Hotel staycations have become a norm here in Qatar, especially during the hot summer days.

Now, how do you choose a hotel to book a staycation in with all the places available around? What are the usual criteria – room, food, facilities, location, etc? It can be tricky to find one that can tick all the boxes, but if you keep reading, this review of our weekend staycation at The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa might help you decide.

The Junior Suite

Westin DohaThe moment we entered our room (or should I say suite), it instantly felt like home. Everything about it was just right – how spacious it was, how well lit it was, how cosy it was.

There was a lounging area to sit in for a cup of tea while watching TV, a dining table to enjoy the delicious welcome drinks/snacks prepared for us, a reading nook, a cot because we went with a six-month old baby, the true-to-its-name Heavenly bed, and an amazing bathroom.

The Heavenly bed is something that needs emphasis on. Being in it gives you the feeling of not wanting to get up because your body is just so relaxed, not to mention it was coupled with memory foam pillows that seem to snuggle you. Needless to say, we had a really good night’s sleep.

The bathroom is also something else. Equipped with Heavenly Spa luxury products, a freestanding bathtub, a rainshower head and a spacious closet, it’s perfect for a ‘me time’!

The Food

Our first meal was at The Royal Thai Brunch in Sabai Thai Restaurant. The spread was impressive – many salads and hot appetisers, peking duck and soup stations, flavourful main courses, fresh seafood/meat ready to be cooked to your liking, and desserts. We liked the salad station so much because everything was so fresh and delicious, especially the Som Tam (Papaya salad).

For dinner, we went to Seasonal Tastes for their International night. And yes, it was another buffet! It wasn’t our first time at the restaurant because it’s actually our go-to for birthdays and celebrations, but we were still surprised – Seasonal Tastes just levels up every single time! Each station was packed with overwhelming dishes, and everything was just worth a try. The next day, we had a buffet breakfast at Seasonal Tastes as well.

Special mention to Chef Sameera of Seasonal Tastes who was generous enough to prepare a delicious, grilled seafood platter for us during dinner – the best mussels & lobster we’ve had so far!

The Executive Chef

Chef Fabio GenghiniI’d like to say Westin Doha’s Executive Chef, Fabio Genghini, was one of the many reasons why we enjoyed our stay so much.

He was with us in all our meals, making sure we were pleased and full – he did succeed because we had the best time! At the Sabai Thai brunch, we sat with him for an hour at least while he shared with us his visions for Westin Doha (we won’t spill, just stay tuned), and what a delight it was to listen to him! He’s officially our favourite chef!

The Pool & The Spa

The summer heat is getting more and more intense, which is why a dip in the pool seemed to be mandatory. And Westin Doha‘s pool looked inviting that it felt like it was calling us to jump in. If you have children, the kids pool is made perfect for them!

I wouldn’t say the best part of the whole experience was my time at the spa because everything about our stay at Westin Doha was excellent, but the Signature Massage I got at the Heavenly Spa was the best massage I’ve had in my life! Each medium pressure stroke from the therapist seemed to have driven all the stress away, and take it from me, someone who had just given birth, it’s what you need to reset your body!

Of course, I made the most out of my visit at the Heavenly Spa and I tried the other facilities like the jacuzzi, sauna room, and the indoor pool.

The Service

Our stay at Westin Doha was outstanding, and I believe what made our experience remarkable and unique, aside from everything mentioned above, was the service. Hospitality at Westin Doha comes with a genuine, personal touch – they made sure we were well looked after, our needs were met, and we were satisfied. That’s something I’d always come back for.

From check-in to check-out, our experience at Westin Doha was very smooth. It’s one of the highlights of this summer. Actually, we’re thinking to book for another staycation there again, and very soon!

For more information/reservations at The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, write to [email protected] / [email protected] or call 3359 8514 (F&B offerings) / 4492 1600 (reservations)

Author: Maria Anicas

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