When traveling to a new place it can be hard to decide where to stay whether you are staying for 24 hours or longer! 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, Qatar. So whether you are traveling as a family, for business or just looking for some great amenities we have you covered we our round up of best places to stay in Doha, Qatar.
Last Updated: July 2019
How to pick where to stay in Doha Qatar?
It is hard to pick one best location to stay in Doha as I think this is contingent on so many factors i.e. type of traveller, budget and what you want to see when staying in 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.
Looking for an itinerary for Qatar? Then check out our 1-7 day Qatar itinerary.
Best Area to Stay in Doha Qatar
The city of Doha isn’t really that big and everything is only a short taxi ride away so there really is no one right answer to the question what are the best areas to stay in Doha. Instead I would say there are three main areas you may want to considering staying in Doha.
- 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. Likely to be the best place to stay in Qatar for the business traveller.
- 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.
In the below we will list the best Qatar hotels in each area for each type of traveller.
Where to Stay in Doha for every type of traveller!
I would say that there is not just one best hotel to stay in Doha but there are a couple of choice that could vie for the title. I have rounded up the best hotels in Doha for different categories of traveller.
The best family hotels in Doha
There is not one best area in Doha to stay for families but I can say from experience that one of the most family friendly areas is the West Bay Lagoon area.
Next Read: If you are travelling to Doha with kids check out this post.
In our opinion one of the best hotel in Doha for families is the Intercontinental.
Unsurprisingly the best family hotel Doha has some amazing facilities that the smallest members of your travelling group will love. 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 hotel is also 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 is really one of the best Doha family hotels in Qatar.
Please note: There are two Intercontinental hotels in Doha – the resort style one as above and the city location. The resort one is much more family friendly than the Intercon the City.
This hotel also features in our Great Middle Eastern Hotels Roundup
The hotel with the best beach in Doha
If you are staying in Doha then I recommend looking for a hotel with a beach – no matter the time of year you visit. 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.
For a complete guide to the best beach hotels in Doha check our this post.
You can read our full review of the Grand Hyatt Doha here.
Where to stay Doha for the party animal?
If you are a bit of a part animal and looking for the best places to stay in Doha then for me there really is only one choice.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
If you are looking for the best hotels to stay in for the business traveller then you need to be looking at West Bay.
The 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. Although Doha is full of great restaurants, The St Regis has the best hotel restaurants in the whole of Qatar.
Best luxury hotel in Doha
Often cited as the best place to stay in Doha – The Four Seasons Doha 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. There is a reason this is called Qatar best hotel by many of the Doha residents.
Want to know how to get luxury for less in Doha? Check out this post?
Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel – Best Places to Stay in Doha for authentic Middle East experience
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 in Qatar outside of Doha!
While this is a Doha Where to stay guide, 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 places to stay in Qatar that offer this.
Looking for a Maldivian experience in the Middle East? Then the Qatar best place for Maldives style luxury is Banana Island Resort 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.
Please note: This is a dry resort.
Where is your favourite place to stay in Doha? What is your favourite area/places to stay in Doha Qatar? And where did you go on your Qatar stay?
Further Reading on Qatar:
If you are looking for how long to stay in Doha
What to do with Kids in Qatar
Qatar’s Most Beautiful Places
Hidden Gems in Qatar Public Beaches in Qatar