The ultimate guide of where to stay in Doha Qatar

The ultimate guide of where to stay in Doha Qatar

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

Where to Stay in Doha – Intercontinental

If you are looking for the best hotel in Doha for families 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. 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

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The hotel with the best beach in Doha 

Where to Stay in Doha -Grand Hyatt 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.

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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.

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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

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Another option for West Bay business travellers is the Rotana Hotel City Centre! Also attached to the city centre mall!

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Check out this review!

Best hotel to stay for foodies in Doha?

Where to Stay in Doha -St Regis

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.

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Best luxury hotel in Doha?

Where to Stay in Doha – Four Seasons

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.

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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?

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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!

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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!

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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!

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

Further Reading on Qatar:

Preparing For Your Trip:
Ultimate Guide of Where to Stay in Doha
What to Wear in Doha

What to see in Doha Qatar:
Flying From Qatar 
The ultimate guide of where to stay in Qatar, the best beach hotels in Qatar, the best business hotels in Doha

The ultimate guide of where to stay in Qatar, the best beach hotels in Qatar, the best business hotels in Doha

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16 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 😊

    • 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

  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

    • 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!

  7. February 6, 2018 / 3:09 am

    Hey, thanks for sharing such an informative post. I am planning to visit Doha in June with my family. Your post will help me a lot. Thank you.

    • February 6, 2018 / 6:30 am

      You are welcome. If you have any questions just shout

  8. Juliana
    February 26, 2018 / 2:50 am

    Hi, I am visiting Doha in October, if I am staying in Souk Waqif, how do I go to the other modern side of Doha? Do I catch a taxi or should I rent a car?

    • February 26, 2018 / 5:04 am

      Hi Juliana thanks for your comment! From souq waqif taxis are readily available and I would estimate a cab to West Bay would cost approx 20qar! Doha is very easy to get around win by taxi so I wouldn’t bother renting a car and if you want to go out into the desert there are lots of reputable companies who can take you. You can also walk from the souq to West Bay along the corniche but this is weather dependent! It would take probably 45 minutes. Let me know if you have any other questions I’d be happy to answer and I’d love To hear how you find he souq waqif hotels as it’s pretty much the only place I haven’t stayed in Doha

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