Stayed here at the courtesy of Qatar Airways on economy class as we had an involuntary 20-hour layover in the city. Arrived at 6am in the morning at Doha airport, was given the hotel voucher, went through immigration and approached the hotel desk right outside customs. The rep said that the shuttle would leave in 15 minutes. True enough, after we changed money, didn't have to wait too long to board the shuttle to get to the hotel. There were three parties of 6 people on the shuttle. Once we got to the hotel, we had access to our room on the first floor right away. The room itself and the bathroom were huge and spacious. Again thanks to the Qatar Airways Stopover Program, all meals were taken care of. They serve buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner (which would normally cost QR82, QR150 and QR150 respectively). There was a huge variety, and if you like Arabic food, you would definitely enjoy it. The hotel was functional. There is a decent gym though we were too tired to use, and an outdoor-ish pool. (There was even a jar of mint lemonade for guests to help themselves with in the gym.) Though a bit far from Islamic Art Museum and Corniche, we managed to find a taxi on the street to take us there at 2pm. Spent the afternoon in the area and at the Souk before walking all the way back to the hotel (which took around 80 minutes - we figured it was impossible to get a taxi from the Souk anyway, and managed to see the skyline at nighttime of the downtown business area). The Reception kept giving us different answers as to what time we would leave for the airport, but anyway, we checked out at 11pm, and left on shuttle at 11:20pm for our 1:55am flight. There were again three parties of 6 people on the shuttle back to the airport.
- 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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