I stayed at the Gulf Hotel but their concierge service was very limited, to a point where he didn't understand my English and I'm American! I was desperate to find a nearby beach without driving too far so I called up a few reputable hotels in Manama and found a really good concierge (his name is Khalil) that provided exactly that information and more...his suggestion was the Coral Beach Club which was fantastic! Not only that, he also helped me find the address of a concert venue I was committed to attend that evening and the fact that this particular concert was canceled due to political unrest at the time. Thank goodness for this concierge! If I ever return to Bahrain, I would definitely consider staying at his hotel so I may meet this fabulous fellow again. I've also heard that they have a really nice spa, all the more reasons for me!