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“That Four Seasons Magic Again” 5 of 5 stars
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Four Seasons Hotel Doha
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   The Corniche | PO Box 24665, Doha, Qatar   |  
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Norfolk, UK
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“That Four Seasons Magic Again”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2006

Doha is a work in progress, a ginormous building site that testifies to the wealth and ambition of the ruling Qatari dynasty - these guys have seen how cities evolve over 100 years or more and see no reason why they can't compress that into 10 years.

Fortunately, the Four Seasons is a work completed, though its palm trees still sag under the weight of Doha's cement dust. However, rest assured that the flies had flown when we luxuriated for three nights in corner suite 1430. This palatial space had a sitting room, beautiful bedroom, state-of-the-art bathroom, the whole Four Seasons shebang. Windows gave views of the sea and the skycrapers in the making. It was, though, totally silent.

The exterior is bold, gleaming white with enough Arabian flourishes to hint that this is not the Gulf of Mexico. The lobby is beautiful, opulent and discreet with jaw-dropping flower arrangements. Restaurants are equally lovely, and the food perhaps half-a-notch down from the sister hotel in Sharm el Sheikh. Service is that expected Four Seasons blend of total efficiency and friendliness. It's a rare mix, that.

If I had a criticism it would be this: the hotel sits on a rather cramped site so that the otherwise delightful terraced 'grotto' pool seems a bit hemmed in by the separate kiddie pool, narrow lawned areas and curving man-made beach. The hotel was fairly empty but when it is full things might get a little crowded down there. Otherwise this is an absolutely top-notch property which offered us a convenient stop-over to Rangoon on Qatar Airway's ever-expanding network.

  • Liked — Just about everything but those beds take some beating!
  • Disliked — Very slightly cramped pool area
  • Tips/Secrets — Supercar enthusiasts should hang out at the entrance
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2006

We stayed here last month, 21-23 September and had a fairly pleasant trip.

The upside was the hotel staff were excellent and went out of their way to be friendly and helpful.

The downsides were that there were literally hundreds (or thousands) of annoying flies by the pool and by the poolside restaurant and it made it very unpleasant indeed. Aslo the hotel has no real 'soul' and felt empty and the so-called beach was more sludge-like than golden sands.

The biggest let down for the hotel is the food, it was very expensive for what you got. I expected the prices that were on the menus, but the quality just did not justify the prices. Such a shame. The hotel needs to re-visit its policy and maybe staff on its food and beverage department.

Overall, not too bad but certainly not great and not up to Four Seasons standards. I have stayed at most other decent hotels in Qatar and the Four Seasons certainly lags behind the Ritz Carlton, Marriott, Sheraton and the Intercontinental, in my opinion.

  • Liked — Nice Rooms, Good location, Great Staff
  • Disliked — Flies, Food, Beach
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2006

My wife and I visited Doha in May 2006, and would definitely recommend the Four Seasons. The level of service is extremely high, and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
Rooms are very well appointed, and have a sea view. The hotel has several dining options, and all are very good. the Italian "Il Teatro" is the most expensive (appx £120 for two courses, and a bottle of wine). The nightly buffets are a cheaper, but excellent alternative. We also ate at the nearby City Centre mall on a couple of occassions - there are plenty of familiar eateries here - Pizza Express, Applebee's etc. The hotel will arrange a car to get there for about £3 (chargeable to the room), and a taxi can easily be got back for 60p. There is building work around the hotel, but to be honest if you didn't see it you wouldn't know it was there.
The hotel has an excellent spa attached to it with most of the amenities being free to guests.
The hotel is popular with business people, which meant plenty of room for us!
All in all this was an excellent location for a holiday, and we look forward to returning.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2006

This would have to be one of the best hotels we've ever stayed in. The service was exceptional, the rooms luxurious (big points for the L'Occitane toiletries) and the general hotel ambience very relaxing. Every single staff member was polite, unobtrusive and friendly. Our children were made to feel particularly welcome (they are both under 10 yrs) and they just loved the Kids Club. The Spa Centre was amazing! We'll definitely be back!

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2006

The Four Seasons opened in 2005 - everything is pristeen and new. Almost all hotel facilities are now available (the shops were not yet open when we were there in December)and certainly you have everything you need to have a very comfortable and relaxing stay.

As the previous reviewer mentioned, service is excellent, the beach is very clean and long enough to go for a stroll (we found a few shells which actually beat our Seychelles collection!), the various pools provide lots of space for swimmers and sunbathers and the various restaurants cater to all tastes and pockets.

There will soon be a quick access route to the nearby shopping mall for those wishing to shop (Marks and Spencers, MAC, Debenhams, Next, Bodyshop to name but a few). There is an excellent spa with fabulous hydro pool and very good gym facilities.

If you want to relax in the sunshine and dont want to fly more than 6 hours - Doha is perfect. Furthermore if you want to relax and be pampered - the Four Seasons is your place!

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2006

Doha: Four Seasons Hotel
Date: January 1, 2006
Reviewer: Family from Switzerland
We have been all around the world, always staying in top hotels, but the Four Seasons in Doha was by far the best hotel as far as service is concerned. We lost our luggage in the tohuwabohu in the Doha Airport (one of the worst in the Middle East!!), but this was no problem at the Four Season. They not only provided us with a better room but also gave us the necessary things for a good night's sleep and the mornings shave etc. (The luggage arrived the following day). Service at the beach and at the pool was outstanding. Waiters brought to us fresh cold fruits, water sprays, cleaned your sunglasses, and refreshing towels, all of it totally free of charge. The prices of the rooms were in line, what we expected from a 5 Star hotel. Whenever you needed any help you were looked after without delay. The Morning newspaper on the door handle was very much appreciated. The rooms themselves were very spacious, nice view (to the sea)and the rooms were all connected for Internet (which was appreciated, as I had to work in the evenings)and were cleaned everyday with a vacuum cleaner.
All in all, the hotel was outstanding and I recommend it to business travellers as well as vacations with family (we were there with our 19 year old daughter).

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: The Corniche | PO Box 24665, Doha, Qatar
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Location: Qatar > Doha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Doha
#2 Romantic Hotel in Doha
#2 Family Hotel in Doha
#2 Business Hotel in Doha
#3 Spa Hotel in Doha
#3 Luxury Hotel in Doha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons Hotel Doha 5*
Number of rooms: 232
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