Visiting Doha, the capital of Qatar?
Then why not check out the city’s world class accommodation options that meet the expectations of business and well-heeled travellers:
1. Fraser Suites Doha (doha.frasershospitality.com/en)
Arriving at Fraser Suites Doha is refreshing due to its welcoming, homely, bright and airy disposition. The property is also suitable for long-staying guests and travelling families since each of the accommodation units comes with a kitchen and appliances such as automatic washer and drier. The property’s location – which is along the Doha Corniche – is enviable, allowing guests to savour the views of Doha’s seafront inundated by ships and dhows, including gleaming skyscrapers of West Bay beyond.
2.Doha Marriott Hotel (www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dohmc-doha-marriott-hotel)
Though guests may notice that the property has been in existence for over 30 years (it is among the first five-star hotels in Doha), the long list of awards and accolades garnered by the hotel’s food and beverage outlets coupled with impeccable service make the property timelessly relevant. Doha Marriott Hotel also fronts a well manicured private beach and marina, with the view of the boats and traditional dhows, including the spectacular West Bay skyline beyond.
The hotel’s JW Steakhouse is one of the best steakhouses in the city. On Tuesday nights, its popular Asian restaurant called Asia Live! showcases street food buffet featuring selected lip-smacking popular dishes from South East Asia. The highly regarded and referenced Time Out Doha magazine confers the hotel’s Taj Rasoi as the best Indian restaurant in the city for 2016, acclaimed not just for its flavourful cuisine but also unrivalled service.
3. The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa (www.westindoha.com)
Being the bastion of contemporary refined opulence, this property that has just opened in February 2016 would surely sweep well-heeled sophisticated travellers off their feet due to its contemporary, crisp and fresh look. The hotel also has a squash court and indoor pool. The Westin Doha has started to make waves in the hospitality scene as one of the venues of choice for Qataris to hold weddings since it boasts the second largest pillarless ballroom in Doha, including several function rooms for smaller scale functions and meetings. The hotel segregates its fitness centre, spa and sauna for men and women, guaranteeing more privacy, exclusivity and peace of mind for the fairer sex.
4. Banana Island Resort By Anantara (doha.anantara.com)
Located only 20 minutes away by boat from Doha, Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara is an exclusive man-made island resort that hosts so many conveniences for the enjoyment of guests and ideal for families. The entire resort is operated by Anantara, with full scale upmarket facilities that are family friendly – it even has its own cinema, bowling alleys and villa units constructed above water (the first in the Gulf region and proves to be a hit among the guests of Anantara).
The island is open not just to the staying guests but also those who walk in, provided that they make prior reservation in using the resort’s facilities such as the food and beverage outlets, spa, bowling alley and cinema. It seems that Anantara does not spare any expense in turning this banana-shaped island it into a lush oasis in the middle of the sea. Be sure to find time in the evening to unwind on Anantara’s uber-hip al fresco floating deck called QOne, which is an extension of the suave QLounge & Restaurant.
5. La Cigale Hotel (www.lacigalehotel.com)
Renowned for its impressive food and beverage offerings, La Cigale Hotel’s half-café half-bakery called Café Traiteur boasts arrays of sinfully tempting chocolates and desserts. It is worth noting that the chocolates and desserts here are all made in-house, ensuring that the quality and freshness is maintained. The hotel also offers newly designed out-of-this-world rooms that bring space age chic to a new level. Its trendy rooftop watering hole called Skyview offers among the best views of Doha skyline at night.
6. The Torch Doha (www.thetorchdoha.com)
Being part of the Leading Hotels of the World alliance, The Torch Doha, located within the Aspire Zone (Doha Sports City) is remarkably high-tech with sharp futuristic rooms (the rooms’ ambience in The Torch can be controlled simply at the touch of the iPad) and facilities, including the relaxing above-the-cloud Torch Tea Garden on level 21; the swanky revolving restaurant called Three Sixty on level 47 that offers a wonderful 360-degree view of Doha; and the smart Flying Carpets restaurant on level Mezzanine 2 that serves as the hotel’s all-day dining outlet. It is a luxurious, high end hotel with sports attached considering guests can conveniently access the adjacent Aspire Zone, the sports centre that boasts some of the world’s finest sports training facilities. Standing over 300 metres tall, The Torch Doha enjoyed 74% occupancy in 2015, the highest in Doha.
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