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Somerset West Bay
Ranked #64 of 140 Hotels in Doha
Reviewed December 21, 2011

While this is not a luxurious experience, for a long-term stay in Doha I would highly recommend Somerset West Bay. I stayed here for 6 months last year on a work assignment. It was clean, comfortable, everything worked right, the view was great as was the location. Also, the staff was so friendly, helpful and professional. I really had no problems staying here.

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  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 20, 2011

We had the three bedroom suite and that was very spacious. When you look at the details, the kitchen is nowhere near pretty for use, and the bathrooms/ toilets have broken parts. For example the sink was shaking if you touched it, and leaking water. For the price paid, it was too much I think.

If you do not need all the space, head for Kempinski behind as they both are in a quiet area and close to everything in tiny Doha.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 14, 2011

I spent 6 weeks in Doha in Jan 2011, and found the Somerset to be a very good apartment. There is not a great deal in Doha at present and this block is of very good quality. The included breakfast is adequate, not over the top with choice, but sufficient, and of good quality, none the less.

The apartments themselves are spacious, clean, well furnished. Everything worked well and the room attendants provided excellent service. WiFi was very good. The gym downstairs is well equipped for most people. The equipment is in good condition.

It is conveniently located next to the W Hotel, which is good for nightlife.

Overall, I would recommend the Somerset in Doha and I would stay there again.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

I moved into the Somerset as a monthly resident and to be very honest, it is far below average.

In summary

What is good about it:

1) The staff at the front desk are polite and helpful
2) There is an onsite maintenance and engineering team to fix all the problems
3) On site gym is functional
4) Pool is functional but literally a hole in the ground in an oddly shaped building attached to the main building; almost an afterthought.
5) Kids nursery/play area
6) Reasonable laundry service
7) Room service available from the restaurant

What is bad about it;

1) Threadbare towels of a poor quality
2) Worn bed linen
3) The stench coming from the kitchen/laundry room is intolerable/nauseating
4) My first allocated apartment was in shocking condition (filthy doors, cracked tiles, peeling wall paper, dry rot in the door frames). When I complained loudly enough on my first day for them to fix the problems, they moved me to a new apartment
5) General state of repair is poor (I cannot recall a day in the first 2 weeks when something did not fall off the wall or break when used e.g. the oven racks. toilet seat, no hot water etc.)
6) TV Channels are average and reception is poor
7) No wireless and cable internet connectivity is EXTREMELY slow.

To their credit, they have attended to all the problems identified very swiftly, however the nauseating smell in the kitchen/laudry area remains and it would be enough for anyone to seek a new residence.

I entered with high expectations, given the money that I am paying every month, and now I find myself looking for a new place to stay.

A definite miss on the residential apartments.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 11, 2010

This was a pleasant property. The staff was very good, and the American Grill restaurant was nice.

A couple of notes: For some reason, the electric water heater is on an unidentified switch. When we arrived in our 3 bedroom unit, we looked around the unit and inadvertantly turned off the switch. After a couple of cold showers, we figured out what had happend.

Also, I saw a review the complained of the smell of cigarette smoke. None of us were smokers; we noticed the ashtrays, but didn't smell cigarettes at all.

No wi-fi, but the Somerset provides wired network connectivity in the rooms. It provide access, but was slow.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 27, 2010

If you are a smoker, you'll love it.

There are no smoke-free rooms or floors. Unlike other reputable hotels in Doha, the small restaurant has a smoking section even though the regulations ban smoking indoors.

Other negatives:
- very dark rooms. The glass is heavily tinted so you'll need the lights on all day no matter how sunny it is outside
- towels of low quality
- music in hallway plays all night
- extremely limited breakfast buffet (unless you count the spicy olives and the five kinds of cakes)
- integrated washer/dryer from which your clothes come out so wrinkled it take three times longer to iron them
- no dishwasher (can't get comfortable with the people who clean the toilets also cleaning my dishes)

I think you get the idea...

  • Stayed: August 2010
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Reviewed September 1, 2009

Large apartment with very comfortable rooms. Nice indoor pool as well. City Centre Mall is walking distance.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Somerset West Bay

Address: Diplomatic Area, Doha 26026, Qatar
Location: Qatar > Doha
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#32 Business Hotel in Doha
#58 Luxury Hotel in Doha
Price Range: $240 - $271 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Somerset West Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located in the heart of Doha's Diplomatic Area at the north end of picturesque Corniche, Somerset West Bay is nestled among key ministry headquarters, embassies and consulates. Within walking distance is City Center Doha mall, one of Doha's best known shopping and entertainment destinations. ... more   less 
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