Review: Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North Doha Airport (DOH)

Review: Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North Doha Airport (DOH)

NAME: Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North
Airport: DOH
DATE: May 2023
REVIEW RATING:
BEN SAYS: The Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North is for oneworld elite members, and offers plenty of seating, a la carte dining, and good shower suites. However, it's not quite to the level of the Al Mourjan Lounge.
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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 previous posts I reviewed the Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Lounge and Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Garden Business Lounge. In this post I wanted to review the Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North, which is Qatar Airways’ new lounge for elite members, located in the airport’s recent expansion. In a separate post, I’ll review the Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge South.

Qatar Airways doesn’t follow the standard oneworld lounge access policies, which is to say that oneworld Sapphire members don’t get access to the carrier’s business class lounge, and oneworld Emerald members don’t get access to the carrier’s first class lounge. Instead, elite members are sent to a dedicated lounge.

So, how is this lounge? Well, it’s pretty nice overall, with a solid selection of food and drinks, and a spacious layout. However, it’ll probably be a disappointment compared to some of the amazing oneworld Emerald lounges out there. Let’s get into the review…

Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North location & hours

The Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North is located in the airport’s north terminal expansion, in the direction of the airport’s tropical garden.

To find the Platinum & Gold Lounge North, 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 stay to the right, and look for the signage in the direction of the Oryx Garden Hotel.

Doha Hamad Airport terminal
Doha Hamad Airport terminal

You’ll then see an escalator leading to both the Oryx Garden Hotel and the Platinum & Gold Lounge North.

Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North escalator

At the top of the escalator, you’ll see the entrance to the lounge on the left.

Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North entrance
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North entrance

The lounge is open 24/7, as is the case with all of Qatar Airways’ lounges at the airport. As you’d expect, it’s the overnight hours where the lounge gets busiest.

Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North entry requirements

The Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North is a lounge intended specifically for elite members. If you’re a oneworld Emerald or Sapphire member (whether through Qatar Airways Privilege Club or a partner program) and don’t have access to one of the carrier’s more premium lounges (from flying first or business class on an eligible ticket), then you can visit this lounge.

You must be flying any oneworld airline same day to access the lounge, and you can bring one guest with you.

Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North layout & seating

The Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North is one big shared space, meaning oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members have access to the same lounge (meanwhile the Platinum & Gold Lounge South, which I’ll be reviewing next, has dedicated spaces for each elite tier).

This lounge is quite large, though still much smaller than either of the Al Mourjan Lounges at the airport. I’d say the design is fresh and modern, but it does feel decidedly less premium than than the Al Mourjan Lounges, in my opinion.

Anyway, when you enter the lounge, you’ll see a bunch of seats in rows facing one another. The seats aren’t terribly comfortable for longer periods of time, given how low the armrests are.

Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North seating
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North seating
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North seating
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North seating

While a majority of the seats are like what you see above, there are some other seating arrangements as well, ranging from couches, to sets of four chairs facing one another, to little stools.

Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North seating
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North seating
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North seating
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North seating
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North seating
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North seating

In the far corner of the lounge are some chairs for relaxing, though don’t expect them to be as quiet or private as what you’d find in Qatar Airways’ other lounges.

Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North seating
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North seating

Each end of the lounge then has a dining area, with a buffet, and plenty of dining seating options, including individual tables and communal tables.

Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North dining area
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North dining area
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North dining area

There’s also a bar in the middle of the lounge.

Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North bar

The entire lounge looks out over the terminal. Unfortunately the view isn’t of The Orchard (like at the Al Mourjan Lounge North), but this is still one of the prettier parts of the terminal.

Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North view

Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North food & drinks

The Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North has a selection of a la carte dining options, plus a buffet. You can find the menu and drink list here.

As you’ll see, the drink selection is impressive. Laurent-Perrier Brut is the standard champagne, which is the same you’ll find in both the Al Mourjan and Al Safwa Lounge. Unfortunately there’s no barista coffee here.

Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North drinks

The a la carte dining options are a bit more limited than in other lounges, but are still decent. There are a total of 10 options (including mains, sushi, and dessert), with options like sundried tomato frittata, beef calzone, vegetable maki, and chocolate fondant cake.

On top of that, there are buffets with a variety of self-serve options.

Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North buffet

During my visit, options included fresh fruit, cold cuts, yogurt, cereal, muffins, croissants, juice, a variety of bread, and hot options like foul medames, congee, masala omelets, banana raisin bread, and more.

Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North buffet
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North buffet
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North buffet
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North drinks
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North buffet
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North buffet
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North buffet

It’s a good selection, and you shouldn’t go hungry (or thirsty!) in this lounge.

Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North showers & restrooms

The Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North has one main set of bathrooms for men and women, and during my visit, they were spotless. In the men’s room, there were urinals, several stalls, and sinks, all with Diptyque toiletries.

Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North bathroom
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North bathroom
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North bathroom
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North bathroom

The lounge also has shower suites. Each suite features a sink, a toilet, and a walk-in shower.

Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North shower rooms
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North shower suite
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North shower suite
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North shower suite

Ironically these shower suites are better than the ones in the Al Mourjan Lounge North, given that they have toilets as well, so that’s something to keep in mind.

Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North smoking room

The Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North also has a smoking room, which is basic but nice enough.

Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North smoking room
Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North smoking room

Bottom line

The Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North is solid for a dedicated elite lounge. It has comfortable seating, a great drink selection, a la carte dining, and spacious and functional shower suites. Other than that, though, the lounge is lacking amenities compared to some of Qatar Airways’ other lounges.

Ultimately this is a perfectly nice lounge setup, though it’s only needed to begin with because Qatar Airways doesn’t follow standard oneworld rules when it comes to lounge access. It’s good to see in general how much Qatar Airways has increased lounge capacity in recent years, which should help a lot with crowding.

What do you make of the Qatar Airways Platinum & Gold Lounge North Doha?

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  1. MARCUS SHARPE Guest

    Being a Gold tier member, I would have appreciated an actual quiet room for the lounge chairs.

    The area where these chairs are located is very loud and not relaxing or quiet as the Silver lounge quiet room.

  2. Emma Guest

    In a point of view of facility quality, i cannot find a big difference from silver lounge. Only the toilet in shower room maybe. Of course, silver lounge must be way more crowd..

  3. Charles Guest

    I have enjoyed access to this lounge, but find the Platinum-only lounge on the south side (next to the A gates, and above the Gold lounge) more pleasant - beautiful space with high ceilings and very quiet compared to the North Platinum and Gold Lounge (although the North Platinum and Gold lounge is certainly more spacious than the south Gold-only lounge!).

  4. Steve Guest

    We're flying Qatar business class to Abu Dhabi in October. Does this mean as business class ticket holders we get access to a lounge during our Doha stop? It was hard to tell from the article. TIA

    1. Sean M. Diamond

      I don't believe QR offers Business Class on any flights into Abu Dhabi.

    2. Steve Guest

      The business class leg is from LAX to Doha. Then first class from Doha to Abu Dhabi.

    3. bruh Guest

      Since your Doha-Abu Dhabi is considered "First Class", you'll be able to access the AlSafwa Lounge.

  5. Martin Guest

    I've visited this lounge several times in the last couple of months and although very nice whilst flying QR economy, its a pity to see the cost cutting as tenderloin beef & rose champagne have been cut from the menu

  6. Johanna Guest

    Any idea what is the policy with accompanying children? In some lounges, first/business class Oneworld emerald tier members can bring along both one guest plus an underaged kid.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Johanna -- I believe the policy is that only infants (under two) wouldn't be considered guests here.

  7. Morgan Diamond

    It seems very silly from a loyalty point of view that QR don't even let their own gold and platinum elites into the the Al Mourjan and Al sawfa lounges or is it because if they let their own in then they would have to let all other OW sapphire/emerald in - does anyone know the rules around this?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Morgan -- They can make their own restrictions. For example, Privilege Club Platinum members in business class can use the Al Safwa Lounge, but that's it. I agree it would be smart for Qatar Airways to do something for its own flyers. I suspect that historically the airline just didn't have sufficient lounge capacity to make that happen. Let's see if that changes over time.

  8. Alvin | YTHK Diamond

    I'm confused. Qatar Airways cuts costs with oneworld Emerald lounge access.......but keeps the sushi?

  9. Sean M. Diamond

    Is this lounge accessible to oneworld Emerald passengers in Economy class? The app says that passengers must be in Business or higher to use this lounge although I suspect it may be an error.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Sean M. -- That's definitely an error. The intent is that this is for oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members in economy (or on a business class fare not otherwise eligible for lounge access).

    2. Morgan Diamond

      I would say that is an error, as if your a passenger in business class then you would have access to the Al Mourjan lounges and the lounge is specifically branded by QR as platinum (OW emerald) and gold (OW sapphire) lounge. Additionally if true that would violate OW lounge access rules wouldn't it?

    3. martin Guest

      QR has a business class "lite" which does allow access to Al Mourjan Lounges

    4. Martin Guest

      Sorry mis-type, business class "lit" does NOT allow access to Al Mourjan lounges

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Ben Schlappig OMAAT

@ Morgan -- They can make their own restrictions. For example, Privilege Club Platinum members in business class can use the Al Safwa Lounge, but that's it. I agree it would be smart for Qatar Airways to do something for its own flyers. I suspect that historically the airline just didn't have sufficient lounge capacity to make that happen. Let's see if that changes over time.

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Morgan Diamond

I would say that is an error, as if your a passenger in business class then you would have access to the Al Mourjan lounges and the lounge is specifically branded by QR as platinum (OW emerald) and gold (OW sapphire) lounge. Additionally if true that would violate OW lounge access rules wouldn't it?

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Ben Schlappig OMAAT

@ Sean M. -- That's definitely an error. The intent is that this is for oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members in economy (or on a business class fare not otherwise eligible for lounge access).

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