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Doha Staycation: Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha

Looking for a quick staycation in Doha that offers the perfect blend of comfort and relaxation? Look no further than the Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha!

Situated in the heart of the city, this 5-star hotel offers an array of amenities and activities that are sure to make your staycation unforgettable. Read on to find out about my staycation experience at Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha.

Location and Check-in

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Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha stands behind the Qatar Airways Towers along Old Airport Street. The luxurious business hotel is only a 15-minute drive from Hamad International Airport and a few minutes away from the Corniche. The rest of the points of interest in Doha are a short ride away. The hotel is easy to locate via Google Maps.

The staff warmly welcomed me upon my arrival. After passing through the security check, I found the check-in counters on the right side of the lobby.

Although the check-in process was a breeze which was a good start, I was waiting for welcome drinks, but they may have forgotten to offer some. When I checked out, though, I saw a small welcome drink station.

Style and Character

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The facade may look unassuming, but step inside Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha and you’ll be surprised with its sophisticated aesthetics and eye-catching architecture.

The lobby and reception are awash in warm lighting and clean lines, decorated in a contemporary style.

The Sky Lounge and the atrium will make you swoon. It is located right at the center of the hotel. The lounge boasts stylish chairs and curved floor lamps. The high-slanted glass ceiling floods the lounge with natural light during the day.

The hotel’s contemporary design can be seen in every corner. It was done seamlessly, translating to a luxurious finish.

Service and Facilities

Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha has 400 deluxe rooms that include Regency Club rooms and suites. There are also 11 meeting rooms and 2 large function rooms/ballrooms.

Guest rooms are separated into two wings connected by the atrium. Public spaces can be accessed from the rooms via the elevators at the center, affording one a nice view of the restaurants and other hotel facilities on the ground floor and lobby.


From Choices, the all-day dining restaurant, one can view the pool and the Sky Lounge which is easily accessible from the fitness center.

Staff were polite and helpful during my stay, especially in the dining outlets.

There is also a well-equipped Business Centre on the first floor for business travelers and free parking is available

Regency Suite with 1 King Bed

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The living room and dining area welcomed me as I entered the suite. A separate toilet stood by the door.

Welcome treats were arranged on the coffee table beside the sofa, ready to be sampled. There were also fresh fruits available on top of the dining table. A quick glimpse outside shows a not-so-appealing view of the city, so I didn’t bother to open the curtains.

The desk is situated by the window, while the TV, stack of magazines, telephone, complimentary bottled water, and tea and coffee-making facilities are directly in front of the couches.

The bedroom is quite spacious. Dark wood and neutral tones dominate the space.

The room also has a wardrobe with ample storage. The safety deposit box, iron and ironing board, and shoeshine kit can also be found inside the wardrobe. Minibar and snacks are also available.

I really liked the thick slippers, which added to the luxurious feel of the room (unlike the thin floppy standard ones offered by most hotels).

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The bathroom is spacious as well, with a tub fit for one and separate rooms for toilet and shower facilities. I also liked the L’Occitane toiletries provided. I also liked that their robe is thick enough.

The full-length mirror, however, is in the hallway outside the room.

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What I found missing was the usual welcome letter that I like seeing at 5-star properties. I guess some hotels don’t bother with it anymore, but for me, it’s still a nice touch to make a stay feel personalized.

After getting up early to prepare for the gym, I tried to make tea. Tried because when I opened the tea kettle, it was still dirty. I didn’t bother cleaning it up and just informed the hotel about it.

I also had a mishap with the room’s air conditioning unit. I waited and waited for it to cool, but apparently, the vents had a problem. It was remedied in the morning with a call to the front office, thanks to their engineering staff.

Club Olympus Spa & Fitness

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After my late lunch at The Cellar, I headed straight to the fitness & wellness center for a much-needed massage.  Upon registration, I was whisked away by Rain, their therapist, to the lockers and then to the sauna for a few minutes to help me relax and open up my pores. Although Rain is Thai, she is well-versed in other kinds of massage like Swedish, Balinese, and Shiatsu. It was also fun chatting with her about my travels to Thailand a few years ago.

I told her to offer me whatever kind of massage she wanted as long as the pressure was light. It was a relaxing one-hour session topped off with hot tea. Next time, I’ll make sure to try the jacuzzi as well.

The hotel also has a fully-equipped gym and temperature-controlled outdoor pool.

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Hyatt Regency Orxy Doha Dining

The Cellar

The newly renovated Mediterranean restaurant was my first stop. Thanks to the Xpress Lunch, I was still in time for late lunch. I was alone on the table, quietly devouring the well-prepared dishes.

