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! Here is my complete Qatar Airways Business Class Review on the a380 including Doha Airport Lounge.
Qatar Airways Business Class Review – Lounge at Heathrow:
So let’s start where so many of my journeys do – Heathrow. Terminal 4 in this case. The Qatar Heathrow lounge is located near Gate 6. Make sure you use the Qatar lounge Heathrow 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 Business Class Review a380: 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.
The Qatar Airways business class 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 in-flight 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.
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Qatar a380 Business Class Review: Doha Airport and the Qatar Business Doha Airport Lounge
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??
Click here to read my review of Air France Business Class
What a lounge!!!! Wow wow! The Qatar Airways Business Class 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 workstations plus. The food selection is fantastic.
Click here to read my Iberia Airlines Business Class Review
Qatar Business Class Review a380: 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.
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 the screen was smaller and less modern.
Click here to read my British Airways World Traveller Plus Review
Qatar Business Review: Jathamdnbu Lounge at Kathmandu Airport
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 a lot of food available. To be honest it didn’t look that tasty but it was only about 11 am when I was there so maybe it improved. The wifi was excellent importantly.
Click here to read my Malaysia Airlines Business Class Review
Qatar a380 Business Class Review: Kathmandu back to London via Doha
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.
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.
Emirates is another great middle easter based airline – check out this Emirates Business Class Review to find out more
This Qatar Airways Business Class Review is definitely a high thread count airline equivalent and I will be flying with them again.
Here is another review of the a380 Business Class Qatar
And all the details on the a380 from Qatar Airways themselveswhite
Boutique Hotels in Doha:
Doha is full of high-end upmarket hotels like the W Hotel and the Four Seasons. If you are after a more boutique option have a look at Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel, Al Zubarah Hotel or the slightly cheaper but still boutique Hotel K108.
Heading to Nepal? Read my posts on Nepal:
Heading to Kathmandu? Click here to see my long weekend in Kathmandu post, Read my review of Dwarika’s Kathmandu and my review of Dwarika’s Dhulikhel. And here is my full Nepal Itinerary – what I did and what I would do differently.
Heading to Everest Base Camp? Read my posts on my experience here:
And don’t head to Nepal and go trekking without some Travel Insurance.I ended up needing mine!.
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