As the World Cup gears up in Doha, I offer a review of my recent stay at the Hyatt Regency Oryx during a long layover in Qatar.
Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha Review
After landing at Hamad International Airport (DOH) from Algeria, a choice awaited me: spend the whole day hanging out in the Al Mourjan Lounge ahead of my flight to New York, grab a room at the transit hotel for at least a few hours, or head out to the Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha.
I chose the Hyatt Regency primarily because I needed the night to re-qualify for my World of Hyatt Globalist status (that’s another discussion…) and thought it would be nice to have access to a full gym and spa ahead of my 14-hour flight.
The night before, this hotel was only $109/night, however, when I landed it showed sold out. Nevertheless, I took an Uber to the hotel and was able to get a room at the front desk (though for $170 per night, which really diminished the value proposition, but I did not feel like going back to the airport at this point…)
Only 10 minutes away from DOH Airport, the Hyatt Regency Oryx is across the street from the new headquarters (under construction) of Qatar Airways.
I was assigned room 453, with two twin beds, which was the only room available according to the front desk. While small, the room was ice cold, which was excellent considering the weather outside was still pushing 100ºF.
After only three hours of sleep on the flight, I had breakfast and then took a four hour nap, which was incredibly refreshing and helped me to be productive for the rest of the day.
I appreciated the desk in the room, from which I spent several hours working. I also appreciated the espresso machine with Lavazza capsules.
All drapes and lights were controlled by a large electronic pad on the nightstand between beds.
The bathroom included a walk-in shower, toilet, bidet, and single sink. Hair products and soap were from Pharmacopia.
The number of dining choices onsite made it feel more like a Grand Hyatt than a Hyatt Regency.
Choices is the hotel’s buffet restaurant, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner served daily. Breakfast was really a treat, with a massive buffet filled with high-quality choices, including:
- fresh juices
- bakery with freshly-baked bread and pastries
- salad bar
- fruit bar
- Arabic mezze
- hot dishes from around the world
- made-to-order omelets
- Manakish with Za’atar
Breakfast runs from 6:00 am to 10:30 am.
Lunch is offered from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm.
The dinner buffet runs from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm with special nights on Thursday and Friday:
- International Dinner Buffet – Saturday to Wednesday
- Seafood Night Buffet – Thursday
- International BBQ Night – Friday
Mediterranean tapas with an emphasis on wine. Open daily from noon to midnight.
Al Nafourah Garden
Tapas and drinks. Open daily from noon to 2:00 am.
Open Sunday – Friday from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am.
The lobby lounge, which includes a coffee bar and light fare, is open daily from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Poolside dining with salads, sandwiches, and other light dishes and drinks. Open daily from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Regency Club Lounge
A Regency Club Lounge was open for afternoon coffee and tea as well as evening hors d’oeuvres and drinks.
I ended up coming down to the lounge to work because I kept dozing off in my room and didn’t want to sleep all day ahead of my long flight.
A lounge attendant warmly greeted me and offered me a drink. I ordered a flat white and rather than use the automatic self-serve machine, she disappeared for a few minutes and then came back with a very nice coffee made by hand.
I returned after my workout for a snack and was quite impressed by the evening spread of food, which even included beef tenderloin, arancini stuffed salmon, mezze, cheese and cold cuts, and freshly-cut fruit.
Fitness Center + Spa
Using the Club Olympus brand featured in many Hyatt Regency hotels, a full-service gym and spa were available. The fitness center included the latest machines from Life Fitness and was large enough for me to perform a full workout.
The fitness center is open 24/7 and located on the first floor of the hotel next to Choices restaurant.
Down the hall, the spa included a sauna, steam room, and plunge pool.
In the locker room, signs warned that nudity was against the law (there was even private changing rooms inside the locker room)…quite a difference from Germany.
The hotel has an outdoor pool which is open from sunrise to 10:00 pm each day.
After my workout, I went swimming in the pool, which was quite refreshing. Evenings in Doha are very tolerable, even on hot days, and I enjoyed swimming several laps in an attempt to tire myself out before my flight home.
This is a convenient hotel near DOH Airport with a lovely breakfast and great amenities (the breakfast blows the breakfast at the Park Hyatt away). Considering this hotel is often in the $100/night range, it also represents a great value. I will return.
This hotel was not always a Hyatt and I was told it will be undergoing renovation after the World Cup. As far as I am concerned, the hotel is fine as is.