In short, the hotel is far too overpriced. One night will run you about 900 QAR (that's about $225) for their cheapest room. Tag on to that another 100 QAR or so for 24 hours of internet and the bill is pretty hefty after any length of stay. Did I mention the dinner buffet will set you back 160 QAR per person ($40)? Really, it's the only hotel in the area, so they have the monopoly on prices... and it shows.
Regardless, the hotel is nice, but not 5 Star. If you look closely at their 5 Star certificate, it was certified by the Qatar Tourism Board (or something like that), who I am pretty sure were a bit biased.
The hotel looks nice, but it's 4 star at best. Especially with no free internet. And a lot of it is shiny, but not really functional. The chairs in the dining area have high armrests that prevent you from sliding the chair too close to the table... so then you have to move forward in your chair and dine without back support. Even if you could scoot in, the tables are supported by a single, large center beam-- which leaves no room for your feet. Anyways, that's just my personal rant, but really, a lot of the hotel is like that, a ton of marble and gilded objects that just sit there and look shiny. That's fine for some, but for a business traveler, I couldn't care less.
The grounds aren't bad, but this is the desert, they should give up on trying to grow a decent lawn and just change their landscaping plans-- good grass will never grow.
Anyways, I'll end things here, but all in all, the staff is VERY nice and friendly, the beds are comfortable, but the hotel is a bit too gaudy for my tastes and the prices are far too high.
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- Also Known As:
- Al Sultan Beach Hotel Al Khor
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