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In case you’re flying on a ‘Enterprise Lite’ fare with Qatar Airways, your ticket won’t get you entry to one of the best recognized Enterprise Class lounge in Doha – the Al Mourjan Lounge. As a substitute, the airline will relegate you to one in every of its lesser lounges, and the lounge to which you’re relegated will rely in your elite standing.
- Qatar Airways Platinum Lounge – Oneworld Emerald members*
- Qatar Airways Gold Lounge – Oneworld Sapphire members*
- Qatar Airways Silver Lounge – Qatar Airways Privilege Membership Platinum, Gold, and Silver elites solely.
It’s value repeating that for those who’re on a Enterprise Lite fare, not even top-tier oneworld elite standing will get you into the Al Mourjan Enterprise Class lounge.
There are two variations of every lounge – one in every of every positioned within the north terminal space and one in every of every within the south terminal space, and on this evaluation, we’re trying on the Qatar Airways Platinum Lounge South.
*Whatever the cabin into which they’re booked.
Doha’s Hamad Worldwide Airport is large, and with the hundreds of individuals which are typically milling round, and the tons of of retailers dotted round in all places, it may be an amazing place to navigate for those who’re not a frequent customer.
That’s why the best method to give anybody instructions to someplace within the airport, is to begin them on the very giant and really bizarre bear sculpture that’s exhausting to overlook.
The Qatar Airways Platinum South Lounge is positioned close to Gate A1 and to search out Gate A1, you’ll want to just be sure you’re going through in the identical course because the bear, and that you just’re heading in direction of the right-hand nook of the atrium by which the bear sits.
From there, simply comply with the indicators for Gates A1 – A11 …
… and whenever you get near Gate A1, you must see an indication pointing the best way to the lounge entrance.
There’s no massive signal over the doorway or anybody ready outdoors to indicate you the best way in, so watch out that you just don’t stroll previous.
Simply contained in the entranceway, there are two desks the place the brokers will examine you in and direct you to the suitable lounge – the Gold Lounge South is on the identical degree as the primary entrance whereas the Platinum Lounge South is one degree up.
One of many brokers will stamp your boarding go exhibiting you (and anybody who checks) which of the lounges you’ve gotten entry too.
You’ll be able to both take the elevator or the steps up one degree and there you’ll be confronted with the sliding doorways main contained in the Platinum Lounge South.
The Platinum Lounge
The Platinum Lounge is split into three areas:
- Foremost eating space
- Seating space
- Quiet Space
As you stroll in, the primary eating space is instantly forward of you (I’ll cowl this a bit later), so you’ll want to flip to your left to stroll into the primary seating space which, as you’ll see beneath, presents quite a lot of seating choices.
For anybody eager to get some work carried out, many of the seats must be simply tremendous (until you want a desk to sit down at) as all come nicely outfitted with AC and USB energy …
… simply bear in mind that until you’ve gotten a UK-style 3-pin plug in your gadgets, you’ll want an adapter.
Within the middle of the seating space is an island the place company will help themselves to teas, espresso, juices, and quite a lot of sodas/delicate drinks …
… however there’s additionally a QR code at every seat that enables company to view all of the drinks that may be ordered through one of many lounge attendants…
… or instantly on the bar which occupies one nook of the seating space.
Right here’s the beverage menu accessed by the QR code:
Not precisely an incredible collection of high quality drinks – I don’t know what Stella Artois is doing on that menu, and Lanson is about as little as you will get on the glowing wine scale earlier than you hit Cava and Prosecco – however this nonetheless beats sitting on the gate with nothing in any respect 🙂
Notice: The QR code within the picture above remains to be working (on the time of writing), so for those who’re studying this a number of months after publication, that will inform you what the most recent providing seems to be like.
Visitors are welcome to dine within the seating space (meals might be dropped at you), however as I discussed earlier, the lounge has a devoted eating space that appears somewhat like a office cafeteria.
A eating menu is on the market through QR code…
… with ‘all-day eating’, breakfast, and lunch/dinner choices obtainable (click on the pictures to enlarge).
A few of the objects on the menu are ‘a la carte’, whereas others are set out as a buffet:
A few of the buffet objects on provide throughout my go to have been:
- Mutton stew.
- Roast hen filled with cheese and walnut with mushroom sauce.
- Butter pilaf rice.
- Penne pasta with chunky tomato sauce, feta cheese and basil.
- Vegetable jalfrezi.
- Carrot and coconut soup.
- Rooster and sweetcorn soup.
- Cream cheese with cucumber sandwich.
- Oriental hen sandwich.
- Asian sesame noodles and smoked salmon salad.
- Rooster Caesar salad
- Tabbouleh (a herb and bulgur salad)
- Vanilla bean brûlée.
- Sacher cake.
- Hazelnut praline Paris-Brest.
- Assorted fruit platter.
Alongside the meals objects the eating space additionally presents self-pour drinks.
I didn’t dine on this go to, however based mostly on the menu alone, it seems to be just like the meals choice is of a greater high quality than the drinks choice and, general, each are an enormous step down from what is on the market within the Al Mourjan Lounge.
Reverse the eating space is the lounge’s quiet space the place you’ll discover 9 separate mini rooms (these don’t have privateness doorways) which appear to be this:
These can be found on a primary come, first served foundation and there’s no sign-up sheet. In case you see an empty enjoyable chair, it’s yours until somebody beats you to it.
There are two bathe cubicles within the males’s restrooms and, I assume, there are two within the girls’s restroom, and that is what they appear to be:
As is the case with the lounge’s relaxation space, there’s no sign-up sheet for these showers, in order that they’re obtainable to whoever turns up after they’re free.
Fast additional thought
It’s value holding in thoughts that I visited this lounge within the lead as much as my 20:20 flight out of Doha and that’s a comparatively quiet time to go to any of the Qatar Airways lounges.
The lounges often get busy throughout the peak hours of 10pm to 2am and contemplating the scale of this lounge, it will likely be attention-grabbing to see how busy it will get throughout that interval. The following time I don’t miss my connection in Doha, I’ll discover out!
The Platinum Lounge South is okay. It’s not in the identical league because the Al Mourjan Lounge (intentionally so), however it’s a suitable Enterprise Class Lounge.
The meals menu seems to be okay (if uninspiring), however the drinks choices are second-rate, and this seems to be extra like a range that British Airways would provide you with than one thing I might often affiliate with Qatar Airways.
The seating choices are comfy, there’s loads of entry to energy shops, the lounge workers are very pleasant, and the showers are good, so you probably have by no means skilled life pre the introduction of the Enterprise Lite fares (and so have by no means had entry to the Al Mourjan lounge when reserving discounted a Enterprise Class fare), you’ll in all probability be very happy with this.
If, nevertheless, you bear in mind the golden days, you might simply be left questioning how we now have reached a degree the place a Qatar Airways top-tier elite can entry lounges just like the Qantas First Class Lounge in Sydney and the Cathay Pacific First Class lounges in Hong Kong when flying on a deeply discounted Financial system Class fare, however any top-tier oneworld elite flying on a reduced Qatar Airways Enterprise Class fare, is excluded from Qatar’s greatest Enterprise Class lounge in Doha and most (presumably all?) of its Enterprise Class lounges overseas.