WHEN YOUR NEXT STAYCATION COMES CALLING AND WHAT YOU REALLY WANT IS A GREAT LOCATION WITH ALL THE BENEFITS OF BEING IN A RESORT, THINK ABOUT THE HEART OF WEST BAY AND THE TOWERING CITY CENTRE ROTANA DOHA. WE STAYED AT THE POPULAR HOTEL ON A MUCH-NEEDED BREAK  FROM THE BUSTLE – YET CLOSE TO ALL OF DOHA’S BEST ATTRACTIONS…

After having stayed in hundreds of hotels, it takes a lot to make us feel at our most comfortable. Especially when it comes to city hotels, creating that balance of comfort with convenience is a task that can be difficult. However, we found just the place that manages to tick both of these boxes… and so many more. Walking into the City Centre Rotana Doha we find a beautiful lobby that, at the time of our visit, had an influx of international sports teams checking in for tournaments in Doha. Well, if it’s good enough for them – it’ll do us just fine! Check in is fast and efficient, and we whizz up to our King Premium Room to find a very large, neutrally decorated room that has sun light pouring in through its floor to ceiling windows and pretty much every amenity you could ask for from a 5-star hotel – we’re off to a good start!

LET’S TALK PREMIUM

It’s clear to see the upscale surroundings of City Centre Rotana Doha in every essence of the property. The elegant 381 guest rooms, suites and apartments are spread over 47 floors, all offering snapchat-worthy views of either the stunning Arabian Gulf sea and/or the city skyline. A fresh palette of colours reveals a room that immediately calls to our relaxation needs. It’s the perfect blend of creams, subtle beige and browns, and perfectly placed lamps for mood lighting which accompany the airy vibe.

Each 50sqm premium room offers picturesque views of the city. You’ll find all your usual amenities like a well-stocked mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, and Wireless Internet connection. On top this, a stateof- the-art, multi-channel 42” LCD television, bedside guest digital assistants, bathrobes and hairdryer, iron and ironing board and plenty of fresh towels will add to making you stay as comfortable as possible. Distinct design features include a recessed closet system that conceals shelving, drawers, mini bar, and personal in-room safe – we like the practicality of the design, which leaves the guest with more space to enjoy.

The bathrooms were also a practical solution with good space and amenities to make sure your warm soak or hot shower is the best it can be! During our stay, we went to check out the 24th floor Club Rotana Lounge, which offers everything from welcome drinks upon check-in, elcome amenities in the room, complimentary breakfast served in the comfort of the lounge or at Olive Oil – All Day Dining, complimentary afternoon tea, complimentary snacks and beverages throughout the day, evening canapés and more, to anyone staying in Club Rotana category accommodation. If you want that added touch of luxury and convenience – this is definitely a good choice!

DINING DELIGHTS

City Centre Rotana Doha offers a feast of culinary options in a variety of exquisite settings. Each restaurant shines with its own character and cuisine, and all are defined by signature bespoke service. Firstly, breakfast is a lovely affair of hot and cold dishes to satisfy your morning cravings and make sure that you get off to a great start! The hotel’s newest restaurant; Zeituna Lebanese Restaurant, is an oriental celebration of cuisine. Think delicious authentic flavours with mouthwatering ingredients and instagram-ready dishes, providing guests with a unique Lebanese dining experience.

The venue is designed to represent a relaxed atmosphere where guests are offered an exceptional choice of mezze, delicacies, beverages and desserts. It is distinguished by its refined service, elegant decoration and the live music you can enjoy while dining along with a great choice of shisha flavours. Our favourite dishes, and ones we’d highly recommend include: Sawda Djej (pan-fried chicken liver with pomegranate and lemon sauce), Fish Sayadia (aked fish with spiced rice & caramelized onions, topped with nuts and served with tahina sauce) and the Halawat El Jiben Mouchallaleh (sweet cheese dough, pistachios topped with Ashta cream and rose petal jam).

The restaurant represents an amalgamation of regional dishes, serving lunch and diner with recipes inspired by Lebanon and the Arab region. If you’re looking for that taste of homely comfort cuisine, here’s where you’ll find it! On the other hand, there’s the ever-pleasing Teatro with its Eastern Cooking Meets Western Cuisine – there’s a sushi bar as well as a comprehensive à la carte menu creatively blending dishes from Chinese, Indian, Italian, Japanese and Thai cuisines. The award-winning Boston’s Bar & Restaurant is every sports bar-lovers dream with a variety of sumptuous dishes off a delicious American style-menu to relax and unwind. A lobby-level gourmet coffee shop and two poolside dining options round up City Centre Rotana’s excellent food offerings – there’s a good chance that you won’t need to leave the premises for any meals.

RECREATION REVELRY

Surprisingly, we ended up spending a lot of time at Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club. Their fully-equipped gymnasium, cardiovascular and weight training, steam, sauna, and jacuzzi are the cherry on top of the cake when it comes to staycation choices. If you don’t want to compromise on your fitness and wellbeing throughout the stay, you don’t have to! This place offers it all; personal trainers and fitness instructors are at hand to guide you through workout, temperature controlled outdoor swimming pool and kids’ pool (sun bathing is amazing here!), and a spa that offers an array of time-tested massages and treatments. In fact, the deep tissue massage we opted for was complete bliss as the therapist used the best techniques to work out our knots and decrease stress levels – which meant that we had a wonderful night’s sleep. In a nutshell, the hotel has enough to please both the children and the big kids of the family!

STAYCATION GOALS

City Centre Rotana’s location in the heart of Doha keeps it connected to City Centre Mall and mere steps from the new Doha Exhibition and Conference Centre. The hotel is nestled in the key business and commercial district of West Bay and just 30 minutes’ drive from the new Hamad International Airport. This makes it a great choice for both leisure travellers looking for downtime, and a business traveller in need of a relaxing place to stay that has all the mod cons required. For couples or families in Doha who wish to get away from home life for a few nights and let someone else take care of them, City Centre Rotana Doha’s big, spacious rooms, yummy dining options and recreation facilities will keep every guest occupied throughout their stay. Final verdict: we will be back!


GO: CALL CITY CENTRE ROTANA DOHA ON +974 4445 8888 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.