If you’re feeling in a bit of a funk after the seasonal festivities, why not try a staycation? In fact, why not have a staycation at the Radisson Blu, Doha?

We fancied an overnight stay as a weekend pick-me-up, and those kind chaps at the Radisson quickly came to the rescue. Having been in Doha for many years, you can be reassured that they know what they’re doing!

Following all necessary health protocols currently in place, we were quickly and easily booked into our home for the night. We stayed in a suite, comprising dining and lounging areas, a very comfortable bedroom and a massive bathroom. There are a number of special touches kindly provided by the hotel: a welcome basket of fruit and chocolates, a sleep shirt and kimono, a teddy bear tucked up in bed, and a rubber duck to share a long bath with.

A warm welcome awaits
A warm welcome awaits
Luxurious surroundings
Luxurious surroundings
Those special touches!
Those special touches!

After admiring the spacious suite and making sure Teddy and Ducky were ok for the evening, there are a number of options to enjoy a quick bite or something more substantial.

The hotel has been steadily reopening their outlets now that restrictions are gradually being eased, some of which look a little bit different to the last time you may have been.

QUBE has recently reopened with a fresh, new look, and is now a huge light and airy restaurant, offering tasty snacks to enjoy while watching the big game on one of the massive TV screens (see the Marhaba review here).

Meanwhile, The Italian Job has also been upgraded with a fab new terrace by the pool – perfect for the cooler weather (look out for a Marhaba review coming soon!). But don’t worry, inside is reassuringly the same, with the team serving up the restaurant’s famed authentic Italian dishes.

Maybe you’re craving a steak? Doha favourite Bentley’s Grill is just the ticket – you too can pretend you’re in a gentlemen’s club while eating ribeye or Chateaubriand. For a more relaxed affair, go for the Steak Diane promotion currently on at Inginuity. Prefer Indian? Then head to Chingari for the ultimate Tandoor dishes. You can find all of Radisson Blu, Doha’s promotions here.

Two of the Radisson’s other famous outlets, Indian restaurant Bombay Balti and Chinese restaurant Ruby Wu’s, have now been joined by Sakura Express. While the hotel’s main Japanese restaurant is temporarily closed, lovers of sushi and sashimi can get their fix at Sakura Express. Menus are conveniently placed underneath the glass on the tables, meaning you can quickly see what you want. And there is a lot you are going to want – with prices starting at just QAR40!

staycation radisson blu dohaServed by the affable Keo, she advised us of the chef’s recommendations and so we chose the Dark Shadow Maki (fried salmon skin, crab meat, avocado and a chilli mayo), and an order of the house special, Green Caterpillar Maki (crab sticks, mayo and cucumber, wrapped in avocado and topped with a choice of tobikko or unagi sauce). We also chose perennial favourite, California Maki (crab stick, cucumber and avocado with tobikko), and shake (salmon) sushi nigiri. You can watch them all hard at work behind the counter – it constantly amazes us how quickly they make the sushi rolls (and without making a complete and utter mess!).

Sakura Express menu
Sakura Express menu
Green Caterpillar maki
Green Caterpillar maki
California maki and Dark Shadow maki
California maki and Dark Shadow maki

But you don’t just have to choose from Sakura Express – although that is obviously a good enough meal in itself. Due to its location, diners can also order from Bombay Balti and Ruby Wu’s. Fabulous!

Never one to look a gift balti in the mouth, we tucked in to delicious, succulent chicken and prawn tikka, which was well seasoned and had a good level of spice to it (you can of course adapt this to your own preference). Next up was an equally well-spiced lamb rogan josh, with huge pieces of meat, and their famous creamy dreamy dal maharani, both served with jeera (cumin) rice, the perfect foil for both curries.

Bombay Balti chicken and prawn tikka
Bombay Balti chicken and prawn tikka
Ruby Wu's chicken Szechuan
Ruby Wu's chicken Szechuan
Ruby Wu's hamour in garlic sauce
Ruby Wu's hamour in garlic sauce

Ruby Wu’s also made an appearance, offering us a platter of Szechuan chicken, and hamour in garlic sauce. The chicken was spicy and zingy with the right amount of sauce and crunchy vegetables, while the hamour was soft and cooked perfectly, with crisp broccoli and a piquant sauce. A great end to our Asian feast.

Next morning our thoughts were again on food – we’d had a great night’s sleep, felt completely refreshed and were eager to start the new day! After a cup of coffee from the Nespresso machine, we awaited breakfast with baited breath. There’s something so decadent about having room service… no need to rush about, you can take your time while still wearing your PJs (plus the fluffy robe and slippers, of course…).

Mindful of social distancing, we watched plate after plate being placed on the dining table and as soon as we could, we dived in. We ordered the American breakfast, which comes with a choice of eggs and served with beef sausages and crispy beef bacon, accompanied by plenty of toast, bread rolls and pastries. Meanwhile the poached eggs were scrumptious and came with hash browns and extra gluten free bread, and the masala oopatham were soft and spicy – we definitely recommend the coconut chutney and sambar!

In-room breakfast
In-room breakfast
In-room breakfast at the dining table
In-room breakfast at the dining table

All in all, an excellent restorative break – no wonder we keep coming back to the Radisson. For now though, it was time to pack up and take Teddy and Ducky to their new home!

If you’re looking for a relaxing stay and delicious food, contact the friendly team at Radisson Blu, Doha asap!


Author: Sarah Palmer

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