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Double Tree by Hilton is located approximately 15 minutes drive from Hamad International Airport. It’s location is perfect for short stay in Doha and because it’s close to the airport you can avoid some traffic, when going to HIA. On the other hand there was a small problem in getting the taxi. The city is still lacking good public transport, so the best option to move around is taxi. The hotel is not located on a main street, so it was a challenge to find a taxi, even for the hotel staff. Hotel does provide transport to the airport but it’s expensive.
Soon after entering the hotel, you have to go through quick security and bag scanning. It might be a bother to some people but safety should always be priority. The good thing was that I was only checked when I arrive and not every time I used the entrance. Hotel lobby is not big but very stylish. On the right you can find reception, on the left there is concierge desk, in the front waiting room and elevators.
Check in was quick and smooth, the service was very nice and knowledgeable. One of the staff took care of the luggage. Although the hotel lobby is not big, when you reach the elevators and go up, you can admire the “open floors”, which look impressive.
A few days before arrival, I have received an e-mail with a possibility of choosing a specific room for myself. First time I had this option and I must say I was very happy about that.
I chose King Guest Room with partial view of Doha skyline. The room itself was very spacious. There was a big bed, armchair and small sofa. You could find everything in the room for a good stay. It was modern and decorated nicely. In the hallway there was a big wardrobe. Good minibar and free bottled water was provided.
On the left from the entrance you could find quite big bathroom. There was a bathtub but also separate shower room. The amenities were very useful.
Breakfast was served on the second floor in temporary rooms as the main restaurant was undergoing some modernization. The good thing is that I have never seen or heard any modernization works, so it was managed very well not to bother the customers. The temporary breakfast acommodation was very good, if I didn’t know about the works, I would probably have not notice thet this was not the main breakfast room. The food was very good quality. There was plenty of choice and I could only wish that I had more days in Doha to enjoy breakfasts at this hotel.
Juices and smoothies were especially good and deserve recommendation. There was interesting choice, which changed daily.
Hotel also has a spa, gym and sauna. One of the unique aspects of this hotel is PURE lounge on the roof of the hotel. I mainly went up to check out the view of the city, which was not bad. A few people enjoyed some drinks and music. You could find plenty of seating and eating seats.
I would say that the hotel has mainly a business feel to it. This might be an advantage or disadvantage, depending on what you expect. For a short stay in the city it was perfect. The food was very good during breakfast and later during dinner service. I would book Double Tree by Hilton Old Doha without hesitation again.