Hotel/Accommodation, Qatar, Travel

Staycation in the Sky: InterContinental Doha the City

December 5, 2016

InterContinental Doha the City

Over the weekend, I was invited by the InterContinental Doha the City to enjoy a staycation with them. The end of a semester is always stressful at my day job. Having a staycation is a way for me to relax and wind down without having to make travel plans or get on a plane.

The warm welcome from the InterContinental Doha the City started even before I arrived when I received an email welcoming me to the Club InterContinental. The benefits of staying there as a Club InterContinental member is that you get to check-in at the Club InterContinental on the 45th Floor, late check-out, afternoon tea, evening drinks and snacks. You are also able to use the club anytime. At the InterContinental you get the added best benefit of stunning views of West Bay!

InterContinental Doha the City

The Room

Light flooded the room from the floor to ceiling windows in the room. The views were just as incredible from the 42nd floor where my room was located. Besides the view, the next best thing was that when I shut the door, it was quiet. The noisy streets of Doha disappeared when I closed the door.

InterContinental Doha the City

InterContinental Doha the City

The living room area of the suite felt like walking into someone’s apartment and not a hotel room. There were a small couch and a chaise lounge. The tv was across from these but not the focal point of the room, which I prefer. Next to this was a good-sized desk where there was both a Nespresso coffee machine and a tea kettle. The best part about the desk the plugs were built into the desk, and a universal plug was included!InterContinental Doha the City

More windows greeted me as I entered the bedroom. The king-sized bed was facing another tv and another view of downtown Doha. There is also a plush chair to sit in. Off the bedroom was the bathroom with, you guessed it, more windows! You can have a bubble bath and watch the traffic go by. The view extends into the shower, which is large with a rainfall option.

InterContinental Doha the City

InterContinental Doha the City

InterContinental Doha the City

Overall, I loved the room. The carpet was plush, the bed comfortable, plugs beside the beds, coffee maker and blackout curtains are all things I love about a hotel room. There could always be more plugs and the windows provided great views but did give glare off the tv. I wouldn’t trade the views for the tv, though!

The Food

If you are going to a hotel for a staycation, then you probably don’t want to leave the hotel and to do that you need great food options. The InterContinental Doha the City does not disappoint. Since I was there on Friday, I was invited to have brunch at Hwang. Brunch is a traditional activity here on Friday. Hwang is Pan Asian, and the brunch is their take on Yum Cha brunch. Unlike the traditional buffet brunch, Hwang is a tasting menu that you order from, and they bring you as much as you like.

InterContinental Doha the City

InterContinental Doha the City

Having only been to Hwang once before, I was eager to have the things I know I liked and to try new dishes as well. Not only was the food superb the service was excellent. The waitresses suggested items to try and made me feel like I was eating with friends. My favorite dishes were the Crispy Prawns with Wasabi Mayo and the Crispy Wok Friend Duck with Long Beans and Thai Basil. The brunch is reasonably priced at QR 228 with soft beverages, QR 328 with wine and beer and QR 428 with wine, sparkling wine, beer, spirits and cocktails.

InterContinental Doha the City

That evening I had dinner at Al Jalsa Garden Lounge. Now that the weather has cooled down in Qatar, this is an excellent option as it is outside. The offerings are mainly Arabic food and shisha is an option. The muttabel I had there is the best I have had in Doha and I have had tons of muttabel.

InterContinental Doha the City

You can’t stay in a hotel without enjoying the buffet breakfast. The wonderful service continued at The Square where upon entering they took my coffee and omelet order! Kids will enjoy this breakfast as much of it would be visible to them. In fact, I saw one little boy jump from his stroller when he saw strawberry milk.

There are several more options in the hotel including Prime, the steakhouse, the lobby lounge for tea, Strata lounge and restaurant and Hive restaurant and lounge. You will never go hungry at the InterContinental Doha the City.

The InterContinental Doha the City is an excellent choice for a staycation or a weekend in Qatar. Even if you decided to venture out from the hotel you are close to two malls, Katara, the Corniche and the amazing Souq Waqif.

 

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53 Comments

  • Reply Caitlin Jean December 5, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Personally I think the Pool has the best views 😉

    • Reply Tiffany December 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      The pool view is nice but as you know only from a distance for me. I did go up there though!

  • Reply Kat December 5, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    I think the food alone would make the trip worth while lol. That looks good!

    • Reply Tiffany December 5, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      It would! Hwang is going to be my new favorite place I think!

  • Reply Annika December 6, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I have only stayed in Doha once but always thought I should go back for more than just an involuntary layover. This post remind me of that plan! And the views from the room seem exactly what you want when you sleep in the city – the skyline of Doha is incredible!

    • Reply Tiffany December 6, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      You should! There is so much to see and do here. And that view is amazing!

    • Reply Caitlin Jean December 13, 2016 at 7:52 am

      I like this plan 🙂 come visit

  • Reply sam December 6, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    That food looks incredible!
    I had a layover in Doha the over day and it just looked beautiful, really considering it as a place to visit next year!

