March 6, 2015

Review: Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge, Doha Airport (DOH)

Date of visit: February 15, 2015
Last updated: October 31, 2016

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Location: Main Terminal, 3rd floor
Access: First and business class passengers on Qatar Airways, no guests allowed
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours



 Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge reception area

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge stairs leading to the restaurant

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge restaurant.

*They used to offer ala carte service (and I've heard that the menu was quite good) but as of August 2016, they have stopped it so there's only the usual buffet which is unfortunately subpar with its luxurious design and amenities.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge restaurant desserts

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge restaurant salads

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge restaurant

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge restaurant bar

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge restaurant champagne

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge seating

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge seating

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge seating

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge seating

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge bistro


Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge bistro

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge bistro

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge bistro

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge bistro, alcoholic selection

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge quiet area reception desk

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge, one of 12 quiet rooms


Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge shower room

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge shower room

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge

*They used to offer the French brand L'Occitane en Provence shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and lotion together with the usual Rituals hand soap and body lotion but during my last visit in September 2016, they have removed the small bottles of L'Occitane en Provence bathproducts and they only have large dispensers of shampoo and shower gel in the shower room from Rituals.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge smoking room

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge game room


Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge game room near the bistro


Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge game room near the bistro


Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge kid's area

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge business center

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge business lounge

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge locker room

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge gentlemen's toilet

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge toilet

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge one of the many drinks station inside the lounge

CONCLUSION

Having seen pictures of this lounge before, I knew that it was one of the nicest lounges out there so I was really eager to visit it personally. First, this lounge is really huge although the fact that this is originally designed for business class passengers and temporarily being shared with the first class guests as well, means it gets pretty crowded during peak hours. I heard that the first class lounge would open later this year so I'm really hoping to visit it too. Inside this huge lounge, there are lots of seating areas where you have your own bottle of water, packaged cookies, touchscreen monitor and power outlet. You also get your own privacy due to the fact that there are shields between seats. The food served from the restaurant tasted very good although I was informed that they don't have ala carte but rather just buffet. In the bistro, they serve mostly sandwiches and salads. One thing I noticed though during the breakfast service was that the waiters had to search for the guest who ordered such item inside the dining area. It is because guests had to place their order from the "sandwich bar" and then find an available seat (if they havent been seated yet) and wait there till the waitress finds him. Of course when I placed my order, I was asked where I would seat and I pointed somewhere in the corner, which is probably how they do it. Still, there should be a better system for this, like maybe take the order of each guests while they are seated. They surely have enough staff to do that since everytime a guest finishes his meal and leaves his table, there would be three staff coming to prepare the table: one waiter who clears the table, one busser who wipes the table and another with a tray of new cutleries, plates and glasses to set up the table. And they come in three!  I am not sure if that is always the case but that was my observation during my visit there last month. Aside from that, I think this lounge deserves to be on my top list of lounges. The staff were very friendly, the lounge itself is just so beautiful, modern and functional and of course, they really have great food. So if you haven't visited this lounge yet, make sure to do so. I'm sure you'll be impressed too.


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