Marriott Marquis Doha = Another Excellent Stay

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Junior Suite
May 22, 2018 by
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I have returned to Marriott Marquis Doha for the first time since December.  This time I found a Look No Further rate guarantee for 300 QAR which is about $80 USD, no tax added on top.  The regular rates on Marriott.com are not that low, but from past experience it is not so rare to find a LNF.  At that price level, the Marriott Marquis is a no brainer and is great value for the money especially for Platinum members.

Room

Late last year I got upgraded to an executive suite twice, either when booking with points or a credit card free night.  This time I got upgraded to a junior suite, which is not nearly as nice as the executive suite, but it’s an upgrade nonetheless and on a low LNF rate so nothing to complain about.  The junior suite does not have the bedroom separated from the living room / working desk via a door but is rather an open L-shaped room. The floor to ceiling windows are nice, but are only for half of one wall so it is not the same wow factor as the executive suite which is a corner room with windows all around.  There is only one bathroom in the junior suite; I found it to be in good condition.  The only minus is that water pressure in the shower was not that great.  The soap and shampoo are Thann which is nicer than what I got recently at Westin Doha.  The room and the bed are comfortable; the AC is strong.  

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Pool

I stopped by the pool to check it out.  It is good for doing laps, otherwise nothing special and not as nice as the pool at Sheraton or Grand Hyatt.  But it’s a decent city hotel swimming pool.  

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Dining

It is currently Ramadan so there was no alcohol during happy hour 5:30pm-7:30pm in the executive lounge.  However I found the food offerings to be as good, if not better than last year.  There were options such as glass noodle salad, penne pasta salad, spicy chicken, pad thai noodles, mini burgers, and curry fish with rice.  This is in addition from standard veggies and bread. They also have a decent selection of desserts.  Since I went to Westin quite recently it is easy to compare and for sure the food in the lounge is better at Marriott Marquis.  The only drawback is that the MM lounge is quite small and can be busy – the complete opposite at Westin where it’s very quiet and peaceful.  MM also has afternoon tea.  There were three kinds of sandwiches in addition to some desserts. 

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Overall

Overall I continue to be pleased with MM and I will return for sure.  The hotel is usually cheaper than all Starwood options, they are generous with suite upgrades, and the lounge is good.  The location is not as good as Sheraton, but not very far.  Location is also much better location than Westin at least for my purposes due to the proximity to the Corniche and being attached to a large shopping mall. You can find similar rates at Double Tree as MM but DT does not have a lounge, is not as liberal with suite upgrades, and location is not as good unless you care about being close to the airport for a quick layover then DT is perhaps 5-10 min closer than MM.  So if you can get MM for a price similar to DT, it confirms in my mind that you cannot go wrong with MM even if you don’t bother with a LNF rate.  

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