The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort

A palatial and private beachfront escape

At first glance, The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort looks almost otherworldly. The Mughal-inspired domes (known as chhatris) and white visage are juxtaposed against the backdrop of Doha’s glittering modern skyline.

Located inside Katara Cultural Village, home to theaters, galleries and eateries, the hotel sits between Doha’s bustling West Bay and the emerging second city of Lusail.

The property’s impressive and serene lobby is a homage to both the Mughal and Ottoman empires — with art-lined walls stretching to the soaring 32-feet-high ceilings meant to replicate a historic palace courtyard. This frames floor-to-ceiling windows with views across the Arabian Sea.

With just 59 rooms and suites and 32 standalone villas — this includes a two-level, five-bedroom, 4,843-square-foot Royal Villa — the Chedi Katara a true luxury boutique hotel. But the dining, spa and recreational facilities would rival any full-scale counterpart. A private beach, two pools, an Eastern-inspired spa and five in-house international cuisine restaurants and lounges round out the full experience.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The eight private cabanas on a jetty next to La Marsa Restaurant are the city’s best-kept secret. Either book for a day or just an evening dinner and you’ll be granted water access, full dining and catering facilities and views of Doha and The Pearl Qatar.
  • With beach and city vistas, the 60-meter infinity pool, lined by private cabanas, feels like it disappears into the blue gulf waters. It is maintained between 82 to 86 degrees year round. There is also a separate 35-meter family pool next to The Beach Restaurant.
  • The hotel's interiors are balanced between understated and opulent and blend both Arabic and Indian motifs with carved archways, intricate carpets and curated artworks.
  • In keeping with the discreet, private theme, the Doha hotel has its own nearly 1,000-foot, fully maintained white sand beach equipped with all the toys, like jet skis needed for a day on the water.
  • The spa encompasses separate male and female areas and treatment rooms, both with hammams as well as an exclusive couple’s suite.

Things to Know

  • The hotel and its restaurants are dry – no alcohol is served. But if you’d like a drink, you’re but a short drive away from many of Doha’s licensed hotels and restaurants.
  • Katara Cultural Village is one of Doha’s most popular spots so the area can get crowded on weekends.
  • The nearby Katara Hills area, just a short walk from the hotel, is a lush spot for a walk, run or even cycling.
  • All of the rooms, suites and villas have direct Arabian sea views.

The Rooms

  • Each unit is decorated with handmade carpets and antiques sourced from India and the Middle East.
  • On the ground floor, the 645-square-foot Grand Beach Room has an 118-square-foot terrace with direct access to the hotel’s pool, giving an indoor-meets-outdoor feel.
  • If you are looking for something more spacious, choose the Katara Beach Suite, which offers 1,044 square feet of indoor space; a large terrace and direct access to the beach.
  • The two-, three- and four-bedroom villas and the Royal Villa are the epitome of privacy and even come with their own parking spaces and gardens.
  • Great for small families or those wanting to get away from it all, the palatial, 1,097-square-foot Chedi Pool Suite comes with a private pool and separate living and dining areas.

The Restaurants

  • Afternoon tea at the luxury hotel is quite the occasion and is presented in the Lobby Lounge on a platter designed replica of the hotel’s iconic white building. This lovely spot emulates an art gallery with 32-feet ceilings and natural light.
  • The Beach Restaurant is set apart from the main hotel and gives Mediterranean villa vibes with French doors opening onto the pool, outdoor seating for the cooler months and shisha on the menu.
  • The elegant parquetry floors, clubby wood-paneled walls and comfy leather chairs in the Cigar Lounge make it the perfect spot for a coffee or an evening exploring the cigar selection.
  • Waterside La Marsa’s family-friendly atmosphere and indoor/outdoor setup make this a popular Friday brunch spot. The menu is Mediterranean meets Middle East — don’t pass up the freshly grilled lobster or the handmade pasta dishes.
  • The Restaurant, which has a patio overlooking the pool, serves Arabic, Indian, Japanese and Thai dishes at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

24-hour room service
Fitness classes
House car
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Getting There
Katara Cultural Village, 834 Shakespeare Street, Doha, Qatar
NeighborhoodKatara Cultural Village
DOH (22-45 min)  
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