SHERATON DOHA RESORT & CONVENTION HOTEL : Review
The location is also difficult to beat. Although the hotel is located in the centre of the city's business district, and in walking distance of the huge City Centre shopping mall, it is also located on right on the edge of Doha bay. From the top of the hotel you have superb views over the whole of the city, while if you fancy a relaxing stroll you can pop out of car park, into the adjacent park and along the sea-front.
That's if you wanted to leave the hotel grounds - and there's no reason why you should. In front of the hotel are a superb 70 acres of manicured garden, complete with its own private cove - itself one of two extremely inviting private beaches. There's also a swimming pool and jacuzzi - again overlooking Doha bay.
Nor does the inside disappoint. As you enter the hotel a vast atrium soars above you - there are even birds that have sneaked into the hotel and provide bird song. (We've yet to see any bird poo, although it has to be a hazard!) In the atrium you can enjoy a coffee, eat at one of the restaurants or take advantage of free internet.
From the corridors that line the atrium, the hotel resembles a cruise ship - at least, until you enter the rooms, with their balconies and their views of the sea or the city. The standard rooms appear comfortable, with a lower sitting area below the bed area, while the head of state rooms were simply vast, and full of the overtop luxury you would expect.
We are not entirely free of criticism, though. Minor faults we noticed included signs that used incorrect or faulty english - amusing in a cheaper hotel, but not what you expect in the Sheraton hotel. We were also disappointed with Al Shaheen fine dining restaurant at the top of the hotel. While the panoramic views of the city and the sea were unbeatable, the restaurant was let down by unstarched table clothes and rather thick and clums glassware - not the current fasion for large, elegant slim table ware that we are used to in top class hotels today. In addition the menu, while in itself quite good, was porrly presented in a tired folder on crumpled paper.
However, this is still a classy hotel, with more than a touch of old world splendor and with 700 staff to look after 371 rooms you should be well cared for. Just watch out for those birds!
Restaurants and Bars
AL SHAHEEN RESTAURANT: Rooftop restaurant with International and Arabic cuisine. Live band every evening from 8.00 till 11.45 (except for Saturdays.) Has superb views of both the city and the bay (see picture).
LA VERANDA RESTAURANT: Italian food with a traditional wood-fired pizza oven. Has live entertainment every day except for Monday.
WATERHOLE: A lounge in the day and a disco at night! Disco from 10:15 until closing.
LAFFAN RESTAURANT: Casual restaurant serving Cuban and Asian cuisine.
PIRATE'S COVE: Beach restaurant with barbeque tandoori and seafood in the open air on Sheraton's private beach.
ATRIUM LOUNGE: Cafe and restaurantserving cakes, coffee and tea.
IRISH HARP PUBLIC HOUSE: Irish restaurant and pub. Even smells like the real thing!
AL HUBARA RESTAURANT: All day Restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner theme buffet and A-la-carte menu
Also see: Qatar Bars
Also see our review of The Ritz Carlton Sharq Village and Spa