The Qatari capital’s Westin is very much a contemporary 21st century incarnation of the well-known American hospitality brand’s mainstream hotel offering, and, certainly in the case of Doha, a veritable haven from the downtown scene outside the property’s manicured grounds.
Located slap bang in the middle of the city in Bin Mahmoud, directly across the road from the Radisson Blu (one of Qatar’s longest-established hotels), The Westin Doha complex is positioned on one of the city’s busiest routes, Salwa Road, offering easy access to all parts of the sprawling Qatari capital.
Embodying literally everything a discerning businessman or seasoned leisure traveller could possibly want in one convenient, central location, somewhat unusually for Doha, it is very obvious that a lot of time, care and consideration went into the design of the Westin’s 365 uber-chic rooms, suites and villas. Yet, despite the hotel’s size, the property is well laid out and easy to navigate, via various swimming pools (indoor and outdoor plus a wave pool) and an array of leisure facilities including squash courts, a fitness studio and a generous “Heavenly Spa” with separate male and female wings and nine treatment rooms.
Reminiscent of mini slick, New-York apartments, deluxe rooms boast giant heavenly beds each topped with an expansive stitched headboard in mink leather, above which a backlit etched metal screen is hung with contemporary Arabic artwork. At the foot of the bed, a cool tweed-upholstered 2-metre chaise faces a gloss curved TV console and surround that lends another complementary finish to the cool overall design aesthetic, which is more than a little Tom Dixon-esque. The bathroom-cum-wardrobe-cum-dressing area is a luxurious affair, bedecked with mosaic walls, Travertine tiling, marble surfaces and dark wood flooring. The spacious walk-in shower has a marble bench and offers a variety of showering options, with a giant sliding glass door adding a semi-industrial edge. Brushed and glossy brass touches throughout add a classy, Deco-like feel to The Westin Doha’s vast range of utterly comfortable and supremely functional accommodation.
If you can have all of your business meetings in the hotel there is really no need to venture outside The Westin Doha until it’s time to leave for the airport. Everything you need is onsite, including a range of six restaurants, cafés and bars catering to a variety of gastronomic tastes. Stand out are Sabai Thai which serves the best authentic Thai cuisine in the country, and Hunters Room & Grill where you can select an excellent piece of meat and have it grilled to perfection by South African chef Bradley. Doha is generally a pricey place to eat out well, but this is not the case at the Westin, where menus are expansive, reasonably priced and refreshingly offer good value for money.
Some of the best-designed and competitively-priced accommodation in the city, combined with the hotel’s extensive facilities and central downtown location, make The Westin Doha an ideal spot for business and leisure travellers alike to set-up base camp when visiting Qatar.