body scrubs, wraps, facials delivered in-suite along with manicures and pedicures.
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Park Hyatt Doha - 9/10
Opened in 2019, Park Hyatt Doha features 187 guestrooms – offering views of West Bay. Guests can choose from 28 Park Suites, three Executive suites, one Diplomat suite and one Presidential Suite. The rooms are all air-conditioned, have a flat-screen television with satellite channels and all enjoy floor to ceiling windows, luxury window seats, and designer marble bathrooms with deep soaking tub, rain shower, and double vanity sink. Presidential and Diplomat Suite guests can retreat to a private terrace with magnificent views over the City or Corniche. They look out over major Doha sights such as Bethlehem Convention Palace and Saint Nicholas Church.
With three restaurants there are plenty of choices for dining. Opus is an Arabic restaurant; Sora is Japanese while Anis serves international fayre. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Other benefits include a concierge service, and free valet parking. Park Hyatt Doha is ideally located close to Souq Waqif for shopping. For pampering the hotel offers the Jaula spa complete with various treatments. The Arabic Spa-Radise package is popular and includes an extra hour of access to the VIP private jacuzzi.
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Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara - 9/10
Located in a quiet cove overlooking the Arabian Gulf, Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara is made up of 141 sea view rooms and suites set over a crescent of golden beach and fabulous over water villas. Accessible by private catamaran, escape for family adventures, ocean thrills or serene spa bliss. Indulge in the ultimate beach vacation with a spacious private pool villa. Splash in the pool, sunbathe on floating loungers and shower poolside. Then there are three Bedroom Over Water Villas which sit in the ocean and enjoy vistas of the Doha skyline beyond. They have two king rooms and one twin, both ensuite and perfect for families.
Spend sunny days on your over water deck, swimming or napping in a breezy cabana. Junior suites offer a panoramic sea view. Inside there is a lounge space with flat screen LED TV and tea & coffee-making facilities, minibar and a walk-in closet. The bathroom includes a tub and shower. The wellness centre is spread across lush gardens with water features that weave through botanicals in an architecturally inspiring pavilion. There are five single treatment suites, each with steam room, four couple’s suites, one Thai massage suite, Moroccan and Turkish hammams with indoor plunge pool, a floatation pod, ice well, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room.
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Mondrian Doha - 9/10
Offering Arabesque luxury, Mondrian Doha features 211 bedrooms and 59 suites set over 24 floors. All rooms were custom designed by Marcel Wanders with bespoke furniture, bathroom fixtures and artwork. The hotel’s striking guestrooms and suites are inspired with a modern twist to the Arabian Nights tale. Indulge in the deluxe terrace suite which is over 229 square metres or perhaps a deluxe loft suite. However, for a truly standout experience, select the Sky House which spans 687 square metres of opulent luxury on the 23rd floor. It has a living room, two king bedrooms, one twin bedroom, a dining room, an entertainment room, a butler/chef/maid room on the ground floor, and a lift connecting the two floors over two storeys.
Savour locally sourced ingredients at Walima restaurant and American fayre at CUT by Wolfgang Puck. Here guests make a dramatic entrance to a Qatari sunset. Meanwhile, experience a taste of the orient at Morimoto which has divine Japanese cuisine. One might like to sip innovative drinks at Smoke and Mirrors, or discover the rooftop bar Rise, featuring panoramic views over Qatar. There is a nightclub and a golf course onsite. Choose ESPA at Mondrian Doha with its 12 treatment rooms, a heated experience garden, relaxation rooms and a traditional Turkish.
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W Doha - 8/10
As the first lifestyle hotel in Qatar, W Doha brings New York City vibes to Doha. Each room is designed to be both stylish and tech savvy. Take a soak in a hexagonal tub with an aqua vision television and be mesmerised by the aquarium full of fishes. Culinary delights await at Market and Spice Market run by three-star Michelin Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Gorge on Italian cuisine at La Spiga by Paper Moon or travel to Latin America and sample Peruvian food at COYA.
Immerse yourself in the ambiance of the W signature Living Room or savour the aromas of coffee at the W Café and hang out at Wahm, the indoor lounge. Unwind at the Sisley Paris Spa, the first of its kind in the GCC and the largest worldwide. There are elegant treatment rooms and private relaxation areas including ‘VIP Couple’ rooms. With a hairdressers and boutique on site, as well as a FIT gym and WET pool there’s plenty to keep one occupied.
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