Centara’s first outpost in the Qatari capital of Doha offers a taste of Thai hospitality in the Middle East
Located in the heart of Doha’s CBD in the city’s prestigious West Bay, Centara West Bay Residences and Suites is conveniently situated close to many main attractions such as The Gate Mall, Doha Corniche, Souq Waqif, and the Museum of Islamic Art.
Its prime location also boasts sweeping city views of the Qatari capital’s collection of shimmering skyscrapers, contrasted by the Arabian Gulf’s startling turquoise waters. The hotel is also within walking distance of many restaurants, boutiques and entertainment hubs.
Boasting a total of 292 units comprising studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses spread across 42 floors, Centara West Bay aims to provide upmarket contemporary comfort for short- and long-term stays.
I stayed in a deluxe studio, a lofty and bright space thanks to light flooding in through the floor-to-ceiling windows. My room looked out towards the towering skyscrapers of the city, but rooms on the other side of the property offer sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf’s twinkling waters.
The spacious room takes in 69m2 of living space, with the modern décor giving it a smart yet casual feel. The well-equipped kitchenette came with an oven, microwave and fridge. A dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer are also provided.
Well-designed so all space is utilised, the studio features a work station, living area with a sofa, seating, smart TV and a comfortable queen-size bed. The bathroom is spacious and takes in a rain shower and bathtub.
Centara West Bay’s pièce de résistance when it comes to dining is Dalchini, and hopes are being pinned on the restaurant being a game-changer in Doha, serving five-star progressive Indian cuisine. The 75-seat restaurant has sophisticated modern décor to match the menu, which has been drawn up by Alfred Prasad who is at the helm of Dalchini. Prasad previously oversaw the Tamarind Collection’s four restaurants, including Michelin-star Tamarind Restaurant in London’s prestigious Mayfair.
Elsewhere, Caprice is a more casual affair that serves Thai and European dishes. A hearty buffet breakfast is served in the morning, with a la carte and buffet options on offer throughout the day and evening. The startling white décor is given a splash of colour through bold red seating and floral decorations.
The Lobby Lounge follows a modern café theme, serving freshly-brewed coffees, fine teas, baked cakes and pastries. A range of salads and European and Middle Eastern specialities are also available. The third-floor swimming pool also has a bar offering a range of salads, snacks and drinks.
Aiming to provide residents with a one-stop-shop, Centara West Bay boasts a swathe of facilities, ranging from the 264m2 wellness centre with a fitness suite, aerobics studio and large indoor pool and children’s pool, to steam rooms and saunas.
Catering to families, Centara has a kids’ club which can arranges excursions, such as dune tours in the desert.
Business travellers can also use the 225m2 flexible meeting space offered at the Sapphire Room. There, floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to flow in, while offering impressive views of West Bay.
The hospitality is top-notch and the attention to detail is excellent, with staff on hand warmly offering help from organising transport, to suggesting activities and promptly responding to room service.
Centara has done a fantastic job in creating the perfect home away from home. The extensive amenities and services, including a kitchenette complete with cutlery and cooking utensils, makes this the perfect place to set up home in Doha, whether it be for a night, a month, a year or beyond.
No. of rooms 292
Rates From QAR495 (US$135) per night
Tel: (974) 4009 5555