Review: Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Business Lounge Doha Airport (DOH)

Review: Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Business Lounge Doha Airport (DOH)

NAME: Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Business Lounge
Airport: DOH
DATE: May 2023
REVIEW RATING:
BEN SAYS: Qatar Airways' newest business class lounge is spectacular -- it's spacious, overlooks the most beautiful part of the terminal, and has a lot of amenities. This lounge is worth going out of your way to visit.
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After a few nights in Doha, my dad and I continued our round the world journey by flying Qatar Airways’ Airbus A380 first class to Perth. We spent lots of time at Doha Hamad Airport so that I could review several lounges plus the airport expansion.

In a previous post I reviewed the Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Lounge, and in this post I wanted to review the Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Business Lounge North, which is is Qatar Airways’ newest lounge. It complements the existing Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge South, which was previously the carrier’s primary business class lounge.

Qatar Airways’ new business class lounge is spectacular, among the best in the world. Perhaps what’s most exciting is that it nearly doubles business class lounge capacity, which comes in handy over peak periods. Even beyond that, this is such a gorgeous lounge, with great design, unique amenities, and fun views.

I also love how while both Al Mourjan Lounges are exceptional, they’re very different, and each have pros and cons. I’m not sure I actually like one lounge more than the other. With that out of the way, let’s get into the review.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge Doha location

The Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge is located in the airport’s north terminal expansion, near the airport’s tropical garden. For better or worse, this lounge is basically hidden, and you probably won’t stumble upon it unless you’re specifically looking for it. I could see that being a good thing, because I’m confident this lounge will never get as many visitors as the Al Mourjan Lounge South, which is in the middle of the terminal.

To find the Al Mourjan Garden Business Lounge, just follow the signage in the direction of the C, D, and E gates. When you’re in the center of the terminal, this is behind the airport’s famous teddy bear.

Doha Hamad Airport terminal

You’ll have to go quite a ways from there, and you can either take the airport’s train system one stop, or you can walk. If you’re easily able to walk I’d recommend doing that, because it’s probably faster, given the moving sidewalks.

Doha Hamad Airport terminal

When you’re at the far train station (or just walk far enough in the terminal), you’ll see a large circular area. Just keep walking straight, and you’ll then see signage for the Al Mourjan Garden Lounge.

Doha Hamad Airport terminal
Doha Hamad Airport terminal

Even then, the entrance is sort of hidden. You can enter the lounge via the sets of elevators behind a Louis Vuitton store. There’s no Qatar Airways branding, so the whole thing is kind of strange.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge entrance

If you find yourself in The Orchard (the indoor tropical garden), you’ve walked too far.

Doha Hamad Airport terminal

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge Doha hours & crowding

The Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge never closes, as it’s open 24/7, reflecting that Qatar Airways has flights all hours of the day and night.

I think it’s worth mentioning that Doha is a heavily banked hub, which is to say that there are typically a huge number of flights that arrive and depart around the same time. This is intended to minimize travel time for passengers, and maximize aircraft utilization.

As a result, the airport is basically deserted for around 18 hours per day, and then it gets slammed for brief periods. In general, you can expect that peak periods will be around 5:30PM until 7:30PM, 11PM until 1AM, and 5:30AM until 7:30AM. There’s a bit of variation there, but your experience will be very different if you’re visiting at 12PM vs. 12AM.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge Doha entry requirements

The Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Business Lounge is open to Qatar Airways and other oneworld business class passengers. There are some things to be aware of, though:

  • The Al Mourjan Lounge isn’t open to oneworld elite members (including oneworld Emerald and oneworld Sapphire members), but rather they’re directed to inferior lounges intended specifically for elite members
  • The Al Mourjan Lounge isn’t available to Qatar Airways business class passengers who upgraded, or who are traveling on “Lite” fares, which is Qatar Airways’ “basic” business class offering (you need to be traveling on an Elite, Comfort, or Classic ticket — award tickets are eligible for lounge access, regardless of which airline they’re issued by)

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge Doha layout & seating

Qatar Airways’ new Al Mourjan Garden Lounge is 7,390 square meters (~79,500 square feet), and can accommodate up to 707 guests at a time. This makes it a bit smaller than the other Al Mourjan Lounge, but it’s still massive.

