Hamad International airport, often referred to as Doha aiport, is the air passenger terminal serving the capital city of Qatar. It is also the operational base for most connecting flights in transcontinental routes between America, Europe and Asia, so many travellers flying with airline companies such as Qatar Airways, American Airlines, British Airways or even Finnair are offered layovers and stopovers here when they purchase their plane tickets. Whether you hate or love non-direct flights, the truth is that having a few hours or days to spare at HIA Qatar is undoubtedly a great privilege.
Aside from displaying the usual luxurious architecture and vast array of international shopping and dining options of the airports of the Middle East, and perhaps with its plenty of daily in-transit passengers in mind, Qatar airport has made sure that each and every person passing through feels stress-free, refreshed and well-rested for the journey ahead.
Sleeping in Hamad International airport: the airport hotel
When you travel to Doha airport, you get the chance to book your hotel room inside the boarding area so there is no need to leave the terminal if your layover is a short one. The Airport Hotel provides superior, deluxe and executive rooms as well as executive and presidential suites where passengers may spend from 5 hours to as many nights as required.
These ample spaces feature extra large, comfortable beds along with mini fridges, complimentary bottled water, safety deposit boxes, ironing boards, free WiFi, in-room coffee machine and private bathroom. If you are too tired from your long-haul flight, you may even order your meals to the room service, yet do not forget that you will have every trendy shop and fine restaurant of the terminal awaiting you right outside.
Using the Spa centre and the pool at Qatar airport
Even if you are not staying at the airport hotel in Doha, you will be able to access its top-notch wellness facilities for a fee. It must be said, though, that guests at the hotel enjoy them at no extra charge. Should you feel like doing a few lengths in their indoor heated swimming pool, all you have to do is talk to the reception staff and book your appointment, as it stays open 24 hours a day. You may additionally benefit from other services like massages to treat jet-lag effects, hydrotherapy, gym sessions and beauty care.
Taking a nap inside the Hamad International terminal
As a last resort, particularly if you are travelling on a tight budget, this airport has some areas that are specifically designated for passengers to relax and unwind. Ask the airport staff or follow the terminal signage to find the rooms where you can safely and comfortably take a nap or rest. These “quiet rooms” are divided into rooms for women and for men.
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