Qatar’s main sights are all within day-trip distance of the capital. Unless you plan on camping out overnight in the desert (something you'll need to arrange through a travel agency), your best bet is to stay in Doha or neighbouring West Bay and West Bay Lagoon, where the choice of accommodation is exceptional, with boutique hotels carved from traditional buildings in the souq and five-star temples to luxury in the city's skyscrapers. There's even an offshore resort…
A few things to consider:
- As a general rule, Doha's budget accommodation is rarely suitable for Western travellers and never so for women. As a bare minimum, count on paying QR350/450 per night for a single/double room.
- At the lower end of the midrange category, expect carpet, minibar, satellite TV and a view of something other than an internal stairwell. Some of the upper-midrange places are world class.
- Qatar has some of the world's best top-end accommodation. Most offer weekend (Friday and Saturday) specials and other deals in association with selected airlines.
- 'Wild camping' is possible in some parts of the country, but you will need to be self-sufficient and preferably have a 4WD to gain access to beaches or sand dunes. Basic camping equipment is available from Carrefour in the City Centre Doha mall.
The following price ranges refer to a double room with a private bathroom in high season (November to March). Unless otherwise stated, breakfast is included in the price.
$ less than QR500
$$$ more than QR1000