Qatar Airways Business Class Review

Qatar Airways doha business lounge
The pond in the Qatar Airways business class lounge in doha
Qatar Airways Business Class lounge Healthrow Airport
Entrance to the lounge at Heathrow

Last time I flew with Qatar Airways it was about 8 years ago and in economy. My key memory was how dreadful Doha airport was – it was a giant tacky duty free shop plus endless smoking rooms. Well things have changed!!! I was beyond delighted with my Qatar Airways Business Class experience and Doha airport is now giving Changi a run for its money!

Business Class Lounge at Heathrow

Qatar Airways Business Class Lounge Heathrow Airport
The Global Deli in the lounge
Qatar Airways Business Class Lounge Heathrow Airport
They even need signs!!!
Qatar Airways Business Class Lounge heathrow airport
How cute is this???

So let’s start where so many of my journeys do – Heathrow. Terminal 4 in this case. The Qatar Airways business class lounge is located near Gate 6. Make sure you use the Qatar lounge and not one of the shared ones. The lounge is beautifully laid out with extremely comfortable seats. There is a proper restaurant with a proper menu and proper ordering!

Most importantly there was also proper champagne – Laurent. This is the kind of lounge that makes you want to get to the airport early.

Qatar Airways Business Class Lounge Heathrow Airport
Champagne time
Qatar Airways Business Class lounge Heathrow Airport
Very comfortable seats and a nice view
Qatar Airways Business Class Lounge Heathrow Airport
I ordered some fish and chips for dinner

In flight London to Doha

The plane itself was lovely – very new and stylish. The seating however is not as private as Singapore or Etihad Airlines. The bedding had a fabulous plump pillow but the blanket was quite thin – not the nice mock duvet you often get in business in other airlines.

Qatar Airways Business Class seat
My seat

The toiletries were good – a slightly old fashioned case but a very nice face spray from Castello Monte Vibiano Vechhio – an Italian brand of which I had never heard. The service was absolutely fantastic and so friendly – as good as my favourite airline for service Qantas. An unexpected bonus was pyjamas! Again I have only ever had this in virgin business before. And very comfortable pyjamas they were!

The inflight entertainment system is fantastic! A great big screen and the most up to date movie options that I have ever seen. I didn’t eat as it was a late flight and I had eaten in the lounge but a full menu was available on demand.

Doha Airport and the Lounge

Qatar Airways Business Class lounge doha airport
a pond that looks like an infinity pool in the lounge!
Qatar Airways business class lounge doha airport
One of several restaurants

What an airport!!! It looks like a giant Apple shop. This could be because there appear to be Apple screens everywhere – this is a country that is cashed up! There are some slightly nihilistic kid’s playground areas but they are good for photos. And let’s not forget the giant teddy bear – who wouldn’t have one??

Qatar airways business class lounge doha airport
Kind of workstation

What a lounge!!!! Wow wow! It is HUGE! My favourite feature was the giant pond in it. You could swim laps in the pond it was so big. There are multiple restaurants. The seating is incredibly modern and comfortable and very well thought through. There are clear dining areas, some really nice areas if there are 3 or 4 of you together to have some privacy and lots of very comfortable sort of work stations plus. The food selection is fantastic.

Flight from Doha to Kathmandu

We kicked this off with something I very much enjoyed – Qatar Airways Business class had its own bus to go from the terminal to the plane! And what a plush and spacious bus it was! No standing and being jostled for us – these middle eastern airlines sure know how to make you feel special.

Bus from terminal to plane doha airport business class
Plush seats on the business class only bus!
Qatar airways business class seat
Business class seat to kathmandu
qatar airways business class seat
Leg room

As expected this flight involved an older plane. It was classic old school business class – no beds of course but a comfortable seat. The entertainment system available was virtually the same as the first leg but screen was smaller and less modern.

Jathamdnbu Lounge at Kathmandu Airport

Qatar business class lounge at kathmandu airport
Not quite the Doha experience but brilliant for Nepal!

My expectations were very low for this lounge. The worst business class lounge I have ever been to was at Manila airport and this is where I had my expectations. I was delighted to be proven wrong!

It is a shared sort of generic lounge but it is part of the Radisson Hotel at the airport. There was alot of food available. To be honest it didn’t look that tasty but it was only about 11am when I was there so maybe it improved. The wifi was excellent importantly.

Qatar airways business class lounge kathmandu airport
It doesn’t look the tastiest but there is alot of it!

Kathmandu back to London via Doha

qatar airways business class entertainment screen
Fantastic screen

The Kathmandu to Doha leg was pretty much the same in reverse – except I had some nice champagne on the flight (so appreciated after 3 weeks in nepal!!) and some delicious lamb shanks.

qatar airways business class in flight entertainment system
weird ipod touch kind of thing for the entertainment system

The only difference on the Doha to London leg was how the entertainment system operated. It was a fantastic screen and the same great entertainment system on the way out. However the screen wasn’t touch and you needed to use this kind of ipod device that was quite difficult to use. It also meant you couldn’t check out movies on the big screen which is how I like to make my inflight film decisions. Apart from that everything was terrific.

Qatar Airways Business Class is definitely a high thread count airline equivalent and I will be flying with them again!

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16 Comments

  • Wow! This looks like the lap of luxury. I’ve never traveled in Business class but my husband has. He is a big fan of the Emirates. In my opinion they pamper him a wee bit too much! Lol!

  • Wow I love the business lounge at Heathrow, looks like a Palace!! As for the trip itself it seems it was very comfortable, especially the first one, I love the private space in the London – Doha flight. It makes me want to fly with Qatar Airways!

  • Wow! The Business Lounge in both Heathrow & Doha looks so luxurious! It doesn’t even look like a lounge but like a proper high-end restaurant! Cool!!!
    The in-flight seat looks nice, but those plush bus seats are just stunning!!!

  • Wow!! What an experience. It sure is a luxury. I have never traveled by business class but looking forward to it someday for sure. I had never heard about pyjamas too. It for sure is a bonus. The fish and chips looks really good and so is champagne. Enjoyed going through your post as well as pictures.

  • This is such a great experience! I always travel on a budget. I would love the experience a business class if budget is not a problem. I would love to try a luxury travel experience!

  • So THIS is how the other half live! Interesting review. Not sure I could justify the extra spend but I must admit I enjoyed being upgraded to business class for free on an Etihad flight. Could happily fly in luxury every time!

  • Pretty neat! Flying business (and first!) is truly an experience. I love that you’re able to relax, have snacks and drinks, and even complimentary massages or facials while waiting. So convenient. The leg room is heaven.

  • Oh my word that looks fabulous, I was sold at Martini bar! Thanks for sharing – it may be the only way I ever experience such luxury travel!

  • I liked the Heathrow and Doha lounges! They look so luxurious! Great review and you’ve covered all the points in quite details! Though I have never traveled with Qatar Airways!

  • I’ve never actually flown Qatar airways before, but have heard nothing but good things! I’ve also never flown business class on an international flight, but it looks delightful!

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