Four Seasons Doha, Qatar – Hotel Review

By Jonathan Spira on 2 January 2013
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The Doha Corniche, a waterfront promenade that runs along Doha Bay DSC_0985and has been the site of unprecedented development in the past decade.  At one time, it was empty save one pyramid-shaped hotel but today it is home to many of the city’s landmarks as well as the Four Seasons Doha hotel.

As I arrived by taxi, I couldn’t help but notice how the hotel, built of local white stone, and its two imposing Moorish crowns, said to be inspired by the Alhambra Palace in Spain, fit the elegant image I had had of the Corniche.

The welcome I received as I got out of the taxi was sincere and heartfelt.  Entering the lobby, I noticed art and flowers everywhere, including a magnificent sculpture, The Doves of Peace, by Ali Al Jabiri, an Iraqi sculptor, situated in the lower lobby area.  Check-in was accomplished quickly and I was in my room in a matter of minutes.


My Premier Room had a beautiful view of the bay DSC_0936(the difference between a Premier Room and Deluxe room is the view, the latter having a city view).  It also had an ashtray, which indicated to me it was a smoking room, so I called down to the front desk and, within minutes, someone was at my door to escort me to a room with an equally magnificent view, albeit one lacking ashtrays.

The room was quite spacious and furnished with classical pieces including a comfortable stuffed chair in the corner and a plush bed.   The bed itself was of course up to the usual high Four Seasons standards and was dressed with down pillows and a down duvet, all covered in soft linens.

The bathroom featured a deep soaking tub and separate shower, my favorite L’Occitane products, and of course the thick terry Four Seasons bathrobes I have come to love (and covet) after many Four Seasons stays around the world.

An in-room espresso maker kept me comfortably caffeinated and the hotel delivers bottled water and ice to each room on a daily basis.

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