Doha’s Absurdly Expensive Hilton LXR Resorts

Doha’s Absurdly Expensive Hilton LXR Resorts

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There are a seemingly endless number of hotels opening in Qatar. Presumably much of this construction was motivated by Qatar hosting the World Cup, though one has to wonder where exactly the long term demand will come from for these properties.

For example, earlier this year, Hilton had zero luxury hotels in Qatar. By next year (2023), the country will have two Waldorf Astoria and two Hilton LXR properties. In this post I wanted to talk about the two Hilton LXR properties that have recently opened in Qatar, as I think they might just be the two most expensive hotels in Hilton’s portfolio… at least as of now.

I recognize Qatar is an incredibly rich country, though I question where exactly the demand is supposed to come from for this, especially given the price point…

Katara Hills Doha, LXR Hotels & Resorts

Katara Hills Doha just recently opened. The property consists of 15 villas, each featuring a private pool. Entry level rooms are 1,765 square feet (164 square meters). The hotel is located in Katara Cultural Village, described by the hotel as “the most prestigious destination in Qatar.” Specifically, the hotel has been built in the Katara Hills, which seems to be… a manmade grassy hill in Qatar?

Oddly Hilton’s website doesn’t reference anything about restaurants at the hotel, and there aren’t even real pictures of the hotel yet, even though it’s open.

You can find renderings of the hotel below.

Katara Hills Doha LXR property entrance
Katara Hills Doha LXR villas
Katara Hills Doha LXR villas
Katara Hills Doha LXR villa
Katara Hills Doha LXR villa bedroom
Katara Hills Doha LXR villa living room
Katara Hills Doha LXR restaurant
Katara Hills Doha LXR restaurant
Katara Hills Doha LXR restaurant

Rates at this property start at over $3,000 per night, including in the peak of summer, when it is painfully hot. Unfortunately at the moment none of the accommodations are considered “standard” rooms, so Hilton Honors points redemptions cost roughly one million points per night.

Katara Hills Doha LXR rates

Maysan Doha, LXR Hotels & Resorts

Maysan Doha also just recently opened. As it’s described, the “opulent urban resort” is just 13 kilometers from town, and is “rooted in royal Qatari tradition yet reimagined for modern-day living.” The property “boasts palatial rooms with private pools, 5-star cuisine, bespoke concierge services and immersive local experiences.” Entry level rooms are 785 square feet (73 square meters).

The hotel offers a spa, a cigar lounge, a signature restaurant, and a shisha lounge. Once again, there are no real pictures of the property yet, even though it’s allegedly open.

You can find renderings of the hotel below.

Maysan Doha LXR entrance
Maysan Doha LXR villa
Maysan Doha LXR villa
Maysan Doha LXR villa bedroom
Maysan Doha LXR pool
Maysan Doha LXR restaurant
Maysan Doha LXR restaurant
Maysan Doha LXR restaurant
Maysan Doha LXR restaurant

Rates at this property start at over $2,500 per night, including in the peak of summer. Unfortunately at the moment none of the accommodations are considered “standard” rooms, so Hilton Honors points redemptions cost roughly one million points per night.

Maysan Doha LXR rates

Bottom line

Hilton has recently opened two LXR properties in Qatar, which are currently the most expensive properties in the Hilton portfolio, in terms of the rates for base rooms. Both hotels cost $2,500+ per night, which seems outrageous to me.

While I’d gladly stay here (out of curiosity) if standard room points redemptions were available, unfortunately only premium awards are available, so rates are outrageous in both cash and points.

What do you make of these two new LXR properties?

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  1. Michael Guest

    Your article or seems a bit biased. There are Airbnb's in the US that go for the same price and same size and are sold out constantly. This location is spectacular, in Katara which is a cultural center with a lot of shopping, activities, parks and a giant beach with water sports. They are definitely targeting a more elite market. Also take into consideration many Arab's will host family events in villas like this, so...

    Your article or seems a bit biased. There are Airbnb's in the US that go for the same price and same size and are sold out constantly. This location is spectacular, in Katara which is a cultural center with a lot of shopping, activities, parks and a giant beach with water sports. They are definitely targeting a more elite market. Also take into consideration many Arab's will host family events in villas like this, so it's not like a regular hotel stay. There are a few hotels nearby with similar accommodations and they are sold out all the time... especially October to March when the weather is amazing. To people that comment about being in the middle of the desert have obviously never been to a Middle East city, the Persian gulf is wonderful. I've seen these accommodations and they are really well done.

  2. OP Guest

    There's a few videos from TikTok - it seems that the hotels were completed literally just a couple of weeks ago. For a luxury hotel, the view of a road and a roundabout from your infinity pool is more laughable than luxurious.

    https://www.tiktok.com/@mi___ch___el/video/7164698845920726273?is_from_webapp=v1&item_id=7164698845920726273&lang=fr

    https://www.tiktok.com/@msinusmk/video/7136969303781362946?is_from_webapp=v1&item_id=7136969303781362946&lang=fr

    There's a few videos from TikTok - it seems that the hotels were completed literally just a couple of weeks ago. For a luxury hotel, the view of a road and a roundabout from your infinity pool is more laughable than luxurious.

    https://www.tiktok.com/@mi___ch___el/video/7164698845920726273?is_from_webapp=v1&item_id=7164698845920726273&lang=fr

    https://www.tiktok.com/@msinusmk/video/7136969303781362946?is_from_webapp=v1&item_id=7136969303781362946&lang=fr

  3. Andy Diamond

    My take away from travelling in 2022 is, that hotel yield management has gone crazy. Especially two to five month out, rates are often sky high. An example: I needed to go to Berlin in late September, and tried to book in July. Five star properties were all above 2000 EUR for the standard room, four stars 1200-1500 EUR and even the two star Ibis hotels asked 850 EUR per night!

