List of Top Best hotels in Qatar.
The growth of Qatar has been spectacular. It has developed from a desert country of semi-nomadic Bedouins in a few decades to a slick modern hub.
Most recently, a center of global events and international tourism was easily accessed via Doha International Airport. Among the skyscrapers, there’s culture to be found.
From extravagant properties modeled on royal palaces to boutique accommodations in Doha.
Below is an outline of the best places to book in this pint-sized nation.
1) Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas
This beachfront resort in the southwest of Qatar offers an alternative to the more usual urban-focused Doha stays and is perfect for a family break.
There’s a sweep of private beach on which to sunbathe or indulge in watersports and you’ll have complimentary access to one of the Middle East’s biggest theme parks – the Desert Falls Water & Adventure Par.
With a range of pools and flumes, go-karting, laser quest, a man-made canyoning experience, and a diving facility (where visitors can treasure hunt in a shipwreck).
Select between a standard guest room, a suite, or a private villa with its pool and direct access to the beach, and from a host of restaurants specializing in foods to suit all ages and tastes.
If you want to escape the thrills and spills for a while, head for the spa, which provides a range of treatments and has thermal baths and a hammam.
2) Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara
Banana Island is a tiny island curving like a banana and a 20-minute ferry ride from the Doha coastline. There’s nearly a Kilometre of beach to stretch out on and a great facility for family events, from the surf pool and dive center to the cinema and bowling alley.
But the fabulous spa, wellness center, and Turkish hammam will make parents content with pampering while the offspring are at the kids’ or teens’ clubs.
Rooms have either pool or sea views, but there are also villas with private pools and others radiating from a wooden boardwalk that perches over the water.
There are dining options aplenty, from a restaurant serving traditional regional cuisine to an American-style retro diner.
N/B: The resort is alcohol-free, so you’ll be sipping mocktails at the pool bar rather than anything.
3) W Doha Hotel
From the vibrant accent colors in the bedrooms to the pair of sparring polar bears in the lobby, W Doha’s focus on design is all around. The hotel is located in the popular West Bay, with its illuminated, sleek skyscrapers, and provides easy access to all the city’s main attractions.
In addition to nearly 300 rooms, more than 150 apartments (or “residences”) are accessed via a separate entrance and reception. Among the facilities are an atmospheric pool, a well-equipped gym, and a high-end spa where you can arrange facials, massages, and other treatments.
The dining options are impressive and suitably stylish in decor, with Italian and Latin American cuisines, as well as two restaurants, overseen by superstar chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. There is free on-site parking, and the hotel claims to be pet-friendly.
4) Mandarin Oriental, Doha
The Doha property of this leading luxury brand is brilliantly situated in the Msheireb area of the city. Its neighborhood contains some historic buildings and the bustling Souq Waqif (a must-visit for a colorful and energetic evening stroll).
The hotel looks over a patterned square topped with a contemporary awning to keep the sun at bay. It has a pair of rooftop pools, a wellness section with an indoor pool, several bars, and restaurants including; Izu, specializing in dishes using Italian white truffle, and a patisserie offering cakes and ice creams. As well as the elegant rooms and suites, there are serviced apartments with kitchens.
5) Mondrian Doha
Mondrian Doha is in the coveted West Bay, putting it within easy reach of all the city’s attractions, and has elegantly opulent rooms inspired by the tales of the Arabian Nights, with murals and ornamental lamps.
The hotel’s facilities include an indoor pool, a 24-hour gym set in a black and white tower, a spa with mirrored mosaic walls and a Turkish hammam, and a striking rooftop bar modeled on the Skybar in Los Angeles.
Among the restaurants are a steakhouse run by the award-winning chef Wolfgang Puck, and a sushi bar and dining room serving dishes by Japanese culinary master Masaharu Morimoto.
6) Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl, Doha
Located on an island at the heart of the Pearl, the slick redevelopment at the waterfront, the Marsa Malaz Kempinski has 281 rooms with great ocean views and a style that combines European and Arabian influences.
The facilities are as top-end as you’d expect, with no fewer than seven restaurants, several bar areas, a gym, a spa, and a tennis court. Better still, the hotel has not only a series of outdoor pools to relax around but a private beach, with excellent watersports activities for adults and children alike. The latter also kept entertained at the dedicated kids’ club, making this a good option for families.
7) The Torch Doha
Stretching over 51 floors, the Torch is Qatar’s tallest hotel and comes with a fascinating backstory. Designed to look like a giant torch, it carried the flame symbolizing the 15th Asian Games on its rooftop in 2006.
The silhouette is as distinctive as it is satisfying, towering over the Aspire Zone, the large sports park to the west of the city center, with sports facilities, shopping, and restaurants. Inside the hotel, 163 contemporary rooms have iPads to control the temperature and mood lighting.
While among the three eateries is a revolving restaurant on the 47th floor that guarantees stirring views alongside the Mediterranean dishes. In addition, there’s a Sky lounge, tea garden, outdoor pool, and excellent fitness facilities for those wanting to work up a sweat.
