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Review: Westin Doha | Prince of Travel

Review: Westin Doha | Prince of Travel

At the tail end of my Middle East trip, the FIFA World Cup 2022 brought us back to Doha for one night to watch Canada play against Morocco.

We wound up spending the night at the Westin Doha during our visit, which happens to be a relatively new property and the first Westin location in Qatar.

Although my partner Jessy’s flight departed at 2am after the game, I myself had a later departure time of 10am the following day. I had briefly considered simply spending the night at the Al Safwa First Class Lounge at Doha International Airport; however, I ultimately decided that staying at the Westin would be more comfortable and a good opportunity for me to review the property.

Westin Doha – Booking

Similar to my stay at the Agora Doha, award availability had opened up in the days leading up to the stay, as the hotel had blocked off seats during the World Cup festivities. I booked a one-night stay here on a last-minute basis using just 20,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

For the most part, cash rates throughout the year fall between 450–800 QAR ($170–300 CAD). However, during periods of high demand, rates can skyrocket to 1,000–4,000 QAR ($370–1,500 CAD) per night.

When it comes to booking on points, the rate falls consistently between 16,000–21,000 Bonvoy points, which is indeed quite an attractive rate compared to the cash price.

Based on our valuation of Marriott Bonvoy points at 0.9 cents per point (cpp), it can definitely be worthwhile to book on points here at the Westin Doha, exactly as I had done. 

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Westin Doha – Location

The Westin Doha is nestled in the heart of the Fereej Bin Mahmoud district on the lively Salwa Road, immediately across from the Radisson Blu Hotel Doha.

I wouldn’t say that the hotel has the best location in Doha, as it’s a little far from the city’s best attractions. The Museum of Islamic Art, Souq Waqif marketplace, and the Doha Corniche are all approximately a 10- to 15-minute drive…

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