    As a consequence, we moved our meetings to nearby Cottbus …

  4. iamhere Guest

    How does this compare to other luxury properties with other brands? If it is not much more or around the same price then it is competitive. It also depends what you're getting.

  5. GBOAC Diamond

    Could someone explain to me what the attraction of Doha/Qatar is. Why would anyone consider traveling there?

    1. Francoise Guest

      These properties are prob where the ruling family will organise organise government retreats, host anybody they need to butter up (re gas or the new Hamad Port) etc. Otherwise they can only really be targeting the top tier Gulf tourist market who like shopping in the smart malls (although even they don’t sit outside in the summer, they go to Europe or the US).

  6. Ben Holz Guest

    There's a video on the Maysan's instagram page. If I had to guess most of these new hotels are most likely occupied by FIFA and World Cup sponsors for this month, but yeah, Doha is no Dubai (or Abu Dhabi for that matter). Fair to say that we could see some very good offers from 2023 onwards

  7. pstm91 Diamond

    Andrea Pirlo has been telling me that Qatar Tourism is booming. Is that not the case? ;)

  8. DCS Guest

    Both hotels cost $2,500+ per night, which seems outrageous to me.

    Hmmm....from the photos in the post, this place looks more luxurious and "nicer" to than WA Maldives, which cost about the same.

    1. Rrtj Guest

      Maldives is an aspirational destination. Qatar is not.

    2. David Diamond

      The accommodation itself, perhaps. But the surrounding area? Between a nice oversea villa on top of the pacific and some nice reefs and beaches vs the middle of the desert (owned by a corrupt, extremely conservative government), I know where I’d much rather be.

    3. PLM Guest

      Who said the government of Qatar is corrupt?

      They are using the money rightfully obtained through the sale of their gas and use it to make all Qatari citizens enjoy a life most other Countries' citizens would only dream of.

      Who said they were extremely conservative?
      It is one of the most progressive country in the region, with laws expatriate workers from other neighboring countries would be very envious of (among other things:...

      Who said the government of Qatar is corrupt?

      They are using the money rightfully obtained through the sale of their gas and use it to make all Qatari citizens enjoy a life most other Countries' citizens would only dream of.

      Who said they were extremely conservative?
      It is one of the most progressive country in the region, with laws expatriate workers from other neighboring countries would be very envious of (among other things: freedom to change employers; freedom to leave the country any time one wants, with no need for exit visa application...).

      STOP talking about things you do know nothing about. Unless you are doing so by pure jealousy.

      Obviously, Qatar, like ALL countries in the world, is not perfect and could improve things in many areas. But it is not the monster that many are trying to portray it to be. It is better - by far - than many other countries in the world.

    4. Woopie Guest

      Envious of the 15,000 migrants who died?

    5. Jkjkjk Guest

      Corrupt government? Why you not consider your government corrupt evil largest genocidal government in the history of humanity?

    6. Dn10 Guest

      They’re not corrupt. Different morals than Western governments but I’d argue a lot of the US is more corrupt than Qatar…

  9. Never In Doubt Guest

    I’m guessing that post-WC there will be some good deals on Qatari hotels given how many have been built.

  10. Roberto Guest

    Is there any possibility to book this via Hilton Impressario via any preffered partner TA?

    Or ar LxR excluded?

    That could take the sting out of the cost, as the TA could arrange some attractive deal + bennies

  11. Archie Guest

    I was able to secure the standard room 1 King Bed Sea View at 95k for 1 night, but it seems they changed all rooms to Premium now. Unsure if my reservation is honored by the time of check-in.

    1. TD Guest

      Archie

      Will be curious too.

      I have been following both these properties for about a month. Going through there on my way back from Seychelles. A few days ago you had wide-open 95K standard nights for both resorts. Kicking myself for not booking them

      TD

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Never In Doubt Guest

I’m guessing that post-WC there will be some good deals on Qatari hotels given how many have been built.

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Andy Diamond

My take away from travelling in 2022 is, that hotel yield management has gone crazy. Especially two to five month out, rates are often sky high. An example: I needed to go to Berlin in late September, and tried to book in July. Five star properties were all above 2000 EUR for the standard room, four stars 1200-1500 EUR and even the two star Ibis hotels asked 850 EUR per night! As a consequence, we moved our meetings to nearby Cottbus …

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David Diamond

The accommodation itself, perhaps. But the surrounding area? Between a nice oversea villa on top of the pacific and some nice reefs and beaches vs the middle of the desert (owned by a corrupt, extremely conservative government), I know where I’d much rather be.

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