I stayed here 11 nights in February 2012; it was selected for me by my client.
This is the old, renamed, Sofitel. It is in the old part of town - walking distance to Souk Waquif (a must do, in my opinion).
The hotel is getting a little old now, and it is quite close to some heavy construction. I had a room on the opposite side to these works, and aside from calls to prayer, was not disturbed at all (though I am a 'good sleeper').
What impressed me most here, though was the service. Brilliant and helpful front desk (didn't queue once, and happy to offer late / 5pm checkout without any resistance). La Brasserie buffet - opened early for me every day, as I had early starts most days. Room service - lightening fast (if not much choice).
Free 24-hour internet was provided - no need to ask.
Happy staff everywhere - always said hello. Very happy - and I'll be back...
Area for improvement:
Lots of smoking allowed; tried the 12th floor steakhouse one night, and I could not bear the smoke and smell. When I checked out, I had a short wait for my taxi - a smoker lit up next to me in the lobby seating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the Persian Gulf and in the heart of the city, the hotel is located in the business district near the traditional Arab souk and the National Museum. 172 rooms and 3 suites. Non smoking floor. International cuisine at La Brasserie, Mediterranean cuisine at La Villa. The Old Manor Steakhouse and Bar. 3 meeting rooms for up to 200 people. Exhibition centre and golf course nearby. Airport shuttle (fees apply). Leisure facilities includes Swimming Pool and Fitness centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Accor Grand Hotel Doha
- Mercure Doha