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Ringing in my B-DAY | The Chainsmokers in Qatar & Staycation at City Centre Rotana, Doha

Rest & Relaxation
Rave-ups & Revelries
Two imaginable but contrasting definitions of R&R that all happened in one weekend in Rotana to ring in my birthday.
City Centre Rotana, Doha
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25522, Doha, Qatar
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The hotel's award-winning international restaurant, TEATRO at City Centre Rotana, Doha, offers a sumptuous three-course business lunch every Sundays to Thursdays. Set in an exquisitely opulent atmosphere, the restaurant is complete with a lounge next to the live music, sushi bar, and a private dining area that sits up to ten guests. A journey to both the east and the west, it was — starting with crispy California rolls freshly made by their sushi chef, pizza diavola that's hot, fresh, and tasty; and finished with dulce de leche and banana wontons.

Business Lunch at Teatro

The 40-square-meter classic king bed room has everything you need for a flawless cosmopolitan stay — a spacious workspace, 42-inch television, mini bar with a Nespresso machine and tea-making facility, personal in-room safe, clothes iron and ironing board, and well, most importantly, Wi-Fi connection.

One will find luxury in floor-to-ceiling windows that offer the most spectacular views of the city, bringing to one's mind the idea that you are in fact in one of the skyscrapers that make up the iconic skyline of the city.

The Chainsmokers in Qatar


And we all did as we were ordered.

The Chainsmokers put on one hell of an electrifying night — one Doha has never experienced before. From their stupefying branded motion graphics and theatrical effects to their coolest remixes that somehow made the crowd party to Eye of the Tiger and Lion King's Circle of Life, The Chainsmokers' first show in the Middle East is one that I consider the best night of my life to this day.

We danced. We partied. We sang along to their hottest hits [Closer, Something Just Like This, and Don't Let Me Down]. We took film photos like the olden days. We looked at each other and said:

This is the best night of our lives!

I was there with my best friend — who's in fact a sister by blood of mine. A week before the concert, she emailed me the premium tickets and told me it's about to be my littest birthday celebration. It's just the two of us; and well, I'm sure as hell she's all the friends I need to have in my life, in one very petite body.

And I love her so much.

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Olive Oil Friday Brunch


City Centre Rotana's all-day dining restaurant, Olive Oil, is hosting a buffet brunch every Friday. With exhilarating city view and a dj pumping it up with some electro pop/dance remixes, it's definitely one where families come to dine and enjoy the Friday away.
Featuring their unlimited selection of fresh and premium seafood, forget about dining by the beach because this brunch brings the sea to your plate with the finest lobsters, oysters, and prawns. The spread also includes detox and salad station, Arabic station, Gazpacho corner, and delectable confectionery and desserts.

Lounging in a cabana by the pool is one of the simple joys I admit I can do all day. Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club features a fully-equipped gym with magnificent views of Doha's skyline; temperature-controlled outdoor swimming pools — ideal to keep you warm in the Middle Eastern winter weather; signature spa treatments and facilities i.e. steam, sauna, and Jacuzzi.

You could say that sore calf muscles and a slight loss of voice are an expected aftermath of a whole four hours of electro music revelry with The Chainsmokers. Tucked away from the bustle of city is one of the best treatment rooms at Bodylines in City Centre Rotana, Doha where we had a relaxing hot coconut oil massage. With this treatment, no jaw-clenching firm pressure was involved — just many a soothing stroke that's made more relaxing by the warmth of coconut oil.

Levantine Dinner at Zeituna

I've turned into an occasional fan of Levantine cuisine when I've tasted hummus and batata harra a few years back. As a Lebanese restaurant, Zeituna in City Centre Rotana, Doha does textbook hummus and batata harra, and further offer mouth-watering grills that were marinated for 24 hours.

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Teatro Restaurant, Doha - Business Lunch, QAR 95
Olive Oil - All-Day Dining Restaurant, Doha - Friday Brunch, from QAR 249
Zeituna - Lebanese Restaurant, Doha - a la carte
Caramel Lobby Lounge - High Tea (read more here)

+974 4445 8888
Classic room, king bed
40 square meter
from QAR 500 per night

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25522, Doha, Qatar
+974 4445 8888
Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club

+974 4445 8686
60-minute Hot Coconut Oil Massage
at Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club
QAR 365

+974 4445 8686


  1. Your photos and layout are impeccable as always, Bianca! Happy for you that you had a birthday blast with your staycation and Chainsmokers' concert. You made me want to book a stay at CCRD and swim in that pool!

    1. Hi, Darlene! Thank you so much for your kind words. City Centre Rotana is definitely one of my favorite staycation venues - don't mind if you do. Hehe.


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