luxe - Oryx Rotana, Doha
Written by Rachel Morris
Within striking distance of one of the regions busiest terminals, the Oryx Rotana Hotel gives guests something many airport hotels just dont - style and comfort.
In a city where bigger is better, the compact Oryx Rotana combines style and substance to take the concept of a business hotel to a new level.
With its sleek interior 'retro tech' design – using a palette of neutral white highlighted with colours of Qatars desert and sea – the hotel's bustling lobby, with its 'sunken' café area, gives a hint of its popularity.
Less than five minutes from Doha International Airport, and ten minutes to the city's main tourist attractions and business district, the Oryx Rotana is part of the Middle East-based Rotana hotel group, crowned the World's Fastest Growing Hotel Brand at the prestigious 2012 World Travel Awards.
The Oryx Rotana blends the business and leisure aspects of its operation seamlessly. The 400 rooms and 12 suites are very much designed with the business traveller in mind – spacious, accented with earth tones, and equipped with large work desks and other hi-tech facilities.
And although the hotel is in close proximity to the airport, not a single roar of an engine can be heard as the location, design, and technology employed in the construction make sure rooms and facilities are soundproof.
But it is with its other offerings – including a spa and stunning outdoor pool – where the hotel really sets itself apart. With six restaurants and lounges, including a poolside bar, a very popular tapas restaurant, and an outside shisha terrace, those off duty can kick back and relax.
Whether you are in Doha on a stopover or as part of a longer visit, the Oryx Rotana's Jazz Club is a must-visit. With a regular band playing everything from crowd favourites through to jazz standards and the blues, the club was the first of its kind to open in Doha.
The club's centrepiece is its stunning tiled bar and raised stage, but its comfy armchairs and extensive food menu make it the perfect place to while away a few hours.