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.
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- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Hotel Doha
- Four Seasons Doha
- Doha Four Seasons