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Amanda OBrien
Hi! I became a travel blogger a year ago after 15 years in big corporate marketing jobs. I now do a mix of digital marketing consulting and blogging - hoping to make it 100% blogging eventually! My blog is about luxury adventures in Emerging Destinations that end with a high thread count on your sheets. My key focus is emerging destinations - whether it is a country that has not been visited much or a lesser known part of a well known country. And lots of food and wine and fun! My site is https://theboutiqueadventurer.com and on facebook I am The Boutique Adventurer on IG @theboutiqueadventurer twitter @theboutiqueadv and Pinterest @theboutiqueadve.
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Last time I flew with Qatar Airways it was about 8 years ago and in economy. My key memory was how dreadful Doha airport was – it was a giant tacky duty-free shop plus endless smoking rooms. Well, things have changed!!! I was beyond delighted with my Qatar Airways Business Class experience and Doha airport is now giving Changi a run for its money! Here is my complete Qatar a380 Business Class Review including Doha Airport Lounge:

entrance to qatar lounge at heathrow

Entrance to the lounge at Heathrow

Qatar Lounge Heathrow Review:

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The Global Deli in the lounge
signs for different food and drinks options in qatar airways lounge heathrow
They even need signs!!!
white table with sweets at qatar airways business class lounge heathrow
How cute is this???

So let’s start where so many of my journeys do – Heathrow. Terminal 4 in this case. The Qatar heathrow lounge is located near Gate 6. Make sure you use the Qatar lounge heathrow and not one of the shared ones. The lounge is beautifully laid out with extremely comfortable seats. There is a proper restaurant with a proper menu and proper ordering!

Most importantly there was also proper champagne – Laurent. This is the kind of lounge that makes you want to get to the airport early.

glass of champagne with lounge behind qatar airways lounge heathrow
Champagne time
seats and lamp with windows qatar airways business class lounge heathrow
Very comfortable seats and a nice view
fish and chips and bottle of sauce at qatar airways business class lounge heathrow
I ordered some fish and chips for dinner

Qatar Business Class Review a380: In flight London to Doha

The plane itself was lovely – very new and stylish. The seating, however, is not as private as Singapore or Etihad Airlines. The bedding had a fabulous plump pillow but the blanket was quite thin – not the nice mock duvet you often get in business in other airlines.

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My seat

The Qatar Airways business class toiletries were good – a slightly old fashioned case but a very nice face spray from Castello Monte Vibiano Vechhio – an Italian brand of which I had never heard. The service was absolutely fantastic and so friendly – as good as my favourite airline for service Qantas. An unexpected bonus was pyjamas! Again I have only ever had this in virgin business before. And very comfortable pyjamas they were!

The in-flight entertainment system is fantastic! A great big screen and the most up to date movie options that I have ever seen. I didn’t eat as it was a late flight and I had eaten in the lounge but a full menu was available on demand.

Qatar a380 Business Class Review: Doha Airport and the Qatar Business Doha Airport Lounge

large pool of water in qatar airways business class lounge doha airport
a pond that looks like an infinity pool in the lounge!
modern restaurant with high ceiling qatar airways business class lounge doha airport
One of several restaurants

What an airport!!! It looks like a giant Apple shop. This could be because there appear to be Apple screens everywhere – this is a country that is cashed up! There are some slightly nihilistic kid’s playground areas but they are good for photos. And let’s not forget the giant teddy bear – who wouldn’t have one??

chair with screens and lamp qatar airways business class lounge doha airport
Kind of workstation

What a lounge!!!! Wow wow! The Qatar Airways Business Class is HUGE! My favourite feature was the giant pond in it. You could swim laps in the pond it was so big. There are multiple restaurants. The seating is incredibly modern and comfortable and very well thought through. There are clear dining areas, some really nice areas if there are 3 or 4 of you together to have some privacy and lots of very comfortable sort of work stations plus. The food selection is fantastic.

Qatar Business Class Review a380: Flight from Doha to Kathmandu

We kicked this off with something I very much enjoyed – Qatar Airways Business class had its own bus to go from the terminal to the plane! And what a plush and spacious bus it was! No standing and being jostled for us – these middle eastern airlines sure know how to make you feel special.

plush seat on a bus
Plush seats on the business class only bus!
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Business class seat to kathmandu
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Leg room

As expected this flight involved an older plane. It was classic old school business class – no beds of course but a comfortable seat. The entertainment system available was virtually the same as the first leg but the screen was smaller and less modern.

Qatar Business Review: Jathamdnbu Lounge at Kathmandu Airport

red chairs in business class lounge for qatar airways kathmandu airport
Not quite the Doha experience but brilliant for Nepal!

My expectations were very low for this lounge. The worst business class lounge I have ever been to was at Manila airport and this is where I had my expectations. I was delighted to be proven wrong!

It is a shared sort of generic lounge but it is part of the Radisson Hotel at the airport. There was a lot of food available. To be honest it didn’t look that tasty but it was only about 11 am when I was there so maybe it improved. The wifi was excellent importantly.

plates of sandwiches at business class lounge kathmandu airport
It doesn’t look the tastiest but there is alot of it!

Qatar a380 Business Class Review: Kathmandu back to London via Doha

entertainment screen and window on qatar a380 business class
Fantastic screen

The Kathmandu to Doha leg was pretty much the same in reverse – except I had some nice champagne on the flight (so appreciated after 3 weeks in nepal!!) and some delicious lamb shanks.

touch remote on qatar airways business class
weird ipod touch kind of thing for the entertainment system

The only difference on the Doha to London leg was how the entertainment system operated. It was a fantastic screen and the same great entertainment system on the way out. However, the screen wasn’t touch and you needed to use this kind of ipod device that was quite difficult to use. It also meant you couldn’t check out movies on the big screen which is how I like to make my inflight film decisions. Apart from that everything was terrific.

This Qatar Airways Business Class Review is definitely a high thread count airline equivalent and I will be flying with them again!

Qatar a380 Business Class Review Useful Links:

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Amanda OBrien

Amanda OBrien

Hi! I became a travel blogger a year ago after 15 years in big corporate marketing jobs. I now do a mix of digital marketing consulting and blogging – hoping to make it 100% blogging eventually!

My blog is about luxury adventures in Emerging Destinations that end with a high thread count on your sheets. My key focus is emerging destinations – whether it is a country that has not been visited much or a lesser known part of a well known country. And lots of food and wine and fun!

My site is https://theboutiqueadventurer.com and on facebook I am The Boutique Adventurer on IG @theboutiqueadventurer twitter @theboutiqueadv and Pinterest @theboutiqueadve.

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