We have reviewed hotels in Doha, Qatar, with the best club or executive lounges, at Doha airport, in the city or on the beach, for couples, families or as a single business traveller. By reviewing each of these club lounges, in turn, I conclude which hotel club lounge comes in at the top and which hotel I would select as having the best club lounge in Doha.
If you are flying with Qatar Airways, you will most likely layover in Qatar, but don’t just stay in the airport. Doha is a destination in its own right, with some wonderful beaches and hotels. Doha, the capital of Qatar, remains a relatively unknown holiday destination when compared to the nearby Dubai, but it should not be ignored as it offers a less commercial snapshot of the Middle East. Now is the time to visit this magical destination before the masses descend.
If you want club lounge access for free, book a standard room at the InterContinental in New York, Paris or London, which partner with our luxury travel concierge and you will get a room upgrade and FREE club lounge access. This free lounge access has to be one of the best hotel deals in New York, Paris and London!
The best luxury hotels in Doha, Qatar, include The St. Regis Doha (no club lounge), Ritz-Carlton Doha (club lounge), Grand Hyatt Doha (club lounge), Ritz Carlton Sharq Village & Spa (no club lounge) and Banana Island Resort by Anantara (no club lounge), an alcohol-free island with beautiful beaches, just 25 minutes from the heart of Qatar’s vibrant capital.
Book any luxury hotel via our luxury travel concierge and you will get great free benefits* at no extra cost such as:
Breakfast for two people per bedroom.
Food, beverage or spa credit of USD100 per stay.
Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (this usually excludes suites).
Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability.
Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms.
Complimentary welcome gift (usually a box of chocs, bottle of wine etc).
I have compiled a list below containing the club lounges available across luxury hotels in Doha. I list the lounges in Doha that I consider to be the best of the best. I will be reviewing each of these hotel club lounges in detail in turn, so that you know what you will get if you book a room with club lounge access, or get upgraded to a club lounge for free because of your loyalty status. Please note, none of the Doha club lounges serves alcohol during Ramadan but they do serve alcohol during their happy hours throughout the rest of the year.
1. The Ritz-Carlton, Doha
The Ritz-Carlton, Doha is a gorgeous luxury hotel located on the shores of the Arabian Sea, with a world-class spa, modern fitness centre and elegant restaurants and bars as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools and lush landscaped gardens.
The hotel has its own private beach, located on an island adjacent to the hotel and this Ritz-Carlton is 10 minutes’ drive from the cultural center of Doha, Katara Cultural Village and its conveniently located across Lagoona Mall. If you are spending your Marriott Bonvoy points, this hotel costs 35,000 Bonvoy points per night.
The Ritz-Carlton, Doha celebrates the city’s progressive spirit with an exclusive Club Level, distinctive dining options, modern rooms and suites, a unique spa journey and legendary outdoor pools. With distinctive features that include the largest chandelier in the Middle East, this 5-star luxury hotel bridges the past with the present. There are 374 well-appointed guestrooms with views of the city or Arabian Gulf, 61 luxury suites and 42 club rooms with free internet.
Book into one of the 42 club rooms and you will get access to the sophisticated club level which is, in our opinion, the most luxurious and best club lounge in Doga. Here, you can enjoy an elegant setting (pictured above) with five areas: Warm Welcome, In Residence, Library, The Dining Room and The Kitchen.
A selection of offerings and amenities has been carefully crafted to enhance the 5 senses of guests experience, from food and beverage offerings, entertainment programs, to exclusive events, all are now available for club guests to enjoy.
The highlights are the 24 hour access, the culinary offerings available throughout the day, including breakfast 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m, light lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m, afternoon tea 3 p.m. to 5 p.m, hors d’oeuvres 5 p.m. to 8 p.m, chocolate and cordials 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m and “To Go” snacks and beverages are available throughout the day.
You can also use the personal check-in and check-out service at the club lounge, you get a seasonal welcome drink, complimentary photocopy & fax service, up to 20 sheets per stay, a dedicated multi-lingual club concierge at your service, Nespresso coffee machine in your guestroom, complimentary packing & unpacking assistance and a complimentary shoe-polishing service.
