WHERE TO STAY IN DOHA: BEST AREAS AND HOTELS
Staying in Doha without spending a lot is easy.
The capital of Qatar is growing a lot and tourism is one of its main reasons for growth. So you should have no reason to worry, as we are sure that you will find accommodation that fits your budget.
In Doha, luxury hotels predominate, although there are also other more traditional and simple ones that are cheaper.
In this post we tell you about the best areas and hotels to stay in Doha. We also leave you the best things to do in Doha in one day for you to enjoy.
On our visit to Doha we stayed at the Kingsgate Hotel, near the Corniche. We were very comfortable for only €75 per night with breakfast included. we would repeat.
1. Surroundings of the Doha Corniche, the best area to stay in Doha
Doha is a city that has two very different parts: the traditional and the modern. Both are separated by the Doha Bay.
The Corniche is the avenue that borders the gulf and connects them and in its surroundings are some of the cheapest hotels in the city.
The closer you get to the traditional area, the cheaper the hotels will be. So that you have a price reference, in this area you can find simple and good accommodation for €70 per night. However,
Walking along the Corniche at sunset is something that is priceless. As long as sandstorms don’t impede your visibility!
Doha is known for its modernity, but in our opinion, the beauty is in its old part. So for us, this is the best area to stay in Doha.
The best hotels in the area near the Corniche:
2. Souq Waqif, the most interesting area to stay in Doha
The Souq Waqif is the most popular souk in the city. It is one of the areas with the most atmosphere in Doha and without a doubt our favourite. Although the skyscrapers stand out, we believe that there is nothing better than walking through this souk to capture the essence of the Qatari capital.
In the souk there are quite a few hotels, most of them well priced. They are usually large, with many rooms and few luxuries. At the same time it is very well located, right in the center of Doha and if the temperatures allow it, you can visit the essentials of the capital on foot. Without a doubt, our favorite area to stay in Doha. Basically because you will have the feeling of being in Qatar, while if you sleep in other areas, it could well be another country.
The best hotels in the Souq Waqif:
3. West Bay, hotels with great value for money
And on the other side of the gulf is this area, particularly business. That is where the most famous skyscrapers in the city are located. It is good to observe the contrast: in the traditional area there is much more atmosphere both during the day and at night.
However, if you are looking for a more luxurious hotel without breaking the bank, West Bay will be your choice. As a tourist area in itself we do not recommend it, since apart from the Corniche it has no other attraction. Most of them are located in the traditional area, so by location it is not the smartest area to stay in Doha.
Of course, if you are looking for a hotel where you can enjoy a private beach, its pools and the warmth of Doha, staying in West Bay is a great option. Regarding the price, for €150 a night you can enjoy incredible hotels. If you are looking for cheap options, this is not your area.
Good hotels in West Bay:
4. The Pearl Qatar, the most exclusive area to sleep in Doha
In West Bay you can get an image of the modernity of Doha, but if you want to know the extravagance and wealth of the country, you will find it in The Pearl Qatar. It is an artificial archipelago. Yes, you read it right. The project is not about one island, but more than 13! There you will find the luxury of the country: from yachts to incredible residences.
As you can imagine, you will also find many hotels. Of course, if you want to sleep there, you will have to pay more than €200 per night. Without a doubt, it is the most exclusive area to stay in Doha. Although once a year, it does not hurt.
The best accommodations in The Pearl Qatar:
5. Staying at the Doha Airport, perfect if you make a stopover
Doha is a city that most tourists know about thanks to the Qatar Airways company. This is responsible for connecting large European cities with Asian destinations at relatively cheap prices. However, many times the connections are long and you have to spend the night in the capital of the country. If this is your case, sleeping near the airport is the best option.
Although the city is very close to the airport (only 10 minutes by taxi), if your stopover is only at night, it is better that you sleep in the hotel inside the airport (only for transits).
If you have time to get to know the city a bit, there are several hotels near the airport that are great and, in most cases, will not cost you more than €100 per night.
Some hotels near Doha airport:
Location of the Best Areas and Hotels to Stay in Doha
Below you will see marked on the map the best areas and hotels to stay in Doha.