Review: Al Maha Transit Lounge Doha Hamad Airport


Main area

Main area

Opening hours: 24 hours
Time of visit: 0230 hours
Occupancy: 90%
Location: Airside. Take the lift behind the Teddy Bear to level 2
Entry type: Free via Priority Pass from Citibank Prestige Mastercard

Al Maha Services Transit Lounge is the only Priority Pass lounge in Doha’s Hamad International Airport. I decided to have a look while transiting from my flights from Amsterdam to Singapore even though I have access to Al Mourjan Business Lounge (review coming up).

The front desk was very chaotic when I came at around midnight. The staff informed me that it is “very full” inside” and advised me to return at 0230 hours when it is less crowded since you can stay only for a maximum of 4 hours. So I did. There were barricades in front of the entrance to the lounge and a “bouncer” to check your stamp when you walk-in. I was also told that I will need to “check-out” when leaving the lounge so that they know I did not stay longer that 4 hours. That’s a lot of rules, this better be good!

But it is not. My first impression was that it looked very messy. I saw understandably tired passengers slouching everywhere in uncomfortable chairs with their belongings all over the place. There wasn’t a privacy/quiet area at all. Just a lot of uncomfortable chairs, about five nap chairs and six dining tables. The best seats are probably the ones near the flight information screens. This lounge is exceptionally small for a transfer hub like Doha. Not a great place to rest but what about the food?

Not good either. In fact, it is poor. Small selection, lack of hot food and dry pastries do not make a good combination.


Flight information screens

Flight information screens


Sandwiches

Sandwiches


Cold savouries

Cold savouries


Pastries

Pastries


Soups and more pastries

Soups and more pastries


Alcoholic drinks

Alcoholic drinks

Top complimentary amenities:

  • WiFi

  • Drinks (including alcoholic)

  • Food (snacks)

  • Shower

Conclusion

If I do not have access to one of the premium lounges, I would avoid this place even if I have free access. If this is how it is during “quiet” time, I cannot imagine how it must be like in normal times. There are some quiet areas in the airport that are probably nicer to hang out in. Skip unless you badly need a free drink and shower.

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Rating

Food: 3/10
Peace & Quiet: 7/10
Privacy: 2/10
Cleanliness: 7/10
Service: 3/10
Facilities: 6/10

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