It’s A Bird… It’s A Plane… It’s The Qatar Airways First Class Lounge!

Wow, this happened much more quickly than I expected.

On Tuesday I wrote about how the Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class Lounge should open shortly. When I passed through Doha recently, the escalator for the lounge was already running, and it was simply blocked off.

Al-Mourjan-Lounge-1

For those of you who haven’t been following the saga, the lounge’s opening has been delayed by over a year. Seemingly on a daily basis we hear about how the lounge should open any day… but it just drew on… and on… and on… and on.

When I was at Hamad International Airport using the Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge just under two weeks ago, I was told that the lounge should open “very soon.” Which was exactly the same thing I was told a year prior.

Qatar Airways’ CEO, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, simply blamed the delay on the lounge’s “very high standards and finishes.” I suppose his perspective could most accurately be summed up as follows:

Early-Late

Well, folks, sit down and brace yourself. The unthinkable has happened. Per the oneworld website, The Qatar Airways First Class Lounge Doha is open as of 6PM on Thursday, October 22, 2015… that’s today!

Qatar-Airways-Al-Safwa-Lounge

As far as I know the lounge is exclusively available to Qatar Airways first class passengers, making it a similar access policy to the British Airways Concorde Room (so contrary to what it says above, I don’t believe passengers traveling in first class on other oneworld carriers will have access).

I should be passing through Doha next month, and look forward to checking out the lounge. Now I’m just hoping that the opening of the Al Safwa Lounge doesn’t signal the end of Krug champagne at the Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge!

Krug

Is anyone flying Qatar Airways first class passing through Doha soon? If so, please do report back on your experience (and if you have pictures to share, even better)!

Comments

  1. I was under the impression it would be available for anyone flying first on a oneworld airline, just not status flyers. I got into the Al Marjoun lounge about a month ago flying RJ to Amman.

  2. So here’s a newbie question from me —

    Have a trip booked next month CDG-DOH-KWI — with CDG-DOH in first, DOH-KWI in business “first” as they call it.

    Will I have access to lounge?

  3. I was in Al Marjoun this morning and the bartender told me Al Safwa is opening today. He also assured me that Al Marjoun will continue to serve Krug.

  4. “As far as I know the lounge is exclusively available to Qatar Airways first class passengers”

    Yet directly above that quote, your screenshot shows……”This lounge is only available to customers travelling in a First Class cabin on Qatar Airways as well as F Class Customers of One World Airlines”.

  5. You can get into al-Safwa if travelling on a oneworld First carrier. So if you are ticketed on BA F ex-DOH or otherwise meet the oneworld connection rules (leaving DOH on a short haul flight but connecting to/from a oneworld long haul flight in F) then you are allowed in.

    QR has designated al-Mourjan and al-Safwa as a ticketed Business Class and ticketed First Class lounge respectively and access to these lounges comply with oneworld lounge rules for ticketed class of travel holders in that respect. QR excludes their Economy Class elite frequent flyers from access (and so can exclude Economy Class elite FFPs from other oneworld carriers).

    There is direct F bussing from al-Safwa to the aircraft stand, similar to the old Premium Terminal.

  6. YeeeesssFinally! Will fly in 3weeks Muc-Doh-Bkk so super excited now, as I was fed up with overcrowded Al Mourjan lounge.

  7. I have actually heard rumblings that the EY F lounge isn’t far behind that possibly open sometime in November.

  8. Qatar Airways doesn’t even have First Class on A350 long haul. The new BOS – DOH route, for example, has Business as the best/highest class.

  9. Wonderful Ben if you tell how we can upload photos to you and how can I use my own password if I want to write a q I need to rember the one got from one mile feedback which I do not remember anymore
    Thanks for your response (hopefully)
    Big fan of your web
    Jorgen

  10. TEX277,

    Yet directly below his quote he says:

    “so contrary to what it says above, I don’t believe passengers traveling in first class on other oneworld carriers will have access”

  11. Will pass through next Friday AMS-DOH-DWC! Great news, will report back! Al Mourjoun lounge not to shabby either…

  12. @Matthew

    DOH-KWI in business “first”

    Your are good to go for the new first class lounge, all of those local F flights should get access.

  13. @Matthew, you should be able to access it. I believe Ben mentioned previously that access did include short haul “first”.

