Guest Reviewer: Chris
An avid traveler and obsessive points and miles hound, Chris is my travel buddy extraordinaire. I love him for his enthusiasm, his sense of adventure, and his many lounge access credit cards. Hope you enjoy his perspective!
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Review: Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge
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On my way back from India, I had a short connection at Hamad International Airport in Doha. Because I was flying Qatar Airways Business Class, I had access to the Al Mourjan Business Lounge, where I was able to stop by for a quick visit.
While I normally have access to Oneworld first class lounges thanks to my American Airlines Executive Platinum status, Qatar Airways has made an exception to the Oneworld rules for their two best lounges. The Al Mourjan Business Lounge is only accessible to business class passengers (or first class, presumably), and the newly-opened Al Safwa First Class Lounge is only accessible to those traveling in first class. Oneworld elites who aren't traveling in premium cabins are relegated to the Qatar Airways Business Class Lounge and Qatar Airways First Class Lounge, which aren't nearly as good, and are ironically named given that they cater to elites flying in economy. Super confusing, right?
Anyway, after clearing security, I found myself in a large atrium with a giant teddy bear, who seemed to be in an unfortunate situation: a lamp had been inserted through its back and was shining a blinding light into its eyes. Apparently it's a world-famous sculpture that was bought by a member of the Qatari royal family for $6.8 million USD. It's definitely an odd piece of art to put in an airport, but I have to admit I kind of liked it.
There are plenty of signs showing the way to the Al Mourjan lounge, but they all seemed to point in different directions. Eventually I gave up and asked somebody, and they pointed me toward an escalator going up. There was a woman checking boarding passes at the bottom of the escalator, and after she accepted mine, I made my way to the lounge entrance one level up. I headed to an open desk, showed my boarding pass again, and was quickly admitted into the lounge.
My first impression of the lounge was that it was humongous. You should take this next statement with a grain of salt given that I'm a computer nerd who's never stepped foot on one, but It must have been the size of a football field. It's also quite sleek and futuristic-looking. It spans two floors, and there's a large pool of water on the lower level (though I don't think it's meant for swimming).
I didn't have much time to sit and relax since my next flight was boarding in under half an hour, so I decided to explore the lounge and take a few pictures. There were a lot of people in the lounge, but there was so much seating and open space that I can't imagine it would ever feel "full".
There were plenty of dining options to choose from, though I wasn't particularly hungry so didn't eat anything. Both the lower and upper levels had their own restaurants, with the option of grabbing food from a buffet or having it made to order. In addition, there were plenty of coffee, snack, and drink stations throughout the lounge.
The upper level also has a bar, which - rumor has it - serves Krug champagne if you ask for it. Krug is by far my favorite champagne, which is unfortunate because it retails for about $200 a bottle, so I can only drink it if somebody else is paying for it. On this occasion, I sadly didn't have enough time to stay for a glass. I suppose I could have chugged one, but I felt like that would have been an insult to the entire country of France.
For the kids, and for the kids at heart, there's a games room with video games and a replica Formula 1 car.
Though I didn't have enough time to fully appreciate all aspects of the lounge, from what I saw I was very impressed. I certainly wouldn't have minded having a longer connection at Hamad International Airport, but alas, it was time to head to the gate for my flight to Los Angeles.
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