A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to win a pair of round trip economy tickets with Qatar Airways for a visit to the gorgeous city of Prague. Since we were flying in Y class, unfortunately I couldn’t revisit the gleaming Al Mourjan lounge in Doha airport during my 3.5 hour layover. Thankfully I had a Priority Pass which granted me access to the Al Maha Transit Lounge to grab a few bites and a long shower which was much appreciated after the 8 hour flight from Kuala Lumpur.
Not too sure if the lounge was hard to find in Terminal 1, or was I just sleepy as it was 4am back home, but it seemed to be pretty hidden. After inquiring at the information desk, they told me it was located on level 2 nearby the giant teddy bear as you approach concourse C. The lounge agents were extremely friendly and warm upon arriving at the front desk. After exchanging some pleasantries they waved me in and informed me that no flight announcements would be made and that I was responsible for making my way to the departure gates on my own.
First things first, I need to grab a shower. I made a beeline to the bathroom and inquired if there was a queue for the showers. Thankfully both shower rooms were vacant and the bathroom attendant told me to take a seat as he set up the shower room for me. He came to get me within 3 minutes and presented me with a black tray stacked with a face & body towel, dental & shaving kit, and bath products. It felt like a tiny shower suite with a separate changing/shower area.
After that invigorating shower, it’s now time to check out the lounge and see how it stands. As you enter the lounge passing the front desk, you’d see a business centre in a separate room on the left, and also a small conference room on the right. I couldn’t get any pictures of them both because there were packed with people in them. Moving on, as you venture forward through the hallway, you’d come to the general lounge area which was filled with comfy single-seater chairs and little tables for your snacks/drinks. Most of the tables which had a lamp had its own USB charging ports & power sockets if you should need them. This quiet area also has its own coffee machine and trays of snacks if you’re feeling peckish. Moving onwards you’d finally come to the main dining area of the lounge. There were proper dining tables with table service for hot meals you could order al a carte from the waiters, which were mostly pasta dishes. As for other cold items, small bites, desserts & drinks you could help yourself from the little buffet area against the wall.
The ready to order hot pasta dishes was absolutely delicious, they were delivered promptly and with a smile even though the lounge was bursting with people. Over crowding is definitely an issue here. I was actually pretty lucky to get a seat at the dining area upon arriving, a couple offered me their table as they stood up to leave. Considering that it was a sort of free entry with my credit card, I’d rate this lounge an 8/10. Definitely one of the better lounges out there which partners with Priority Pass/LoungeKey. If only it was a little bigger which could spread out the crowd evenly, it would have felt a little more comfortable. At least you could distract yourself with the speedy wi-fi that the lounge provides.
It’s nice to be able to freshen up and get something in your belly if you have a connecting flight to catch. If you’ve got complimentary access to the Al Maha Transit Lounge, get yourself there, at least have 2 cups of coffee, 5 sandwiches & a plate of sweets before getting on to your next flight. Now, with 8 hours done, it’s another 7 hours in the air to go before arriving into Prague.