The lounge is one level above the concourse, so when you enter, you’ll see a customer service desk, and then you can either go left, right, or straight ahead.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge elevators

Straight ahead you’ll find the Louis Vuitton Lounge, which I’ll talk more about in a bit. If you walk into the lounge and turn right, you’ll find hundreds of seats. While there are some seats designed for relaxing, I’d say this side of the lounge is generally more for those who are looking to grab something to eat.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge design features

You’ll first see several seating arrangements for lounging. I love the design of this lounge, and in particular how high the ceilings are, and that the lounge opens up into the terminal. I loved the natural light during my daytime visit, as that’s something that’s lacking in the other Al Mourjan Lounge (of course most travelers are transiting at night, so that’s a moot point).

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge view

The next part of the lounge has most of the dining options. There’s a bar with a couple of dozen high-top seats, some individual dining tables, and also some communal tables.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge bar area
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge dining area
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge dining area
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge dining area
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge dining area

There are so many seating options, and then when you go beyond that, you’ll find even more seating. The back area of the lounge is almost a hybrid dining and lounging space. There’s another bar, and then there are more proper tables with booths and chairs, though they don’t have the tables set, as you’d find in the main dining area.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge bar
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating

That covers the right side of the lounge. Now let’s take a look at the lounge if you enter and turn left. Visually this is probably the prettier side of the lounge.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge design features

This part of the lounge has a water feature along the center, with seats along the outer edge of that.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating

There’s a huge variety of other seating options, ranging from couches, to chairs for lounging, to semi-private seats with partitions, to shared workspaces. I’ll let the pictures of the seating speak mostly for themselves.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge seating

There’s another bar and smaller buffet on this side of the lounge, though otherwise there’s not as much variety as on the other side.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge bar

I appreciated that there were lots of charging ports at all seats, including wireless charging at some seats. The above covers the main part of the lounge, though I’ll talk more about the individual amenities below.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge Doha food & drinks

The Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge has an extensive selection of food and drinks, with both a la carte and buffet options. You can find the lounge’s main menu and drink list here, and the lounge’s deli menu here.

As you can see, the a la carte food selection includes everything from a variety of fresh sandwiches, to salads, to beef, to fish, to pasta, to desserts. There’s also a substantial drink selection, with Laurent-Perrier Brut being the house champagne option. That’s the same champagne served in the Al Safwa First Lounge, so I’m not sure if that reflects positively on the Al Mourjan Lounge, or negatively on the Al Safwa Lounge (or probably both!).

The lounge’s main buffet is located inside the entrance and to the right. During my morning visit, the selection included everything from pastries and bagels, to cold cuts, to fresh fruit, to cereal, to a handful of hot options.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge buffet
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge buffet
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge buffet
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge buffet
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge buffet
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge buffet
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge buffet
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge buffet

There were also a few types of juice, soft drinks, water, wine, and a coffee machine.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge buffet
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge buffet

The various bars throughout the lounge all have some food on display, which you can order. This includes everything from quiche, to sandwiches, to cheese and fruit plates, and more.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge bistro area
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge bistro area

There are also several drinks stations throughout the lounge, so you’re never too far from a glass of champagne.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge buffet
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge buffet
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge buffet
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge buffet

While there are several self-serve coffee machines throughout the lounge, I’d highly recommend going to one of the bars to get a barista made coffee. I’m so happy to see that Qatar Airways has finally introduced proper coffee at its lounges, as this isn’t available in the other Al Mourjan Lounge.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge espresso machine

