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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.