Only a few months after opening its doors, the Westin Doha Hotel on Salwa Road has been fined by the government after health inspectors found food products “unfit for human consumption.”
Speaking to Doha News, a spokesperson for the Westin said a small bottle of juice that was one day past its expiration date was found in the fridge of the Luxe Lounge, located off the hotel’s lobby.
A notice on the Ministry of Municipality and Environment’s website dated May 18 said the Westin venue would be closed for 20 days.
The spokesperson added that while the lounge’s food and beverage counter is closed, the seating area remains open and that guests can order snacks and drinks through the hotel’s other restaurants, all of which remain open.
“The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa takes the health and safety of its guests extremely seriously,” she added.
Each month, Qatar health inspectors sanction more than a dozen venues, ranging from small eateries in the Industrial Area to high-end restaurants in five-star hotels, for food violations.
While the ministry sometimes releases photos of moldy or rotten food, it typically provides few details on the severity of the violations it finds.