Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class Lounge in Doha airport is considered to be one of the best airport lounges worldwide, being on lists of 10 best airport lounges. What completes this lounge excellence? Let’s reveal!
First of all, once inside Hamad International Airport proceed the First and Business Class check-in area. There you will see friendly staff, pointing which direction to go. Business Class passengers turn left towards Al Mourjan, First Class passengers turn right towards Al Safwa. The Al Safwa lounge is quite exclusive and not that easy to get in, though totally worth it. To enter it, you either have to be flying First Class or have a connecting flight from First onto a Business flight in Doha. Yet, this lounge is not opened for top tier members of Oneworld (Emerald). Those traveling Qatar Business Class or are top tier Emerald in Oneworld can not use this lounge, instead, they can proceed Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge.
Once completed your check-in you will walk down a long hallway into the center of the lounge. The lounge itself is very massive and spacious and even has it’s own duty-free area. Here you can find exclusive perfume selection, electronics, brand clothing and much more. In the very lounge center you will find a huge fountain, bringing relaxing and calming touch. The fountain has a very specific shape, reminding of a waterfall. The whole area allocates comfortable leather chairs, ottomans and private pods. All the settings here are for visitors increased privacy. In addition, the lounge also has a great collection of arts and antique artifacts, placed all across hallways.
The lounge offers self service drink station with soft drinks, water, and coffee as well as the main restaurant, capable to seat up to 250 people. Here the guests can have a la carte meal of Mediterranean and Italian cuisine dishes. Wide selection of exclusive alcohol beverages could be found in the restaurant bar. For example, here you can enjoy the Pommery 2002 Cuvée Louise Brut which runs about $150 per bottle. Apart from a la carte restaurant, the guests can enjoy tasty snacks in second dining area. There is a sushi bar, salad buffet and sandwich station for custom made sandwiches. Closer to the entrance, those with a sweet tooth will find a pleasant surprise. There is a separate dessert room with different cakes, fruits and traditional sweets.
As any other First Class lounge, Al Safwa allocates extensive spa area and wide range of treatments. The hallway walls, leading to spa area are decorated with water sliding panels. You will definitely find a right way there without getting lost. Unlike many other airlines, Qatar Airways does not offer free spa treatments, yet the quality of service is worth paying. Jacuzzi, separate shower rooms, relaxing room, pedicure, manicure, massage, rituals and much more.
For those seeking for something more relaxing, there are 15 nap rooms nearby the spa area. Each room has either a twin or single bed, a TV, chair, desk, clocking rack and private bathroom. Bathroom is stocked with shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, shaving kit and tooth kit.
At the very back of the lounge there is the family area, offering about a dozen of semi-private individual living rooms. Every room has leather sofas, TV, chairs, ottomans, tables and extra space for luggage storing. The family area has several kids rooms, designed for infants, young kids and teenagers. One more amazing thing about Al Safwa lounge is games room. There you can find a real-size F1 simulator, football table, Playstation, X-box and Wii.
What If I Still Need to Work?
Business travelers will appreciate lounge business center, equipped with workstations. Every station has iMac and a printer. In the very middle of business area there is a display with fresh newspapers and magazines. A TV room is available for customers use as well.
Finally, after an enjoyable stay in the Al Safwa Lounge, you will have a chance to access your gate directly from the lounge. Right before boarding, you will be picked up by lounge staff and escorted downstairs to aircraft. You can learn more about lounge Al Safwa First Class facilities as well as take virtual 360 degrees tour on the official Qatar Airways website.