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“Nice rooms, decent location, but surrounded by building sites.”

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InterContinental Doha The City
Ranked #6 of 137 Hotels in Doha
Reviewed April 17, 2013

Had high expectations with this chain, staff tried very hard, but didn't always deliver. The hotel is surrounded by building sites (as is much of Doha) initial room was looking directly at the builders across the road on the 27th floor! Thankfully moved to a much better view without building site right out the window. Given only one side of the hotel has high rise building work at the moment, and I specified would be nice with a view at check in, wouldn't have been too hard to get a good room to start with! Pool was nice, but often crowded during the day. View from 46th floor gym & pool is great. Nothing was said about the bar on the top 56th floor, so if you're interested in getting a drink and a stunning view head up there, although smokey. City Centre shopping mall is very short walking distance, offering shopping, selection of food and easy taxi, given taxis were not easy at the hotel. 20 minute walk to Al Corniche, although not that easy to get to through the building areas at the moment, nice to walk along.

Room Tip: Try to specify to not face directly into the building sites, there are stunning views available.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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General Manager G, General Manager at InterContinental Doha The City, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2013

Dear RowenaT,

Many Thanks for this review. Regarding the construction around the hotel, unfortunately this is out of our hands. We are glad that you had a chance to experience Strata and the stunning views its offers.

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Reviewed April 10, 2013

Fairly mie modern hotel with big rooms ,the hotel is quiet modern with a nice lobby , it is just 5 mins walk to the city centre mall, there is nothing much to do nearby. No restaurants close by. Quiet location very business like.

Room Tip: The hotel is nice and rooms are all good, avoid taking rooms that face construction site.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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General Manager G, General Manager at InterContinental Doha The City, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2013

Dear RP07

Many Thanks for this review. We are sorry you did not get a chance to stay longer and experience the many restaurants around the hotel. A few minute’s walk away is the Gate Mall which has 3 fantastic restaurants ( Vapiano, Jones The Grocer and MB co) and West bay is filled with restaurants. Perhaps on your next visit you could try them.

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

It's been long overdue I wrote something about this hotel. When it was announced that it was going to open I was particularly looking forward to it, but let's go onto the + and -:

+ centrally located on the west bay close to most offices making it ideal for the business traveller
+ rooms are of decent size
+ shower room is pretty big
+ good internet connectivity
+ nespresso machine is always great for the caffeine-addict
+ the gym is awesome, nice views, numerous machines, nice pool (not really a lap pool though), sauna, whirlpool, steam bath

- arriving at the hotel it becomes tricky trying to locate the reception; in fact there are two, in the same way there are two lobbies which makes it confusing
- don't expect a beach near the hotel but a couple more building sites
- lighting in the rooms is simply terrible
- it will take you ten minutes to get hot water out of the tap
- the water from the shower can equally take time to heat up but it may equally take as much time to come back to a normal temperature so you need to account for time in the morning
- there are two sets of lifts and on the way up it's quite convenient but on the way down it's a painful experience to figure which lift to take; most of them don't have calling buttons and to this day I don't understand how they were conceived
- regardless how big the room or suite the size of the tv remains the same
- expect quite a bit of plumbing and AC noise in addition to the continuous noise from the construction sites nearby
- particularly in this hotel, make sure you ask them twice about the access card to your room being activated
- the phone system requires a PhD to operate
- staff are not well trained making it hit or miss depending on who attends to your needs

Overall disappointing and poor hotel structure

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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General Manager G, General Manager at InterContinental Doha The City, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2013

Dear Areca_Catechu,

Thank you for taking the time to write this review.

Like all brand new properties we have faced some challenges. We have noted all your comments and are looking into them to make sure we have corrected the plumbing and AC issues. Regarding the construction around the hotel, this is out our hands and Qatar is going through a vast growth with loads of building sites throughout the country.

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The Management Team

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

The hotel is really good and rooms are pretty big and well equipped. Gym, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Pool and Steam room are really nice. Hotel location is strategic in Westbay Area.
My only concern is bad smell from the drainage system. I made a note and hope they will fix it. Not that major but I am sensitive to smells

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Thank agmohamed
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General Manager G, General Manager at InterContinental Doha The City, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2013

Dear agmohamed,

Thank you for the compliments on our facilities located on the 46th floor.Regarding the drainage smell, we are working tremendously hard to eradicate this issue for good.

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

I went to doha for 1 night with my family, and we stayed in this excellent hotel
clean rooms, well organized, good location, it cost me 230 USD. actually i didn't try their facilities because it was only 1 night but i expect it to be nice

i recommend this hotel

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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General Manager G, General Manager at InterContinental Doha The City, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2013

Dear Alsinan,

A huge Thank you for this amazing review. We really appreciate it.

We hope that you do get a chance to stay with us again and experience our facilities and restaurants.

Kind Regards,
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights in transit to London. The service was great, lovely room, pool was OK, bars were a real let down. Lots of building work going on all around the hotel so it seems a bit like being in the middle of a construction site but did not impact our stay.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ian R
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General Manager G, General Manager at InterContinental Doha The City, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2013

Dear Ian R,

Thank you for taking the time to write this review.

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Reviewed April 5, 2013

I was in Doha for a week for a business trip, the location of the hotel is perfect for a business traveler. The room were spacious and had a nice skylight and water front view. Housekeeping always made my room on time, the gym was nice and room service was quick.

The staff were friendly specially Wael, who was a great help. As it was my first time in Doha I didn't know anything about the city, but he helped me throughout my stay by providing me with all the information I needed. Thank you Wael.

I would stay there next time I’m in town and I recommend the hotel especially to business travelers.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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Thank LailaA206
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General Manager G, General Manager at InterContinental Doha The City, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2013

Dear LailaA206,

What a wonderful review. Please accept our gratitude. We have passed the message to our colleague Wael.

We hope you choose to stay with us again.

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Additional Information about InterContinental Doha The City

Address: P.O. Box 22178 | Off Al Wahda Street, Doha 8299, Qatar
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Location: Qatar > Doha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #6 of 137 Hotels in Doha
Price Range: $136 - $194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — InterContinental Doha The City 5*
Number of rooms: 525
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The new InterContinental Doha The City is perfectly located in the exclusive area of West Bay, and stands tall amid the financial district, the Diplomatic Street and is only 5 minutes away from Qatar Exhibition Centre and 15 minutes from Doha International Airport. At close proximity from Doha Golf Club, Souq Waqif and Katara Cultural Village and is opposite the City Centre Shopping Mall it is the perfect location for business and leisure travellers. ... more   less 
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