Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Upfront -

CAMP­BELL GRAY HO­TELS will open a bou­tique art ho­tel in Bahrain this month, as the King­dom broad­ens its hospi­tal­ity of­fer­ing.

The 46-room Merchant House ho­tel, close to the souk, joins the Small Lux­ury Ho­tels of the World (SLH) port­fo­lio and will post rates of BD90 in De­cem­ber, with a sec­ond night free. Fea­tures in­clude a cu­rated li­brary, small meet­ing room, pool, ter­race and restau­rant.

“It was a fairly or­di­nary 1960s build­ing but we’ve kept the con­crete pil­lars, and in­tro­duced lots of colour and some se­ri­ous art – it’s go­ing to be quite a jewel,” said Chair­man and Di­rec­tor Gor­don Camp­bell Gray. “I think there is a big move to­wards small ho­tels and a sense of brand fa­tigue.” The Machrie Ho­tel and Golf Links on Is­lay in Scot­land re­opened last sum­mer.

In­dian mid-priced oper­a­tor, Lemon Tree Ho­tels, aims to en­ter Dubai in Q3 next year with an 114-room ho­tel on Al Wasl Road.

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