You cannot get free access to this lounge. You either need to book a club level room or to pay a fee. This is the best club lounge option in Doha for both food quality and quantity as well as luxury ambience.
Book The Ritz-Carlton, Doha with our luxury travel concierge and you will get the following FREE benefits* as well as your usual Marriott Bonvoy points and status benefits:
Early Check in and 4pm late check-out, upon availability.
Continental breakfast for two daily.
Complimentary, customized amenity, activity or service.
Personal Warm Welcome from Management.
The other Ritz Carlton in Doha is Ritz Carlton, Ritz Carlton Sharq Village & Spa. While this is a great hotel, it does not offer a club lounge which is unusual for a Ritz Carlton hotel. We can, however, offer the above free benefits at both of these Ritz Carlton hotels along with similar benefits at any other luxury hotels in Doha.
2. Grand Hyatt Doha
The Grand Hyatt Doha has a brilliant club lounge and a particularly gorgeous and safe sandy beach. Here, the water is shallow and the water temperature is around 30 C in its lagoon-style bay. Because of the way the water flows in the lagoon, this area of the sea has become very saline, so you get to swim in a very buoyant and pleasantly warm sea which we loved. When we personally visited this luxury hotel we reviewed of the Grand Hyatt Doha in detail.
The club lounge at the Grand Hyatt Doha is extremely spacious so even when it is busy you can find a space away from other guests. For breakfast, there is a vast spread of continental breakfast items, as well as the option to order eggs. Evening cocktail hour (currently 6-8 pm) offers a very good choice of still or sparkling wines, beer and spirits and a buffet which includes a cheese board, crackers, bread, meat, hot snacks, pitta, dips, nachos and little desserts. The Grand Hyatt Doha’s club lounge is one of the unsung heroes of the Hyatt chain and bears a strong resemblance to another of our favourite club lounges in Muscat and in Oman.
Beyond the club lounge at the Grand Hyatt Dubai, there is a wide choice of restaurants, from traditional Arabian Mezza through Italian to genuine Thai. Isaan is a real Thai restaurant staffed entirely by Thai personnel and it has won a Time Out award as best SE Asian restaurant in the Middle East.
Santa Monica Breakfast Club is more eclectic and the site for breakfast as well as absolutely sumptuous brunches and lunches which include all the traditional Arabian dishes. Try the mouthwatering shish kebab cooked on a real charcoal grill. The Dunes bar offers a large selection of wines and spirits in a cool environment and if you get peckish or want gifts, there is Biscotti selling beautiful chocolates, cookies, bakery and coffee.
The large freeform swimming pool is accessed from one level below reception so you can exit your room discretely attired in swimwear and bathrobe without offending locals in the lobby area. It is understandably very popular with families which can make it feel hectic. Stroll through the delightful gardens down to the very safe shallow sandy beach. The water temperature is about 30 C as the bay is a virtual lagoon. The water is very saline too so you are very buoyant which makes swimming even more fun. As if that were not enough, there is a separate more conventional swimming pool along the far end of the beach surrounded by hedges.
The gym is very large and extremely well equipped for a hotel fitness centre. Alternatively, if you prefer to brave the heat, there is an outdoor jogging track.
The spa contains two private couples’ suites different in style but each with their own water feature, one has a small plunge pool and the other a jacuzzi.
The leisure facilities and restaurants at the Grand Hyatt Doha are superb and the club lounge offers extremely good service and the food and drink offering is easily good enough to avoid additional spending. We would recommend staying here, especially if you have access to the club lounge.
Book the Grand Hyatt Doha with our luxury travel concierge and you will get the following Hyatt Prive FREE benefits* as well as your usual World Of Hyatt points and status benefits:
Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
Continental breakfast daily, for up to two guests per room, valid at The Restaurant only
A complimentary a la carte lunch for two people per room, once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities
Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
3. InterContinental Doha
The luxurious 5-star InterContinental Doha is located on the longest private beach in the city and is just minutes from the city centre. It boasts an excellent Club Lounge with spectacular views.
