This post continues on with my journey to Tokyo after my outstanding flight with Qatar Airways from London to Doha with their new Q-Suites product.
Qatar Airways has a number of lounges in Doha airport, some confusingly named, some sit outside the oneworld access rules, and some do not.
- Al Safwa – first class ticketed passengers with Qatar Airways or British Airways
- Al Mourjan – business class ticketed passengers with Qatar Airways or British Airways
- Qatar Airways First class lounge – open to oneworld emeralds in any cabin
- Qatar Airways Business class lounge – open to oneworld sapphire and emeralds in any cabin
The Al Safwa and Al Mourjan are the ones to go for if you’re eligible to access them. I didn’t get a chance to visit the regular lounges, but by all accounts they’re quite crowded and not that great.
The Al Mourjan lounge is accessed via a long escalator at the bottom of which was a Qatar Airways agent checking eligibility and allowing people up.
The lounge itself is huge and split over two levels. On the main level are lots of seating areas plus a wide array of services including:
- Games Room
- Family area
- Business centre
Upstairs there’s a restaurant area with a full bar.
Arriving at around 00.30 it was pretty busy as there’s a significant bank of flights timed around then.
The games room had Xboxes and table football and seemed deserted.
At the far end of the lounge there was a huge water feature, complete with grand staircase and chandelier to take you up to the upper level dining area.
In the dining area, there were a number of stations with a wide-variety of hot food. Still being full from the aeroplane, I didn’t have anything to eat, but it did look really good.
The only bar serving alcoholic drinks seemed to be upstairs, which meant taking the drinks back down to the seating area. I’m not sure if this is intentional, or if I missed a bar downstairs, but it was a little annoying. They had two types of champagne available, Billecart-Salmon Brut, and Lanson Rosé.
There were multiple coffee machines and soft-drinks stations dotted around the lounge downstairs though, allowing you to help yourself.
The business centre seemed large and fully featured with multiple computers, MFD devices and quiet areas to sit and work.
There are also a number of showers in the lounge, however arriving at the desk with an hour to go before my next flight, I was told there was a 45 minute wait. Understandable due to the large number of flights timed around then, so if you are in need of one, I highly recommend making that your first stop.
Overall, I was impressed with the scale and design of the lounge – clearly a lot of thought has been put into it. The food and drink selections also looked great. However I wasn’t completely wow’d with the service in the same way that the London lounge did. That said, with the volume of passengers passing through, coupled with the fact it’s a business class (rather than first class) lounge, that’s entirely understandable. It was a very nice place to sit and wait for my next flight, and I’m looking forwards to it on my return.