If you’re tired of staying in the usual high-rise hotel block, and prefer something with more character without compromising on comfort and service, then the Zubarah Boutique Hotel will cater to this and more…

We never thought we’d find a hotel in Doha that was reminiscent of European-style buildings, but lo and behold, there’s the beautiful Zubarah Boutique Hotel with its pretty windows, classy architecture and stylish interiors, this place truly blends fine décor and furnishings with the warmth of Arabian hospitality. We check-in on a lovely spring day and find that everyone from the bell boy, to the concierge, the people at the front desk and the housekeeping staff, as well as the restaurants waiters, all possess a friendly attitude and attentive nature – big tick for service!

The great thing about Zubarah hotel is that it caters to both business and leisure visitors, and families and solo travellers or groups of friends. It is a quiet hotel with a homely atmosphere, and whether you’re there to relax and explore Doha, or whether you want peace and quiet to get some work done; Zubarah hotel is perfect to do both. Each of the 45 guest rooms at Zubarah Hotel offers luxury accommodation that is elegantly appointed and decorated in modern style. The hotel features exclusive facilities to deliver an authentic local experience.

We’re going to make a bold statement now, and we stand firmly by it; the Zubarah Junior Suite SO well-designed, SO beautifully decorated, and SO well-equipped with in-room amenities, that it was better than a number of 5-star establishments that we’ve stayed in. Fact. The beds are huge and adorned with the most lavish and comfortable linens and pillows; there’s a lovely spacious sitting area with a sofa that you can warmly sink into whilst watching TV, taking a mid-afternoon nap, or even doing some work (there’s a good-sized desk for that as well!); and, in terms of having everything you’ll need, there’s an iPod dock, safe, ironing facilities, heating, a/c, shower, bathtub, minibar, coffee machine, large closet, slippers, hair dryer, alarm clock, a dining area, and, wait for it, L’occitane bathroom amenities, all perfectly placed for your added comfort. If we’re talking personal touch then Zubarah has you covered. We absolutely loved the quaint balconies and a look over real city life and local communities – it gave the hotel stay a great cultural experience.

When it comes to dining, you have three wonderful choices for quality food and beverages. There’s Baraha – a contemporary Arabic-fusion all-day dining restaurant serving exceptional and innovative Qatari dishes, within the comfort of the richly appointed interior and external garden terrace. Caminito is the fine-dining Argentinian restaurant that offers traditional and contemporary inspired dishes, with guests being able to dine both indoors and outdoors on the rooftop overlooking the Doha Skyline. If casual dining is your preference, relax in the lobby lounge with delicious mocktails and nibbles. We would highly recommend trying Baraha for dinner – the steak dishes are tantalisingly good, as is the famous hummus, and the original mocktails. Of course, there is an extensive in-room dining menu for those who want to relax in their suite.

As well as having a well-equipped gym, Zubarah hotel boasts one of the prettiest spas we’ve ever visited. Retreat to an inner oasis of health and wellbeing in the sanctuary of the spa. Select from a range of expertly tailored treatments, designed to enhance the comfort of the guests. Upholding the Zubarah philosophy, the spa embraces the Qatari culture, using traditional techniques and natural products. Relax, unwind and be pampered. We experienced the 60-minute Aromatherapy massage, which allows you to select an essential oil from smell and meaning, and helps the body to detox, rejuvenate and stimulates alertness. The massage therapist was friendly and professional, using different techniques to tackle problem areas like the back – a blissful treatment that will have you fall into a relaxed state of mind. Afterwards, we enjoyed the exclusive sauna, Jacuzzi and chromo therapy steam shower area, which provided the perfect ending to our spa morning.

Zubarah Boutique Hotel brings a new lease of life, charm and creativity to Qatari hospitality. It embraces the art, architecture, music and literature, something that guests will truly appreciate in bustling Doha.

GO: Visit www.zubarahhotels.com or call 4447 0000 for reservations and more information