Let me start by saying that I am was in Doha for 1 night and it was purely for business purpose. Hence, I did not have time to really explore the city or even the hotel and my review is based on only the one night I stayed in, the Service I have received and the room I stayed in.
However, let me start by getting to the hotel. The Taxi i took from the airport didn't even know where the hotel is. That was a very strange thing since Doha does not really have so much 5 star hotels. But it was a fun exploring Doha the way I did with the Taxi. Apparently he was new to the country (a very stupid excuse if you ask me).
Once I eventually reached the hotel I was greeted by smiling faces from all the staff. It was nice especially after exploring Doha with a lost Taxi under the mid afternoon heat. However, since this is a resort, I expected at least someone to welcome the guests with a cold towel, maybe a cold refreshing drink, or at least to be asked if I wanted Water. I mean, I have seen such services in many "resorts" around the world, and sorry for thinking this "resort" would be the same. Check-in was quick and fine. Nothing unusual. I was guided to my room, given a quick tour on the way to my room on the restaurants around and was told that all the "other activities" are listed in the Hotel guid in my room. Fine.
The moment you enter, it looks nice and clean and tidy. However, few things really did bother me. Firstly, the windows are not tainted and since my room was on the ground floor and facing the main pool, I ran of being publicly exposed had i decided to roam my room in my underwear (thank god I did not do so). The AC was switched on and put to the minimum. It was FREEZING in the room. Now imagine walking around with no socks on the cold freezing marbles. The TV was pretty old and had issues with working the remote. Was it too much to expect a decent TV from a new 5 star resort. The channels on the menu were all wrongly arranged and I was told that the sports channels (Al Jazera) were available, yet they were not. The Bathroom was the worst part of the room. I mean, really, this is the most important room. This is the room where you start your morning and end you day at. For me, bathrooms are the mood maker. A horrible bathroom would ruin your full day and a good one would leave you in an excellent mood all day. The bathtub was tiny. So forget about making yourself a bath to sit, sip a drink and read while the salts do their magic. I mean really, you are supposed to be a "resort". The shower was dirty and the hand shower didn't even work. The "Rain" shower on top had most of its holes not working. It was a miserable and poorly designed bathroom.
Had a long day so instead of visiting one of their many similar restaurants, I decided to stay in a get room service. WORST DECISION EVER. The burger was poorly made, the potato wedges were flavourless and the burger bun was one bought in a local supermarket.
So overall, I was glad that I had an early flight next day and back to home sweet home. Would I ever consider this hotel next time I am in Doha? Defiantly not.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A luxury resort in Doha, Qatar exemplifying the perfect fusion of contemporary and traditional, Sharq Village & Spa places guests in the heart of the city's capital, yet within the tranquil confines of an idyllic coastal retreat on the Gulf Bay. Featuring elegant villas, an exceptional spa, world-class dining and 300 meters of private beach, our Doha resort is perfect for families of all ages, enveloping guests in a world of time-honored hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sharq Village And Spa
- Sharq Village Hotel Doha
- Ritz Carlton Doha
- Sharq Hotel Doha