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge Doha nap rooms

The Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge has 24 nap rooms, located inside the entrance of the lounge and to the left. These are available to guests on a first come, first served basis, and there’s a desk where inventory is managed.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge rest area

It’s nice that each nap room is private, and then each room has either one or two loungers. There’s a blanket (the same you’ll find onboard in business class), though there aren’t any pillows. Each room also has a stool, plus a couple of bottles of water.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge rest area
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge rest area
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge rest area
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge rest area

Personally I wouldn’t be able to nap in these seats (I’m a terrible sleeper, unless conditions are perfect), but I’d still enjoy just having somewhere to relax for a bit and get cozy.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge Doha showers & restrooms

The Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge has a couple of sets of bathrooms, which stay meticulously clean. As is the case onboard, they feature Diptyque products.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge bathroom
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge bathroom
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge bathroom

The lounge also has shower suites, located inside the entrance to the lounge and to the left. This is the only aspect of the lounge that I don’t like.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge shower rooms

Each shower suite features a walk-in shower and a sink. For whatever reason, there are no toilets in the shower suites, unlike in the other Al Mourjan Lounge. On the plus side, the air circulation in the shower suites seems to be better than in the other lounge.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge shower suite
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge shower suite
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge shower suite
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge shower suite
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge shower suite toiletries

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge Doha game & kids room

The Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge has a few other interesting amenities. There’s a game room, featuring a pool table and a foosball table, presumably intended primarily for older kids and teens.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge play room
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge play room
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge play room

Then there’s another area intended for younger kids.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge kids room
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge kids room

There are also a few private family rooms, which are a nice touch. This basically lets you grab a private living room, which is ideal if you have little kids. Each room has a couch, a few chairs, and a TV.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge family room
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge family room

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge Doha smoking room

The Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge has a smoking room inside the entrance and to the right. It’s a pretty dignified space, though when I visited, this room was colder than a freezer. I assume something wasn’t working correctly.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge smoking room
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge smoking room

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge Doha lockers

For those wishing to store their luggage during their visit, there are some lockers just inside the entrance to the lounge. You can store your bag here for the duration of your stay, so you don’t have to carry it around.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge lockers

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge Louis Vuitton Lounge

The Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge has a first of its kind collaboration, as there’s a lounge within a lounge. Specifically, right when you enter the lounge, you’ll find the Louis Vuitton Lounge. I wrote about this in a separate post, but it’s essentially a restaurant and bar with everything available for purchase.

It’s a unique collaboration, and it could be worth checking out.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge Louis Vuitton Lounge
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge Louis Vuitton Lounge
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge Louis Vuitton Lounge

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge Doha gym

While it’s not open yet, in the coming months we should see the opening of a gym at the Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge. I have reason to believe that this will be the best gym you find at any airport lounge, so I’d consider this to be a very exciting development. There aren’t many airport lounges with proper gyms, so this will be a very nice addition.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge Doha spa

The Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Business Lounge will have not one, but two, spas. Neither are open yet, but we can expect them to open in the coming months:

You can expect both spas to exclusively feature paid treatments, so there won’t be any complimentary treatments.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge Dior Spa

Bottom line

Qatar Airways’ new Al Mourjan Garden Lounge is spectacular, and really exciting for passengers. Perhaps most importantly, the expanded lounge capacity will be great regardless of which lounge you visit, since it should help with crowding.

But what I especially love is how different the two Al Mourjan Lounges are. This lounge has a totally different vibe than the other one, and has comfortable seating, great food and drinks, and several unique amenities. I’d say the only downside to the lounge is that the shower suites don’t also have toilets.

So, which Al Mourjan location do I prefer? I’m actually not sure, as I love them both. It’s like asking me if I’d prefer a dirty martini or cappuccino — it all depends! I will say that I suspect the Al Mourjan Garden Lounge will be quieter in the long run, given that it’s more of a trek to get to, and harder to find. That makes it more appealing to me.

