My visit to Doha allowed me to try a few hotels. The reason I could afford the Ritz-Carlton Doha was because the hotel is amongst the lowest-level Ritz properties for awards. I will mention later in the article how many Marriott Rewards points I paid for a one-night stay.
As soon as I set foot into the hotel, I was welcomed by Fion, a Customer experience manager. She accompanied me to the front desk. Gaby processed my check-in quickly and handed me my keycard.
Fion escorted me to my room. She presented the property and showed me some of the room amenities. I appreciated the gesture. It reminded me I was in a Ritz-Carlton property.
The Ritz-Carlton Doha room
How many Marriott Reward points did I use for this stay?
I booked my room one week before my stay. Through the Marriott App, I noticed that although the property was in the Pearl area, it was the best deal. Not only I was getting a luxury stay but I was getting it for 30,000 points. The other Marriott properties were better located in some respect. However they were regular Marriott boxes that wouldn't have offered added value to my stay.
The room is great. The service is what you expect from a Ritz-Carlton. I believe the 30,000 Marriott Reward points was a reasonable price to pay for a Ritz. I'm not a fan of Louis XIV style furniture in the lobby area. I believe it belongs to castles and Versailles. Also the property is isolated in the Pearl district. I'm not a fan of artificial islands that feel too modern yet empty of any authentic social life.
If you want to experience a Ritz-Carlton experience using your points go for it.