    • Reply Tiffany December 6, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Is was incredible. There is so much to do here. Come visit!

  • Reply lily kate December 6, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    OK so I’m very jealous of this trip! Doha looks like such a cool city, I’ve never been but would love to. Cannot beat waking up to amazing views (and breakfast!)
    Lily Kate x
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    • Reply Tiffany December 6, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      It is cool and there is so much to see. I actually live here and I love it! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Neha December 6, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    This seemed like a fun staycation! Definitely want to visit Doha now xx

    • Reply Tiffany December 6, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      It was fun! Doha has so much to see! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Jean December 7, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Oh looks like a great place to relax and unwind!

    • Reply Tiffany December 7, 2016 at 9:21 am

      It was! I am plotting my return.

  • Reply Brittany December 7, 2016 at 1:43 am

    Wow this looks like an AMAZING place to visit!

    • Reply Tiffany December 7, 2016 at 9:22 am

      I loved it! Can’t wait to go back.

  • Reply Rachel Ritlop December 7, 2016 at 2:12 am

    I’ve stayed there before and love it! such a great location too!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

    • Reply Tiffany December 7, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Where you here to visit or on a layover? It is in a prime location.

  • Reply Tiffany Cardenas December 7, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Looks like a really nice place to stay! I love all the windows in the room…especially the one by the bathtub.

    • Reply Tiffany December 7, 2016 at 10:05 am

      There was a window in the shower too! So fun to see.

  • Reply Abhinav Singh December 7, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Staycation sounds like a fab idea. Not many know how to enjoy it well though. I agree, food is very important to me. For me, the hotel needs to serve me brilliant food to keep me in the hotel or else I will stray in no time. Haha. But then that’s just me being me.

    • Reply Tiffany December 7, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      It’s a big part of the stay. I love a staycation.

  • Reply Jitaditya Narzary December 7, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Amazing accomodation!
    It is always good to have a viiew from the top in a big city such as this.
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    • Reply Tiffany December 7, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      And it has views of the whole city.

  • Reply Apolline Adiju December 7, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Wow! The view and the huge windows! I love it so much.

    • Reply Tiffany December 7, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      Me too. I wanted to move in!

  • Reply Sudipto December 8, 2016 at 10:28 am

    The Intercontinental Doha sounds like a perfect place to enjoy your holidays. Do tell us about the spa too..

    • Reply Tiffany December 8, 2016 at 10:30 am

      I didn’t visit the spa on this visit. I am sure it is great as all the service in the hotel was super.

  • Reply Kathryn December 8, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    As well as the great rooms and fab view one of the draws of this hotel is def the restaurant options. Perfect if you don’t want to leave the hotel!

  • Reply Dilraz Kunnummal December 8, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I have been thinking about a staycation for a while!
    Maybe this has just tipped me over! 😀

    • Reply Tiffany December 8, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Do it!! You won’t regret it.

  • Reply Shehar December 8, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Beautiful view!

  • Reply Nicky Quinn December 8, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    What I would give to go there for one night…. But just me… without kids… Looks like the perfect treat!

    • Reply Tiffany December 8, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      That would be really nice!

  • Reply Manju December 9, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Looks like a perfect place to relax!!

  • Reply Jishma December 9, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    ICDoha the city has. Even always my favourite in terms of their service and food !! I enjoyed this post !!

    • Reply Tiffany December 9, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      So glad to hear that!

  • Reply Fazeelah George December 9, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I am in desperate need of any “cation” right now!! This place looks amazing.

    • Reply Tiffany December 9, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      Haha! It is. I highly recommend it.

  • Reply Kiren Phul December 9, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Not sure what I liked more, the bathroom or the bedroom – just beautiful x

    • Reply Tiffany December 9, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      Right? I actually really like the living area since I could site on the couch and see the whole city.

  • Reply Rachel Morris December 10, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    An underrated hotel! Lovely post

    • Reply Tiffany December 11, 2016 at 1:19 am

      Agreed. Thanks!

  • Reply Polly (Follow Your Sunshine) December 10, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    I actually read this when you very first posted it but I never get a chance to comment these days! Lovely post as always. I reeeeally want to go for a staycation now – if just for the views and that pool alone (well done for braving a swim btw!). Love your round-up of offers at the hotel at the end too.

    Polly xx

    • Reply Tiffany December 11, 2016 at 1:20 am

      I have the same problem! Thank you. You should! It will be great.

  • Reply Ayesha December 10, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    I love staycations! And the city view is so nice… I love rooms which offer that… it’s so beautiful to watch the sun setting over the city and the view change to that of brilliant lights at night!

    • Reply Tiffany December 11, 2016 at 1:21 am

      Me too! I will be doing it again.

  • Reply Khansa December 11, 2016 at 1:29 am

    I love the views at Intercon Doha The City. Tbey make great use of the natural light and is very different. I am having a staycation there this week. So excited!
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    • Reply Tiffany December 11, 2016 at 1:31 am

      You will love it. Have fun!

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