Marriott Marquis City Center Doha is celebrating Ramadan in their fabulous Wanassa tent, a modern tent with a traditional touch to it. I think from all the tents that I’ve visited, the look and feel of Wanassa tent is my favorite. Not very extravagant and also not very traditional.
As soon as we arrived, we were lead to a private majlis which confused me a bit. Private majlis are normally ridiculously overpriced based on the other hotels that I’ve been to. So I wanted to make sure that the private majlis was really for us and that they didn’t confuse us with someone else. Lol. I sent a message to the hotel’s PR and she confirmed that yes, it is for us.
I don’t really understand the concept of having a private majlis for iftar, it only makes sense for covered ladies who would like to fully enjoy their dining experience within the comforts of their private tents. I have seen some people though who dine inside with no covered ladies with them which I thought was so anti-social. It doesn’t make sense, why go out and dine in a private majlis? I think it would’ve been better to have your iftar at home so it’ll be as private as you want to be.
That was until I tried it myself at the Wanassa Tent, it’s totally and absolutely worth it! First of all, it’s more comfortable and you’ll be more relaxed while dining in a private majlis and still get the normal service from the hotel. It was the best iftar experience that we’ve had plainly because both The Greek Mister and I were relaxed all throughout the meal. It definitely adds up to the experience. So a word of advice, if you’ve got the money – then by all means, have your iftar in your own private majlis.
The buffet spread at the Wanassa tent wasn’t as extensive as the others that I’ve tried. It worked well for me though because I’m always overwhelmed when presented with too many options. They have the usual suspects of the traditional dishes at their Arabic station while their international cuisine focused more on Indian and sushi.
Two long tables were dedicated for Indian dishes alone and while I’m not really a big fan of Indian cuisine, I thought I should try it out this time. Dishes were spiced perfectly for my taste, not hot and spicy. I loved the hammour dish cooked with coconut milk, I think that was the highlight of this iftar for me.
The live sushi station offers a small variety but covers the basics. Sushi trays were never empty as it’s always refilled on time. My favorite would be the spicy salmon roll. Yum!
Service was great but being inside the private tent, we can’t just raise our hand to catch someone’s attention. We’ll have to go out of the private tent to ask for something (ugh! Such a hassle. Lol). The good thing was, staff will check on us from time to time to see if we need anything. They always come when we don’t need anything though and when we do, they’re not around. I guess that’s a downside of being inside the private majlis which is quite easy to overlook. The comfort you’ll get while dining in a private majlis is worth it all.
It was absolutely a great iftar experience for us but I have to admit that being in the comforts of the private majlis made all the difference. We took our time eating as we enjoyed the Euro Cup football game on the TV in our private tent. It was a very relaxed and comfortable evening which I think is what an iftar or any dining experience should be.
I was a guest of Marriott Marquis City Center Doha to try out their iftar in the Wanassa Tent however as always, photos are my own and opinions stated are genuine and in no way influenced.
Wanassa Tent at Marriott Marquis City Center Doha
Iftar QR 215 per adult | QR 120 per child Inclusive of food and Ramadan beverages only.
Suhour QR 75 Inclusive of Arabic sweets and select Ramadan beverages.
Private Majlis price starting from QR 1500
For reservations: 44195000
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