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Reviewed 20 November 2012

The dinner we had at the Le Sahtain restaurant of the Hilton is one to remember. The smart and chic La Sahtaine brasserie has a sophisticated atmosphere with live piano music and a tempting a la carte menu influenced by modern French and Mediterranean flair cuisine.
We booked for this specific meal much before we get to Doha while still in Greece. The Hilton has only recently opened its doors here in Doha and it is located in the heart of the Diplomatic district on the Corniche. A friend of ours who dined at the La Sahtaine a couple of weeks earlier recommended it to me because he knows how picky I am on food and how I love the fine wine. The new Hilton is only a 15 minute ride from the International Airport of Doha.

The hotel is impressive with style and glamour. The restaurant is on the upper floor with a sophisticated atmosphere and comfortable seating. As we were going up the stairs we came across an all-glass wine cellar which was really impressive. I have never seen something similar in other restaurants. The sommelier was telling us that the selection of wines is extensive here.
The lady playing the piano -some steps on the lower level by the glass cellar was playing throughout the evening some of the most beautiful pieces creating the perfect ambience for a romantic dinner.

With all the above it was a guarantee for an amazing outing and because we wanted it to be that special I asked to see the Chef of the cuisine who would recommend tonight’s dinner. In a while Mr. Beermann who is German showed up and greeted us in Greek. What a nice welcome and a surprise that was!

So our dinner was based on Seafood and as a very picky person I asked for a variety of “nothing but the best” and relied totally on the chef. (Prices are in Quatari Riyals per person).

We had a glass each of fresh with fruity notes sparkling French champagne. (The NV. Nicolas Feuillate, Brute Reserve from Epernay). The cost was 90 per glass.
For a start we were brought a platter with varied bread rolls and crisps along with a nice creamy dip to accompany our champagne.

To accompany salads we had a bottle of Sauvinion 2011 blanc wine, (Nederburg) from South Africa for 225. We had 5 different signature samples of salads brought in a platter. Each one was of fresh superior ingredients of fine flavor and color, unique in its kind and so nicely presented! Mr. Beermann is an experienced chef coming from an industry where appearance and taste is paramount and has an eye for detail. We had the “Capress” salad for 55, Glazed Green Asparagus for 75, Poached Lobster Tail and Tiger Prawn for 95, Crab, tomato and Avocado Tian for 95, Thyme and Rosmary Flavoured Potato for 55.
I really love soups so next we had the Veloute Soup with fried garlic and fried sage leaves for 45. It was yummy!

Our Seafood platter included the Herb Crusted Fillet of White Snapper for 120, Chilean Seabass (A) baked in thyme for 160, the Fresh Mussels (A) 120, and the Butter Poached King Prawn with braised green celery, gratin potatoes and vanilla saffron sauce for 170. The taste, presentation and quality exceeded by far our expectations.

We had a bottle of Etheral & Delicate Wine. It was an exceptional 2010 Baron Phillipe de Rothschild, Mouton Cadet. –A Sauvinon blanc of fine taste which I can still remember.

Oh well, for dessert we had each the amazing Banana & Toffee “Napoleon” for 40. (Crusty puff sheets filled with toffee cream topped with caramelized banana slices). The second dainty morsel was the Mixed Berry cream Mess with “Meringue” Strawberry sauce for 45. Sugar was balanced and both dishes were unbeatable.
We had a sweet alcoholic beverage (Croft’s Tawny Port) for 35 to accompany the above desserts but we thought not to leave without trying at lease the Chocolate Mousse Cake that we always love so we had one that we shared. I felt for a moment guilty for the extra calories but the moment I tasted it I felt pleased that I had it.

From the style and ambience of the elegant dining room, to the delivery of unparalleled service, dedication to detail, makes every Le Sahtain experience one you will always cherish.
I highly recommend it for both business and romantic outings. Guys, keep the good work up….you are the best!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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VenillaM_HiltonDoha, Manager at Hilton Doha, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2012

Dear greekcypriot2009,

Thank you very much for the great and well detailed positive feedback which we have shared amongst the whole team. And which depicts the perfect and true ambiance of our La Sahtaine Restaurant.

We sincerely hope and look forward to welcoming you again at Hilton Doha.

