Set amidst the heart of the historic Souq Waqif in the old centre of the city of Doha, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli are one of the ultimate destinations for travellers who seek modern luxury and want to discover the Arabic ancient roots. By embracing the charm of its history and the richness of its present, Souq Waqif is considered the cultural and social “place to be” for locals, expats, tourists and shoppers. The unique aesthetics of the architectural design and the variety of local shops and restaurants make the Souq one of the reference points in Doha.
Due to the ancient location of Souq Waqif at the centre of the Qatari capital, along with its heritage shops offering goodies like silk, carpets, spices and Arabic perfumes, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli reflect in its design the rich heritage of the state, making it a truly authentic Arabic hospitality connoisseur. These boutique hotels offer its guests special Souq tours, introducing them to its history, told first-hand by local experts.
At Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli, guests can enjoy the ultimate luxury when staying at one of the oldest commercial districts of Qatar facing the emerald sea of the Arabian Gulf.
The boutique hotels’ hospitality services offer an enriching experience to its guests. The fitness centre is well-appointed with state-of-the-art equipment for fitness enthusiasts. Also, the rejuvenating steam, the sauna and the inviting open-air swimming pool, on the second floor of Al Mirqab hotel, are part of the hotels’ facilities. The swimming pool’s temperature control allows maintaining ambient temperature during winter and hot summer days. All these features make Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli the perfect place for its guests, satisfying the diversified needs of the different kind of travellers, from business to couples or family getaways.
Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli also present a selection of renowned restaurants such as the specialized Italian restaurant La Piazza; the Al Matbakh which brings the best of Indian flavours to Doha; the Al Terrace, for the authentic Lebanese cuisine lovers; the Al Shurfa, perfect for sports enthusiasts to follow the best matches with tasty bites; the Argan the leading Moroccan restaurant in town, and La Patisserie for western and oriental pastry lovers, on the beats of live music.
Some of the best attractions to explore in Qatar are the Msheireb Museum, the National Museum of Qatar, the Katara Cultural Village and the Museum of Islamic Art. Steps away from Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli, the Msheireb Museum is located in the oldest part of the capital.
Travellers can discover the most iconic structure in Qatar – the National Museum of Qatar – designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel. This piece is known for having a shape of a desert rose – a formation of crystal collections which include abundant sand grains. The complex is spread over 1.5 kilometres featuring three chapters, presented in 11 galleries with a newly redesigned park.
Along the Cornish sidewalk, travellers can get the glimpse into some of the greatest eras of Qatar’s past, at the Museum of Islamic Art. The museum is influenced by ancient Islamic architecture with a unique contemporary design relating to geometric shapes. Spread over 45,000 m2 (480,000 sq ft), the museum is designed by Leoh Ming Pei.
Another lifetime experience that guests can enjoy is a Desert Safari to the exquisite golden dunes that fall into the emerald sea of the Arabic golf. Going off-road into the desert is a quintessential experience to discover the essence of the Qatari culture. One of the Qatari desert highlights is its gorgeous location by the sea, which gives a unique twist to the experience. After the breath-taking drive through the sand dunes, local refreshments are served in a traditional Bedouin-style tent, personalized with Qatari elements. Here guests can relax, enjoy the traditional kahwa, while appreciating the sea view, go for a swim in the warm sea or try a camel ride.
The Katara Cultural Village is another perfect place in Doha for families and friends to come together and explore impressive artistic sculpture that will mesmerize anyone who embarks on a journey through Qatar. Katara represents a guardian to the national heritage and spreads awareness about the importance of every culture and civilization. Katara also hosts international, regional and local festivals, workshops, performances and exhibitions throughout the year.