  14. My friend and I have business class seats for LAX LHR on AA. I am OW Emerald, but friend is not. Am I able to guest my friend into the Qantas First Class Lounge?

  15. I will be flying KRK-WAW-DXB-DOH-SIN-FRA-KRK. Will I be eligible if both DXB-DOH and DOH-SIN are first class?

  16. @Grzegorz:

    As far as I know it’ll be a no. Simply because

    1) DOH-SIN does not offer First class. All flights are on the A350 which are only J/Y configuration.

    2) Arriving on First and continuing on Business does not grant you access to the F class lounge.

    Rgds,
    Cal

  17. Here now!

    My Photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHsknSQEzM

    Thoughts:

    The Space: architecturally stunning … Attention to detail is evident throughout. Huge ceilings

    The various areas: There’s basically the “main room area” with lots of chairs and couches … Then there’s the main dining room, the deli/sushi dining room, the spa, family area, business center, and the quiet area.

    Spa: took a quick walk round, WOW. Looks incredible. Even has a jacuzzi … Alas, no free treatments! Big miss here on QRs part.

    Quiet rooms: big win here. Essentially mini-hotel rooms with ensuite shower. Very comfortable. You even get your own key card to leave and come back. I’d argue that it’s, if available, worth it to come the night before an early flight. Wake up, breakfast, flight. Brilliant

    Business Center: real offices with big iMacs

    Staff: loads and loads of staff but they all seem to be getting used to the place and seem a bit “nervous”, so to speak.

    Family rooms: these are great, shouldn’t even be called family rooms. Most similar to the semi-private rooms at the Thai First class lounge in Bangkok.

    Downside: the layout of the lounge is weird, and it’s confusing where things are. No map, and wasn’t offered a tour. The family rooms are great but I doubt 95% of people would stumble upon it. There’s also another food room here (I’m guessing for kids?) with lots of cakes. Seems like lots of beautiful spaces and areas throughout will probably go unused. The “quiet area” sign makes it seem like it’s an area with couches to nap, not mini-hotel rooms. Also the (aside from the ones in the quiet rooms) are located in the back of a bathroom where you have to go through the family areas (not the main one). Weird.

    Overall: it’s a beautiful lounge with some initial teething issues. I feel like there will be some wasted space and a big miss on the non-free SPA but overall a very nice experience.

  18. I’ve a first class flight on QR CAI-DOH, followed by a J flight DOH-PHL. Do you think I’ll be able to get lounge access for the F lounge?

  19. @greg..No..you won’t. You will only get access if you only fly the intra-ME routes on F (without connecting in C) or CDG/LHR/BKK in F and connecting to C.

  20. My thoughts and pictures:)

    https://flic.kr/s/aHsknSQEzM

    The Space: architecturally stunning … Attention to detail is evident throughout. Huge ceilings

    The various areas: There’s basically the “main room area” with lots of chairs and couches … Then there’s the main dining room, the deli/sushi dining room, the spa, family area, business center, and the quiet area.

    Spa: took a quick walk round, WOW. Looks incredible. Even has a jacuzzi … Alas, no free treatments! Big miss here on QRs part.

    Quiet rooms: big win here. Essentially mini-hotel rooms with ensuite shower. Very comfortable. You even get your own key card to leave and come back. I’d argue that it’s, if available, worth it to come the night before an early flight. Wake up, breakfast, flight. Brilliant

    Business Center: real offices with big iMacs

    Staff: loads and loads of staff but they all seem to be getting used to the place and seem a bit “nervous”, so to speak.

    Family rooms: these are great, shouldn’t even be called family rooms. Most similar to the semi-private rooms at the Thai First class lounge in Bangkok.

    Downside: the layout of the lounge is weird, and it’s confusing where things are. No map, and wasn’t offered a tour. The family rooms are great but I doubt 95% of people would stumble upon it. There’s also another food room here (I’m guessing for kids?) with lots of cakes. Seems like lots of beautiful spaces and areas throughout will probably go unused. The “quiet area” sign makes it seem like it’s an area with couches to nap, not mini-hotel rooms. Also the showers (aside from the ones in the quiet rooms) are located in the back of a bathroom where you have to go through the family areas (not the main one). Weird.

    Overall: it’s a beautiful lounge with some initial teething issues. I feel like there will be some wasted space and a big miss on the non-free SPA but overall a very nice experience.

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