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Qatar, and the capital city of Doha, has much to offer visitors, from shopping outings to unique dining opportunities to rich cultural experiences. Top places to visit include Museum of Islamic Art, Souq Waqif, National Museum of Qatar, Katara Cultural Village, Doha Corniche, and The Pearl-Qatar. One of the smallest countries in the Arabian Gulf, Qatar, popular with expats, is also one of the wealthiest and safest in the world. The desert landscape has its own unique beauty and it’s not surprising that Qatar has the second lowest average elevation in the world behind the Maldives.

Whether you’re interested in a soothing spa treatment, a meal at an award-winning restaurant, or easy access to all that Doha has to offer, here are the top hotels to rest your head while you’re visiting this land that meets the sea.

Park Hyatt, Doha

Visit Msheireb Downtown Doha, in the heart of Doha, not far from the Hamad International Airport (home to a giant teddy bear), to see contemporary architecture, Msheireb Museums, public art, the Doha Design District, and Arabic-style mansions.

Near here, where the capital’s pearl-fishing past beautifully blends with its modern and quickly developing present, you’ll find the Park Hyatt Doha, home to a two-floor luxurious spa, swimming pool, and three remarkable restaurants: Sora, Opus, and Anis. You’ll have plenty of room to spread out while here, taking time to enjoy all the public spaces.

The Mandarin Oriental, Doha

Also, in the Msheireb Downtown area is the exquisite Mandarin Oriental Doha. Intermingling with the cultural heart of the city, this property is stylish and contemporary, with smart nods to Qatari heritage and design. A dining table meets and office desk in the elegant Deluxe Room category, the Studio Suite has a walk-in closet and a dressing area, and the Club Deluxe Room grants exclusive access to the chic MO Club Lounge. Serene and lovely, a stay here will be a highlight of your trip.

The Ritz-Carlton Sharq Village, Doha

Near the Mandarin Oriental Doha hotel, in the Heritage Quarter, you’ll find four historic Qatari houses that are now all museums as well as Souq Waqif, a traditional and lively marketplace where you’ll see locals and tourists shopping, dining, and enjoying a nice evening. Kids will be riding scooters, men will be socializing on terraces, and women will be shopping for lamps, gold, or textiles. It’s a place that simultaneously feels comforting and eventful.

Not to be missed, Parisa Souq Waqif restaurant is dazzling with its Persian artworks, complicated mosaics, multi-hued chandeliers, and more tiny mirrors than you could possibly count. For advanced reservations, book a table with The Ritz-Carlton Sharq Village, Doha. Be sure to also visit the beautiful and well-designed National Museum of Qatar, near the Ritz-Carlton Sharq Village, Doha.

Four Seasons Hotel, Doha

Delivering on everything you might expect from a Four Seasons Hotel, the one in Qatar is an urban retreat like no other. Well located in the West Bay, just north of the city center, indulge in Japanese cuisine at the famous and well-loved Nobu Doha. 10 restaurants and lounges are ready to accommodate you during your stay here. Enjoy the pristine private beach, sparkling marina, multiple swimming pools, grand lobby, and well-appointed guest rooms. Plus, kids and teens can take part in special activities and programming tailor made just for them.

St. Regis, Doha

Of course the St. Regis Doha comes equipped with a luxurious swimming pool, majestic lobby, well-appointed accommodations, and a dreamy spa but what really makes this property special is its Grand Brunch. Quite the social affair, guests float from over a dozen diverse food stations, listen to live music, and enjoy the outdoor terrace with views of the water. The diligent staff here are friendly, hardworking, and helpful—any need you have will be accommodated.

The Bottom Line

Most travelers find Doha to be a safe country, friendly for families and solo travelers. Whether you’re wandering around the city center, through the markets, in the desert, or along the shoreline, likely you’ll feel comfortable and enthused with the adventure. Many of the rich cultural experiences, full of diverse restaurants and global influences, are derivative of the large expat communities here. Due to the small country size, you can delve into a wide variety of adventures within a few short days: historic Dhow boat rides, desert dune escapes, falcon and camel sightings (look for black camels!), architecturally significant buildings, interesting art, and more.

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