FIFA World Cup 2022 accommodation guide: Best and cheapest places to stay

FIFA World Cup 2022 accommodation guide: Best and cheapest places to stay

Kevin Omuya
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:16 PM

If you plan to attend the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, you should book a hotel soon after buying your tickets. If you are planning a trip to Qatar and are looking for suggestions on where to stay, the FIFA World Cup 2022 accommodation guide is worth studying.

FIFA World Cup 2022 accommodation
The Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 logo was projected on the facade of the Algiers Opera House in the Algerian capital on September 3, 2019. Photo: AFP via Getty Images
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Over 1.2 million spectators, not only football enthusiasts, are predicted to attend the tournament's 28-day showpiece. Qatar Tourism estimates that there are only roughly 30,000 hotel rooms in the country, making it challenging to provide lodging for everyone who needs it during the event. It is estimated by Omar Al-Jaber, housing director for FIFA and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, that roughly 90,000 of these rooms are already occupied.

Where can I stay for Qatar World Cup 2022?

If you plan on attending the winter games in Qatar, you probably want to be as near to the action as possible without compromising comfort. The eight locations picked to host FIFA 2022 games are all within easy travelling distance of one another. For this reason, choosing a hotel close to the venues is important.

Does Qatar have enough hotels for the World Cup?

fifa World Cup 2022 accommodation cost
A view of the St Regis Hotel in the Qatari capital Doha, on May 30, 2022, which would serve as a base camp for The Netherlands national football team during the 2022 World Cup. Photo: Karim Jaafar
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Since demand has greatly exceeded availability, there will be a severe shortage of hotel rooms in Qatar during the tournament. The official website says there are no tickets for the event.

Most of Qatar's hotels, located in the capital city of Doha, are completely booked for the foreseeable future due to the World Cup. This is because there are only about 850,000 expected guests, but there are 90,000 available accommodations.

How do I book a 2022 World Cup hotel?

All of our hotels in Qatar have received contracts from FIFA's official partners to host guests during the tournament (November 21, 2022 - December 18, 2022). Please visit the official website to make your reservation.

Best places to stay for the World Cup

Best places to stay for the World Cup
View the lobby area of The Pearl Doha - Marsa Malaz Kempinski Hotel. Photo: Getty Images
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We have put together this helpful guide to housing options for anyone planning to attend more than one night of a match. Reservations must be made before the dates on which fans expect to attend the games.

Match holders can remain for a minimum of the nights specified by the purchase dates. You can book a room at the hotel through their website, a third-party booking service, or directly with the hotel. If an administrator is willing to spend QR 100 ($27.47) as accommodation cost, they can switch a visitor's stay with another guest.

Can I drink alcohol in Qatar during the World Cup?

There are few bars and restaurants in Qatar. Alcohol consumption is strictly controlled. At this year's event, alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase in select areas within stadiums. Outside of the venues, they will only be sold in approved hotel eateries and bars.

Qatar World Cup 2022 accommodation options

Where can I stay for Qatar World Cup 2022?
A general view shows the 2022-shaped building near Doha Sports City on October 1, 2022, ahead of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup. Photo: Karim Jaafar
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  • Rented Apartments and Villas:

You can get a one-night stay in an apartment in Doha for under a grand. The city has a wide variety of apartment buildings and villas, so it should not be hard to find one that suits your needs. One can stay in a three-bedroom apartment in Al Wakrah for about $530 per night.

Some of the cheapest places to stay for the tournament are close to the stadiums, so you can still enjoy the tournament even if you cannot afford the more expensive options. When visiting Qatar, staying with friends or relatives will be convenient.

  • Fan Villages:
Best places to stay for the World Cup
Employees walk past cabins at the Al-Emadi fan village in Doha on November 9, 2022, ahead of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup football tournament. Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev
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Three fan towns have sprung up on the city's outskirts and are taking reservations. Regarding lodging at the event in Qatar, fan villages are the most affordable choice, with nightly rates as low as $208. These settlements can be found in several parts of Doha, one in the south, another near Lusail Stadium, and a third in the west.

Guests staying in Fan Villages can choose between a full-size bed and two twin beds. In contrast to the five-star hotels in Qatar and the surrounding area, these accommodations are more affordable. However, guests can access standard services such as free Wi-Fi, clean drinking water, and maintenance staff.

  • Cruise Ships:
Best places to stay for the World Cup
A view of the MSC World Europa Cruise ahead of Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar, on November 10, 2022. Photo: Mohammed Dabbous
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Booking a cabin on a cruise ship might put you near the stadium. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, at the Grand Terminal of Doha, MSC Cruises' two luxurious cruise ships await guests. Those who stay at one of these locations will have easy access to the arenas and other events.

The MSC World Europa and the MSC Poesia offer nightly rates of $350 and $180, respectively. Compared to hotels, staterooms on cruise ships are smaller, but staying on one gives you access to all that comes with a cruise trip. Cruises offer everything one could want, from bars and restaurants to shows and other forms of entertainment.

There are various categories of FIFA World Cup 2022 accommodations in Qatar. The event, however, has reached capacity. An indication that football's popularity is universally shared.

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Kevin Omuya is a Content Writer with 4 years of experience who joined Sports Brief in 2022. In 2019 he held a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Digital Media from KCA University.