The 8 Best Cheap Hotels in Doha

Doha has many comfortable hotels that are budget-friendly
Doha has many comfortable hotels that are budget-friendly | © Richard Croft / Alamy Stock Photo
It used to be that Doha was an oasis of gleaming five-star hotels and opulent rooms. However, as the 2022 FIFA World Cup looms, there has been a push to offer a more diverse and cost-effective range of hotel options for visitors. With accommodation ranging from city-side digs to rooms in the heart of the historic district, here are our picks of the best cheap hotels in Doha to book for your next visit.

The Town Hotel Doha

Budget Hotel
Guest room in The Town Hotel Doha
The Town Hotel Doha is close to many attractions, including the Museum of Islamic Art | Courtesy of The Town Hotel Doha / Hotels.com

Located directly opposite the Museum of Islamic Art, The Town Hotel offers basic but comfortable rooms within easy reach of the city’s contemporary east coast district, West Bay. Rooms are spacious and include separate bathtubs and showers. However, the main draw to The Town Hotel is its impeccable customer service. Hotel staff are warm and accommodating and will happily help you book tours and taxis to explore the city and beyond. You’ll find an extensive buffet breakfast here, too. If you are looking for something different, numerous restaurants are within walking distance.

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Ezdan Hotel Residence

Budget Hotel
Guest room at Ezdan Hotel West Bay
The Ezdan Hotel Residence is a great option for families | Courtesy of Ezdan Hotel Residence / Hotels.com

With 3,000 rooms and apartments, the Ezdan Hotel Residence is without a doubt Doha’s biggest hotel. Situated in West Bay, it’s only a stone’s throw from the government ministries and offices. Sports fanatics can try its Olympic-size swimming pool and work up a sweat in the fully equipped gym. The hotel also has basketball courts and a football pitch – all in the heart of the city. If you are looking for dining options, the hotel has several, including the Sport Café, where you can catch the big games and cheer on your team.

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Century Hotel

Budget Hotel
View from rooms at Century Hotel Doha
Some rooms at the Century Hotel have sea views | Courtesy of Century Hotel / Hotels.com

With 215 rooms and suites, the contemporary and chic Century Hotel is perfect for guests wanting to see Doha’s attractions. Only a short walk away from the new Qatar National Museum and five minutes by taxi to Doha’s “standing market,” Souq Waqif, its location is ideal for a flying visit. Rooms are reasonably priced and come with free Wi-Fi and satellite TVs. Some even have views of the Doha Corniche, the city’s waterfront promenade. For dining, the hotel has three on-site restaurants and offers an in-room menu. However, several great cafés and other well-priced dining establishments are within walking distance, too.

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La Villa Inn

Budget Hotel
La Villa Inn Hotel and Apartments
La Villa Inn has a home-like atmosphere | Courtesy of La Villa Inn / Hotels.com

While Najma may not be as glamorous as other areas in the city, it is a lively district with many exceptional restaurants. The suites and apartments at La Villa Inn are sleek and spacious – all elegantly furnished with dark wood finishes. Also, each guest room comes with a dining area, making it more homely than your average hotel room.

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Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli

Boutique Hotel
Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli, Doha
The Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli comprises nine hotels | Courtesy of Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli / Hotels.com

If your budget can stretch a little further, this group of small boutique hotels (some with only a handful of rooms) is worth the splurge for an authentic Qatari experience. All nine hotels call the Souq Waqif area home. Some of them even lie inside historic buildings. The Al Jomrok Boutique Hotel overlooks horse and camel stables, while Al Mirqab is right next to the Souq. Beautifully decorated in rich colours, each boutique hotel is distinctive and bursting with character and history.

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Kingsgate Hotel Doha

Budget Hotel
Suite at Kingsgate Hotel Doha
The Kingsgate Hotel Doha is steps away from the Gold Souk | Courtesy of Kingsgate Hotel Doha / Hotels.com

Just a short walk away from the Doha Corniche, this centrally located hotel offers comfortable and affordable digs, with many of them having full views of Doha Bay. If you don’t feel like hopping between restaurants every night, you can prepare food in your room as each one features a small kitchenette, complete with a microwave, flatware and a small dining area. If you want to explore many of the city’s attractions, this hotel is an ideal option.

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Premier Inn Doha Education City

Budget Hotel
Premier Inn Doha
The Premier Inn Doha Education City offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city centre | Courtesy of Premier Inn Doha Education City / Hotels.com

The famous and reliable UK-based budget chain Premier Inn opened its first Middle East hotel in Doha’s university district, Education City. Roughly 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) away from the city centre, this hotel is close to the Qatar National Convention Centre. Also, there is a golf course nearby, allowing you to tee off after a day of exploring the city. Each room is comfortable and practical with accents of Premier Inn’s famous shade of purple. The hotel also has fabulous facilities, including a small pool and an on-site gym.

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Holiday Villa Hotel and Residence City Centre Doha

Budget Hotel
Holiday Villa Doha
The Holiday Villa is a family-friendly hotel | Courtesy of Holiday Villa Hotel and Residence City Centre Doha / Hotels.com

Only about 20 minutes from the Hamad International Airport and a short taxi ride away from the city centre, Holiday Villa is perfect for those looking to stay somewhere near the city. The reasonably priced Malaysian chain hotel features a few on-site restaurants, including D’Chopstix and Lagenda Restaurant. The latter is known for its authentic and delicious Malaysian menu. The hotel also prides itself on being family friendly, with an on-site pool and a children’s playroom.

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These recommendations were updated on August 21, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.