After arriving in Doha from Hanoi after midnight, I headed straight to Qatar Airways’ Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge where I spent the night before catching an 8AM flight to New York. And, I visited the lounge for a couple of hours on my way back from the US to Vietnam as well.
The Al Mourjan Lounge is located one floor above the main departures level, and can be found easily by following signs that can be found – among other places – in the central part of the terminal, near Doha’s well-known giant teddy bear.
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Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge Overview
I accessed the lounge with an escalator at the bottom of which the lounge’s staff was checking boarding passes. As such, when I got to the top of the escalator, I could walk straight past the reception and into the lounge.
Past the reception, there was an interesting silver wall-like feature, as well as a water feature with a reflective ceiling. Right next to that, there was a large spiral staircase leading to the upper level of the lounge. But, more on that later.
The above features that gave the lounge a slightly luxurious, but not tacky, feeling, left me with a very positive first impression of the Al Mourjan Lounge.
The majority of the lounge’s features was spread around the spacious first floor.
First, around the perimeter of the large open space of the first floor – mostly around the water feature – there were several seating areas.
There were individual leather sofas separated by privacy partitions, as well as areas with sofas around coffee tables for larger groups of people.
And, there were also areas with individual blue cloth seats. Each of those, as well as each of the individual leather chairs above came with a power plug and a tablet that was loaded with flight information, the airport map, etc.
Throughout the above area, and throughout the rest of the lounge as well, there were numerous drinks and snack stations, magazine racks, as well as flight information displays.
In the middle of the open area, there was a cafe-style seating area that was slightly raised compared to the rest of the lounge. Besides some individual lounging chairs and a drink station, it also included more “artsy” seating as pictured below.
Then, near the entrance area, there was a narrow path that included a baggage storage facility, and led to an area with several partitioned-off “suites” with day beds.
I spent the night in one of those, and right after getting there, the staff offered me a blanket. And, also asked about my departure time so that I could be woken up in case I didn’t manage to do so myself.
Going back into the large open space, there were also several areas behind automatic doors.
Those included a smoking room, and a section with another seating area, a game room, and a business center.
Inside the latter, there were about thirty cloth seats (same as above, except in red color) and a drink and snacks station.
Then, there was a game room with table soccer, Play Station and Nintendo game consoles, and even a racing simulator.
Separately, behind another set of doors, there was the business center which, besides offering workstations both with and without computers, also included several meeting spaces. There were no private meeting rooms, though.
The last section that could be found on the first floor was a deli where one could get a la carte sandwiches.
Interestingly, it was inside the deli that one could find the entrance into the shower and sleeping rooms.
And, while I didn’t look into the sleeping rooms – which as far as I understand only feature a daybed rather than a real bed – I took a shower.
Each of the rooms had a separate restroom and shower room – which I thought was nice since in many cases the restroom is not separated. Besides that, the entrance area featured with a luggage rack, sink, etc.
What I found a bit disappointing, though, was that there were no amenities besides soap and shampoo readily available in the room. Items like toothbrushes had to be asked for.
The second floor was accessible by the large spiral staircase, as well as by an elevator to the side of it.
Right in front of the stairs, there was a staffed bar.
Then, there were three buffet counters with a variety of food more about which I will talk further down.
Finally, there was plenty of seating made up of pairs of chairs with dining tables. Each of the tables was set-up with cutlery, jams, etc.
Separately, there was a family zone which – while I didn’t venture inside – presumably had tables with more than two seats.
Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge Food and Drinks Selection
While the bar, as well as most of the food, could be found on the second floor in the restaurant, there were also several drink and snack stations throughout the first floor of the lounge.
Separately, there was a deli where one could – besides some appetizers – also get a la carte sandwiches.
As for the second floor restaurant, while in the past, there used to be a la carte service, nowadays there is “just” a buffet spread across three counters.
On a side note, because of my two visits, I was able to see both the breakfast and dinner items.
The first of the counters was located across from the bar and staircase, and was home to orange juice and milk, tea and coffee, as well as pastries, cereals, and toasts during breakfast time.
In the evening, the breakfast items were replaced by a wide variety of beautifully presented Western and Arab desserts, and a fruit salad.
The other two buffet counters could be found on either side of the lounge, and one featured mostly Asian cuisine, while the other was focused on Western cuisine.
Both of them, though, had some bread as well as light individually plated items on offer throughout the day.
During breakfast, there were also some cut fruits, yoghurts, as well as cold cuts.
Western warm breakfast items included porridge, pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs, and omelettes among others. And, items on the asian side included Chinese congee, pindi channa with paratha and mee goreng.
Finally, during my evening visit, the items on the two main buffet counters included cream of asparagus and French onion soups, stir fried noodles, lamb caserole, and Jamaican spiced chicken breast among others.
Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge Doha Summary
While the lounge doesn’t offer proper sleeping rooms with beds, I found the semi-private ones with daybeds – and even the “mini-suites” that I used – to be more than sufficient for a couple of hours of sleep between flights.
Besides that, I really liked the spacey feeling the lounge offers thanks to its low density of seating.
Finally, while it is unfortunate that a la carte dining is no longer offered in the restaurant area, and the buffet spread wasn’t the best one I’ve seen, it was still better than many other lounges. And, still, the dessert spread in the evening was excellent!
As such, I wouldn’t hesitate to book a Qatar Airways ticket again even if it had an overnight transfer in Doha. Even in economy class, now that I earned my oneworld status.
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