Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha, Qatar – Hotel Review

By Jonathan Spira on 21 July 2012
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One of two pools at the Kempinski

After a long but very pleasant flight from New York to Doha, I arrived in the early evening at the Qatar Airways’ VIP Arrival Terminal where I was met by a Kempinski driver.  It was my first visit to Doha and I was looking forward to getting to know the city.  The driver was friendly and pointed out sights along our route.  Soon I was at the hotel’s front desk, where a clerk welcomed me, checked me in, gave me important information (such as where and when breakfast was served), and escorted me to my room.

My stay was to be relatively short, just a few days, but many visitors to the Kempinski Residences & Suites stay for months.  Doha is a city of expats and the Kempinski fills a need for a long-term residence hotel with the services and hospitality associated with the brand.


One of the first things I noticed about my room as I entered it were the floor-to-ceiling windows and the fantastic views.  I knew I would be taking a lot of photographs of that view.

My Premier 2 Bedroom Suite was located on a high floor.  The generously-sized master bedroom featured a king-size bed, which was so comfortable I didn’t want to get up for my breakfast meeting the first day I was there.  The guest bedroom, still larger than many guestrooms in hotels, had two double beds.   The walk-in closet in the master bedroom was more than enough for my entire wardrobe and served as a buffer between bedroom and bathroom.

The bath area had a separate walk-in shower and tub plus twin sinks.  The bathroom in the second bedroom wasn’t quite as lavish but would have been more than sufficient had I had guests in tow.

The living room was comfortably furnished and had a separate dining area.  I used the living room for several meetings and it was hard to keep people’s attention because of the magnificent view.  Thanks to good planning on the part of the architect, there was a guest bathroom adjacent to the living room, a nice touch.

The separate kitchen had a full-sized refrigerator stocked with beverages, a coffee maker, a tea kettle, a washing machine/dryer, and a breakfast bar seating three.  The cupboards were stocked with plates and silverware.

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