OHLALA spent four days and three nights in the multi-award-winning, five-star Mandarin Oriental, Doha.
As soon as our feet touched the tarmac outside Mandarin Oriental, Doha we were greeted by friendly and attentive staff ready to assist in any way possible. After a swift and hassle-free check in, we soon found ourselves in the exclusive Club Studio Suite, appreciating what was to be our home base for the next few days.
Mandarin Oriental (MO) is a five-star hotel in the centre of Msheireb Downtown Doha. We found the architecture and décor a masterful blend of chic and contemporary design with subtle touches of Qatari heritage. The hotel boasts 117 rooms, 41 suites, 91 serviced apartments, 10 exceptional dining spots, meeting facilities, event venues and an awardwinning spa.
With four categories of rooms to select from: Superior, Deluxe, Premier and Club Deluxe, along with eight suite categories – Club Studio, Studio, Junior, Deluxe, Premier, Panoramic, Baraha View Suite and the Royal Suite – there is accommodation to suit all guests’ needs and desires.
“We found the architecture and décor a masterful blend of chic and contemporary design with subtle touches of Qatari heritage.”
The Club Studio Suite housed many beautiful features and decorative elements. These included the design incorporated into the curved gilt ceiling relief, the Qatari heritage-themed carpets, the eye-catching mosaic tiling and several other captivating details.
Staying in this room also granted access to the MO Club, an experience exclusive to Club Deluxe Room and Club Studio Suite patrons. This experience comes with many benefits including personalised service, privileged dining and private amenities which make you feel extra special. Fortunate enough to be given a tour of the two-bedroom Royal Suite on the top floor, we saw how the rich and famous experience the hotel. This exclusive accommodation features a private entrance, an open-air courtyard with reflecting pools, and a private plunge pool. From this unique vantage point, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city and a bird’s-eye view of Barahat Msheireb town square.
Throughout our stay, we had the chance to experience some of the outstanding culinary locations within the hotel.
Breakfast at Mosaic proved to be a delightful culinary occasion. This venue provides a Silk Route dining experience incorporating flavours and cuisines from Asia, the Middle East and Europe, all prepared at its nine live cooking stations. We sampled an array of sumptuous dishes throughout the meal, all freshly prepared in front of us. We particularly enjoyed the variety of Asian-style, wok-fried dishes.
We were invited for lunch at IZU to experience their creative menu. Showcasing all the flavours of French Mediterranean cuisine, along with dishes inspired by the chef ’s travels to England, Spain and the Middle East, we felt truly spoilt by the time the dining was done. With indoor and outdoor seating areas, along with the mezzanine floor offering an even more refined experience, this venue is sure to satisfy even the most discerning of restaurant connoisseurs.
Lunchtime at Liang proved to be another appetising affair, this time with a distinctly Chinese flavour. The venue offers superb service and an authentic Oriental dining experience. Along with the relaxed yet upmarket atmosphere, the meals on offer were nothing less than delicious. We so enjoyed the classically prepared dim sum, with its fresh ingredients, that we had to order several helpings.
Mandarin Cake Shop
One of our favourite spaces in the hotel proved to be the Mandarin Cake Shop. This quaint venue specialises in all things sweet, producing a range of cakes, artisan chocolates and delicious pastries. Perfect for a quick refreshment and bite to eat, we can honestly say we have never tasted better macaroons anywhere.
SPA AND WELLNESS
During our stay we were delighted to experience the hotel’s awardwinning, five-star spa. Spread over 3,030sq/m, the high-end facilities include nine spacious treatment rooms, two VIP suites, an exclusive couples’ suite, extensive heat and water facilities and the hotel’s first-class Fitness and Wellness Centre.
We got the chance to try out the signature Inner Strength massage. This nurturing treatment uses a blend of aromatherapy and healing massage techniques to ease physical tension and emotional anxiety. Whatever the intention, the result was a truly relaxing and energising experience.
All too soon, it was time to return home, but not before we had the chance to explore the ever-expanding city of Doha.
Taking in the spectacular skyline and visiting the mesmerising museums, a vibrant food festival, world-renowned restaurants, bustling souqs and beautiful beaches, we were spoilt for choice. By the time we found ourselves seated on the return flight, we felt that, despite previous visits to the Qatari capital, we were only now properly introduced to this fascinating city.
We’d like to thank the amazing staff at the Mandarin Oriental, Doha. You helped to make our time in Doha truly memorable.