Qatar in 2022 will host the World Cup, the biggest sporting event. Much has been heard about the structure of football stadiums and the numerous construction sites in the capital Doha, but little or nothing has been heard about the hotel industry so far.
For the more demanding tourists, Novo Luxo went to Doha to check out the best in terms of accommodation.
The elegant Shangri-La is a great example of a hotel ‘with arms wide open’ to welcome visitors with extraordinary services and unforgettable views of the city skyline.
As the first hotel in Qatar for the leading luxury hotel group in the Asia-Pacific region, Shangri-La is located in the commercial heart of Doha, offering direct access to one of the largest shopping centers – the City Center.
In the hotel’s opulent lobby, guests are greeted warmly by the staff who lead you to the front desk for check-in. The 42nd floor is reserved for all those who include the Horizon Club Lounge on reservation.
Living a memorable experience from the arrival, from the 37th floor, in the apartment, it is possible to have a 180 degree view of the brilliant Doha and the Persian Gulf.
With 70 square meters, Premier Room’s refinement is due to the yellow velvet sofas, giving the guest comfort while appreciates the skyscrapers, with a futuristic feel, but without neglecting the past and traditions.
In the room, fruits, chocolates and others confirm that, at Shangri-La, pleasing visitors will always be the most important thing.
This hotel has the biggest lounge in town. Even without booking in advance, it is possible to hire daily access to the Horizon Club (150 QAR/person), which offers a more intimate breakfast, fresh fruit, drinks and Happy Hour every day starting at 6 pm, with alcoholic beverages, delicious hot dishes, salads, cheeses and beautiful desserts. Happy Hour is certainly a differential: enjoy good moments while staring at the modern architecture of the city.
In the hotel lobby, Den Piano Bar is free for all with juices at disposal, typical Qatar tea and dates. Gastronomy is very interesting at Shangri-La, which offers many flavors from Middle East, typical Argentinean cuisine and seafood in a variety of restaurants. The highlight goes to the Sridan, inspired by the local public market.
In addition to the rich gastronomy, the outdoor swimming pool with warm water, the wet bar, the loungers in the landscaped garden, as well as the CHI The Spa are other options to relax and forget the problems.
Fitness center, for example, is separate for men and women. According to the culture of Qatar, it is separated in view of the more exacting dress required of women.
If you choose to exercise yourself, the equipment is modern. Just after exercising, you can simply be immersed in the jacuzzi having a unique and stunning view.
Staying at Shangri-La, what impresses most is the hotel atmosphere, as the staff is always ready for anything, extremely helpful and friendly, making no effort to make everyone feel good.
At the Horizon Club, our special thanks goes to Mr. Kamel and Manager Mrs. Marie Cris, who make breakfast even more tasty and diverse.
We also extend our affection to Concierge Mr. Marc, with unequaled gentleness. Undoubtedly, Shangri-La Hotel is a mandatory stop for those looking for luxury and good taste in Doha.
- Novo Luxo visited Doha and was invited to stay at Shangri-La Hotel.
Text: Carla Pozza
Source: Shangri-La Hotel Doha | Novo Luxo – images: release (January, 2019)