Team hotels revealed, where will the Socceroos hold, how much does a room worth, latest, updates, news

Team hotels revealed, where will the Socceroos stay, how much does a room cost, latest, updates, news

The 32 football teams taking part in this year’s World Cup will be based in copies of Arabian palaces, in wellness resorts and luxury hotels where alcohol is banned, FIFA said Wednesday (AEST).

According to a list released by the sport’s world governing body, 24 of the teams will be in bases — hotels but also university lodgings — concentrated around the capital.

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All teams have chosen to stay in the tiny Gulf state for the tournament which starts on November 18.

The Socceroos will be based at the Aspire Academy, a facility that has six outdoor and one indoor full-size football pitch, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, an indoor athletics track, an outdoor gym and a table tennis area among several others.

The rooms at the venue, according to FIFA, are in a dormitory that has 128 ensuite double rooms as well as four suites.

While the Aussies’ digs aren’t as luxurious as some of the other teams competing, it’s worth noting they were one of the last teams to make the World Cup, meaning the accommodation options were slim.

Defending champions France will be at the Al Messila, a resort near Doha that boasts of its “private palace setting”.

Defending champs France will be based here at the Al Messila. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)Source: AFP

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Villas can cost more than $2,500 a night — not including champagne.

Germany will be in the Zulal overlooking the Gulf that bills itself as the biggest wellness resort in the Middle East. Owned by Qatar’s ruling family, the resort’s royal suite costs more than $10,000 a night.

Manuel Neuer and his teammates will be the furthest from Doha, a 100-kilometre (62-mile) drive to the capital.

The resort advocates “traditional Arabic and Islamic medicine” and has a strict no alcohol rule.

Zulal general manager Daniele Vastolo said a lot of the teams had visited the resort because it allowed them to be “in a bubble” away from Doha’s crowds.

He added that security would also be easier as there is only one entrance.

Germany will have no problem relaxing at the Zulal Wellness Resort. (Photo by Mustafa abumunes / AFP)Source: AFP

“There will be no fans coming here bothering the guests or team to ask for photographs and autographs. So I think here they can really be isolated.

“But at the same time if they have one day that they look for distractions, they can drive to Doha.”

Fans will get easier access to the Al Shamal Stadium nearby, the German training ground, which is styled on a fortress.

Belgium have chosen the Hilton Salwa on the opposite coast with its own private beach, a private water theme park, with slides and cliff jumps, and villas costing up to $7,000 a night.

It is a favoured weekend destination for rich families in the Gulf state that has one of the world’s highest per capita incomes.

England are in the Souq Al Wakra hotel, where authorities plan to close off a section of the nearby public beach for Harry Kane and the rest of the squad.

There is no alcohol, as in most of Qatar, but the hotel facilities are being modified to bring in extra gym equipment and video games and other entertainment for the players.

The bulk of the teams are in hotels “within a 10km (six mile) radius of each other, further ensuring that the event’s thrilling atmosphere is concentrated in and around Doha”, FIFA said.

Brazil have chosen the city centre Westin near a main road, while the United States will be at the Marsa Malaz Kempinski on The Pearl.

Lionel Messi’s Argentina and former champions Spain have opted for “luxury” lodgings at Qatar University from where they can walk to their training ground.

More than one million fans are expected to visit Qatar for the tournament that finishes on December 18.

Some will be in $2,000 a night hotels but many are expected to stay in cheaper portable cabins and desert camps.

WHERE EVERY TEAM IS STAYING FOR THE QATAR WORLD CUP

Group A

Qatar: Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel

Ecuador: Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha

Senegal: Duhail Handball Sports Hall

Netherlands: The St. Regis Doha

Group B

England: Souq Al Wakra Hotel Qatar by Tivoli

Iran: Al Rayyan Hotel Doha Curio Collection by Hilton

USA: Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha

Wales: Delta Hotels City Centre Doha

Group C

Argentina: Qatar University Hostel 1

Saudi Arabia: Sealine Beach, a Murwab Resort

Mexico: Simaisma, A Murwab Resort

Poland: Ezdan Palace Hotel

Group D

France: Al Messila – A Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Doha

Australia: New Aspire Academy Athlete Accommodation

Denmark: Retaj Salwa Resort and Spa

Tunisia: Wyndham Grand Doha West Bay Beach

Group E

Spain: Qatar University Hostel 2

Costa Rica: dusitD2 Salwa Doha

Germany: Zulal Wellness Resort

Japan: Radisson Blu Hotel Doha

Group F

Belgium: Hilton Salwa Beach Resort and Villas

Canada: Century Premier Hotel Lusail

Morocco: Wyndham Doha West Bay

Croatia: Hilton Doha

Group G

Brazil: The Westin Doha Hotel and Spa

Serbia: Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha

Switzerland: Le Royal Meridien, Doha

Cameroon: Banyan Tree Doha at La Cigale Mushaireb

Group H

Portugal: Al Samriya Autograph Collection Hotel

Ghana: Double Tree by Hilton Doha – Al Sadd

Uruguay: Pullman Doha West Bay

South Korea: Le Meridien City Centre Doha

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