Happiness is contagious, and we definitely didn’t mind getting a whiff during our stay at Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park.

It might be smaller than other hotels, but Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park more than makes up with its big personality – it’s colourful, it’s quirky, it’s full of life. It’s fun-sized done right! Located in the centre of the city at Business Park and the financial district of Doha, this property is bustling with life inside and out. The hotel’s 307 well-appointed guestrooms all feature flat-screen televisions, satellite channels, and complimentary high-speed internet access so you can stay connected throughout your stay. And we got to stay high above the busy streets on the top floor. What a treat!

Get a Room

When we say fun, we mean fun. Guests here are greeted with large smiles, a larger lobby, and artistic red couches as they enter the hotel. The couches are more comfortable than they look, trust us. That pop of colour should set the tone for the pop of fun you’ll have at this location. Our suite was located on the 7th floor and gave the liveliest view of life in Doha, but don’t worry – these city sights come without those awful city sounds. The room consisted of a small living area, a bedroom, and a massive bathroom. The living room hosted comfortable chairs in the statement Holiday Inn blue, complemented nicely by the bed’s electric blue headboard and giving the right amount of life to each space.

Both rooms had large wall-to-wall windows, bringing an abundance of sunlight throughout the day. Our favourite, however, was the vast bathroom. This luxurious room was fitted with a large mirror, a spacious shower complete with rain features and various showerheads, and a beautiful free-standing porcelain tub. Who needs a spa when you have the luxury of lingering in a bubble bath in your hotel bathroom? This room brought with it enough peace to get some work done in the morning, but also plenty of entertainment options when we were ready for them – think: an outdoor swimming pool and lounge, a fitness centre, and an array of dining options.

Chef’s Kiss

Nothing beats ordering room service when you’re at any hotel in the world. The luxury of having a meal of your choice delivered to your room at the touch of a button will never get old – especially when the food exceeds your expectations. We ordered the delicious Tom Ka Khai soup (and devoured it until the last drop), but the Salt & Pepper Calamari stole the show. We’re pretty picky when it comes to the perfect calamari, and this was it – not too chewy with the perfect snap.

For our mains, we got the Beef Tagliata and Kung Pao Chicken. The chicken was doused in a sweet and savoury sauce with peanuts, bell peppers, and onions. The beef striploin in the tagliata, meanwhile, was tender and was served with a garnish of balsamic-garlic glaze, arugula leaves, and parmesan flakes. We would book a room for this menu alone!

Burger Bliss

Stock Burger Co. is a longstanding favourite in Doha for its burgers, which is why we are thrilled to be back. But it’s not just specialty burgers on the menu of this sports hub. There’s also on-trend flatbreads, freshly crafted salads, and a wide selection of amazing appetisers. We started off our dinner with the Crispy Jalapeno Cheese Poppers that were oozing with cheddar cheese and a hit of spice. Just thinking about them makes our mouths water. Served with a light and freshly made salsa, these poppers are a must for any cheat day – or all days for that matter. In keeping with the restaurant’s theme, we indulged in the signature Stock Burger and Jalapeno Chicken Burger.

Both arrived in the softest potato buns that ensured the structural integrity of all the layers, thereby keeping the mess at bay – well, sort of. The Stock Burger is cooked to perfection, keeping the bona fide carnivore in mind. The Jalapeno Chicken, meanwhile, is just as juicy and carries the perfect blend of spice from the jalapeño and chipotle mayonnaise. If you ask us to choose, we can’t pick just one, so it depends on your choice of meat. We paired our meal with a basket of sweet potato fries to soften the blow of the spices from all those jalapeños. They were perfectly crispy from the outside, and soft and sweet on the inside.

Leaving the city isn’t exactly an easy option when cabin fever strikes, but Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park is the perfect way to momentarily escape its hustle and bustle. It’s also just a few minutes away from Doha’s main attractions (Souq Waqif, Doha Corniche, and the Museum of Islamic Art included), making it the ideal address for everything from hectic business trips to carefree staycations – and everything in between. ✤