If you’re unfamiliar with Qatar, it’s an intriguing country in the Persian Gulf, and Doha is its modern capital city. It’s a small country and most of the sights to see are within an hour or two of Doha, making Doha a great place to stay and explore the whole area. Many visitors hire professional tour operators to show them around and either rent a car or take taxis to get around the area. Some of the highlights of this trip include the Museum of Islamic Art, the National Museum of Qatar, the Katara Cultural Village, and the Al Koot Fort.
Take a dhow boat ride from the Corniche, shop at the various souqs (markets), and find a sheesha café to try some fruit-flavored tobacco for a typical day in Doha. And the end of the day, consider one of these luxurious accommodations to relax and rejuvenate yourself. These are some of the best places to stay in Doha, Qatar.
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This is a modern and opulent hotel that towers above the city and has world-class restaurants and spa. This is a great place to stay for scenic views of the gulf, and the rooms on the second floor have open terraces that are secluded and peaceful. The restaurant Opal by Gordon Ramsay and the Remede spa are certainly worth a visit, as is the hotel’s private beach.
Another centrally located hotel is the Al Bustan Palace, which is very close to Corniche Street and the airport. This is another Ritz Carlton brand hotel. You can walk to Souq Wakif and the Museum of Islamic Arts in 20 minutes. Make sure to dine at the Al Bustan tent restaurant or the Al Batross restaurant here to try Lebanese specialties.
La Cigale stands 20 stories tall and is a relaxing place often frequented by business travelers. It has a cosmopolitan vibe and has thoughtful amenities for gusts, such as homemade chocolates and a pillow menu to choose one that suits your sleep style best. There’s a 20-meter indoor pool, personal trainers, and a spa here for guests to use. This is a great place to stay if you want to explore the Qatar nightlife scene, as exquisite restaurants are abundant and easily accessible.
The Sharq Village & Spa is one of the most luxurious places you can stay in Doha, and it’s beautifully designed as a traditional local village. There’s an Arabic bazaar within the hotel and it’s very close to the airport. This hotel is operated by the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company and has 174 rooms that are secluded and feature traditional Arabian architecture. Rooms have private terraces, and the whole hotel has an exotic vibe. Definitely make an appointment at the Six Senses Spa while staying here to get a massage or skin therapy. Guests can also take advantage of free private parking, and it’s just a five-minute drive to Hamad International Airport.
The Sherzan hotel is right by the Corniche, which is the city’s beautiful waterfront walkway. This is a great pick for budget travelers who want a great location and good value more than high-end amenities. There’s a restaurant inside that serves excellent Pakistani food too.
This is a budget hotel, but a high-class one. You can walk a couple blocks to visit the city’s top attractions and enjoy the personal attention of a small, boutique hotel in the city. Yum Yum is the onsite restaurant worth checking out. You can ask for a room on a high floor for great views of the city, especially one that is street-side to watch all the activity on Corniche Street.
Located in the West Bay neighborhood, the W Doha Hotel is modern, urban, and sleek. It’s a great place to stay to take advantage of in-hotel amenities like the restaurants, cafes, and gym.
This hotel is very close to the Soup Waqaf, which is always a fun and lively area for tourists to visit. The airport is about 15 minutes away, and the décor is basic, yet comfortable. Guests can choose a breakfast buffet to start their days and enjoy dinner in the hotel’s elegant dining room in the evening.
The Moevenpick Tower is located in the West Bay and is about 15 minutes from Doha International Airport. This is a great pick if you like to cook some of your own meals while traveling to save money or because of dietary restrictions. Each room has its own fully furnished kitchenette. It’s also a good choice for families traveling with kids because there’s a children’s play area on site.
Another budget-friendly place to stay is the boutique hotel located off Salwa Road. Guests can take advantage of free breakfast and Wi-Fi while staying here, and there are two restaurants onsite for dinner. The best way to get here if you don’t rent a car is to take a taxi.
The Ritz Carlton Doha is located on the coast of the Arabian Sea and has eight restaurants and bars, as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Guests here enjoy lovely views of the city’s skyline and the country’s peninsula, and the interior design is modern and contemporary. It’s about 10 minutes from the Katara Cultural Village by car and right across from the Lagoona Mall.
The Torch lives up to its name because it stands 300 meters tall and offers impressive panoramic views across the city of Doha. It’s a popular place among wellness seekers, business professionals, and sports fans. It’s located about 20 minutes from the city center and 30 minutes from Qatar International Airport. The Aspire Zone is the sports city here and embodies the memories of the 2006 Asian Games.
This luxury hotel has certain Oriental and European charm that you won’t find elsewhere in the city. One of the big draws here are the pools, which has some beautiful waterfalls and fun slides. There are actually five pools here and a great spa too. The hotel even has a private beach to relax on and soak up some sun. It’s about 20 minutes away from Doha’s central business district and the airport. This is also a pet-friendly option for travelers with well-trained pets that weigh less than seven kilograms.
The Qatar Palace Hotel has spacious rooms and is also in the heart of Doha. The onsite restaurant, the Maharaja, serves authentic Indian cuisine, and Souq Waquif is nearby. It caters to business travelers and offers transportation to and from the airport. Continental, Oriental, and a la carte breakfasts are served daily.