21 Aug 2014

The Gulf Hotel, Manama, Bahrain

For my first visit to Bahrain, I was delighted to be greeted by the opulent and welcoming embrace of the Gulf Hotel Bahrain. 

This prestigious landmark property is both an icon in Bahrain and a hallmark of classic luxury, having first opened its doors in 1969. As veterans in five-star service the property’s staff exude easy, helpful professionalism.

After a tiring journey, we were ushered through check-in amidst the grandeur of the lobby, with relative ease. My bedroom offered a warm and soothing ambience with furnishings in beige.

My colleague and I padded around the sprawling premises adorned with dramatic chandeliers and stylish sofas. We chose one of 15 specialty restaurants, bars and cafes for our dinner that evening, opting for the Royal Thai restaurant, sitting on our own private balcony overlooking the hotel’s gardens. A delicious spicy, prawn soup was followed by a nutty Thai curry which had such generous portions we were able to share. The following night we relaxed outside in the trendy Typhoon, Bar and Lounge amidst the waterfalls and greenery of the hotel’s gardens with a wooden deck overlooking a Koi Carp pond.

Meanwhile discerning corporate travellers have the option of using the hotel’s Platinum Floor and complimentary Platinum Lounge for views across the Gulf. Onsite there are substantial conference facilities with 21 rooms of varying sizes.

Staying in Bahrain on business, the hotel was conveniently situated in the central Adliya district, in close proximity to the Grand Mosque and the Royal Palace. It also provided an easy journey time to the airport, financial district, malls and diplomatic area.

Gulf Hotel boasts 358 bedrooms and suites. In addition to extensive F&B offerings and MICE facilities, the hotel provides two tennis courts; two squash courts; a health club, plus a separate health club for women; a flower shop; barber and salon. www.gulfhotelbahrain.com 

By Naomi Leach