We were flying home from Zagreb and needed an overnight to break the long flight to Melbourne. I booked an executive suite at the Holiday Villa because this allowed us to sleep in separate areas: husband on the couch in the living area and me in the bedroom. (Well, he's the one who snores!) We both slept really well. The air-conditioning was a bit full-on and we had difficulties controlling it, but outside was like a furnace, so better too cold than too hot!
The executive suite cost about $200 AU, which was twice the price of the perfectly acceptable hotel we had stayed in on the way to Europe. It was like a one-bedroom apartment, with spacious dining and sitting area, then a separate bedroom, which had a huge bathroom off it. There was a good-sized shower recess and a bath. The bathroom area was about as big as one of our bedrooms at home.
When we arrived at 1:00AM after an awful flight (with people yelling from one end of the plane to the other!) the duty manager agreed to let us have the use of the suite until 6PM. This was much appreciated. It meant we could try to explore the city in the morning then relax in the room have a shower etc before leaving for the airport at 9 PM. We used the hotel's free shuttle bus to get to the airport.
Other reviewers have commented on the poor location of the hotel. Few have said how difficult it is to get a taxi! Hotel staff phoned for a taxi. We waited 30 minutes before giving up and making use of a hotel 'limousine' to take us to Souk Waqif. Getting back from the Souk was an interesting experience. Apparently taxis are zoned and the ones we saw were not allowed to take us back to the area of the hotel! Luckily a young Arab man came to our rescue. He asked the taxi driver to phone for another vehicle, and took us into a bank to escape the heat while we waited. We were introduced to his fiance and her mother. All three spoke English and we enjoyed chatting to them. The city of Doha is a bit strange, but the people we met were really nice.
We ate a very good breakfast in the restaurant overlooking the pool, where we also had an excellent dinner. No glass of wine, though! It's a pity the hospitality of the hotel does not include serving alcohol to guests, but we were in a Muslim country.
We would never choose to fly with Qatar Air again, so are most unlikely to pass through Doha. I'd recommend either of the hotels we stayed at if you must stay in Doha, (read review of Ramada Encore to compare) but I want to remind you that visa fees of approximately $35 AU apply for stays up to 30 days, so with 40 days between our stays we were slugged twice.
If you can afford an executive suite you'll enjoy the space.
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