In a city as expensive as Doha, knowing where to find the best budget hotels is invaluable. And it is still possible to find a room under QR300. Sure, the capital has the biggest names in hospitality, but there’s loads of economical options. Whether you’re a budget traveller or a family looking to save some cash on a weekend staycation, there’s something for you. Here are 20 of Doha's best affordable hotels and hotel apartments.
Al Mansour Suites Hotel
Looking for a stylish hotel on a budget? Say no more, we’ve found the ideal property that’s big on comfort and luxury and easy on the pockets. For as low as QR228, you can access Al Mansour’s fitness centre, swimming pool and other room amenities, besides being able to kick back and enjoy the hotel’s contemporary and comfy rooms.
From QR228 (per night, double occupancy). Rawdat Al Khail (4020 8400).
Centro Capital Doha by Rotana
There’s a certain level of comfort we expect from a Rotana hotel and we’re happy to share that this hotel has it. It’s modern, stylish, cosy and has everything you’d need for a relaxing escape from your regular routine including some good food and beverage options.
From QR242 (per night, double occupancy). Al Jazeera Street (4455 5000).
Century Hotel Doha
The location is a plus if you’re willing to overlook the small room sizes. Everything is cosy and the room has all the amenities you need. Also, the National Museum of Qatar is just a stone’s throw away and if you’re looking to soak in some local culture over a weekend, this might be the spot to stay at. The hotel offers laundry, shuttle and limousine services, too.
From QR175 (per night, double occupancy). Old Salata (4445 5111).
Concorde Hotel Doha
Very conveniently located right next to the Doha Jadeeda Metro station, this four-star hotel has a lot more to offer than just budget accommodation. There’s a really good spa and some top dining options like French-Italian Corsica Restaurant and Olives, an all-day diner. The hotel is very close to Souq Waqif and the Banks Street – ideal for business travellers – and if you want to go anywhere else in Doha, the metro is right next door.
From QR247 (per night, double occupancy). Umm Ghuwailina (4407 3333).
Copthorne Hotel Doha
This four-star hotel has a delightful spa and, more than anything else, we’d highly recommend this place for a really relaxing weekend as a result. There’s an indoor swimming pool, a sauna and a gym, too. Located nearby the Doha Jadeeda Metro station at Umm Ghuwailina, Copthorne Hotel is convenient, affordable and well worth it.
From QR208 (per night, double occupancy). Umm Ghuwailina (4449 3333).
Grand Qatar Palace Hotel
This three-star hotel has rave reviews and a very reasonable price tag. The rooms are all carpeted and have wooden furnishings, all of which give them a more traditional feel. The hotel also offers a shuttle service throughout Doha and if you choose to stay in, there’s an outdoor pool, gym and a restaurant that features dishes from Asia and the region.
From QR189 (per night, double occupancy). A Ring Road (4441 4140).
Grand Regal Hotel
Grand Regal’s outdoor pool is perfect for some private time to relax. It’s a tiny space and feels like a neighbour’s backyard. And if that’s what you’re going for, know that the rooms are just as cosy and decorated in warm, earthy tones. Grab a beverage at the hotel bar or just step out and explore the many attractions Doha has to offer nearby.
From QR189 (per night, double occupancy). Ras Abu Aboud (4409 4444).
Holiday Villa Hotel
The first thing you’ll notice if you search for this hotel over the internet is its beautiful pool. With plenty of hotel rooms and live-in residences, there are so many options including massive apartments to choose from irrespective of the duration of your stay. Just below the hotel there’s a popular billiards centre for recreation and a few nice restaurants like D’Chopstix if you’re craving good eats from the comfort of your hotel.
From QR270 (per night, double occupancy). Al Muntazah (4408 4888).
K108 Hotel Doha
While the hotel isn’t exactly in the most glamorous of locations, it is pretty conveniently located. From the Corniche and the Souq to the museums, everything is within a one kilometre walk and while walking may not be the best idea in August, taxis are easily available and hardly cost anything. The hotel is beautifully done up with colourful upholstery, especially in the lobby area, and the great news is the top floor houses an incredible restaurant Yum Yum K that serves some of the city’s best burgers.
From QR250 (per night, double occupancy). Ibn Abdul Muttalib Street (4433 3000).
Kingsgate Hotel Doha
Don’t expect attractive furnishings or large rooms, but expect good hospitality from excellent hotel staff. Try the buffet breakfast or relax in the sauna. There’s a gym for your workout routine and an indoor pool to splash in later. Take advantage of the location, everything is nearby including Souq Waqif and popular South Indian restaurant Saravana Bhavan, which by the way is a must-try.
