We arrived for a 12 day stay right in the middle of Ramadan which always complicates things a little in this region. Now that we are finishing up our stay I thought I would write up a review while things are fresh on my mind.
Our check in was very smooth and were given an upgraded room with a nice view facing the pool and beach (#212). Even though the 106F temps didn't allow use, we were very pleased to see that the windows did opened. (We both get a little claustrophobic when we are unable to get fresh air upon request). There was a nice plate of fresh fruit and two bottles of water left for us in our room. The bathroom toiletries are a decent quality and we were happy to find a good Crest branded mouthwash.
Because of the Ramadan Holiday the restaurants had restricted hours and menus. Knowing about the in house mexican restaurant we were craving chips and salsa when we arrived but were disappointed to find it only open for a short lunch buffet (not the typical menu), and no dinner service was offered. The pool side restaurant Mykonos was open for lunch and dinner with their normal menu service (sans the alcohol) but in the past it has left a little to be desired for us so we passed on that as well. The Cafe was open for a very decent breakfast buffet but closed again until dinner which was open for the typical Ramadan Iftar buffet that they felt worthy of 175QR (plus the cost of drinks). We did not feel the cost was worth the offerings but that is usually due the fact we are vegetarians and Iftar is typically 85% meat related. The hotel does offer a very decent selection of food on their room service menu at the typical room service prices.
The room is quite spacious and well kept. The bathroom is large and roomy with a deep tub and a separate stand up shower. Although I agree with other posts about the bed being incredibly hard and uncomfortable as the region goes it isn't that bad. I've slept on worse, much worse. All the beds over here are quite hard and the pillows barely qualify as such. I've joked many times that the bathtub would be more comfortable sleeping arrangement but have yet to be desperate enough to try it. We were a little stunned at the joke of an ironing board that is approx. 3' long, half the width of a normal board AND awkwardly attached inside the closet - completely unusable really. After a quick call to the front desk a proper board and iron were delivered and we have been allowed to keep them in our room for daily use.
Our room was cleaned everyday and with the exception of having to ask for mouthwash everyday we have been quite pleased with the service.
All the rest:
The facilities are wonderful! The pool is large with plenty of chairs and various views with varying degrees of shade. There is a swim up bar but because of Ramadan no alcohol was being served. (Drinks around the pool in general were very low keyed due to the holiday.) There are lots of grassy areas available for various activity, a kids pool and park equipment, a very nice private beach and tennis courts. Because of the heat we haven't been out to explore all of the grounds but there have been a steady stream of people around all day everyday enjoying them. Inside the hotel offers a nice gym with a good selection of machines and weights. There are two squash courts that are available for reserve and a couple times a week they offer a spinning class. Basic spa services are also available but we did not give them a try this visit.
The hotel is indeed a bit off the beaten path and taxi service is scarse unless you call for one. The limo service offered by the hotel is typical of the region - expensive and inconstant in price. :)
One irritation we encountered was that even though we were given a non-smoking room, on a non-smoking floor the person in the room next to us insisted on smoking and the smell frequently passed thru the door that separated our rooms.
All in all a very good stay at the Intercon Doha.
- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Doha Hotel Doha
- Intercontinental Doha Hotel
- Doha Intercontinental
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- InterContinental Doha is the luxury urban resort & business hotel in the heart of Doha. Conveniently located within 5 minutes of the business district, City Center Mall, & Doha Golf Club. Qatar Exhibition Centre is within a walking distance, although free transportation is available. Doha International Airport is only a 25-minute drive. It is ideally situated for both business and leisure travelers. Within its lush expansive grounds & the prestigious West Bay Diplomatic area you will find an experience to make memories last a lifetime. Enjoy the largest free-form swimming pool that awaits you along side the longest private 500 meter Arabian Gulf Beach in Doha. Property offers 257 guest accommodations including a variety of sea view, suites and club floor rooms. To meet and exceed the business needs, the hotel is equipped to host business meetings & social gatherings with 5 flexible function rooms and a grand ballroom that accommodates up to 800 guests. 24-hour business center with high-speed Internet access, & WI FI is available. Intercontinental Doha boasts 6 restaurants and bars serving International cuisine alongside Italian, Middle Eastern, Tex-Mex and seafood specialties, as well as a kid s buffet every week. The renowned Bay Club invites guests to a variety of luxury experiences with outstanding recreational facilities include a 24-hour gym, tennis, squash, and swimming pools and massage treatments. A Sailing Academy is available for boat hire, and water sports. ... more less
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