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Mondrian Doha Review

by Francis X. Gallagher

Mar 3, 2021
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I was part of a group of travelers attending the Hamad International Airport Expansion presentation in Doha. Most arrived the day before, but due to a family commitment, I arrived the following day. A driver picked me up at the airport and drove me to the sleek and modern Mondrian Doha, designed by Marcel Wanders of the Netherlands. The 270-room property was the first sbe hotel in the Middle East. My luggage was scanned and put aside for a hand check and the guard removed the little sleep sound device I use to cover city noise when I sleep and travel. “No speakers allowed,” the guard said, but once I explained what the item was he allowed me to take it. From there, check-in was swift, and I received a packet of information about dinner and the week’s agenda.

I was in Suite 1309 with beautiful views and an inviting layout. The main living space had a comfortable king-sized bed opposite a large-screen TV and a built-in work station and desk. The wallpaper on the far wall was busy with Islamic architecture and symbolism — I liked the falcon images. The room also included a small glass-top table and chair and a long combination hassock and end table left of the bed. The shades over the lights sported a Turkish or Lebanese design which worked well with the all-white motif in the room.

The bathroom occupied a massive space on the other side of the wall and featured a huge soaking tub and a large step-in and -through shower which separated the tub area from the sink area — a smart concept. Bathroom amenities included Ciel Reserve shampoo, conditioner and shower gel and other amenities.

My only complaint — and I confirmed this with other guests — was the faulty air-conditioning. It was so humid in the rooms, even though cool, that clothing felt damp each night when we returned. I told the hotel staff about this afterward, and they confirmed they would investigate the cause.

My gracious host prearranged a lavish dinner for me the first night at Walima, known for its Middle Eastern cuisine and, I must add, fantastic wait staff. I dined on a selection of cold mezeh (outstanding), lamb machboos (hit the spot) and a fine, cold Sauvignon Blanc. I also enjoyed a few drinks with colleagues at Hudson Tavern, where one can enjoy a proper pint of Guinness surrounded by a sports bar theme. Off the lobby we enjoyed breakfast before our day’s festivities. The staff was always welcoming and attentive to our needs.

Mondrian Doha

West Bay Lagoon
Doha, Qatar
tel 974 4045 5555

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