Mondrian Doha, designed by Marcel Wanders, brings guests to a world where anything can happen, and around each corner lies another surprise, as we found out when we visited this beautiful and enticing establishment.
Our visit to Mondrian Doha began in style, with a Business Class flight on Qatar Airlines, travelling to this stunningly designed, fabulously equipped idle situated in the heart of Doha.
Featuring 211 bedrooms and 59 suites based over 24 floors, the region’s very first ESPA, and a spectacular 2000 square metre ballroom with its own 24K gold elevator, Mondrian Doha redefines lifestyle in the city, offering a glimpse into true luxury and decadence.
On arrival, we are greeted by the attentive staff and shown to a glorious room, which has been individually decorated and offers us a truly spectacular view of this gorgeous city. The designs are modern but offer a glimpse into traditional Qatari style with beautiful carpets and additions such as lamps and curtains. Each room offers a range of stunning views of the waterfront; from Lusail City and the magical island called The Pearl to West Bay, we was able to relax and unwind knowing that staff are on hand should we need any assistance. Design-forward features include a Desert Dune sculptured carpet, a marble tiled bathroom with a 3D walled exterior and custom-crafted accents, like a Swarovski chandelier above an artificial stone bathtub, making for a truly luxurious experience.
The establishment boasts a myriad of exceptional facilities, including a beautiful and indulgent spa which is the perfect place to be pampered in style.
ESPA at Mondrian Doha features separate spas for men and women, 12 treatment rooms, including a private couples’ treatment room, a heated experience garden, relaxation rooms with heated daybeds and a traditional Turkish Hammam, the first of its kind in the city. With a spacious set-up, the spa is ideal for couples or groups of friends to relax and bond in peace and tranquillity. The rooms are simply yet comfortably furnished and relaxing, and the trained therapists are constantly on hand to meet any need and administer rejuvenating treatments. Alongside the spa there is also a selection of top of the range gym equipment, for those who simply cannot interrupt their fitness routine.
What was truly impressive was the range of exceptional restaurants that the hotel boasts, ensuring that any tastes were catered for. We were blown away by Chef Masaharu Morimoto and his world renowned modern Japanese cuisine. Signature omakase and the finest sushi, along with Japanese Wagyu beef, are all provided at this gloriously beautiful dining establishment. Inspired by ancient Japan and a key landmark in the city of Nara, Morimoto is adorned with energetic and graceful artworks by Japanese painter, Hiroshi Senj, and this shows in the plating of his food; delicate yet robust, each meal leaves us feeling completely sated and suitably astounded.
For those who prefer a more western dining experience, CUT by Wolfgang Puck also makes its debut in Qatar, bringing the finest quality beef and an extensive menu with both Californian and Mediterranean culinary influences. The clean lines in this modern restaurant are punctuated by intricate, artistic touches and the incredible “floating staircase” which offers a great experience. We dine on perfectly cooked meat and sumptuous fish that combines the very highest standards of ingredients with bold seasoning to create an exceptional meal that we will never forget.
When we craved a tender burger, we headed over to Hudson Tavern, a traditional American style bar which serves juicy burgers topped with decedent melted cheese and perfectly cooked fries. The open kitchen heightens the anticipation as we eagerly await our meals, marvelling at the old-fashioned furnishings which lend the tavern the feel of a traditional speakeasy film.
Although we adored the other restaurants, we were fascinated by Middle Eastern cuisine, and we were not disappointed in Walima, the hotel’s traditional restaurant which boasts the very best in Qatari and Middle-Eastern cuisine. The décor was unbelievable, with traditional pottery and lanterns adorning the ceiling, whilst the sofa style seating made for a relaxed yet refined meal. Sumptuous dishes were served by the friendly and approachable waiting staff. Although we sat inside and drank in the atmosphere, the outside terrace is home to traditional Arabic tents, where oversized Shishas can be enjoyed as the sun sets over West Bay Lagoon.
When we became peckish and went in search of a snack, we were delighted and surprised to find out that New York’s iconic Magnolia Bakery, serving up freshly baked cupcakes, cakes, cheesecakes, cookies, brownies, banana pudding and more, is featured in the lobby of Mondrian Doha. We loved sitting in this pristine white café and indulging in rich, flavourful coffees and tasty sweet treats.
There really is something for everyone at the new Mondrian Doha, as we discovered when we found the establishment’s nightclub, Black Orchid, which has a modern and fashionable décor, a beautiful dance floor which is always brimming with excited revellers and a great selection of music to get you in the mood to party. Surrounded by gold-framed mirrors, two bars and an oversized DJ booth, Black Orchid is the place to be seen and see Doha from a perfect perspective, and only the most fashionable and tasteful party goers frequent it.
For a more subdued night out sipping cocktails in the evening sun, we were taken to Rise, the hotel’s glorious rooftop bar. Located high on the 27th floor, offering spectacular views of the artificial island the Pearl, West Bay, and Lusail City, Rise takes after the famous Skybar in Mondrian LA. Inspired by the phenomenal colours of the sky, Rise’s hand-painted glass dome as its roof, fills the room with magical hues throughout the day, as we looked down on the pool area and admired the phenomenal crystal chandeliers hanging from above. The dancefloor comes alive at night, and the still waters of the pool reflect the dancers as they soak up the atmosphere.
With such fantastic facilities and great staff who looked after us from arrival through to our return flight, it is no wonder that we adored every moment of our stay at the Mondrian Doha and are already planning our return trip.
To find out more or book your trip, visit their website at www.mondriandoha.com