Review: W Doha Hotel and Residences

17 Jan

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Amid glitzy skyscrapers that now form Doha’s impressive skyline, in the West Bay Diplomatic District, is where you’ll find W’s relatively new addition, W Doha Hotel and Residences. Being centrally located, it is within comfortable walking distance of most attractions in the area such as City Centre – Doha, The Gate (a recently opened luxury shopping center), and picturesque Al Corniche (footpath along Doha’s bay). Fittingly so, UK-based Designers of the mixed-use property, United Designers, spared no creative expression in ensuring that W’s vision was brought to life architecturally. It is a delight to behold – ultramodern and cleverly engineered.

Getting to the W is a breeze from Doha International Airport. It is approx. 15 mins by taxi and these can be found right outside Arrivals. There’s a W kiosk at the airport should you need assistance arranging transportation but grabbing a taxi should be fairly easy. It’ll run you around 50 QAR (roughly 15 USD).

From the moment you arrive, you’re made to feel very welcome. As is expected with this caliber of hotel, Bellhops immediately greet you and attend to your belongings while the charming host whisks you off to check-in. This all coordinated effortlessly with big smiles and tons of personality.

Rooms are very spacious; even the standard Spectacular room packs a punch. They’re designed in sort of a luxury boudoir like fashion, are pearl-shaped, have very comfy double beds (very adequate for two), a small sitting area, desk/workstation, electric kettle, Nespresso machine (…a collective sigh for you coffee lovers), iPod docking station, AM/FM radio and Samsung flat panel TVs with a mixture of area channels and your standard news stations: CNN, BBC, etc. Internet (Wi-Fi and wired) is also available at an extra charge but you can log on to the Free network in the W Living Room or most public areas.

Bathrooms are very roomy, too, with both showers (rain as well as self-controlled nozzles), and bathtubs, if you’d rather pamper yourself with a bubble. The standard Bliss toiletries are present as well as plentiful as are bathrobes and slippers.

You can literally spend days here–in the hotel–as it’s sort of a little community on its own. Located on the premises are 5 restaurants/lounges: 2 signature ones by Jean-Georges, Spice Market (New York, London, Atlanta), Market (Boston, Vancouver, Atlanta), W Cafe, Bliss Spa, Sweat (gym), Wet (pool), a ladies salon, CUT by Alexandre Zouari, and a whole host of other amenities.

With all the necessities and extras, plus the great service and prime location, look no further for accommodation while in Doha.

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