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Gulf Paradise Hotel
Ranked #71 of 131 Hotels in Doha
uae
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“just stay away from this place”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2012

the first thing that strikes you is...no one smiles in this hotel! the first room in was allotted seemed okay , till the split a/c conked off after 5 minutes (all rooms are equipped with split a/c's) the hotel doesn't seem centrally airconditioned. i was offered another room.....much smaller one, smelling of cigarettes. requested housekeeping to spray some air freshner which they obliged with , but the smells kept wafting in the whole night and i was just dying to see the light of day, so i could leave this hell hole. the base of the cupboard thathouses the mini fridge inside was all rotting at the edges and almost disintegrating....the distance between the w/c and the wash basin is just enough to avoid having ur face on the edge of the wash basin when u use the loo. the room has only an old version TV (must be 22 inches or so).
dinner at their restaurant in the lobby...i chose the buffet coz the menu seemed too expensive for this class of hotel. the buffet was QR 60. while the salads were edible, i must strongly state that the oriental and steamed rice was inedible...completely dry and not consumable (obviously made much much earlier). there was a mini steak on offer...the oil was rancid and the steaks slices inedible....and the colour was the blackest steaks you would find anywhere. the only edible main dishes were a grilled hammour and a barbecue chicken ( the chicken and the corn and tuna salad saved me from sleeping hungry that night). i did mention to the captain that the food was disgusting..he didn't seem to care though!! the breakfast the next morning seemed a bit more acceptable with the normal stuff... eggs, baked beans, yougurt and breads...but after all i had been through i sampled some cereal and an omlette and ran as fast as i could....to check out, leave the place and find a better hotel for the next night!! worst experience in any hotel i have had in the middle east..sad very sad.

Room Tip: just stay away from this hotel...thats the only tip i can offer
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2012 via mobile

Currently staying at the hotel.The staff are good but today afternoon i asked them to make the room.Cam back after 2 hrs the room was still not made. However remaining things seem to ok. oh the tv channels suck... they only have arabic channels, one english channel BBC and one cricket channel

  • Stayed May 2012
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Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2012

Easy check in, great rate, but just a bit sad now. This hotel was obviously nice at its peak, but now just looks shabby and sad. The staff are nice and helpful. The rooms very basic,but you do get tea and coffee in room. Bottled water supplied free of charge. Bed was hard, but better than super soft I suppose. Bathroom was awful. Just too small and very old and stained. The hot water tap was installed in reverse, so cold shower until we figured this out. Toilet backed up a bit, gross! Getting to the toilet involved backing up between shower cubicle and vanity. Not easy or very nice. Seriously there are better choices for the same value, so shop around. However if you want a good back up hotel, then this is OK for that odd night when you are just wanting a shower and bed. Breakfast was fine, not wonderful but good choice and inclusive. Let them copy your passport, but get it back. Ours was lost for around 15mins on checkout and this is very stressful and unnecessary.

Room Tip: Forgot to ask if there was a non smoking floor, so there was that constant ashtray smell throughout...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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106 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2011

Stayed in this hotel during my long transit in Doha during mid-Nov. I was picked up by English speaking driver though I had to wait for 20-30 minute for another guest to come. Being Monday, there was special dinner with seafood, unfortunately which I do not eat. I was wondering what to do but the nice restaurant attendant served me special food (dhal and bhat) according to my taste. So, the overall service in the hotel was excellent with very nice staffs.

The room is good enough for transit hotel. The water, tea and coffee in the room is complimentary, which I do not find in luxury hotels. Bathroom and bathroom supplies are good, Aircon was excellent (though weather was not that hot), did not use TV so cannot comment.

I was dropped to airport by again English speaking driver to airport.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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70 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2011

I'll quickly just run through a few main points on the hotel that will hopefully help you get an idea of things:

Location: On foot there isn't anything to see or do nearby. I mean, there are some small shops and stores, but that's about it. If you have a car (or hop in a cab), obviously the location doesn't matter a whole lot. In short the location is plenty safe and plenty boring.

Staff: So far they have been nothing but friendly to me. I don't really ask much of them, but they are nice and polite morning in and morning out.

Hotel: It's very clean and functional. Don't get me wrong, the room has a fridge and is spacious, but I wouldn't call it plush. The hotel has a gym, but no pool. The room decor is pretty bland, but at least it is well taken care of (and not falling apart). The lobby decor looks pretty nice. So, if you need a bed and internet (free wireless!), this is your place. If you are hoping to impress your girlfriend or wife, look elsewhere.

Alcohol: None allowed or served on the premises. Sneak it in or get it elsewhere. The hotel has no club like other (fancier) hotels in the area.

Food: I haven't tried the room service, but the lunch, breakfast and dinner buffets are decent. Nothing to write home about, but at least you don't have to guess if it's edible or not. Seriously though, the food is okay-- not a huge selection, but they seem to make pretty safe (maybe a bit bland) choices with regards to selection. Nothing to complain too much about, but nothing to rave about either.

Internet: Fairly decent speeds and it's free. I had trouble connecting this afternoon so I wandered out, unplugged the router and plugged it back in. Regardless, once you're on, the speeds are pretty good. I've been downloading music all day without any major issues. Also, I don't believe that there are physical jacks/plug-ins inside the room. It's wireless only (which is fine with me).

Room/bathroom: Pretty spacious and functional. Not really fancy by any means, but it does what it is supposed to. My room is clean, no noticeable paint peeling, mold or anything. Like I said, it does it's job but 2 weeks after I leave I doubt I'll remember much about it. The beds are pretty decent. Not soft but not like a sheet of plywood either. The pillows are a little "bouncy" for my tastes, but that's just personal preference.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Riyadh
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2011

Welcome: The greeting and staff were very accommodating and on first arrival, we felt very welcome.
The Room: The room was very dirty. Floors were filthy, the walls were grimy and marked. The furniture fabric was grubby, dirty and marked. On top of the dirt, the toilets, door locks, lights and accessories were broken. There was no hairdryer in the rooms and in all rooms (apart from the Penthouse) there were no tea and coffee facilities. We were moved to the Penthouse which was no better - however, they did have coffee facilties that were not replenished after the first day.
Breakfast: The table cloths were dirty. The food was left out to dry out and for the flies to feed off.
Not withstanding the above, the staff were amazing. They were courteous and kind and thoughtfull. The were very child friendly and could not have made us feel more welcome. The staff would be better suited to a much cleaner and nicer hotel.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2011

Stayed here from 16th Jan to 23rd Jan. Had a fantastic time, the hotel staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, the rooms were clean and kept that way. The hotel food is good, especially recommend the Sri Lankan and Moroccan nights (I did not try the other themed days). The hotel honestly couldn't do enough to help us, both with organising trips and showing us around the city itself.

Couldn't recommend the hotel enough.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Gulf Paradise Hotel
Address: AL Khalej Street | P.O. Box. 12954, Doha, Qatar
Region: Qatar > Doha
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #71 of 131 Hotels in Doha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Gulf Paradise Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 65
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