What do you make of the Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Lounge?

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  1. Vaibhav Guest

    Sorry if it comes out as basic. But flying Qatar Business (both my first) in September and have intentionally taken a 10 hour layover.

    Can I use both lounges or once I enter one, I am not allowed entry into the other. And if the former is true, can I shuttle between them multiple times (if need be, just as an option)?

    1. SpaceExplorer Guest

      I’m here right now on an 8-hour layover. We started out at the Main Lounge and then left to come to The Garden Lounge. No problem visiting both. We didn’t go back to the Main Lounge, but I asked if we could, and the receptionist said it wouldn’t be a problem.

  2. evilpoodle Member

    @Ben. Not apropos this post, but I would love to be able to browse a gallery of the pictures (with captions) from these review posts that feature dozens of pictures. Do you think that might be something you might be able to implement, if there's interest from other readers? (Though Boarding Area's infrastructure would probably not allow for it?)

  3. dee Guest

    Nice review..Now to figure out how I can get there!!

  4. Julia Guest

    "It’s like asking me if I’d prefer a dirty martini or cappuccino"

    Regarding the two lounges, I think the better question would be if you prefer your dirty martini with olives or onions.

  5. Chris W Guest

    I'm still baffled as to this Louis Vuitton lounge. It's a lounge within a lounge, where even though you don't pay for anything in the Al Mourjan lounge, you then pay for everything in the LV lounge, because it has an LV logo on it? What is the point? Is it just for influencers?

    And the public without lounge access cannot access it? Why, if they want to spend the money?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Chris W -- Correct, it's not open to the public. Not only that, but you actually need Privilege Club Gold or Platinum status in addition to having access to the lounge to visit the Louis Vuitton Lounge. Only time will tell if this concept proves successful.

    2. fod Member

      Bizarre concept. I sense the ego massage will be the most popular Dior spa treatment.

      Specifically QR status, or oneworld equivalent?

  6. glenn t Diamond

    Transitting through here in September with a 4hr stopover (0440hrs-0845hrs) so not ideal to sample the best of this new lounge.
    I would say about 6-8 hours, through breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea would be ideal; next time maybe.
    Nonetheless, I'm excited to get to visit!

  7. CodeAdam10 Guest

    @Ben ... Which AM lounge is closer to USA gates? thanks

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ CodeAdam10 -- Usually the flights to the US leave from closer to the Al Mourjan Lounge South.

  8. Matt Guest

    How long are the nap room sessions?

    1. Origami Guest

      6 hours. Game changing.

  9. Jeffrey Guest

    Ben, do you know if the nap rooms can be locked, to not be disturbed, and to keep valuables safe, while leaving temporarily to grab some food etc.
    Or is it best to leave your bag in the locker?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Jeffrey -- Yep, as noted by Origami, they can't be locked, so you can leave your stuff in lockers if you want. Personally I'd feel pretty comfortable leaving my items in a nap room, though, given that the area is staffed, so there aren't just dozens of people walking past all the nap rooms.

  10. Lev Guest

    Ben - in the entry requirements section you link to your past article on Qatar's business lite fare (https://onemileatatime.com/qatar-airways-basic-business-class/). That older article notes business lite as being the "R" fare class, but I believe that may be a typo (or it changed) as it's the "P" fare class that is business lite and doesn't include lounge access. Just noting as it caused some initial confusion for an upcoming Qatar business flight I'm on before realizing...

    Ben - in the entry requirements section you link to your past article on Qatar's business lite fare (https://onemileatatime.com/qatar-airways-basic-business-class/). That older article notes business lite as being the "R" fare class, but I believe that may be a typo (or it changed) as it's the "P" fare class that is business lite and doesn't include lounge access. Just noting as it caused some initial confusion for an upcoming Qatar business flight I'm on before realizing I'm in classic and not lite.

