Doha - Hamad International Airport
- À la carte dining
- Semi-private nap rooms
- Showers with Diptyque amenities
- No international power outlets
- Everything you’d expect from a ‘business’ lounge
Top tier status holders jetting through Doha’s Hamad International Airport have an inviting new home in Qatar Airways’ Platinum Lounge, with semi-private nap rooms and à la carte dining just two of many reasons to visit the spacious hangout.
One of three new frequent flyer lounges at Concourse A, alongside the Gold and Silver – these replace the older and rather underwhelming ‘First’ and ‘Business’ frequent flyer lounges – the Platinum is, as you’d expect, the star of the trio.
Location & Impressions
I visited the Platinum Lounge South (which will soon be complemented by a trio of identical Platinum, Gold and Silver ‘North’ lounges in a seperate airport concourse).
The entrance to the Platinum Lounge South is just past that iconic big yellow teddy bear, on the left hand side of Concourse A near Gate A1 and directly upstairs from the Gold Lounge South. Both lounges share the same reception.
Stepping inside, the first area encountered is the dining room, lined with vertical timber slats, grey cabinetry and tiles, and a sleek glass wall. Although perhaps not the grandest reveal, it ticks plenty of boxes, offering an enticing mix of meals and drinks.
The main lounge, however, certainly lives up to the lofty promises of the word ‘Platinum’.
Set beneath a soaring curved ceiling which sweeps back from the windows like a gentle wave, the vibe is calm and inviting, with a strong emphasis on natural finishes. Planter boxes create clear paths and provide nice pops of greenery.
Angled towards the runway, the windows of the South lounge enhance the sense of space – and offer a great view to boot. Those vertical timber slats make another triumphant appearance, drawing your eyes upwards to emphasise the room’s impressive height.
Seating up to 140 guests, a mix of lounges, armchairs and a high table in various colours cleverly divide the lounge into zones: relaxation, conversation, or collaboration.
A single step up onto a split level brings you to the cosy three-seater bar, brimming with wines, spirit and beers, as well as barista-pulled coffee (huzzah!).
Nearby settees make a perfect perch for a relaxed drink or two.
Open 24 hours a day, the lounge welcomes Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club Platinum members, as well as Velocity Platinum and Oneworld Emerald frequent flyers and eligible guests. That includes Platinum and Platinum One members of Qantas Frequent Flyer.
Qatar Platinum Lounge Access
Guests are welcome to accompany members into the lounge, with the following entry limits:
- Two guests for Privilege Club Platinum
- One guest for Oneworld Emerald
- One guest for Velocity Platinum
While there’s no paid entry to the Qatar Platinum Lounge, the superior Al Mourjan business lounge invites guests for QAR 350 (AUD$139) when pre-purchased online or QAR 450 (AUD$176) for walk-ins, as does the Oryx Lounge for QAR 200 (AUD$80).
When hunger calls, simply browse the à la carte menu – placing your order with the ever-present waiter – or sidle up to the buffet to see what the day’s specials are.
My visit sees an array of ready-made appetisers such as roast baby corn and chicken salad, hummus and tabouleh, along with a cheese tomato sandwich and chicken wrap.
Over at the hot buffet is a beef goulash, penne pasta with a deliciously spicy arrabbiata sauce – which pairs nicely with the Pepik Pinot Noir, and chicken stuffed with sweet peppers. It’s quite a limited selection, but makes sense given the additional à la carte option.
Qatar Platinum Lounge menu
View the lounge menu here.
Accessed via a QR code, the all-day menu runs from your breakfast classics such as scrambled or sunny side up eggs on sourdough, through to a chicken burger with fries and cauliflower saag masala on rice pilaf. Fresh sushi makes for a good lighter option.
Sweet-toothed foodies will be tempted by the coconut passion cake and a tasty berry tart or a molten chocolate lava cake. There are muffins and biscuits too.
While the dining area has its own drinks fridges, a self-service bar in the heart of the lounge is stocked with the usual suspects of beer, soft drink and wine (a choice of two whites or two reds) plus sparkling water, juice and tea.
There’s also an automated coffee machine (if you don’t fancy waiting for barista coffee, that is).
If you’re after bubbles, simply head over to the main bar or catch the eye of one of the waiters. This evening’s offering is a Philipponnat Champagne Royale Reserve Brut.
Those needing to fire off a few emails (and don’t fancy balancing a notebook on their lap) have two work-ready seating options: an upright table flanked by stools in the centre of the lounge, or quilted pods against the wall of the dining area.
Conveniently, almost every seat in the lounge is within arm’s reach of a power outlet or two. This includes both AC and USB, giving you plenty of opportunity for a quick juice up pre-flight.
Unfortunately, they don’t feature a universal plug, so you’ll need a UK or multi plug adapter if you want to avoid the dreaded ‘low battery, shutting down in one minute’ warning. Given my tendency to travel with the kitchen sink, I’m sorted!
Rather than featuring its own dedicated Wifi network, the Platinum lounge uses a terminal-wide connection. It’s the same story over at the Al Mourjan business lounge too.
Given the high volume of travellers passing through the Hamad International Airport during my visit (right in the middle of the Qatar 2022 World Cup), speeds are surprisingly good. A brief login sees 44Mbps download, 71Mbps upload.
Weary travellers wanting a power nap will be delighted by the semi-private sleeping rooms, discreetly tucked away behind a timber and glass door opposite the dining area.
Divided by attractive timber-clad walls (though sadly no doors), each of the five pods features a comfortable leather recliner lounge in a fixed position, flanked by a table with USB and AC outlets.
Aside from a nap, the ability to enjoy a little freshen-up before a flight never goes astray. To that end, the Platinum lounge has well-appointed shower facilities available on a first come, first serve basis. There are two showers for men, one for women, and one shared mobility access shower.
Diptyque toiletries – the same found on Qatar Airways flights, as well as in the premium amenity kit supplied in Qsuite business class – are conveniently provided.
There’s plenty to love in this top-tier hangout, with the welcome inclusion of nap rooms, showers and à la carte dining – essentially what you’d expect from a business class lounge, but in Platinum – setting a new high water mark for frequent flyer lounges.
With comfortable seating, a well-stocked bar and the ability to bring a guest, it’s a space where a couple of hours could easily breeze by before you know it.
The writer travelled as a guest of Qatar Airways.