The ultimate guide of where to stay in Doha 

The ultimate guide of where to stay in Doha 

When traveling to a new place it can be hard to decide where to stay. Not knowing how transport works, accessibility of attractions versus hotel amenities it can be a minefield. Having lived in Doha for over 3.5 years there are very few hotels we’ve not tried so think we are pretty well qualified to help people decide where to stay in Doha. So whether you are traveling as a family, for business or just looking for so,e great amenities we have you covered. 

How to pick where to stay in Doha 

There isn’t really any tourist friendly public transport options. However the state run karma taxis are pretty good and reasonably priced. Therefore you shouldn’t worry if your hotel isn’t next to the main tourist site you want to see. Therefore it is better to think about what you want out of a hotel rather than its location when traveling to Doha.

Note: there are more budget options available but as we focus on luxury travel the following will reflect that segment!

The best place to stay for families in Doha 

If you are traveling as a family then in my opinion there is only place to stay – the intercontinental! It has an amazingly family friendly pool and a covered play area – an essential for the Middle East heat. The rooms are also well presented and large. Great especially for larger families. They also have some family friendly eateries in the firm if coral restaurant and one of our family faves – Mykonos!

This hotel also features in our Great Middle Eastern Hotels Roundup

The hotel with the best beach in Doha 

If you are looking for a beach then look no further than the Grand Hyatt which has an unrivaled stretch of beach with views across to the pearl. Another family friendly option, the sea is usually filler with inflatables to delight the young and the young at heart.

If you are going I definitely recommend booking a club room which gives you access to the beautiful concierge lounge.

You can read our full review of the Grand Hyatt Doha

Where to stay in Doha for the party animal?

With great bars and food offerings and a central city center location the W Hotel is the perfect place for those looking for a bit more of a party locations. A sleek decor and trendy restaurants such as the fabulous spice market and market place means this is the happening place in Doha.

Want a full review? Check out this post by A Girl and Her Passport 

Best hotel to stay for business in Doha?

Prime city center location at the heart of the business district West Bay makes the Shangri La Doha the ideal place for business travellers to stay. It is attachec to the city center mall which us convenient for those with limited time.

Want a full review? Check out this post by Lux Life

Best hotel to stay for foodies in Doha?


The St Regis – A luxury hotel that will delight even the hardest to please foodie. With offerings such as the Astor grill steakhouse, opal by Gordon Ramsey, the best boozy brunch at vine and Hakkasan there is something for every palette.

Best luxury hotel in Doha?


Does any hotel brand shout luxury like the four seasons? The Doha branch certainly lives up to the hype. With a great range of restaurants, several pools and a lovely beach area with unrivalled levels of service – there is no other choice for luxury than Four Seasons Doha

Want a full review of the Four Seasons? Then why not check out this review by Follow Your Sunshine

Where to stay for an authentic Middle East experience in Doha?

One of my regrets from my time in the Middle East is not staying at one of the boutique hotels in Souq Waqif but what could offer a more authentically Middle Eastern experience than stain in a souq?

Where is your favourite place to stay in Doha? Who do you think it is most suitable for? 

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12 Comments

  1. August 10, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    I’m so pleased you wrote this. We’re visiting Doha later in the year and this post is exactly the information I’ve been looking for. Thank you 😊
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    • August 10, 2017 / 12:58 pm

      Hope you find it useful and enjoy your trip. Do you know where you are staying? Are you going in October? I’m back for a week then

  2. September 21, 2017 / 10:03 am

    Thanks – a very useful post as we are thinking of stopping by Doha soon #FarawayFiles
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  3. September 26, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    This is a useful guide. Though we have no plans of visiting Doha in the near future, we’ll know where to stay if we ever do make the trip. #citytripping
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    • September 26, 2017 / 3:44 pm

      if you like luxury then its definitely the place for you

  4. September 27, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    Great list! I’ve not been to Doha but this will be very helpful for when we do. Judging by the look of these luxurious hotels – we probably should do it soon! Thanks for linking #citytripping

  5. September 27, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    Great list of hotels in Doha. Have never been but would like to visit one day #citytripping

  6. October 2, 2017 / 10:17 am

    I think staying in Souk Waqif would have been nice. Visited on a long layover (free city tour) going to South Africa. On the way back I did the airport hotel – so convenient!

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