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Where to stay in Doha

The West Bay area, on the eastern side of the city, is the area to stay if you fancy holidaying among diplomats and dignitaries. Accommodation options here vary from extremely grand to slightly pared back but still pretty flashy.

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  • Grand Hyatt

    On the West Bay shore, the five-star Grand Hyatt offers a choice of hotel rooms or suites or luxury villas, several swimming pools and access to one of the biggest private beaches in the city. As for dining options, you’ll be delighted by the Thai, Italian, and Middle Eastern restaurants!

  • Mondrian Doha

    The Mondrian Doha, also in West Bay, is among the Top 12 hotels in Doha, according to Condé Nast Traveller readers. Art and fantasy combine, resulting in interior design that’s opulent and utterly unique. And let’s not even get started on the magnificent spa…

  • The Mandarin Oriental

    Offering a combination of high-end luxury and traditional Qatari charm is The Mandarin Oriental in downtown Msheireb, in the heart of the city. It’s tasteful, modern and features a rooftop swimming pool. If you’re a foodie, you’ll love the fine-dining options from Cantonese to Mediterranean, plus an entire lounge dedicated to gelato!

  • Hampton by Hilton Doha Old Town

    Got a three-star budget? The Hampton by Hilton Doha Old Town has got you covered. Bright and cheery with stunning views over the bay, there’s free Wi-Fi, a business centre and breakfast thrown in. Plus, you’ll be staying opposite The National Museum of Qatar and within walking distance of restaurants and shops.

Frequently asked questions

Due to Doha’s proximity, you can cover a lot of attractions in a day if time is of the essence. However, if you are keen to really experience Doha and its delights, try to spend three to four days here.

Official guidance from the Visit Qatar website indicates that attitudes towards dress in Qatar are relaxed, but visitors (both men and women) are encouraged to dress modestly and avoid revealing clothing in public. It is generally recommended for both genders to keep their shoulders and knees covered.

Lightweight loose-fitting long-sleeved tops and long pants in breathable fabrics and comfortable walking shoes are a necessity. T-shirts and board shorts (for men and women) if you’re planning on swimming at public beaches are also strongly recommended.

The West Bay area is ideal as it’s within the city’s financial and commercial district with plenty of options for sampling the local cuisine and provides easy access to Doha’s main attractions. It’s also just 30 minutes by car from the new Hamad International Airport, so that’s a bonus!

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Alcohol consumption is generally not part of the local culture however it is available at licensed hotel restaurants and bars.

Doha is the capital city and main financial hub of Qatar, so it’s kind of a big deal. Doha is also famous for several of its cultural landmarks including the Imam Muhammad Ibn Abd Al Wahhab Mosque, the Souq Waqif market and the awe-inspiring Museum of Islamic Art, to name a few.

Doha is blessed with superb weather all year round, meaning it is a great destination whatever the season. That said, Qatar is known for its scorching summers. If you’re looking for a poolside vacay, aim for November or March to May, when it cools down a little. Just a heads up if you’re planning a March holiday, be sure to check the dates for Ramadan.

Doha dishes up a smorgasbord of things to see and do, from visiting cultural landmarks such as the Imam Muhammad Ibn Abd Al Wahhab Mosque and the awe-inspiring Museum of Islamic Art, to hunting for bargains at the traditional Souq Waqif market and sprawling by the beach.

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