New Qatar Airways Platinum Lounge – South, Doha

New Qatar Airways Platinum Lounge – South, Doha

Two months ago, Qatar Airways unveiled three new lounges at Doha, Hamad International Airport. Last week, I had a three hours connection in Doha and had a chance to visit and review one of three lounges: Qatar Airways Platinum Lounge – South.

Qatar Airways Platinum Lounge – South Location

Qatar Airways’ new Platinum lounge along with the Gold lounge is located in concourse A just before gate A1. To access the Platinum lounge, I had to pass through the reception and verify my boarding pass for eligibility.

The Platinum lounge is physically located on the second floor, so after showing the boarding pass, the lounge staff will direct you to take the elevator or by stairs to the upper level.

As soon as I reached the second floor, another reception was waiting but if you got your membership verified at the entrance, there is no need to stop at the reception again. Instead, you can directly enter the lounge on the left-hand side with a sliding door.

Qatar Airways Platinum Lounge Lounge – South Hours and Entry Requirements

Same as the other lounges at Hamad International Airport, the Platinum lounge operates 24 hours, 7 days a week. There is no closing time unless there are technical issues that disturb the lounge operation, it will never close.

The entry requirements to the Platinum lounge are as follows:

  • Access for eligible customers traveling on Qatar Airways and Oneworld-operated flights with Privilege Club Platinum and Oneworld Emerald membership.
  • Qatar Airways Privilege Club Platinum members can bring up to two guests.
  • Oneworld Emerald members on the different programs can bring an extra one guest.
  • There is no paid entry as of now.

Qatar Airways Platinum Lounge – South Layout and Seatings

The Platinum lounge can accommodate up to 140 passengers and it is separated into a dining area, quiet area, bar and common areas. The dining area is first to notice which is located just in front of the entrance and it offers a combination of à la carte and buffet dining options.

Passing through the dining area, on the right, there is a passage to the restrooms and prayer rooms. The common area features open-style seatings which are similar to those at Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge. There are also four semi-private pods with a small desk and table lamp by the wall.

In the middle of the lounge has a refectory table that seats six people. The majority of the seats come with a power outlet that only allows the UK “Type G” socket. So passengers from the US or Asia who use 110V or 220V sockets must carry the travel adapter as the lounge does not lend you one or else they need to purchase one.

A quiet room with 7 daybeds is located opposite of dining area behind a glass door. The use of the quiet room is on a first come first serve basis although you can tell the lounge staff to secure a place when the previous passenger leaves. It is still not guaranteed.

Even though it is a quiet room, it is not private and I find it quite uncomfortable to stay in due to noise.

The lounge does not get overcrowded but during peak hours expect the dining tables and quiet room to be occupied.

Qatar Airways Platinum Lounge – South Dining

The dining has improved a lot compared to the older lounge where you can order à la carte meals and head over to the buffet stand for extra options. More drink options are available including the lemon mint juice which you can find on board.

On my visit, it was serving breakfast so the menu consisted of cereals, energy juices, cold cuts and pastries. I have not visited the lounge during lunch and dinner time so I am not 100% sure if the menu will change over the day. The quality of food and beverages is fresh and appetizing.

Additionally, there is a section in the common area with pastries, fruits and drinks available for ease of convenience.

Qatar Airways Platinum Lounge – South Bar

The small bar is located on the corner of the common area with three bar stools. The bar has a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, from champagnes to mocktails. Bar staff is always present at the bar for assistance.

Qatar Airways Platinum Lounge – South Restrooms and Showers

The restrooms and showers are accessible through a door located on the right corner of the dining area. Unfortunately, there are only two shower rooms in each restroom. During my visit, no one was using the showers but it surely will require a wait time in case the lounge gets crowded.

Qatar Airways recently changed its amenities from Rituals to Diptyque so if you are a Diptyque fan, you’ll definitely love the scent.

Summary

In July, Qatar Airways opened three new gorgeous lounges at Doha Hamad International Airport. On my trip recently, I had a chance to visit all three lounges and the first was the Platinum lounge.

The lounge does not feel to get overcrowded but hearing from the reception staff, she told me that from time to time it could be crowded as the lounge can accommodate up to 140 guests.

The new Platinum lounge is definitely a great improvement over the last one with upgraded service for both Privilege Club Platinum and Oneworld Emerald members to stop by before the flight.

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