New writer AMS was delighted to spend some time experiencing the charm of the Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel and the prestigious property proved the perfect getaway.

Arriving in Style

The moment I stepped into the lobby, I knew I was in a place that blended the bustling energy of a downtown hotel with intimate, welcoming details.

Located in the heart of the city, and near the business district and Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), the hotel felt like the epicentre of Doha’s vibrant urban life.

Guests were coming and going, each contributing to the lively atmosphere. Soft seating areas dotted the space, lit by candles whose glow added a warm, organic touch. The polished brass ceiling emanated a golden hue, further accentuated by the tasteful lighting.

A Warm Welcome

Check-in was quick and seamless and, within minutes, a friendly porter escorted me to the lift. He ensured everything was in order before leaving me to enjoy my new temporary home – a spacious Junior Suite featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with views of West Bay.

The room was a sumptuous blend of gold and navy blue, hinting at a royal aesthetic. The golden curtains, which served as the perfect foil to the matching walls, created an ensemble that felt both regal and harmoniously coordinated. The dark-wood furniture was a welcome counterpoint, each piece lending a rich, timeless quality to the room. The centrepiece, without a doubt, was the bed. Headed by a dark wood panel, it invited me to recline in true royal fashion, turning sleep into an event rather than a mere necessity.

There was a large work desk, allowing me to catch up on emails with the fast complimentary wi-fi and, in the elegantly tiled bathroom, I was spoiled with a deep soaking tub and a rain shower.

With 579 rooms and suites, the hotel offers many options from Deluxe rooms to the opulent four-bedroom Penthouse Apartment, perfect for long stays. All rooms provide upscale amenities like Nespresso coffee makers, marble bathrooms, and Marriott signature bedding for a restful sleep.

Cucina – Authentic Italian

On my first night, I dined at Cucina – a traditional Italian tavern reimagined for the modern connoisseur. A live musical ensemble greeted guests with familiar tunes, harmonising with the warm red-brick walls and the low, atmospheric lighting.

Presiding over this gastronomic theatre was Chef Claudio, whose presence extended far beyond the kitchen. Mingling with guests, his warmth and affability enhanced the ambience.

The meal commenced with an ethereal burrata, laced with the earthy undertones of truffle. I was treated to a decadent carbonara and surprising ravioli that consisted of delicate pockets stuffed with ricotta, swathed in a tangy butter lemon sauce. The beef cheeks that followed were slowcooked to sublime tenderness.

Cannolis, a quintessential Sicilian dessert, with crisp shells and feather-light ricotta filling, were the perfect end to the meal. Every element converged to create an unforgettable journey through Italian cuisine.

The Rejuvenating Saray Spa

No five-star hotel experience is complete without some pampering, so I spent my second morning at the Saray Spa. This lavish facility provides pure relaxation with seven artfully designed treatment rooms, two Hammam treatment areas and skilled therapists.

I was greeted with a thorough consultation, conducted in the reception area. The treatment was clearly outlined by Rai, my attentive therapist for the day.

Opting for a Balinese massage, I was treated to a technique known not only for its relaxation benefits but also for improving blood circulation, relieving muscle tension and boosting both emotional and physical well-being.

The session unfolded like a well-choreographed dance from feet to head. Though the default pressure was gentle to medium, Rai adapted to my preference for a more robust touch. She began with a purifying foot cleanse and concluded with a misting of fragrant rose water, encapsulating the entire experience in a sensory embrace. All in all, the spa masterfully combined thoughtful consultation with expert technique, leaving me in a state of elevated well-being that transcended the physical.

Great Gatsby Brunch – Jazz, Glamour and Gastronomy

The highlight of my stay was the Great Gatsby Brunch at New York Steakhouse, a novel concept in high-end dining. As I settled into a plush leather chair, listening to the soothing jazz renditions supplied by the in-house band, the culinary journey began.

Standout moments included Cecina beef ham being elegantly carved at our tableside. Also, an indulgent Beluga caviar service accompanied by a detailed explanation from the chef. The theatrical Great Seafood Tower stole the show with its plume of dry ice vapour. Fresh oysters met mignonette, marinated lobster carried hints of lemon and cilantro, King crab was lifted by wasabi mayo, and tuna tartare got a twist with lemon gel and Kewpie mayo.

The pièce de résistance was the Slow-Roasted Prime Rib, presented from a classic trolley, leading to an array of signature meats like tenderloin and leg of lamb. Dessert was equally impeccable – a selection of NYSH cheesecakes followed by a refined selection of cheese and crackers.

For food enthusiasts seeking sophistication, the New York Steakhouse brunch was an unparalleled experience, seamlessly merging culinary innovation with a luxurious atmosphere.

Aqua Lounge – An Elevated Night Out

On the last evening, I relaxed at the Aqua Lounge, perched atop the hotel. As the pulsating beats of a DJ filled the air, I was comfortably seated in my own secluded section, giving me a sense of privacy and exclusivity.

The contemporary menu showcased poolside classics and enticing light bites. I gravitated towards the cold mezze, indulging in the creamy hummus and smoky baba ganoush.

Adding to the laid-back atmosphere, I ordered a side of perfectly crisp chilli fries, which I satisfyingly ate by hand. The panoramic views of the city added a touch of grandeur to our evening. Aqua Lounge felt like a cool, hip hangout in the heart of the city – the perfect place to chat with friends, have a bite to eat or simply relax and enjoy a hookah.

An Unforgettable Getaway

My time at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Doha not only met but exceeded all expectations, offering a truly memorable stay. From the inviting rooms to exceptional dining and world-class service, this hotel has it all.

It particularly shines due to its strategic location near the DECC. During our stay, the Geneva International Motor Show was in full swing, and it was evident that both delegates and attendees were making the most of the hotel’s facilities.

This location proves invaluable for business professionals seeking quick access to the city centre, as well as for those indulging in staycations or navigating layovers. With its diverse dining choices and top-notch facilities, it’s more than just a place to stay – it’s a destination waiting to be discovered.✤