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“3.5 / 5 - form over function at times”

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W Doha Hotel & Residences
Ranked #2 of 135 Hotels in Doha
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Level 6 Contributor
147 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“3.5 / 5 - form over function at times”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Trendy (passe?) design hotel; bars are a victim of their own success, overly busy with non-residents. Spice market restaurant very good. Breakfast good but service overwhelmed when busy. Room a good size, with view...of a building site, OK this is Doha... Noisy at times notwithstanding 13th floor. Bed v comfy. Bathroom superficially very nice, but with a door that didn't close properly (same for mini-bar) a sink set back in to the washstand so water everywhere, green soap, may have its merits but leaves green slime everywhere...

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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WDoha, Manager at W Doha Hotel & Residences, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
Hello sandy_abstentia,

Thank you for your review, we were sorry to hear that your stay wasn't quite what you were expecting, however certainly appreciated the time taken to provide us with your thoughts.

We were pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time in Spice Market and hope to see you again on your next visit to Doha.

All the best,

Daniel Kingston
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St-Andre-d'Argenteuil, Canada
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Returning from Singapore, we stopped two days in the W hotel in Doha, Qatar. The distance from the airport is reasonable (10-15 minutes by taxi, for 7-10 $) and it is well situated in the city being close to ‘The Corniche’ where we took long walks. We had a large non-smoking room on the 12 the floor (make sure to specify if you want non-smoking). The room was very comfortable, clean with a bath and a shower. The Wi-Fi internet is excellent but not included in the price of the room. At the arrival we were offered a package for about 80 $ per day per couple that included the free internet and also a great buffet breakfast and the use of the Crystal lounge that permits you to have finger foods (sushi, salads, sandwiches and non-alcoholic beverages )during the day. It also includes alcoholic beverages from 6 to 7 pm. It makes this package very interesting because there is plenty of good food to have your three meals. The staffs of the hotel are very nice and the service is excellent. We were first supposed to visit Dubai but changed our mind because of the fact that we did not have a visa and that we were told that it could take some time to obtain , being Canadians. On the opposite, it was extremely easy to buy the visa at the customs in Doha (just present your passport and your credit card (approx. 25 $ , et voilà). I strongly recommend Doha. It is a nice city to visit (we saw the main things in two days) and staying at the W was a treat. Otherwise the only other advice, as it is the case in many countries, make sure to use taxis with meter and insist that they use it .

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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WDoha, Manager at W Doha Hotel & Residences, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
Hello jleclerc55,

Thank you for the wonderful review, we were delighted to hear you enjoyed your time with us and also that you got to experience the city and all that Doha has to offer.

Please let us know when you will next be in town.

All the best,

Daniel Kingston
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

Stayed on night for a business trip and loved it. As ever with SPG, staff very well trained, very helpful and attentive (maybe, if you're English, a bit over the top on the desire to be helpful, but that's me not them ...) Rooms are great and set a standard that older, more tired brands like Intercontinental, Hilton etc struggle to live up to. Love the room layout, thoughtful touches, espresso machine, shoe polish service, iPod dock, well stocked mini bar, view. The private lounge is also comfortable, barman well trained. Also, if you stay in generic 4/5* a lot it's really refreshing to stay somewhere that feels a bit more innovative and different. Firm favourite for Doha from now on.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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WDoha, Manager at W Doha Hotel & Residences, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
Hello Oenophilia,

Thank you for the wonderful review, we were delighted to hear that the team took great care of you.

Please let us know when you'll be back.

All the best,

Daniel Kingston
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

The rooms are invariably great within my experience of the trendy W group and this one was no exception. We were situated on the 9th floor at my request as I had read that noise is a problem here due to the coveted Crystal nightclub and other bars which are based on the lower levels. The room was uber cool and choc with mod cons plus floor to ceiling windows overlooking West Bay. The bathroom was sleek and spacious. Room service staff were very efficient and helpful as were the reception team. The delicious beast who checked us in was a dead ringer for Bradley Cooper and the place buzzes with beautiful party people and busy business suits. The hotel houses 2 of Doha's most highly praised restaurants , The Spice Market and Market by Jean-Georges. Both were very good. The only downside to our stay was noise. Despite being situated on the higher level I could still hear a faint hum from the club/bar but also a fair bit of street noise and a lot of noise from neighbouring rooms and corridors well into the wee hours. Still, this is a great fun, happening place to stay and if you are likely to be in the club yourself til dawn this won't trouble you.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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WDoha, Manager at W Doha Hotel & Residences, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
Hello mrstraveller1,

Thank you for the great review, we were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and look forward to seeing you again.

On another note, the Welcome Desk team are all taking bets as to who the Bradley Cooper lookalike was, so if you can shed any light, it would be appreciated and would settle any arguments.

Thanks again and all the best,

Daniel Kingston
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2013

The W is a different hotel to your typical 5*. It has a more modern approach with a more 'fashionable' approach to design. It is a fantastic change for someone like me who stays in hotels a lot. The management, particularly a chap called Erik, have total understanding of what residents require and requests are addressed quickly. I have stayed in this hotel once before and its high standards have remained which is great to see. I would recommend this hotel to businessmen and couples alike.

Room Tip: The rooms are round so be prepared to have a different design! Great coffee machine too!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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WDoha, Manager at W Doha Hotel & Residences, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
Hello Alexander L,

Thank you for another great review on the hotel, we're delighted that you're a fan.

We also appreciated the feedback on Erik, he's a great talent and takes fantastic care of our guests. We have forwarded your comments to Erik and also shared with the entire team.

Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit to Doha.

All the best,

Daniel Kingston
Director of Rooms
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

We liked the hotel very much for the following:
The absolutely professional and friendly staff; the very modern and stylish equipment; the Asian fusion restaurant was awesome; and all the other amenities in the hotel as well. We can really recommend the W Doha Hotel, for leisure and business travel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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WDoha, Manager at W Doha Hotel & Residences, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Hello Anne159,

Thanks for the review, we were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your short leisure trip to Doha and look forward to seeing you again soon.

All the best,

Daniel Kingston
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

From the arrival one can sense to be in another world. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Market Restaurant offer one of the best weekday lunch deals in town. Delicious. Spent a long weekend here and found the standard room to be superb, especially the layout and the way the bathroom connects. For the busy traveler who looks at the best shower, the full gaget plug-ins and the best matraess, the w is the place to be. great experience!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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WDoha, Manager at W Doha Hotel & Residences, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Hello Rudi M,

Thank you for the review, we were extremely happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us.

If you liked our standard rooms, then you have to come back and try our suites! Please make sure to let us know when you'll be visiting again.

All the best,

Daniel Kingston
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Property: W Doha Hotel & Residences
Address: West Bay Area, Doha 19573, Qatar
Location: Qatar > Doha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Doha
#2 Luxury Hotel in Doha
#2 Romantic Hotel in Doha
#2 Spa Hotel in Doha
#4 Family Hotel in Doha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — W Doha Hotel & Residences 5*
Number of rooms: 442
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
W Doha Hotel & Residences is located in the prime West Bay area of Doha's city-centre. The multi-story structure of the building reveals panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf. W Doha brings a new flavor to the region as the first lifestyle design hotel in Doha. The hotel sets the standard for modern luxury accommodation in the city, offering residents all the benefits and amenities that come with being connected to a W. The design of W Doha is modern and contemporary with an infusion of the design elements indigenous to the region, including lighting, colors, and social areas. All rooms have IP telephones and digital safe boxes with laptop charging facilities. ... more   less 
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