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“Rooftop restaurant Al Matbakh” 5 of 5 stars
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Arumaila - Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Souq Waqif, PO Box 1274, Doha, Qatar   |  
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Ranked #21 of 124 Hotels in Doha
Doha, Qatar
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Rooftop restaurant Al Matbakh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

I have been in Doha foe over a year and never knew that there is such a great restaurant in Souq Waqif! After the initial problems with booking the table (the lines didnt work due to apparently system down, but i was called back after sending an email), we had truly amazing experience. The location is great (it is nice to go for a walk in Souq and then have a dinner)' views over West Bay are also amazing, the food was delicious and fairly priced, but most of all - the service was perfect and i dare to say it was best service we experienced in Doha so far. We were also chatted by the chief. We will definitely go back and will recommend this place to everybody.
just to add- there is no alcohol served in this restaurant despite being a hotel.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SWBH, Manager at Arumaila - Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Dear Kasia P,

We are delighted to receive such a nice review of "Al Matbakh - RoofTop Grill" in Arumaila Boutique Hotel, Doha.

It has always been our goal to foster a warm ambiance and deliver the highest level of service to our dear guests. And it is very rewarding that our efforts are being recognized and appreciated. We are very pleased to see that you were satisfied in particular with prime location in Souq Waqif, City Skyline views, food delicacies, personalized service and value for money. Also, we appreciate your valuable feedback regarding phone lines and we'll surely look into this matter to avoid the same issue in future.

Thanks again and we hope to get many more opportunities of hosting you again.

Kind regards,

Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel located in the Souq, it has large rooms coffee machine and is extremely well decorated, in a great location for the Souq or a walk along the Corniche.

I was not aware it was a dry hotel and used booking.com to book, The website really should state this fact on its advert. I checked out but was charged for one night. I think as the description on booking.com did not state this fact, I really sh

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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SWBH, Manager at Arumaila - Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Dear jewelly100,

Thank you very much for this lovely review of our Arumaila hotel.

It is so nice to read great feedback coming from our esteemed guest recognizing our efforts to make each of their stay memorable and excellent. You have really made the right choice of accommodation as we are the perfect place for leisure and for business.

We have also taken your comments about property info into consideration and we are very thankful for your honest feedback as through you, we are more able to to identify things that we need to improvise further.

We are looking forward to welcome you back for another memorable stay in the near future.

Kind regards,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We stayed at Arumaila Boutique Hotel last summer and we had a wonderful time. The hotel staff was very nice and helpful at all time, and kindly agreed to any special request we might have had. The hotel is very charming and within Souq Waqif, which allows you to experience Doha within few footsteps. Sadly our trip was very short but we would love to visit Doha again in the future, and will definitely look forward to stay again at that wonderful hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

In the anonymity of super skyscraper business hotels that seems to make up Doha, the Arumaila and its sister hotels in the Souq Waqif group really stand out as somewhere special. The Arumaila is right next to the Souq itself, so you really feel you are staying in an Arab city. The service was outstanding -- friendly, efficient and courteous without being overwhelming. The Breakfasts were lovely and the food is good and fresh. The decor and design are terrific and the rooms are airy and very comfortable. This is a newly opened hotel but it deserves to become know as THE smart and sensible place to stay in Doha. One small issue is the difficulty in getting taxis at the hotel, but as it becomes better known, I'm sure this will change.

Room Tip: They all seemed first class from what I and my colleague experienced.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SWBH, Manager at Arumaila - Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels, responded to this review, December 16, 2012
Dear 855MRS,

Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience in our Arumaila Boutique Hotel, Souq Waqif.

We are extremely delighted to read your description about our hotel. It is most rewarding to learn that our facilities and services were appreciated by guests like you. We will do our best to keep up the standard to always meet your expectations.

Thank you once again and we look forward to your next visit.

Kind regards,

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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Picked up from the airport in a limo, whisked through the traffic to the hotel which is part of the Souq Waqif historical area of Doha. There are a number of other hotels in the group, also residences for people who need to stay longer than a few days.
On arrival, arabic coffee, fresh juice as we very quickly go through registration process then taken to our rooms.
Rooms are spacious, mine was luxuriously appointed, dried fruit waiting for me, area to work, free wifi, Nespresso machine too.
Shower (no tub in my room) was a bit complex for me at first use, (tip, taps on rhs, top one is temperature, second one is rainfall, third is those nozzles in front of you, and fourth is the shower on the wand). Once mastered the shower was brilliant!
Breakfast is great, I totally recommend the eggs benedict with salmon.
What else can I say? I get sick of the ubiquitous hotel rooms that are The Intercon/Sheraton/Hilton etc. and this place is so much more relaxing and personal, you feel like a friend not "Room number 1234".
Thanks to Karim and Mera. I'll be back.

Room Tip: Some have private balconies, others are larger, just explain to your agent, or direct to the hotel...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SWBH, Manager at Arumaila - Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels, responded to this review, December 25, 2012
Dear Michael C,

Thank you very much for taking a moment of your valuable time to share your experience. It is always a pleasure to read positive comments from our guests. We always strive to personalize our services and provide comfortable stay to our valued guests like you.

We are so happy to learn that you have enjoyed at Arumaila Boutique Hotel, Souq Waqif with its first class facilities, amenities and to our exquisite service. Your kind remarks will surely serve as an inspiration to the whole team in delivering the best services every time. Your commendations are shared with the entire team.

Once again, thank you very much and we are so looking forward to welcome you back for another enjoyable and comfortable stay with us.

Kind Regards,

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Address: Souq Waqif, PO Box 1274, Doha, Qatar
Location: Qatar > Doha
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 124 Hotels in Doha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Arumaila - Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels 5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located in the world-renowned Souq Waqif, the most popular tourist destination in Doha, Arumaila Boutique Hotel is a five-star property situated in the most authentically local area of the capital. The Souq itself sits at the heart of Qatar’s capital city.From a traditional Arab exterior into a modern and relaxing interior, Arumaila presents a unique fusion of traditional hospitality and the facilities and services demanded by the discerning 21st Century traveller. The boutique property’s accommodation offering comes through 17 rooms and two suites, guaranteeing all guests an intimate, personalised and exclusive experience.Arumaila has a lively and fashionable theme, characterised by the use of colour in decoration, upholstery and fittings. It’s energetic and hip feel will attract a younger set, but also dynamic corporates, too. It’s a theme that is also reflected in the hotel’s food and beverage options below. We welcome individuals, couples and business travellers; anyone, in fact, who wishes to retreat to an exclusive – and exquisitely created – Arabian sanctuary. The hotel offers unique and discreet service, delivered in vibrant, modish surroundings. ... more   less 
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