The Retaj is an Islamic hotel, not part of an international chain, so is dry. It is a great place though with friendly, helpful staff (although you shouldn't expect their urgency time frames to match yours!!). Rooms are spacious and comfortable with cable TV with a good range of international channels including Sky News which makes a change from Al-Jazeera. Free wi-fi in lobby areas but not free in room (although very reasonably priced). Minibars in rooms with range of soft drinks and snacks. Restaurant is good, serving buffet style meals with wide range of choice. Breakfast at weekends (Friday / Saturday) can be very hectic so best to get there early.
Gym is okay, well equipped with helpful trainers. Pool is too small though, and is really just a leisure pool no good for exercise as such.
Location is good. Within walking distance of City Centre Mall / cinema, Corniche and (if you are keen and it is cooler) Katara Village. Not many cabs pas the hotel but there is a big rank at the Mall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Retaj Al Rayyan Hotel The Retaj Al Rayyan Hotel is ideally located in the heart of the commercial and diplomatic district, and overlooks the West Bay area. With a full panoramic view of the bay, this newly built hotel features 360 spacious rooms and suites. The rooms are equipped to the finest standards, and the hotel offers a wellness centre, an outdoor swimming pool and a comprehensive range of food and beverage outlets. The Retaj Al Rayyan Hotel is just 15 minutes away from Doha International Airport, and is at walking distance to Doha City Centre Shopping Mall. There is also easy access to the Qatar International Exhibition Centre. With its fine accommodations and exceptional level of service, it is a perfect choice for both leisure and business travelers. ... more less
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