Dear Marriott

Dear Marriott Hotel, Doha, Qatar,

Please be informed that, as a guest who has travelled far and wide and stayed in an enormous range of hotels, I find your internet charge of QR2 per minute to be extortionate. I understand that there is a maximum charge of QR100 per 24 hours, but this is still extortionate. In light of the QR895 room charge, which will inexplicably increase by 40% to QR1250 as of 15th February, plus the 17% Tax and Service Charge which will be added on, I can be forgiven for thinking that I am not exactly getting a bargain room rate against which I can offset the astronomical internet charge.

If you are trying to be seen as a modern, business friendly hotel instead of one who is enjoying a current shortage of hotel accomodation in Qatar and ripping off your customers accordingly, then you need to have a word with your marketing manager. Otherwise, please be informed that as soon as alternative accomodation becomes available in Doha, I will not hesitate to take it.

Yours Faithfully,

Tim Newman

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3 Responses to Dear Marriott

  1. Tatyana says:

    Tim, what are you complaining about? Normal market situation.
    Why showing them curtesy of writing? Run Forrest, run -and vote with your dollarQR.

    On the other hand – why don’t you show some understanding and sympathy? Where else can they find funds to send to “muslim charities” that fight West if not overcharging Westerners?

  2. Tim Newman says:

    Tim, what are you complaining about? Normal market situation.

    Yeah, I know. But there is next to no choice in Doha, as all businesses are a monopoly run by a handful of families, so price fixing is the norm. Were there an alternative, believe me I’d take it. In the meantime, moaning on my blog makes me feel better. :)

  3. Qatar Cat says:

    Hahaha how true!

    Next time you are in Doha, try Rydges. A 4 star but better than few 5 star hotels there.

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