TRIED & TESTED BAHRAIN HO­TELS

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Wyn­d­ham Gar­den Manama

This four-star ho­tel be­comes the largest stand­alone ho­tel in the King­dom with 441 rooms and the brand’s largest glob­ally.

BACK­GROUND

Wyn­d­ham Ho­tel Group re­cently added two ho­tels to its Bahrain port­fo­lio – the five-star Wyn­d­ham Grand Manama lo­cated in the twist­ing, mixed-use United Tower (op­po­site Four Sea­sons) and this four-star ho­tel, which be­comes the largest stand-alone ho­tel in the King­dom with 441 rooms and the brand’s largest glob­ally. If you’re not a Wyn­d­ham afi­cionado or Re­wards mem­ber, Gar­den ho­tels are po­si­tioned ‘mid up­scale’.

WHERE IS IT?

Next to the up­com­ing Oa­sis Mall in Juf­fair dis­trict. The re­turn trans­fer to the air­port took about 15 min­utes early morn­ing. The road to the main en­trance is nar­row and might cause prob­lems at busy times (two-way air­port trans­fers free for ex­ec­u­tive lounge guests, BHD10 each way for oth­ers).

W H AT ’ S IT LIKE?

The lobby looks unas­sum­ing and gives lit­tle clue to the scale of ser­vices above, no­tably the spa­cious rooms, 14th floor ex­ec­u­tive lounge, seven F&B venues, and leisure and MICE fa­cil­i­ties. I was only here a night but could hap­pily have stayed longer; I doubt you’ll tick off all seven out­lets, but if you do, rooms have cook­ing hobs and mi­crowave fa­cil­i­ties for long-stay guests.

ROOMS

My Club room (#1409) was close to the lifts and lounge, though the con­ve­nience was off­set by some back­ground noise and I could faintly hear the ping of the lift; if you’re a light sleeper, re­quest a room fur­ther along the cor­ri­dor. Along­side the large screen TV was a small desk and iHome unit, and be­yond a ta­ble with sweet ameni­ties was a good-sized bath­room with the shower en­cased in curved glass. USB points are wel­come be­neath the bed­side lights. The ma­jor­ity of rooms have bal­conies though some have tubs, and oth­ers show­ers only. There are 252 Deluxe King/Twin rooms (floors 16-27) and 38 Club Deluxe rooms, and the ho­tel has one- two- and three-bed­room suites (one-bed suites are the sec­ond largest cat­e­gory at 72 units).

E X E C U T I V E LO U N G E

Open to Club guests stay­ing on floors 8-15. Happy hour is from 5pm-6.30pm. I grabbed an espresso at 6am be­fore check­ing out and there was a se­lec­tion of fruits, crois­sants and pas­tries.

FOOD AND DRINK

A clear at­tribute. Stairs lead up ei­ther side of the lobby to The Deli Grab & Go and Ital­ian Trat­to­ria, while the bulk of venues – Play­ers Lounge sports bar, Ter­rasse at 28 (Ger­man drinks), Café Mo­saic (all day din­ing) and Via Brasil, lo­cated be­hind a slid­ing door, com­plete with a large ter­race – are lo­cated on the 28th floor. I strug­gled to keep up with the Chur­ras­caria in Via Brasil but red meat lovers won’t be dis­ap­pointed (the lunchtime cos­mopoli­tan flavours in At­mos­phere at the Grand were enough to power me up all day). An at­trac­tively de­signed In­dian restau­rant, Jashan, com­pletes the flavours on the sev­enth floor. Al­co­hol-free floors are avail­able.

MEET­INGS

Three rooms can hold up to 180 for con­fer­ences or 200 for ban­quets. A busi­ness cen­tre is avail­able, along with the Club Lounge. Wifi is free.

LEISURE

Guest can un­wind in a size­able pool with gen­er­ous ter­rac­ing and steps in the cor­ner lead down to a gym. Jacuzzi and steam (for gents and ladies) is near the pool and other ser­vices in­clude a spa (third party), beauty cen­tre and sa­lon. VER­DICT

The Gar­den boasts a good range of ser­vices, though a glance at Tri­pAd­vi­sor sug­gests rates are nearer the top end of the mar­ket than mid­scale.

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