Located on Doha’s longest private beach and nestled in landscaped gardens, the InterContinental Doha features 12 restaurants and bars including the famous La Mar Doha, a range of recreational facilities, a free-form swimming pool, and the exclusive Spa InterContinental.The hotel’s prime location is just minutes from downtown Doha and major government and corporate offices and within minutes to the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre, City Center Mall, and Doha Golf Club.
The Doha Club InterContinental at the InterContinental hotel in Doha is available to guests who book club rooms. Located on the Mezzanine floor of the hotel with stunning views of the Arabian Gulf and Doha skyline, Club InterContinental at InterContinental Doha offers an elegant area to work and play for those who book club rooms and suites. Club InterContinental offers complimentary breakfast, light refreshment, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails. You can actually experience this lounge via a 360° video.
Club lounge privileges also include a Personalised check-in and check-out at Club InterContinental, welcome drink & fresh fruit upon arrival, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, evening cocktail, and all-day refreshments at Club InterContinental, complimentary two pieces of garment pressing per stay, complimentary two-hour use of meeting room at Club InterContinental per stay, complimentary local landline telephone calls, complimentary use of the Club Floor business center equipped with fax, printer, scanner and photocopy machine and priority reservations at their award-winning restaurants.
Book the InterContinental Doha with our luxury travel concierge and get the following FREE benefits* (based on a 2-night minimum) as well as your usual IHG Priority points and status:
Guaranteed late check out (until 4pm)
Complimentary breakfast for two at the hotel restaurant daily
Value-added amenity, specific to hotel ($100 value per stay)
Upgrade to next available room category (subject to availability on arrival)
Free wi-fi on unlimited devices
Turn down service as appropriate by brand
Bottled water, fresh fruit and snacks in room upon arrival.
4. W Doha
The W Doha is one of the few W branded properties with a club lounge. You will feel hip and trendy at this hotel as there is a constant background of soft dance music and the rooms here are gorgeous.
If you upgrade to the club level, there is a free great breakfast (6-8am) and evening buffet including alcoholic drinks (6-7pm), before you dance the night away in the Crystal lounge nightclub on the Mezzanine level. Platinum Bonvoy members should get free club lounge access along with guests staying in suites. If you don’t have club lounge access, it’s worth paying the extra for this club lounge upgrade.
The restaurants here are excellent and there is a basic pool (by Doha standards) so you can enjoy the outside, at least when the pool is in the sun, which tends to be late in the morning until 3 pm, when the sun falls behind surrounding buildings.
5. Westin Doha Hotel & Spa
Located in the heart of central Doha, just 20 minutes from the airport and only minutes away from landmark destinations such as Souq Waqif and Doha Corniche, is the Westin Doha. The hotel is set in stunning landscaped gardens wih 364 guest rooms, suites and some rather lovely private pool villas.
Rooms feature Heavenly® Beds and the invigorating Heavenly® Shower. Guests can enjoy a variety of dining options from 6 restaurants ranging from award-winning Thai cuisine at Sabai Thai to a modern steakhouse experience at Hunter’s Room & Grill. There is also a Heavenly Spa by Westin™ and spacious WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio® along with a really nice pool area.
The club lounge is spacious with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Food offerings throughout the day include a great breakfast, lunch with salads, sandwiches and light bites and evening food which is again salads, light bites and hot dishes, usually a mix of warm salmon fillets, chicken and beef options. Happy hour is from 6 to 8 PM and includes beer, wines including sparkling and a selection of spirits.
This Marriott Bonvoy hotel is a rewards category 4 hotel meaning it costs 25,000 Marriott Bonvoy points a night to stay here.
6. Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel
Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel is situated in the heart of downtown, near the diplomatic quarter and the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center. The rooms and suites are well-appointed get great reviews and the hotel also has a spa, a pool (which isn’t as nice as the one at the Grand Hyatt or the Sheraton but is sufficient for a city centre hotel) and a fitness centre. Nine in-house restaurants, ranging from casual poolside dining to an authentic Italian or Brazilian experience will keep you fed, but a highlight here is the club lounge.