Little did I know that the gentlemen at the nearby table were quietly observing me, growing curious about how I was able to manage all that food. In the end, I had a short chat with one of them who happened to be one of The Cellar’s loyal patrons. He regaled me with stories of The Cellar and Oryx Rotana’s transitions while I ate the Paella with gusto.

The salad was spot-on, although the chicken sauce was a bit salty for me. And while the fish was a little bland to my liking, their Paella is something to write home about. It was simple, yet packed with flavors. If you end up ordering only one thing at The Cellar, make sure it’s their Paella!

The interior is quite masculine and has that ambiance of a speakeasy bar. Their iPad menu reminds you, though, that we are indeed living in the digital age. It’s a nice modern touch, but it would have been better if it took longer for the iPad to go into sleep mode.

Regency Club

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After the relaxing massage, I took the chance to stop by the hotel Lounge. Although small compared with that of other hotels I’ve been to, the lounge still offered the same highly personalized hospitality that club lounges are known for.

Guests who have access to Regency Club can enjoy complimentary evening beverages, a special breakfast menu, afternoon tea, and evening canapés in an intimate setting with plenty of seating and reading materials.

Al Nafourah Garden

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For dinner, the newly-renovated Al Nafourah Garden was the best option to enjoy Doha’s cool weather and Levantine dishes. The best seats for me are those along the gazebos beside the outdoor fountain, running along the middle of the restaurant.

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We sampled their hot and cold mezze, grills, and cocktails. The seafood grill was my favorite as well as their mojitos. The tiramisu dessert was a little out of place and didn’t really impress us.

Sports fans will delight in the huge television screens strewn around the restaurant. A variety of shisha flavors are also available.

In-Room Dining

Since I ate a lot the night before, I made sure to get up early to go to the gym. Famished from the workout, I ordered a light breakfast from in-room dining to help me start my day.

I decided to pass on their Complete Set Breakfast because I wanted to be ready for the Friday Brunch. Traditional Qatari dishes are also available as well as beverage choices.

Choices restaurant

Since I had good memories of my first dining experience at Choices during their Pinoy Fiesta Night last year, I had high hopes for their relaunched and improved Friday Brunch. And indeed, this brunch embodied its name. There were more choices both for food and drinks.

This time, you will enjoy an l array of international food selections not only from Choices but also from the hotel’s other outlets. There was a station for tapas and cold cuts from The Cellar and grills from Al Nafourah.

There are a lot of food stations to check out. There was a salad and appetizers station, an Indian station, an Arabic station, a pizza station, a fried station, a Peking duck station, a dumpling station, a sushi station, a nachos station, plus live cooking stations such as the pasta station and seafood station. They even have chefs going around the dining area to offer risotto cooked in a cheese wheel and churros.

To keep you hydrated, there are beverage stations offering alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. They even have a Make Your Own Bloody Mary station!

Kids can also enjoy the Friday brunch in a separate room filled with toys and kid-friendly food to keep them entertained.

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Make sure to leave room for dessert! Aside from the sweet options, there are treats for those who are not blessed with a sweet tooth. Both of my favorites from the dessert buffet are not sweet actually: banoffee in a glass and lemon sorbet.

Aside from food and drinks, you’ll be treated to a live musical performance by the resident Jazz band. Eat in peace to the tunes of Norah Jones or sway to the beat of Bruno Mars’s hits.

My tummy was close to bursting by the time I finished brunch. The choices at Choices really make an excellent value for money plus their service is impeccable. Highlights for me among the mains are the lobsters, the freshly cooked scallops, and the mojitos.

 Sky Lounge

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In the atrium, the aptly named Sky Lounge is where you’ll literally see the sky from the high glass ceiling and beams of Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha. Guests can enjoy breakfast delights, a la carte snacks and mains, and a wide selection of beverages on their stylish seats surrounded by a lovely ambiance. It’s a perfect place for a meeting or for some time alone.

Why stay at Oryx Rotana?

Oryx Rotana serves as a break from the hustle and bustle of the city center and as a quick getaway from the traffic.

Staycations are always a respite from busy working schedules. And here in Doha, Qatar, they are the perfect alternative to traveling.

Plus, with their ongoing promotions, hotels can really give you a good deal.


Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha Information

Address:  Al Nahda School Street, Old Airport Road, PO Box 29922, Doha, Qatar

Contact number: +974 4141 1234

How far is Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha from the airport? The hotel is 11 kilometers or 15 minutes away from Hamad International Airport (DOH).

Have you stayed at any Hyatt Regency hotel or dined at one of their restaurants? What do you think?

Disclosure: I was a guest during the staycation but all opinions, comments, and photos are my own. I was a guest of the hotel when it was still known as Oryx Rotana Doha.

Darlene is currently on the road again and traveling full-time after being an expat/overseas Filipino worker in Qatar. She's rediscovering what it means to travel solo and in her 30s while working on her blogs.