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The Sapphire Plaza Hotel, quality at a value price

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Qatar Quick Visited We visited the Sapphire Plaza Hotel and paid for our room. This review is independent and first hand informed.

The Sapphire Plaza hotel is among the very finest Value hotels in Qatar. It’s almost unfair to call it a value hotel because it doesn’t look or feel like one at all. The basic room rate is just QR 220 (GBP 43.38 USD 60.43 EUR 49.90) and that is an absolute bargain.

Sapphire Plaza Hotel 8.4 Rating on Booking.com
Sapphire Plaza Hotel – 8.4 Rating on booking.com

The entire building reflects a much more expensive venue. This is a very popular and busy hotel. You only have to look at its ratings to see that. 8.4 Rating on bookings.com

The location is excellent for getting to all of Doha’s main tourist attractions, giving low taxi fares to almost anywhere that you need to visit.

The staff are brilliant, happy and helpful. No request was too much for them.

The room is much more than you would expect for the money. Everything was clean and in good condition. Well serviced.

Clean, neat and tidy bedrooms
Clean, neat and tidy bedrooms
  • Plush fittings
  • Comfortable bed
  • TV
  • Free WiFi in room and throughout the hotel
  • Full feature bathroom complete with Bath/Shower WC, Bidet, Wash basin, Hair Dryer
  • Dressing Gown if you are not like me a little overweight
  • Tea/Coffee making facilities
  • Complimentary Bathroom Toiletries including Soap, Shower Gel, Shampoo, Shower Cap, Dental, Shaving and Cotton Buds

For me a hotel needs to at least provide the basics. Fresh and clean room, a good night’s sleep and a refreshing shower in the morning. A good breakfast is a bonus. And the Sapphire Plaza gave me all of that.

Last night I went for the buffet dinner in the Sapphire Plaza’s ‘Al Maha’ restaurant. At QR 50 it represents good value. They also offer à la carte if you don’t fancy the buffet. Or alternatively you can be in almost any one of Doha’s excellent restaurants for around a QR 20 (GBP 3.95 USD 5.49 EUR 4.55) taxi ride.

Sapphire Plaza Hotel - Breakfast
Sapphire Plaza Hotel – Breakfast

Breakfast is just QR 25 (GBP 4.94 USD 6.86 EUR 5.68) and worth every penny. It’s a buffet breakfast offering something for nearly all tastes. You should not leave hungry.

After breakfast I packed my backpack and headed down to the lobby to write this review of my stay. Like everywhere else in this hotel, the lobby has a quality and classic feel. I am very happy to sit here and use my free WiFi to get a bit of work done before heading off. I have already had plenty of coffee with my breakfast, but if I wanted it there is a lovely coffee shop right here in the lobby.

I usually make a point of using all of a hotels facilities so that I can fully experience all they have to offer. But today I failed to use the pool or the gym. I did pop in and take a look at both. But decided against taking photographs because they were in use and I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. But both facilities were clean, modern and very much up to my standard. The pool is a little small to do serious laps in. But if like me all you want to do on vacation is have a wallow, this pool is perfect. And it’s indoors.

Free in-room WiFi, Indoor Pool, Gym, Gift Shop, Café, Free basement parking

No alcohol available in this hotel

Check in: 2pm
Checkout: 12 Noon

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Room Rate: QR 220 (GBP 43.38 USD 60.43 EUR 49.90)
Evening Meal (Dinner Buffet): QR 50 (GBP 9.86 USD 13.73 EUR 11.36)
Breakfast Buffet: QR 25 (GBP 4.94 USD 6.86 EUR 5.68)
Hotel arranged pickup at airport: QR 100 (GBP 19.77 USD 27.47 EUR 22.73)
Taxi from airport: Should not exceed QR 50 (GBP 9.88 USD 13.73 EUR 11.36)
Taxi to Souq Waqif: Should not exceed QR 10 (GBP 1.97 USD 2.74 EUR 2.27)
Taxi to nearest mall (City Centre): Should not exceed QR 20 (GBP 3.95 USD 5.49 EUR 4.55)
Taxi to nearest bar (Centro): Should not exceed QR 10 (GBP 1.97 USD 2.74 EUR 2.27)
Nearest shops/restaurants approximately 10 mins walk.
Currency conversions as at 27/04/2018

Each month we are going to seek out the best value budget hotel in Qatar and publish it. This month it’s the Rawdat Al Khail Hotel.

At the time first published the Rawdat Al Khail Hotel was just QR 133 (GBP 26, USD 37, EUR 30) per night. Today (20th April 2018) the price online has risen to QR 200. When I visited today the price for 1 person was QR 139 and for 2 persons QR 145 at reception.

There is no food served in the hotel and no in-room Wi-Fi at the Rawdat Al Khail. Food is no problem at all because there is so much available in just a couple of minutes walk from the hotel. And the extremely close restaurants serve really good food at ridiculously low prices. Expect to pay QR 20 or even lower when eating in these venus.

There is a gym, but no pool.

The Rawdat Al Khail is located close but not in walking distance of most of Doha’s major tourist destinations. There are plenty of facilities around it, but a cheap taxi ride is required to get to the interesting places. I have read reviews online, and the theme that runs through the online reviews is that; this is somewhere with good basics (sleep, shower, with good food nearby).

Expect to pay around QR 10 for a taxi to nearby hotels that have bars (if you are into that type of thing) and around QR 15 to get to places like Souq Waqif).

Check in: 2pm
Checkout: 1pm