  11. crosscourt Guest

    Ps. Why do you need to show pictures of toilets and urinals?

    1. Reyyan Diamond

      Because people like me like to know what it looks like. I’m always curious whether a bidet is offered and how it looks like so I can prepare beforehand. For me restrooms and showers are one of the most important aspects after a long flight. Everyone has their own things that they find important.

  12. crosscourt Guest

    Too confusing trying to find lounges at that airport. Not a favoured stop.

  13. Luke Guest

    Stumbled into here recently when my flight from Paris disembarked near the new garden (and was confused at first with the new section and thought it was the original location of the big teddy bear and was replaced by garden!)

    Not having toilets within the shower suites was a big factor that would make me want the other lounge as when traveling with my 5 year old daughter (mom not traveling) try to look for...

    Stumbled into here recently when my flight from Paris disembarked near the new garden (and was confused at first with the new section and thought it was the original location of the big teddy bear and was replaced by garden!)

    Not having toilets within the shower suites was a big factor that would make me want the other lounge as when traveling with my 5 year old daughter (mom not traveling) try to look for private bathrooms to take her to rather than a common men's restroom especially in such a partriarical society which this country is!

  14. Dan Guest

    Ben, do you know if arriving business class passengers can access the lounge?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Dan -- You need a connecting flight to access the lounge.

  15. SBS Gold

    What about the proper ala carte dining menu (https://www.qatarairways.com/content/dam/hia/pdf/al-mourjan-dinning-en.pdf), not just deli sandwiches? Is it available in the new lounge, or limited to the original one?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ SBS -- Sorry, good catch, forgot to include that. I just updated the post to add that.

  16. food Guest

    only sandwiches for made-to-order food? That's a bummer

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ food -- Sorry, I forgot to include the other menu, so just added that. There is a more substantial selection.

  17. DCS Guest

    I said it once and I'll say it again.
    Any Priority Pass lounge does the job for me: coffee and fruits/biscuits...
    what else would you need before a flight?

    This lounge does not accept Priority Pass members so it is a hard Pass in my book.

    Even though I never tried this lounge, I believe it is way overrated.

    1. EK QR Flyer Guest

      LOL come on. I've been to some pretty dire PP lounges. To compare those to a lounge like this would be insulting to QR.
      By all means please stay away. The less crowded these real lounges, the better!

    2. Origami Guest

      The less people that want in to this lounge the better. It will (hopefully) never get as crowded as AM South, but the less people I have to wait behind for a shower or nap room...

    3. Santastico Guest

      Let's all follow DCS brilliant Life lessons and feed on:
      _ bretzels
      _ humid peanuts
      _ hard as a rock apples
      _ Lukewarm Coke
      The default coktail menu at Hilton properties Lounges

      Showers?... forget about it, you'll shower the next morning,

    4. fod Member

      This actually explains a lot about why DCS is so happy with Hilton, given their clearly low expectations. A stay at a Hampton must be a luxury day out.

      A hard pass to something objectively more luxurious that you can’t access anyway on your priority pass? What are you adding to the conversation?

      Go home.

    5. LAX New Member

      “Even though I never tried this lounge, I believe it is way overrated.”

      Brilliant…

    6. Jay Guest

      I must say- most PP lounges are honestly trash in comparison to some airline lounges. There's a few AA and delta lounges I'd prefer any day over PP. With that being said, when you have a 8/10/12 hr lay over.... Coffee/fruits and biscuit aren't cutting it!

  18. Cb Guest

    Wow, those seats right at the edge overlooking the trees below are spectacular.

    1. Origami Guest

      My favorite seats in the whole lounge. Wait service there too, so order champagne and sushi and relax over the garden.

  19. TravelingRogers Guest

    You can’t visit the LV lounge unless you have higher tier status with Qatar. Just having a Biz class ticket will not get you in. We were turned away in May, due to only being Silver status even though we were flying Biz class.

