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My hOtel: Four Seasons Doha, Qatar

On the way back from the Maldives, and I was flying with Qatar Airways, I thought it would be rude not to give Doha, the capital of Qatar a bit of Mrs. O’s love.
I was delighted to accept the Four Seasons’ Doha invitation to stay for three nights and have indeed very good things to report. I must confess I wasn’t sure what to expect – it was my first time in the Middle East, the hotel looked massive from the photos I had seen, but two things kept me calm: it was a Four Seasons, so I knew I would be cared for

Source: http://mrsoaroundtheworld.com/reviews/hotels/my-hotel-four-seasons-doha-qatar-fsdoha/

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– Was there any pre-arrival communication by the hotel with myself via email or social media?

There was indeed, through Twitter.

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– Did I try to engage the hotel via Twitter? Did the hotel interact with me and made me feel welcome/special?

I did and the hotel was very responsive (even before our stay was organised, which was pretty impressive). I loved how the hotel was actually checking my social media stream to know when I was flying in – so when I landed in Doha, I actually had some welcoming tweets.

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– Has the hotel tried to gather any personal information (e.g. preferences) prior to my stay?

– Has the hotel tried to gather any personal information (e.g. preferences) prior to my stay?

Not specifically.ArrivalFirst things first – my Four Seasons experience started at the airport, where we were welcomed by its airport staff (the hotel has a “welcome stand” at Doha Airport Arrivals. We were then taken to the FS car (a nice BMW, not a Rolls Royce like in London!), and our driver took us to the hotel. The journey took around 20-25 minutes (we were lucky with the traffic) and I loved the little touches: fresh cold towels, water and mi-fi (that is mobile wi-fi, my first experience, to be honest). It was really great!

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– The wow factor! What was the hotel decor style?

– The wow factor! What was the hotel decor style?

The stunning trademark FS lobby flowersThe lobby was bright and airy (very spacious) and decorated in an interesting way – think classic Four Seasons (not modern modern) meets the Middle East. It was an interesting mix and appropriate for the location.

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– How quick and efficient was the hotel check-in?

We were greeted by a member of the reception team, who took us straight to our room, where the check-in took place. It is quite a straightforward process and I do like it that more and more hotels offer this option. We simply had to hand in our credit card and passports, which were scanned in front of us. 12 points!

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– Was I addressed by name once reservation has been located? (it is all about the small details, some others ar...

Always always always. During our stay, anytime Mr. O or myself walked past reception, we were always greeted by our names, which was an incredibly nice touch, bearing in mind how large the property is (and the fact that we didn’t hang around at the reception area much!).

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– Did I get an upgrade from my confirmed pre-booked room type?

We were upgraded from a deluxe double to a Premier King room.

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– Did I feel genuinely welcomed by the hotel staff?

Absolutely.

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– Luggage – how many people did I have to tip before the luggage made it safely to my room? This is cultu...

We had a significant amount of luggage (Mrs. O does not travel light on a 11 night trip) – we only had one touch point, at the end (i.e. when it arrived at our room). The same person also dealt with our luggage on departure.

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– Wi-fi – was I told anything about it? Was there a charge?

WiFi is free for all guests and works either with a code or with your room details and each code is to be used on a single device. Everyday we had to trouble the reception team at different times of the day when each 24-hour code came to and end – but it seemed to be no trouble at all. Every time we called, we were given (yet) another code. I wished I had realised the room log in option, so I didn’t have to disturb the team so much.

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Room Experience

Room Experience

Someone slept like a little Arabian princess– First impressions – décor, size and wow factor

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– The bed

The bed was great, comfortable and huge.

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– Closet/Wardrobe – proper hangers or those annoying ones where you need a PhD to get them out one by one...

All good in this front and we had LOTS of hangers (I can’t survive with 5 each, which seems more and more standard in hotels nowadays). On a long trip, as a couple, I think it is fair to say we need a good 20 hangers between us.

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– Iphone Charger/Dock

It was there, connected to the TV, which was quite interesting.

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– Bathrobes and slippers

All there and lovely. I didn’t use them.– Coffee and Tea

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– Power sockets in useful places – we have more and more devices and we know where we want them! By the b...

We didn’t have a problem at all. Worth noting that (unknown to me), plugs in Qatar (and in the Maldives, for that matter), are the UK-type, which is obviously very handy for us. We did carry 37 adapters with us, which we obviously didn’t need.Bathroom– First impressions – décor, size and wow factor

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– Bath, shower and taps – I am looking for Duravits and Hansgrohes (or other fab brands) around the world...

We had a separate bath and shower, which is always nice. I think the shower will need a little update soon, but the bathroom itself was very pretty.– Towels – yes, please! How many and how soft and lovely?

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– Hairdryer – is it a human one, or just something stuck to a wall that only makes noise?

It was actually quite good and easy to find as well.Breakfast

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Spa

Spa

An ice room is a must!The Spa is one of the hotel’s pride and joys, and it is easy to understand why. I was treated to a lovely massage and can’t tell you how much I enjoyed my morning there.The highlight for me? The ice room – which must be a must-have in the scorching Doha summers. Needless to say, you can’t find anything like this anywhere else. I did go in for about 10 seconds, and wearing clothes. I can imagine there will be queues when the temperature gets above 40C.Very impressed with the spa facilitiesI thought the spa overall was very good, and understand why it was so busy. The spa also has its own outdoor pool, various plunge pools, indoor pools.. you get the idea, lots of pools! What I also loved were the personal hygiene items on the ladies locker room – everything you might possibly need to use, just there. So you enjoy the spa and don’t have to bring everything with you. I think this is a great learning point for many spas around the world, especially in cities.General thoughts– How good and reliable was the wi-fi?

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– Did the hotel interact with me via Twitter during my stay?

It did and it was a lot of fun. Our stay took place between a Thursday and a Sunday and I appreciate the time taken by the team.– Location

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– Would I recommend it to my best friend?

I would without a doubt.

During my stay in Doha , I had the opportunity to visit other hotels (which were very nice). But I loved going back to the Four Seasons every day – it really felt like home!Have you visited this hotel? What were your thoughts?xoMrs. ODisclaimer: I was a guest of the Four Seasons Doha during this stay, but hopefully you will see that this has not influenced my thoughts about the property. For more information about the hotel, visit its official website.