TRIED & TESTED BAHRAIN HOTELS
Wyndham Garden Manama
This four-star hotel becomes the largest standalone hotel in the Kingdom with 441 rooms and the brand’s largest globally.
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.
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.
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.
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.