Qatar Airways Business Class lounges
News: Qatar Airways have now at last fully opened the Qatar lounges.
Qatar Airways are quite odd when it comes to their First and Business Class lounges. For an airline which aims to be a premium airline, it is quite strange that there are lounges at two locations. London Heathrow and Doha. And even more unusual in that Frequent Flyers with status travelling in economy are locked out of them and sent to frankly sub-par lounges. However the new Business Class lounge at the Doha hub is amazing. The old Premium Terminal at Doha has now closed, along with the old airport.
Qatar Airways Doha - DOH - First and Business Class loungesAirside, South Node Open 24 hours
Access for First & Business Class, Gold & Silver Privilege Club members and oneworld Emerald & Sapphire
The good news about Doha is that the lounges are finally open - after months when there was nothing do at Doha other than look at the duty free shop. The bad news is that the First and Business Class lounges are pretty bad.
At Doha this is a major problem in transit from two long-haul routes. If you are in First or Business Class you get access to the amazing new Al Mourjan Lounge. However if you are in economy, but with status either with Qatar Privilege Club or with oneworld, you are shuffled off to the tiny cramp 'status' lounges. Oddly, these lounges are called the Doha First and Business Class lounges. They are not however for First or Business class passengers. What Qatar have done is an odd semantic trick: oneworld status gives you access to lounges with these names, so Qatar have simply called their second rate lounges First; meanwhile those with a premium ticket are given access to a lounge with a different name. However, this is never explained to you as a passenger, and as a result manay passengers in First end up actually in the First class lounge, which is not where you want to be at all: it is decidedly poky and grim. Other airlines have much better facilities for their most Frequent of Flyers.
Note that during Ramadan, there is no alcohol at all in any lounge: the entire airport is dry.
Doha - DOH - Qatar Airlines Doha Al Mourjan LoungeAirside, South Node Open 24 hours
Access for First & Business Class, NO access oneworld
The brand new Qatar Airlines Al Mourjan Business Lounge is by far the largest and most opulent lounge at the brand new Doha's Hamad International Airport. It has the rare delight of loads of space and somewhere to sit. To enter the Qatar Al Mourjan Business Lounge you have to have at least a business or First class ticket. The lounge is vast - 10,000 square metres, which has enough room for over a thousand passengers at a time.
The entrance to the lounge is in the South Node, up the escalators just off the main atrium of the airport. Once up these there is a huge reception desk, and then a 15x7m infinity pool water feature, which is under a huge spiral staircase illuminated by a four-tiered crystal chandelier.
The main part of the Qatar Al Mourjan Business Lounge is a vast aircraft-hanger style area, with a central raised wooden stage with high upright chairs separated by glass screens from where there is more comfortable seating and sofas.
Many of the chairs on the lower level have their own personal tablet on a side table next to them - here you can check flight departures and browse the internet.
Food is good in the Qatar Al Mourjan Business Lounge. There are various places to eat in the Qatar Al Mourjan Business Lounge : from a buffet on the ground floor with a continental brasserie, a deli and a patisserie. There is also a proper sit down restaurant where you can order a la carte from a menu. The menu typically has three pastas and four main entrée dishes, with steak, chicken, and lamb.
There are great showers in the lounge. The main shower area is at the left as you enter, and past the quiet area, and you then ask at the desk for an empty stall. It contains three towels and some amenities. The other shower area is right at the end of the dining area.
In the restaurant area is the bartended bar: there is no just walking up and getting a drink in the new Qatar Al Mourjan Business Lounge.
There is also a business centre with a conference room, and eight fast new PCs with a combined printer and scanner. There is free wifi. At the back of the lounge is the new games room.
Doha - DOH - Qatar Airlines Business Class LoungeAirside, Central Node Open 24 hours
Access for Silver Privilege Club members, oneworld Sapphire & Emerald, oneworld Business Class.
The brand new Qatar Airways Business Class Lounge at Doha Hamad Airport is small, cramp, with poor facilities little food and not much to drink. However, the Business Class lounge is not designed for Business Class passengers - it is for Qatar passengers with a silver Privilege Club members.
The lounge is typically rammed with people. A long thin lounge, it was designed with plenty of space and a few chairs around the outskirts. Right in the middle of the new Doha Qatar Airways Business Class Lounge is a large pool of water on a silver shell. This is a good place to sit, as it is the most empty place in the lounge.
All along one wall is a 'living wall' with plans cascading down the slats overlooking the window. There are some artistic purple swivel seats here, around small coffee tables.
Further up is the dining area, with harsh plastic seats around large plastic tables. Beside here is the main kitchen and food area.
At the far end of the new Doha Qatar Airways Business Class Lounge is a large cinema area. It always shows a low-res version of CNN.
Further back in the lounge is a big computer area.
Food is OK in the new Doha Qatar Airways Business Class Lounge. Normally there are tourines filled with rice and curry. There is a small salad bar beside this, and 'dips' of mayonnaise and thousand island with carrots and celery. Desert is mainly fruit salad.
The bar in the new Doha Qatar Airways Business Class Lounge is dire, with just Heineken in cans in the fridge, and wine on the work top. It is dry during Ramadan.
There are Bathrooms in the lounge, with showers.
Business Facilities are good, with eight fast computers connected to the internet, and a laser printer, plus free fast wifi. There is a small newspaper rack.
Doha - DOH - Qatar Airlines First Class LoungeAirside, Central Node Open 24 hours
Access for Gold Privilege Club members, oneworld Emerald, oneworld First Class.
You really don't want to end up in the First class lounge if you are actually in First class. It is just designed for passengers with status. If you hold a real first class ticket, the much better Al-Safwa lounge is the one for you.
The Doha First Class lounge is is a small L shaped area, tiny, with 123 seats, and the lounge is always packed to the rafters.
The other thing about the First Class lounge are the lights. The lounge is right under the main advertising board of the duty free area which has a vast LED display, so the First lounge is lit up by the colours of the display - and they flick between red, green and blue every few seconds.
The Doha Qatar Airways First Class Lounge has a living wall on one side, chairs in the middle, and at the far end of the L the dining area. At the tip of an L is the magazine table.
Food is however OK. The lounge is designed for waiter service at the tables. There are western dishes mixed with Arabic ones. The other option is the buffet, with sandwiches, 2 different soups, and two hot dishes. There is also a salad section with shredded beef, pasta, fish, and a classic green salad.
There is no bar and no wine list, but the waiters ask if you want red or white, and will eventally get it for you. There Heineken in cans in the small fridge trough.
There is a small business area in the Doha Qatar Airways First Class Lounge, with two computers in the small room behind the food servery, and wifi. There is a small table with newspapers and magazines.
There are only 2 showers, and water pressure is weak.
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