Mandarin Oriental, Doha opened its doors in March 2019.
What’s it like?
Designed by the popular David Collins Studio, the hotel can be described as an urban retreat with striking elements of Qatari heritage. Although, I have stayed in multiple Mandarin Oriental properties across the globe, this one in particular left me wide-eyed with its opulence and grandeur.
Where is it?
A 20-minute drive from Hamad International Airport, Mandarin Oriental, Doha is located in the centre of Msheireb Downtown. Souq Waqif, Msheireb Museums, Doha Corniche and Museum of Islamic Art are few tourist attractions that are close-by.
The property houses 117 rooms, 41 suites and 91 serviced apartments. I was booked in a spacious Studio suite, offering breathtaking city-views. My accommodation had a separate lounging and bedroom section, as well as a dressing area with a walk-in wardrobe. The aspect that impressed me the most was the unpretentious blend of local and modern elements. Furthermore, the suite provided me with the right ambience and state-of-the-art work facilities to prepare for my business meets on the following day — for example, a fully equipped work-desk with multiple charging points.
Food and drink
Undoubtedly, their F&B is one of the finest in the Qatar capital. Some of my heartiest meals in Doha were enjoyed at the hotel’s two popular outlets — one at Mosaic with nine live cooking stations serving dishes inspired by the Silk Route; and the other one is IZU for French-Mediterranean cuisine. You may also try Cantonese and provincial Chinese delicacies at Liang; gelato and a wide selection of desserts at Gelato; afternoon-tea at Mandarin Lounge and creatively crafted drinks at Ambar. For post-work socialisation, check out Baraha Lounge and Aqua.
Corporate fairs and gala dinners can be organised at Almas Grand Ballroom which has a seating capacity of up to 280 guests. Seven additional function rooms, one with an exclusive separate entrance, are also available.
Being health conscious, I would start my day by sweating it out in the hotel’s fitness and wellness centre, packed with Technogym equipment. Mandarin Oriental, Doha’s spa is lavish; it occupies 3,030 sqm of space and comes with six private treatment rooms, a couple’s suite and two VIP suites and two indoor pools.
Verdict: Mandarin Oriental, Doha showcases Qatari heritage in a contemporary setting, where middle eastern charm meets Mandarin Oriental’s hospitality.
Price: Upwards of QR 1,529/₹30,000
Contact: Mandarin Oriental, Doha, Barahat Msheireb Street, Msheireb Downtown, Doha, Qatar