Book the Marriott Doha (Airport) here.
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Doha isn't a value destination and this usually means not only expensive room rates, but also lots of points needed to redeem.
However, Marriott has a gem in its award chart – the Doha Marriott Hotel is just 7,500 Marriott Rewards points for a hotel that charges ~$300 a night regular rate – that is 4 cents per Marriott Rewards point and outstanding value.
Marriott's description that this is an airport hotel is a bit misleading since it's about halfway between the new airport terminal and downtown. There is no shuttle and taxis charge about $15 for the 10 minute ride. The old Doha Airport was much closer to the hotel, but it isn't in use anymore.
The Marriott building looks rather tired from the outside, but is somewhat modern inside.
Check-in was rather friendly and quick. No mention of my Silver status, though, and no higher-up room was available. I read that the hotel has a night club and of course my room was on that side (which I only realized at about midnight). It was audible, but earplugs took the noise away.
The room was huge but had lots of dust in the corner – I'm not sure if the room had been empty for a long time or just not properly cleaned in a long time.
The bed and mattress were good. Way too soft for my taste, but I realize my choice of mattress is tilted towards a harder product.
The enhanced WiFi is $20 per day, but the charges are waived for Silver members (such as me, being a Chase Marriott Rewards credit cardholder). It was initially very fast, but on my second day the performance degraded to a rather slow connection.
Food and drinks are pricey, but not too terrible, considering the much-elevated price level in general in Doha. Coffee and croissants in the morning were $10 – that's OK for a major chain hotel. Beer at $10 is acceptable too.
The pool area has modern chairs and it seems the pool itself was recently renovated. There is beach access, but the waters here don't exactly lure you into the sea.
On the day or my arrival, I was spotted taking pictures of the hotel and had to delete several photos because of 'company policy'. You can imagine that I'm not a fan of such policies – and even less of a fan of the military-style raid that dawned on me. I was prevented from leaving the hotel until I deleted the pictures (I was surrounded by security staff). I always respect such policies (such as near immigration or security check points, when posted) but this policy was never mentioned at check-in, in the room or through other signs.
The Doha Airport Marriott is a good deal if you are using points. Food is expensive (and of low quality) in Doha, so the prices in the hotel compare rather favorably. The spacious rooms and the mostly helpful and friendly staff go a long way.
The fierce military-style raid on me taking pictures and preventing me from leaving the hotel until I complied are really not necessary and just plain rude. A sign saying 'NO PICTURES' would have done the trick.
One star for this (otherwise good) hotel.
Book the Marriott Doha (Airport) here.
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