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 Qatar?
There isn’t really any tourist friendly public transport options in Qatar. 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!
Best Areas to Stay in Doha
The city of Doha isn’t really that big and everything is only a short taxi ride away. For the most part, the hotels tend to be clustered in three main places
- West Bay – the business district of Doha but with easy access to the corniche and the City Centre Shopping Mall. Good for business, those looking for nightlife and families.
- West Bay Lagoon – all of the hotels in this area tend to have beaches.
- Out of City – There are some resorts which are out of the city which are best fro those who want a resort feel or access to the sand dunes!
The best hotel in Doha for families
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. This is particularly great for larger families traveling to Doha. The Hotel is also full of family friendly eateries in the form of The 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
There are lots of hotels in Doha with a private beach but if you are looking for the hotel with the best beach in Doha then look no further than The Grand Hyatt Doha 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.
Here’s a full review of the W Hotel!
Best business hotel Doha?AKA Best hotels in West Bay 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 attached to the city center mall which us convenient for those with limited time. When I travel for business to Doha this is where I tend to stay!
Here’s a full review of the Shangri La Doha
Another option for West Bay business travellers is the Rotana Hotel City Centre! Also attached to the city centre mall!
Best hotel to stay for foodies in Doha?
The St Regis is the best luxury hotel in Doha for foodies. It will please even the most discerning of foodie palates! With offerings such as the Astor grill steakhouse, opal by Gordon Ramsey, the best boozy brunch at vine and the amazing dim sum chain 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
Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel – 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 Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels but what could offer a more authentically Middle Eastern experience than staying in a souq?
The best places to stay outside of Doha!
Qatar is more than just Doha! And if you want to escape the city and see a different side to desert life there are a couple of hotels that should be on your list!
Looking for a Maldivian experience in the Middle East? Then look no further than Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara! From the Corniche you will take a luxury boat transfer from Qatar to Banana Island itself! With over 900 yards of private beach and accommodations in the form of over water villas with private pools, Banana Island is the closest you can get to the Maldives in the Middle East!
Want to experience the Arabian desert? Then the hotel you are looking for is the Sealine Beach Resort. A 40 minute drive the city and 30 minutes from the airport, the resort offers a nice beach break swell as having easiest access to the sand dunes of Qatar for those wanting a desert bashing experience!
Simaisma A Murwab Resort Hotel is a hotel located 33km north of the Doha city centre! This is the perfect place to stay for those wanting to experience a quieter beach away from the hustle and bustle of the city!
Where is your favourite place to stay in Doha? Who do you think it is most suitable for?
Further Reading on Qatar:
What to do with Kids in Qatar
Qatar’s Most Beautiful Places
Hidden Gems in Qatar Public Beaches in Qatar