    1. Origami Guest

      You can't visit the "LV" AM North on status, period. Must be on an eligible QR business class ticket.

  20. R B Guest

    was there in May.
    Loved it. Now I have to find a reason to book another trip on QR ;)

  21. Chris Guest

    Nice review. I'll be there in October.

    "I love the design of this lounge, and in particular how high the ceilings are, and that the lounge opens up into the terminal. "

    As with the other lounge, all I've found this does (the opening up to the terminal part) is direct loud sounds from machinery, people, and advertising and light from strobing LED screens into the lounge area, disrupting the possibility of sleep unless you're...

    Nice review. I'll be there in October.

    "I love the design of this lounge, and in particular how high the ceilings are, and that the lounge opens up into the terminal. "

    As with the other lounge, all I've found this does (the opening up to the terminal part) is direct loud sounds from machinery, people, and advertising and light from strobing LED screens into the lounge area, disrupting the possibility of sleep unless you're one of the few that is able to get a pod. I see nothing positive about opening the lounge to a busy airport terminal.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Chris -- I hear you, and I agree in theory. But I have to say that even when I returned in the evening (when the terminal was otherwise busy), I heard almost no noise from outside the lounge.

    2. Chris Guest

      OK, that's good news. In the other lounge I've struggled to get a decent seat. Then again it's much closer to the hub

  22. TommyGzzz Guest

    Beautiful lounge and nice review. Does anyone know if a OW Emerald would have access to this lounge if coming off a flight in J but connecting to a QR flight in Y, with both on the same reservation? I managed to use some AA SWUs for flights to the Seychelles, but the short flight from DOH to SEZ will still be in Y. Thanks in advance!

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ TommyGzzz -- Per the oneworld lounge rules, you should be allowed access. This is a oneworld business class lounge (not an elite lounge, though), and per oneworld's website, this policy should apply:
      "Lounge access will be determined on the international long haul ticketed flight (either First of Business Class) regardless of the ticketed class of travel on the international short haul or domestic flight."

      Now, that's how it should be, as I understand...

      @ TommyGzzz -- Per the oneworld lounge rules, you should be allowed access. This is a oneworld business class lounge (not an elite lounge, though), and per oneworld's website, this policy should apply:
      "Lounge access will be determined on the international long haul ticketed flight (either First of Business Class) regardless of the ticketed class of travel on the international short haul or domestic flight."

      Now, that's how it should be, as I understand it. But I can't guarantee the person at the entrance to the lounge will have the same interpretation.

    2. Hiro Diamond

      There is also a clause from the OneWorld website:

      "Qatar Airways' Al Safwa First and Al Mourjan Business lounges in Doha (DOH) and Qatar Airways' Premium Lounges are excluded (in the oneworld lounge access policy)."

      Technically, it seems like the right lounge will be "First Class Lounge", which is for OWE members traveling in economy.

      However, since you're holding the same ticket and if the lounge agent considers it as a business class ticket (as...

      There is also a clause from the OneWorld website:

      "Qatar Airways' Al Safwa First and Al Mourjan Business lounges in Doha (DOH) and Qatar Airways' Premium Lounges are excluded (in the oneworld lounge access policy)."

      Technically, it seems like the right lounge will be "First Class Lounge", which is for OWE members traveling in economy.

      However, since you're holding the same ticket and if the lounge agent considers it as a business class ticket (as your long-haul segment is in J), you might be allowed in.

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Because people like me like to know what it looks like. I’m always curious whether a bidet is offered and how it looks like so I can prepare beforehand. For me restrooms and showers are one of the most important aspects after a long flight. Everyone has their own things that they find important.

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EK QR Flyer Guest

LOL come on. I've been to some pretty dire PP lounges. To compare those to a lounge like this would be insulting to QR. By all means please stay away. The less crowded these real lounges, the better!

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Origami Guest

Locker. No locks on nap rooms.

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