Renovated and redesigned, this skyscraper beachfront hotel is the perfect blend of business and pleasure
WHERE IS IT? Approximately 30 minutes from Doha International Airport and less than 15 minutes from the main monuments of the city, this hotel is located in the glittering skyscraper district of West Bay. It is only a short drive to the Wasif Souk, the Corniche and many well-known museums such as the National Museum of Qatar. Facing the sea, the hotel does a great job of combining facilities for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel is a prime example of how Doha is emerging as a destination for beach vacations, family recreation, city breaks, arts and culture. And each Four Seasons does a great job of attracting romantic getaways with impressive dining options.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? This 17-storey skyscraper hotel enjoys magnificent views of the bay. After a multi-million dollar renovation, it’s not just what you see on the outside that matters. Welcoming doormen lead you into the elegant lobby, visitors discover a sea of marble, awe-inspiring flower arrangements, lavish seating areas and a renowned art collection. Polished chandeliers abound and a selection of boutiques invite you to explore further.
BEDROOM EQUIPMENT French interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon oversaw the redesign of the rooms, which now feature colors inspired by the sand and the sea. The colors light blue, white and beige display a characteristic modern yet refined touch. of the Four Seasons brand. Decorative Arabic motifs such as moucharabieh motifs and mother-of-pearl inlays extend the chic look. For starters, the hotel company’s bespoke bedding is a dream come true with a pillow-top mattress, large, soft, firm pillows, and cloud-shaped duvets. On either side of the bed are electronic controls for curtains and lighting, as well as electrical and USB outlets. Large flat-screen TVs face the bed, and an armchair or sofa provides a lounging area.
The walk-in closets have a full-length mirror, bathrobes, slippers, a garment bag, and plenty of shelving. The hotel prides itself on details with things like a padded box for jewelry in the safe, a plate of Arabic sweets on the table on arrival, and water bottles replenished morning and night. Bathrooms have mirror walls, marble vanities stocked with Christian Lacroix toiletries, stacks of towels, and glass shower stalls with rainfall showerheads. A variety of suites are also in the mix, offering separate living rooms. In many rooms, small Juliet balconies offer entertaining views of the water, pools, and city.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS As with most hotels in the Middle East, the food and drink offering is extensive and often attracts locals as well as guests. Elements is the all-day dining venue, which begins with a beautifully designed buffet of Arabic and international selections served by the staff. Later in the day, the menu changes to a Pan-Asian and Arabic menu with everything from sushi and curry to mezze and kebabs.
The hotel’s most famous restaurant is the Nobu, which is the hotel’s world-famous beachfront. A curvy pier leads to this famous restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating as well as a sushi bar. There’s also the Shisha Terrace and a poolside grill, both of which serve casual fare with a mix of Mediterranean and Arabic fare. The tearoom draws people in for a business breakfast and handsome tea service later in the day with sandwiches, pastries, and scones served at stalls on multiple levels. Numerous bars, including one offering fine whiskeys and cigars and another by the pool and beach, are available at the hotel.
LEISURE FACILITIES The spa is a big draw with its 11 treatment rooms offering services based on Chinese healing practices. Many massages and beauty treatments are on the menu, including a special menu for children and teenagers. The changing rooms have hot tubs, a sauna, a hammam and an ice room that guests can use before or after a treatment. Splashing waterfalls create a lovely sound in the multi-level pools where staff set up towels and lounge chairs. They can also set up chairs and umbrellas on the beach, and each is given a cooler filled with chilled bottled water. An indoor pool and hot tub are another option, and the well-equipped fitness center offers the latest workout equipment. A kids’ club is ideal for families offering supervised activities, including beach and pool time, kite-making, and other arts and crafts activities.
BUSINESS AND MEETING FACILITIES Wireless internet works well throughout the property, including on the beach and by the pool. The meeting rooms have also been refurbished and are popular for business and social gatherings. The indoor capacity is 400 people while the outdoor lawns and reception area can accommodate an additional 700 people.
VERDICT This is a reliable and renewed favorite in West Bay with top notch service and beautiful interior design designed for regional and international audiences.
STRENGTHS OF THE PROPERTY Sleek decor, oceanfront pools, and eclectic restaurants
HOW MANY ROOMS? 237 rooms and suites
CONTACT Four Seasons Hotel Doha, The Corniche, PO Box 24665, Doha, Qatar, Tel. +974 4494 8888, fourseasons.com/doha