When I first began posting the occasional hotel review here some eight years ago, I mentioned then that readers shouldn’t expect to see write-ups on luxury or five-star accommodations. Mainly because as a freelancer on a tight budget, my hotel habit tended towards the more budget side of the equation. Give me a clean bed, comfortable pillow, a small desk and decent internet connection, and I’m happy. That still largely holds true here, but there is always room for exceptions. Like this one on the Intercontinental Doha The City.
Mainly, simple familiarity.
I’ve visited the Qatari capital eight times since 2010, and on all but three of those occasions I stayed at the Intercontinental Doha The City in the heart of its West Bay district.
I’ve been accommodated in both classic and executive rooms, two of the hotel’s three options; a year ago I even spent four weeks in one of its long-term residence suites.
I’ve eaten at each of its restaurants, enjoyed its various lounges, experienced its various catering offerings, worked in several of its congress rooms and offices.
To borrow a somewhat tawdry hospitality trade cliché, it truly is as close to home as any hotel I’ve ever stayed in. And I’ve been in hundreds. And when I can say that about a hotel, I’m grateful that the one I’m referring to is a five-star property like the Intercontinental Doha The City. To borrow another tired cliché, life could be worse.
But I also mention it because Doha is hardly short on luxury offerings, particularly in exclusive West Bay, the central district of high rises that’s grown exponentially out of the Gulf over the past decade and a half.
I’m not going to fawn over the facilities and services with an over the top review; few have time to read those and I quite honestly don’t have the patience or interest to write them. But I do want to say to those looking for accommodations at this end of the scale (from $180/night for an executive room), know that the Intercontinental Doha The City offers much to like.
Intercontinental Doha The City: The nitty and the gritty
- The rooms are spacious, comfortable and stylish. Tidy, clean and neat. Fast and free wifi throughout. The fitness center and pool are extraordinary; my only regret is that I didn’t use the latter more than once.
- The service is top notch, attentive but not overbearing. That’s an important line not to cross, and the staff here have managed that tight rope walk exceptionally well.
- Location? About a 20 minute drive from Hamad International Airport, about a ten minute drive from both the Souq Waqif and Museum of Islamic Art [ post 1 | post 2], and a five minute walk to two sprawling shopping centers.
- The breakfast buffet is regal, borrowing from at least a few dozen cuisines for a truly contemporary Gulf mix. I’ll never tire of sushi for breakfast. Ever.
Below are a few candid photos: not hotel-supplied publicity shots but actual images from a lived-in room, in this case an Executive Room. Enjoy. I did.
And a nighttime long exposure. The skyline changes here between every visit.
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Intercontinental Doha The City
Off Al Wahda Road
I have stayed at the Intercontinental Doha The City Hotel on five occasions between May 2011 and February 2016. No one in any way connected to the hotel was aware that I would be publishing a review, nor was I given anything in return for this brief review.