Kind regards and Best Wishes for great End of Year with the Beginning of a wonderful 2013.
Venilla

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Reviewed 9 November 2012 via mobile

A bit further round the bay from the airport but only 15 minutes in a taxi. Great facilities (spa, pool, gym...) and the pool on the beach location is pretty cool if your there for a day. The spa is well appointed with plenty of room/clean and fairly luxurious. There are a number of places to eat from the in house restraint to their 'French-Mediteranean' restaurant and Trader Vic's out on the pool/beach area. I plumped for the French option-food and service was great but unless you sit outside (little windy) there is no sea view. Trader Vic's has good reviews but unfortunately didn't try this time.

Room was very spacious-King Exec, loads of room and usual Hilton trimmings from desk and seats to seperate walk in shower. There was also a small balcony with chairs.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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VenillaM_HiltonDoha, Manager at Hilton Doha, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2012

Dear MattPWilson,

Thank you very much for the great positive feedback and recommendations which we have shared amongst our whole team and which will surely help our future guests...

Please do get in touch with us directly and I'll be very happy to assist you the next time you visit us.

Kind regards and Best Wishes for great End of Year with the Beginning of a wonderful 2013.
Venilla

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Reviewed 5 November 2012

We stayed in the Hilton in Doha for the last 3 nights before relocating from Qatar. I had read mixed reviews about this hotel so was somewhat concerned about issues especially with the hot water. I expressed this to the hotel prior to arrival and was assured that this had been resolved. We booked into an Executive Room and it was well worth the extra. The room itself was very comfortable and the bathroom and dressing room quite spectacular. We had no issues at all with the hot water.

The Executive Lounge was great and very quiet most of the time. As my husband was busy a lot of the time I popped in there frequently for coffee and to just sit and relax. The view is amazing and the staff were friendly and helpful. I saw no previous mention of the snacks put out during the 'happy hour' but have to mention that it was all great and noted that many folk filled up on the plentiful snacks instead of going out for dinner.

After leaving I had left my toiletry bag behind and I was very pleased when I was advised that it was in the Lost and Found and a friend collected it on my behalf.

We went to the Trader Vic's restaurant one night for dinner and was very impressed. The food and atmosphere were great. I would visit again.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Transtraveller0
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VenillaM_HiltonDoha, Manager at Hilton Doha, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2012

Dear Transtraveller0

Thank you very much for the great positive feedback which I have shared with the whole team.

We are extremely pleased to read that you experienced "live" that we do take necessary actions to rectify our challenges. Glad to also learn about the great experience at the Executive Lounge.

Please do get in touch with us directly the next time you will be visiting us and I'll be very happy to assist you.

Kind regards and Best Wishes for great End of Year with the Beginning of a wonderful 2013.
Venilla

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Reviewed 4 November 2012

Brilliant staff, small beach with small window for sun bating, great rooms yet not enough smoking floors...
Don't miss the pizza marinara, best in doha.
Trader vics has a great band and great coctails.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Thank elgattonero
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VenillaM_HiltonDoha, Manager at Hilton Doha, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2012

Dear elgattonero,

Thank you very much for your kind and positive feedback which we have shared amongst our whole Hilton Doha Team.

We truly hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming back to Hilton Doha in a near future.

Please do contact me if you wish to visit us, I will be glad to assist.

Kind regards
Venilla

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Reviewed 2 November 2012

Stayed here for 10 days. It is a brand new hotel and I managed to enjoy the official opening night, which was a grand affair - over the top, as is usual in the region!

The hotel is very pleasant, has several very nice restaurants with a great selection of buffet and a la carte options. There is also a Trader Vic's attached, which is a bar/restaurant during the day and a very hip nightspot. Although I did witness a violent fight between two drunk men one night, which I really wasn't expecting at a Hilton hotel!

There is a bar inside the restaurant, attached to the lobby which is very nice, albeit small and quieter than the Trader Vic's, which serves drinks and snacks only.

The conference facilities include several large meeting rooms, which are very well-equipped and will suit most meeting needs.

The rooms are large, very spacious and comfortable. Bathrooms are large and have both shower and bath, as well as bidets and a nice selection of toiletries. You can also ask for dental and shaving kits which will be delivered by room service very swiftly.

Wifi and wired internet is reasonably good. Room service menu is adequate and the offering is more than edible.

Overall - an excellent hotel close to the diplomatic district. It is, however, on the opposite side of town to the airport so expect a long journey if you're unlucky enough to arrive around rush hour.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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VenillaM_HiltonDoha, Manager at Hilton Doha, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2012

Dear ballencrieff,

Thank you very much for your kind and positive detailed feedback which we have shared amongst our whole Hilton Doha Team.

We truly hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming back to Hilton Doha in a near future.

Please do contact me if you wish to visit us, I will be glad to assist.

Kind regards
Venilla

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