TRIED & TESTED

Mar­riot Mar­quis City Cen­tre Doha; The Vene­tian Ma­cau; Cathay Pa­cific A330-300; Qatar Air­ways B777-300ER

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BACKGROUND Pre­vi­ously com­bined prop­er­ties of Re­nais­sance and Court­yard by Mar­riott, a re­brand­ing ex­er­cise in 2014 led to the in­cep­tion of Mar­riott Mar­quis City Cen­tre. Mar­riott Ex­ec­u­tive Apart­ments are still sit­u­ated in the South Tower of the prop­erty.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? Since it is a com­bined prop­erty of two ho­tels that were fairly large, Mar­riott Mar­quis City Cen­tre is big and opulent. The lobby is breezy and spa­cious with wel­com­ing staͿ that po­litely take care of your lug­gage. A large mu­ral of a tree be­hind the re­cep­tion and an elab­o­rate light in­stal­la­tion are sig­na­ture el­e­ments of the lobby. On the left of the ground level are Glo Cock­tail Bar and elevators to the North Tower. Towards the right is West End Cafe and Patis­serie and elevators to the South Tower. It has the largest in­ven­tory in Doha with 577 rooms after the amal­ga­ma­tion of the Mar­riott prop­er­ties. The staͿ was gra­cious enough to ready our Busi­ness suite be­fore the check-in time, as our Áight ar­rived quite early in the morn­ing at Doha Air­port.

WHERE IS IT? Ha­mad In­ter­na­tional Air­port is 20 min­utes away, but Doha’s tra΀c is un­pre­dictable at odd hours (very early or late af­ter­noon are peak hours here). It is close to pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tions such as Katara Cul­tural Vil­lage and the Pearl. The ho­tel di­rectly con­nects to the City Cen­tre mall and hail­ing a taxi is easy con­sid­er­ing you are in the heart of the city.

ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES Our Busi­ness suite on the 32nd Áoor over­looked a stun­ning cityscape. With French win­dows span­ning across the area, the suite is di­vided into a liv­ing room and a bed­room. The workspace is at the en­trance with an ad­di­tional couch and er­gonomic seat. Very res­i­den­tial in its feel, the liv­ing room is com­fort­able and com­par­a­tively larger than the usual suite. An edgy yel­low and blue car­pet sprawls across both the spa­ces com­ple­ment­ing an ochre wall­pa­per in the bed­room. There are two large LCD tele­vi­sions in both the rooms. An ad­di­tional desk placed in the bed­room is equipped with power sock­ets that I used to charge my de­vices. On the right of the bed­room is the mini­bar, wardrobe with elec­tronic safe, a ne­spresso coͿee ma­chine, and the mar­ble bath­room. The liv­ing room has a sep­a­rate lava­tory as well. An iron and iron­ing board was pro­vided in the room and ser­vice was prompt. As a guest of the Busi­ness suite, we could ac­cess the Ex­ec­u­tive Lounge on the 42nd Áoor that oͿers break­fast, canapps and non­al­co­holic bev­er­ages through­out the day and holds happy hours in the evenings. A spe­cial ac­cess key card was handed over to ac­cess this lounge. WiÀ is free.

RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS

There are var­ied op­tions to pick from here. We dined at the bustling Brazil­ian restau­rant Ipanema that prides it­self on 15 types of meat, as well as its sig­na­ture cock­tails. Break­fast is laid at Cross­roads Kitchen, which serves an im­pres­sive buͿet of di­verse cuisines in­clud­ing select In­dian prepa­ra­tions. Cham­pi­ons Sports Bar is its vi­va­cious lounge for sports en­thu­si­asts, Cucina is the Ital­ian restau­rant, Aqua Lounge is by the pool. Meat lovers can en­joy New York Steak­house, while Quick Bites is an in­ter­est­ing stopover for a meal on the go. There is also Az­iza for Le­banese food and an in­ter­est­ing Voda Bar at West End Cafe and Patis­serie that serves ex­otic Áavours of wa­ter.

BUSI­NESS AND MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES Sprawl­ing across 1,858 sqm are its 15 meet­ing rooms. All rooms are equipped with audio-video fa­cil­i­ties and wiÀ. Its Al Areen Grand Ball­room can ac­com­mo­date 700 guests and can be par­ti­tioned into six.

LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES Saray Spa oͿers Dead Sea in­spired treat­ments. There is also a Àt­ness cen­tre and heated swim­ming pool on level 7.

VER­DICT A mod­ern busi­ness ho­tel in the mid­dle of the city. Ideal for busi­ness trav­ellers look­ing to in­dulge in a bit of leisure.

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