From QR187 (per night, double occupancy). Ali Bin Abdulla Street (4408 5555).
La Villa Palace Hotel
For the price you pay, La Villa Palace Hotel’s facilities are more than worth it. All hotel rooms are moderately spacious and come with a desk, flat-screen TV and a few other amenities. Unfortunately, you don’t have the privilege of a pool or fitness centre, however, the microwave in the room and the free wake-up service make up for that (kind of).
From QR158 (per night, double occupancy). Dar Al Kutub Roundabout (4436 7301).
Mövenpick Hotel Doha
This hotel doesn’t particularly have a luxurious façade but the rooms are decent enough and the views are gorgeous. The seafront rooms overlook Doha’s beautiful skyline in the West Bay area. There’s a sunbathing deck, a pool to dip in and a fitness centre. Flavours restaurant in the hotel has very reasonably priced all-you-can-eat dinner buffets (as low as QR80-100) and a bar (Jazz Up) right next door with daily happy hours.
From QR225 (per night, double occupancy). Al Salata (4429 1111).
Premier Inn Doha Education City
This fairly new three-star property is located right opposite the marvellous Qatar Foundation campus and with stylish, contemporary rooms and cosy furnishings, this is an absolute winner when it comes to budget accommodation without compromising on quality. The hotels offers free shuttle services to various locations inside Education City as well as a few selected malls and tourist attractions. Talk about a great deal.
From QR250 (per night, double occupancy). Al Rayyan (4007 8333).
Radisson Blu Hotel Doha
Known for its attentive service, stunning interiors and top hospitality, Radisson Blu is the perfect spot to spend a weekend at. There are ten food and beverage outlets at the hotel and trust us, all are excellent. There’s a club for recreation and it includes basketball, yoga, squash and plenty of other fitness activities. The entire experience is totally worth every penny spent and luckily, those aren’t going to be a lot.
From QR276 (per night, double occupancy). C Ring Road (4428 1500).
Ramada Encore Doha
Located in Doha’s least glamorous area is this contemporary hotel with cosily furnished rooms. This hotel is not ideal if you have a car as there’s no parking easily available in the nearby areas. There’s a heated indoor pool, an international restaurant and Doha’s best Nepali momos just a few yards away.
From QR220 (per night, double occupancy). A Ring Road (4444 3444).
Retaj Al Rayyan
It’s nearly impossible to find a hotel in West Bay for this price, so if you want to relax yet be in the middle of all the action, this is your best bet. With beautiful views from high floors, a traditional restaurant and all the wet facilities you need, Retaj Al Rayyan is a winner. Just pick a room with a sea view and thank us later.
From QR187 (per night, double occupancy). West Bay (4420 4444).
This hotel in Najma features a rooftop snack bar, a sauna, pool and fitness centre. While the price is reasonable, the location isn’t ideal if you’re with family. The surrounding areas are far from sophisticated, unless you’re a business traveller with work in the vicinity. The rooms, however, are comfortable and mid-sized with soundproofing and a flat-screen TV.
From QR185 (per night, double occupancy). Najma (4445 5333).
Sapphire Plaza Hotel
The good news about booking a room in Sapphire Plaza Hotel is you’ll actually get to stay in a room with jewel-toned décor. It’s conveniently located in between Al Sadd and Msheireb, so you’re around everything from good restaurants and bars to Qatar’s attractions. There’s a swimming pool, a fitness centre and an on-site restaurant.
From QR280 (per night, double occupancy). Fereej Bin Mahmoud (4033 7000).
Strato Hotel by Warwick
This property is situated just 3km from Souq Waqif, so you’re close enough to the action and can still relax in tranquil surroundings. All wet facilities are available with plenty of other amenities in the rooms. You can also request for interconnected rooms making it ideal for a family staycation.
From QR162 (per night, double occupancy). Al Hilal (4041 4444).
This isn’t the most popular hotel around town, but this value-for-money accommodation located in Bin Mahmoud actually has decent rooms that are clean and comfortable. Whether your family or friends are visiting, or you just want to relax for a weekend, this hotel will set you back QR165 or even lower if not a weekend. It’s in close proximity to bars, plenty of restaurants and other Doha hotspots. There’s a spa, fitness centre, swimming pool, wifi and free parking – we think that’s a pretty sweet deal.
From QR165 (per night, double occupancy). Fereej Bin Mahmoud (4476 5666).