Take a taxi from the airport and make sure the driver brings you to the right InterContinental. Words like 'the beach', 'the old one', 'Katara', 'not The City', might be useful to add. Chances are that the driver arrived on the same plane you did. Driving up to the hotel, the place looks a bit small between all the huge buildings now built next door (like the St. Regis), but it stands proud like an Arabian palace. Taxi by meter. Pay about QR 50.
Expect a very professional and efficient welcome. Well trained front desk, friendly support to any of your questions by concierge. We are InterContinental Ambassador and were welcomed as a very important guests (a bit over the top with our 7-10 nights a year). All the benefits, including the room upgrade, in place.
You arrived at a hotel where it all happens. It might be a bit older (although extremely well renovated and maintained), but this it still the place to go to. The buzz is evident.
There is a tour desk in the hotel lobby offering the standard but reliable dessert tours. Beware that they do not accept AMEX. The hotel has two ATM's. Upon arrival the tour desk was closed. But concierge made sure the tour we wanted was booked. They even came to visit us at the pool to tell me all the details.
The room was spacious, nicely renovated, silent airco, effective bathroom. The bed guaranteed a good sleep. Our personal preferences like flat non allergic pillows and a soft deck on the mattress were already in place when we entered the room. The bed light was living it's own live by switching on each 15 minutes. Of course, this was acted upon promptly. If you want, you can ask the staff to open your window, which might be nice during a cool night. Housekeeping appeared to be friendly and efficient. One evening they did forget the turndown service. Do not know why (no, we did not use the do-not-disturb sign). Our room keys were blocked the third day. For security reasons they told us. Had to go to reception, but housekeeping was so kind, after identifying myself, to open the door. Good to hear they take security seriously, but we still disliked we could not enter the room.
Breakfast was great. Serious choosing stress. You can eat both inside and outside.
The beach location is a real plus. Do no expect to do a nice Corniche walk from the hotel (it is too far), but expect a well run beach/pool club with all the services you can wish for. I liked the friendly guys at the pool bar, especially Albert from Goa. A pity I had to go to the Carrefour to get me some Coca Cola (they only serve Pepsi. I am not at the Mariott, am I?).
The pool site is a good meeting place. So happy we are not expat's wives! Met some really nice people for a nice chat nevertheless.
Doha is a building spot. The InterContinental is no exception. A new wing being build next door. So there is a lot of noise. Just like at any place in Doha. Rooms are well isolated, the gardens are relaxing. It did not bother us.
Getting a taxi can be a bit difficult at many hotels and sites. But somehow the InterContinental managed to get a taxi fast when someone needed one. If you want to be absolutely sure, book in advance. The free shuttle service to the city and to the airport did prove to be a very good alternative to us as well.
On the night of departure, we found it difficult to get a quick and light dinner. The Belgian Cafe is really cozy and the Mexican restaurant looks nice, but the cigaret smoke was just to much for us. Would have liked a light dinner with some Italian food, but you could only use the expansive (and expensive) buffet. We did not want to use room service and decided to sit outside at the Greek restaurant. The food could be better (lobster a bit chewy, other dish a bit cold), but our host Dionysos (the right name for the right place) gave us a dining experience we will not forget. Had to run to catch the shuttle to the airport...
I do not think I will return to Dona as a tourist soon. But whenever we will (have to) come back, we will not hesitate to chose the InterContinental again. There are other great hotels (like the Grand Hyatt I visited two week before), but here the staff goes the extra mile and the ambience feels just a bit warmer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- InterContinental Doha is an iconic landmark in the Heart of Doha. Nestled in landscaped gardens with 500 meters of sandy beach, the InterContinental Doha features 8 restaurants and bars including the famous Belgian Cafe, a range of recreational facilities and a free form swimming pool. The hotel's prime location is just minutes from downtown Doha and major government and corporate offices and within walking distance to the Doha Exhibition Centre, City Center Mall and Doha Golf Club. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Doha Hotel Doha
- Doha Intercontinental