Marriott Marquis City Center Doha hotel has an executive lounge on the eighth floor, overlooking the downtown of Doha with one of the best outdoor views in the city. The view is also overlooking the hotel’s heated swimming pool. There is a continental breakfast spread which is very good and a happy hour 5:30pm-7:30pm in the executive lounge. Alcohol is usually served here except during Ramadan and the food is good too, with salads, pastas, chicken dishes, pad thai noodles and curried fish as well as the usual veggies. They also have a decent selection of desserts for those with a sweet tooth.
What is noteworthy about this hotel is that it is usually cheaper than the equivalent Starwood Sheraton and Westin in Doha. The location is also slightly better because it is near the Corniche and is attached to a large shopping mall.
This Marriott Bonvoy hotel is a rewards category 3 hotel meaning it costs 17,500 Marriott Bonvoy points a night to stay here, which is a great deal for a solid hotel in the city centre, but for a family holiday, I would always pick the Grand Hyatt or the Ritz Carlton as their facilities are much better. The Grand Hyatt, in particular, has a marvellous beach.
7. Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel
The Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel is a gigantic hotel situated in a central location by the beach in Doha.
The architecture of the hotel is unusual making it look like a pyramid from certain angles and the inside and outside feel very 1980’s, even though it has been recently refurbished. The main advantage of this hotel is the extensive beach and pool facilities, both with very warm water. The pool here is much better than the Marriott Marquis in Doha.
Platinum Bonvoy members will get a room upgrade and club lounge access for free much like at the Marriott and the W. The executive lounge is decent here and very spacious. The food at happy hour is a generous range of salads, hors d’oeuvres, sushi, hot dishes and dessert. Enough to fill you up and with plenty of free alcohol in the lounge during this time too.
This Marriott Bonvoy hotel is a rewards category 4 hotel meaning it costs 25,000 Marriott Bonvoy points a night to stay here, which is a great deal for a solid hotel by the beach.
8. Mövenpick Hotel West Bay Doha
Book an executive room at the Mövenpick Hotel West Bay Doha and you get a comfortable 40 sqm room with a king-size bed, work desk and sitting area. You also get a complimentary lavish breakfast buffet prepared with Swiss hospitality at the ForKnife Restaurant and exclusive access to executive lounge. Other perks are late check-out until 4.00pm (subject to availability) and complimentary airport transfer (subject to availability). Executive Rooms can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults and 1 child in existing bedding. An extra bed at a charge is possible.
9. Hilton Doha
The Hilton Doha has an executive lounge has a plentiful breakfast and dinner buffet and excellent staff. Kids under 14 are not allowed in this executive lounge during happy hour 6pm – 8pm daily, when staff serve alcohol and light evening bites.
The hotel itself looks a little dated although the lobby is nice, the rooms can be worn and the pool area can be crawling with kids. Some of the rooms in this hotel suffer quite badly from night-time noise, especially on weekends so remember to bring earplugs.
10. Hotel Crowne Plaza Doha West Bay
While the Hotel Crowne Plaza Doha West Bay is not a 5-star luxury hotel, it is worth mentioning that they also have a club lounge with an extensive buffet in the morning and evening consisting of high quality, tasty food. Don’t expect a spread as good as our top choices but the food here is solid, sufficient and nicely presented.
11. Millennium Hotel Doha
Millennium Hotel Doha is a much cheaper hotel in Doha and this hotel offers a rather low-quality club lounge with breakfast that has been desribed as “awful” with cold and dried up food and cheap runny toiletries in the rooms.
Here are just some luxury Doha hotels that we have reviewed in more detail:
Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara is a paradise sanctuary, offering an alcohol-free environment, an island of beaches and indulgence. Just 25 minutes from the heart of Qatar’s vibrant capital, yet a world away, a luxury catamaran ferry will whisk… Read More.
Modelled after a Sheik’s palace, and highlighting the rustic authenticity of true Islamic architecture, the Sharq Village and Spa by Ritz Carlton epitomizes the perfect marriage between old-world style and modern-day amenities. Sharq Village is just a quick 10 minute… Read More.
*benefits offered were correct as of 2019 but may be amended at the hotel’s discretion.
Disclosure: Most reviews are sponsored by the proprietor or brand being appraised. All opinions remain our own & are in no way influenced.