Which Lounge to choose at Hamad International Airport

Updated: Jun 29, 2020

Your complete guide to lounge access at Hamad International Airport

The lounges at Hamad International Airport are very much skewed in the way of Qatar Airways passengers and oneworld frequent flyers (for obvious reasons) however there are still plenty of options if you're not flying with Qatar or don't have oneworld status.


Al Safwa First Lounge


The Stunning Water Feature in Al Safwa First Lounge Doha
The Stunning Water Feature in Al Safwa First Lounge Doha

Not only is this lounge the best lounge at Hamad Airport, it also ranks up there as one of the best airline lounges in the world. The size and scale of the lounge is massive, especially when compared to the number of guests in attendance. Al Safwa First Lounge offers a-la-cart dining, premium bar service, a spa (you have to pay for this service), shower facilities as well as mini hotel rooms for you to sleep. If you're departing from Doha, arrive at the airport ahead of time just to experience this lounge.


Access:

If you're travelling First Class on Qatar Airways or another oneworld carrier (ie British Airways) your access is straight forward. You can also access the lounge if you're flying Business Class with Qatar Airways but you're a Privilege Club Platinum member. If you're connecting through Doha and have just arrived on a First Class ticket you can access the lounge, even if your next leg is in Business or Economy Class. And finally you can pay QAR600 to access the lounge if you have a Qatar Airways Business Class ticket. I'd recommend this if you've got a 6-8 hour layover at Hamad International Airport.


Al Mourjan Business Lounge


Ample Seating Available at Al Mourjan Business Lounge Doha
Ample Seating Available at Al Mourjan Business Lounge Doha

Once again, this lounge is massive, spread across 2 levels it rivals some of the best airline lounges in the world. Al Mourjan Business Lounge offers a full buffet of both western and arabic food, a-la-cart sandwich style menu, a full bar, including cocktails and French Champagne, as well as showers (book as soon as you arrive as there can be a wait list). There's a huge variety of seating options to choose from and some nap rooms if you have a longer layover. One of the only downsides to this lounge is that it can get very busy at certain times of the day, you'll usually find its either completely packed or extremely quiet.

Access:

Access is limited to guests travelling Business Class on Qatar Airways or another oneworld carrier. Access can also be purchased for QAR450 if you're flying Economy with Qatar Airways. If you're a Qatar Airways Privilege Club member or oneworld status holder flying economy, you'll be directly to the lesser, and slightly confusingly named, 'First Class Lounge' and 'Business Class Lounge'.


First Class Lounge


Privilege Club Platinum and oneworld Emerald members
First Class Lounge for Privilege Club Platinum and oneworld Emerald members

Specifically designed to cater for Privilege Club Platinum and oneworld Emerald members travelling in Economy, the lounge isn't what you would usually expect from a First Class Lounge. That being said, it does have a relaxing feel with plenty of space and greenery. There is a substantial buffet, and complementary drinks including Franch Champagne (although this isn't usually displayed, so you have to ask for it). The lounge has showers and some sleeping couches. You won't find any luxury extras like a full bar, spa or a-la-cart menu but it's a nice step up from the Business Class Lounge. One downside is that the lounge can get extremely busy at certain times.

Access:

As mentioned, the lounge can be accessed by Privilege Club Platinum and oneworld Emerald members travelling in Economy. If you're travelling in Business or First then make sure you make your way to your respective Al Mourjan Business Lounge or Al Safwa First Lounge.


Business Class Lounge


Business Class Lounge for Privilege Club Gold and Silver members and oneworld Sapphire members
Business Class Lounge for Privilege Club Gold and Silver members and oneworld Sapphire members

Again, this lounge is designed to specifically cater for Privilege Club and oneworld members travelling in Economy and no matter what time of the day you're travelling, th3 lounge is likely to be very busy. When it gets full, they start letting guests into the First Class Lounge that is located next door. There are a limited number of food options at the buffet which mostly consist of sandwiches and salads, there is also a seperate buffet for desserts. Although you can't see a bar, you can ask a waiter for red wine, white wine, sparking or a beer.

Access:

The lounge can be accessed by Privilege Club Gold and Silver members and oneworld Sapphire members travelling in Economy. If you're travelling in Business then make sure you make your way to the Al Mourjan Business Lounge.


Oryx Lounge


Access the Oryx Lounge for up to 6 hours for QAR200
Access the Oryx Lounge for up to 6 hours for QAR200

The Oryx Lounge is a nice lounge that is usually a little quieter than the Qatar Airways Lounges. It offers a very minimal buffet of sandwiches, soups and a salad and a large dessert buffet. Tea, coffee, water and soft drinks are easily accessible however you will need to order any alcoholic drinks from a waiter. The lounge also has one shower which is a great way to freshen up between flights.

Access:

The lounge can be accessed by most guests flying in premium cabins of any airlines that aren't Qatar or oneworld (such as Oman Air). You can also pay for access for up to 6 hours for QAR200. The lounge is located next to the Al Maha Services Lounge which is the same price, so it can be worth asking for a tour before deciding which lounge to choose.


Al Maha Services Lounge


Al Maha Services Transit Lounge
Al Maha Services Transit Lounge

Usually a very busy lounge, the Al Maha Services Lounge offers a very limited buffet of sandwiches and pastries. It also has tea, coffee, water and soft drinks and beer and wine available on request. The lounge has 2 shower rooms but is limited in its variety of seating and rest areas.

Access:

The lounge can be accessed by using the Al Maha departure and transit services at Hamad Airport as well as Priority Pass members. You can also pay for access for up to 4 hours for QAR200.

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