8) Banyan Tree Doha
One of the newest on the scene, Banyan Tree Doha is in the historic Msheireb part of the city, with accommodation looking over either the sea, a cultivated garden, or the city itself.
Choose from guest rooms or suites or, for longer stays, a wide range of two- and three-bedroom apartments. For some luxuriating, head to the Rainforest Hydrotherapy area, divided between male and female sections and each with a pool, hot tub, steam room, sauna, and rain walk.
Dine later at restaurants serving Italian, Thai, and Indian food or linger over a drink in the Vertigo bar on the 28th floor.
9) Alwadi Hotel Doha MGallery
Alwadi Hotel stands at the heart of the action. The vibrant Souq Waqif is a stone’s throw away, with its narrow alleys selling everything from spices to falcons, and the museums and galleries of the Msheireb quarter are all within easy reach.
The hotel has 213 rooms, with large windows, a decor of earthy tones and Arabic geometric patterning, and doors adorned with golden leaves to symbolize Qatari hospitality.
You can dine in three restaurants, which serve a choice of local and international cuisine, and there’s a pair of bars, including a rooftop lounge that’s an atmospheric spot from which to enjoy the city views.
The spa offers treatments using local oils and herbs and has separate sections for men and women (featuring saunas and steam rooms), a fitness center, an adult pool, and one for children.
10) Zulal Wellness Resort
If you want a getaway that caters to body and soul, this resort at the northern tip of Qatar — sitting on the coast, with views over the ocean — ranks among the leading wellness centers in the Middle East.
It is linked to the acclaimed Chiva-Som resort in Thailand. Its focus is on health and well-being based on traditional Arabic, Islamic medicine, and ancient philosophy, whether you’re seeking weight loss or a more significant and spiritual lifestyle shift. There are two “experiences”: Zulal Serenity is for adult guests only, offering peaceful spaces for contemplation and a wellness center with no fewer than 64 treatments rooms, while Zula Discovery is a program for all the family, with age-appropriate activities for the children and an emphasis on nature.
The resort has pools, a lagoon, restaurants serving healthy fare, and landscaped gardens, guaranteeing to leave you fully recharged and ready for the world.
11) Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Doha
Sharq Village & Spa is a striking property, designed to look like a royal palace, with arches and fountains, great wooden doors and columns, and hanging Arabian-style lanterns.
A short walk from the superb National Museum and atmospheric Souq Waqif, the location is a good one and guests also have access to a private beach.
The 174 rooms and suites all have balconies, there are three outdoor pools, and the spa — modeled on a traditional Qatari village — has a host of treatment rooms with everything from beauty packages to physical therapy.
When it comes to eating and drinking, you have a choice of seven restaurants, lounges, and bars, serving everything from Persian cuisine to Mediterranean dishes of fresh seafood.
Head to the Al Jasa café for strong coffee and Arabic sweet treats. If you want to push the boat out, book the Royal Villa — complete with its indoor pool and chef’s kitchen.
12) The St Regis Doha
This imposing Marriott-owned resort in the popular West Bay area of Doha is a big beast of a hotel, with 336 rooms that feature marble bathrooms and Arabian-inspired decor. There are no fewer than ten restaurants, each showcasing the culinary traditions of a different region (from English afternoon tea at Sarab Lounge to Caribbean favorites at the Oyster Bay & Bar).
The beach is right outside, providing the opportunity for watersports and lazing, there’s an Olympic-sized swimming pool and high-tech fitness center, and the spa guarantees all the pampering you could wish for (and offers a range of treatment packages).
13) Four Seasons Doha
You know what you’ll get from Four Seasons: impeccable styling, top-class facilities, and five-star service. The hotel underwent a recent refurb, and the guestroom palette of blues and beiges is inspired by Qatar’s sand and sea.
Oversized windows provide lovely Arabian Gulf views, while outside you have access to a private beach and marina the site has five pools and a spa center set over three floors.
There are tennis and squash courts for active types, and gourmets are suitably well catered for with restaurants including the Shisha Terrace serving regional dishes and a landmark Nobu (the biggest in the world) specializing in contemporary Japanese cuisine. There’s also a new outdoor terrace at the Seasons Tea Lounge, which has something of the feel of a Parisian café.
14) Jouri, A Murwab Hotel, Doha
Jouri Hotel is a touch smaller than some of the other luxury hotels in Doha, giving it a boutique character. Its 110 rooms and 26 suites have neutral tones complemented by feature walls with geometric designs and include rainforest showers and a “do not disturb” notice that is controlled with a button from the bed.
The location is good, at the south side of Doha Bay, and among the facilities are a spa (with sauna and steam room), indoor pool, and gym with windows looking over the city skyline.
Yansoon Restaurant is open all day, specializing in contemporary international and regional cuisine, and the Daymah Café Lounge is a good spot to enjoy a drink, from coffee to cocktails.