See inside luxury hotels England stars could stay at for the Qatar World Cup in 2022 – one is completely alcohol-free and another has 3.5 kilometers of private beaches
England have selected three luxury hotels for the team’s oasis at the World Cup in Qatar next year.
One of them is just ten miles from the border with Saudi Arabia.
And another is completely dry – there is not a single drop of alcohol in the whole complex.
A Football Association team has already visited Qatar to examine several hotels.
England competes with Belgium for one site and Mexico for another.
Their preselection includes:
- Hilton Salwa, a superb 7 * hotel.
- Souq al Wakra from the Tivoli hotel.
- Seaside resort of Sealine.
It remains unclear whether WAGS would be allowed to stay in the same hotel or be forced to stay in separate accommodation.
The Hilton offers the greatest security despite its proximity to the Saudi border.
The Sealine offers the best grounds for training.
And the Wakra souk is the closest to the capital Doha, where almost all the matches of the tournament which will start next November will be played.
David Hancock of Sir Stanley Matthews Travel said: âThese are three distinctly different hotels.
âThe Hilton complex is the furthest from Doha but it is absolutely huge – I think it would be financially impossible for the FA to rent the entire complex for the tournament.
“But he’s so big they could easily create a secure ‘bubble’ in one section and seal the England squad.
âIt’s like a small town with its own bars and restaurants.
âIt’s a long, closed beach and the land is in fairly good condition.â
He added: âThe Sealine is much closer to Doha.
âIt’s a much older hotel – around 25 years old, but that means the terrain is much better.
âEngland has requested the rental of 37 villas – they all face the land.
âSo if the players were assigned these rooms, the players would come straight out of their rooms and go to the training ground.
âBut there is a lot of heavy industry – the gas and oil are running right up the hill and there was a definite smell.
âSo there could be a pollution problem.
âSouk al Wakra does not have a swimming pool – it is quite busy and I think security would be a nightmare.
âEngland checked it out, but I really don’t see them choosing this one – despite being the closest to Doha.
âIt is only 15 minutes from the international airport and directly overlooks the beach.
âThey might make a change at the 11th hour and choose another hotel, but these are the ones they reviewed.â
An FA team is expected to return next week and a final decision is expected shortly.
Manager Gareth Southgate will have the final say on who gets chosen.
Hancock added, âThere are pros and cons with each one.
âNone of them are absolutely ideal.
âObviously the FA will be concerned with security as the main issue.
“And none of them are cheap.”
There is a scramble between the qualified nations to find the best hotels, as some teams may have to split.
Sealine seaside resort
Choice of restaurant: Reef and Burger.
Serves alcohol: Yes.
Hotel says: âOur accommodation does not have a sea view, it offers a sea experience.â
At the airport: 35 minutes
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Souk Al Wakra in Tivoli
Choice of restaurant: Emshoot
Serves alcohol: No.
Hotel says: âAmong the best 5 star hotels in Doha, our 101 key property is made up of ancient heritage houses where the original character has been beautifully preserved.â
At the airport: 15 minutes.
Hilton Salwa Hotel
Choice of restaurant: Miss Chinese Wong.
Serves alcohol: Yes.
Hotel says: âOn 3.5 kilometers of private beaches and lush gardens, our resort’s vibrant white and blue exteriors blend in with traditional Arabian style. Enjoy free access to Desert Falls Water & Adventure Park, Qatar’s largest water park.
At the airport: An hour and a half.