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“Solid choice, but nothing exceptional” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa

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The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa
Ranked #10 of 134 Hotels in Manama
Certificate of Excellence
London
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16 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Solid choice, but nothing exceptional”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2009

Stayed here for one night on business. On the whole I found it very comfortable - HUGE room, lovely view, good shower, comfy bed etc. Noise wasn't too much of an issue either. It's expensive for what it is, but I couldn't find much fault with the room itself.

Check-in staff were polite and helpful, but not the most efficient I've come across - sometimes a little slow to help. I arrived on an early morning flight and tried my luck by asking for an early check-in. I was told all rooms had been full the night before and none had been prepared yet, but if I could wait I'd be given the first one that was available. After waiting in the comfortable lobby for 30 minutes I asked how long they thought it might be for a room to come available and they said it would probably be at least half an hour. I wished they had told me this in the first place! In the end I asked if I could use the shower facilities at their spa to freshen up and this was not a problem. The facilities were excellent.

Location is OK in town, but the nearest shops are about a 10 minute walk away. Just walking out the hotel is a bit of a mission in itself, down a long path. I asked late at night if there was internet cafe nearby and was directed to a coffee shop with complimentary access for customers, which was useful. After walking around a deserted Manama at 10.00pm I ordered room service when I got back and 30 minutes later my food arrived - well presented and tasty.

On the whole the hotel was comfortable and provided everything I needed, but for the money I would expect a bit more if I was paying for it myself.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Parker, Colorado
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2009

The service was outstanding on the 10th floor lounge. I do wish, however that the breakfast eggs were not so runny and there was a more filling buffet at lunch and dinner. I left hungry every time.

I've never seen a more accommodating staff in any of the hotels I've stayed at.

FOOD: I avoided some of the more expensive of the restaurants, but Fiddler's Greene, the Irish Pub; OUTSTANDING.

The live band (Boxtones) made it even more enjoyable.

I really did enjoy my stay.

PARKING: Parking was horrible. but a parking deck is being constructed.

My personal thanks to Simon, Manager of Security.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mike S
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Kuwait
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2009

I have had the chance to stay at Diplomat Radison SAS, in Bahrain. The hotel is nice and clean and the staff is friendly and cooperative. The area is clean, quite and safe but if you are interested in walking around or shopping, FORGET IT. Its far from almost everything.

The breakfast is amazingly limited and the Chef is perhaps, the slowest I have ever seen. What kills you, is the price. Basic breakfast is BD 7.5 but when you are done, they tell you that you had the American Breakfast which casts BD 12.5 This is expensive even compare to Dubai. Which I consider very expensive.

So, of you are interested in walking around, I suggest get a hotel close to the shopping malls and make sure it is nice & clean. Read the reviews about the hotel first.

They even have an internet connection but it will be cheaper to subscribe to a monthly internet than to get one one hour there. They charge BD 5 for one hour (even if you use it for 1 minute) and 9 BD for 24 hours.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Heartkwt
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usa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2009

The Diplomat is an okay hotel. Considering what you pay per night, it is average, at best.

The staff is nice enough. The wait and cleaning staff (that you rarely see) are the best. They respond to requests (for transformers, room service, extra towels) within 15 minutes.

Security at the hotel is THOROUGHLY QUESTIONABLE. During my stay, a drug addict was knocking on my door attempting to gain access to the room next to me @ 1 AM. The individuals in the room next to me were partying until dawn. Despite my repeated calls to security, the party next door continued while the druggie was coaxed away. Given their accents, I am guessing my neighbors were Gulf Arabs - which must mean that the Diplomat maintains a double standard in the treatment of their guests. I'm sure that if I was behaving in such a lude and ridiculous manner, I would have been thrown out in minutes.

REQUEST A ROOM ON THE SECOND FLOOR OR ABOVE! The rooms on the first floor are not only filthy, but have not been renovated since the hotel opened (which I am guessing from the decor means 1971). The televisions are old (late 80s tube).

The on-going construction (to rememdy their lack of parking) often causes the electricity to cut out so I would recommend you be out of your room (especially in the summer) by 8 AM to avoid being stuck in a building without elevators and no marked entrance to the stairs.

There are no local coffee shops or restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, so you are stuck with the hotel's mediocre (but expensive) food selection. Would recommend waiting to eat out in town.

On the weekends, the lobby is overflowing with prostitutes looking to make a dinar or two with the wealthy Saudi men (with their families in tow) who frequent the hotel. You can't miss them - and while the soliciting process is amusing to watch - it makes for questionable behavior at odd hours throughout the hotel - which may or may not interrupt your stay (see druggie story above).

Best part of the hotel = gym (when the electricity is on, of course).

I have only ever stayed at the Diplomat because government rates severely limit my options (otherwise I would be at the Ritz).

The Diplomat knows that it can offer a mediocre level of service given what it charges because the next best hotel is FAR superior to the Diplomat. Don't expect too much from the Diplomat. If I wasn't here for work, I definitely would not have stayed there.

  • Liked — Gym (when there was electricity).
  • Disliked — Everything else.
  • Stayed February 2009, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank pantsmcgoo
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Vancouver, Canada
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78 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2008

I was there during Ramadan so it was very very quiet... Rooms are very large (as they generally are in the Gulf) but nothing to write home about. Felt a bit understaffed, and food was mediocre. It just wasn't great value for money (as is often the case in the Gulf!!)

  • Liked — view
  • Disliked — lack of value for money
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank meatshawarma
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
61 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2008

Went to Bahrain for a girls weekend away and the Radisson was perfect. The rooms were quite large, very clean and well-serviced, comfortable beds, absolutely no problems.

Although it doesn't have a beach, the pool is chilled, the surrounding area is beautiful and quiet, and the pool-side service is excellent (good cocktails and they come around with cold towels etc.)

Facial and massage were excellent, the gym was adequate and provided towels, but take your own water bottle (there were cups but they are a cone shape and too small)

The only negatives were being transferred about 6 times trying to call concierge to ask for a booking at an external restaurant ("Zoe's" by the way- highly recommended!!) and our eggs benedict room service came without hollandaise sauce. They did take it off the bill at the end though.

An excellent hotel and deserving of its high popularity here.

  • Liked — Spa was awesome. The treatments, the interior and the service were all brilliant.
  • Disliked — Telephone operators need a little more training.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Sandst0rm
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Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2008

I stay at The Diplomat quite regularly (monthly) and it is normally a good place to stay in Bahrain.

However I should warn people that there is now (July 2008) MAJOR construction going on directly in front of the hotel, which commences at 6.30am and continues until 7.00pm.

On a week day this wouldn't be a problem as I'd be up and off to work, but construction is also occurring on weekends.

Do not stay here if you're looking for a decent night's sleep any time before at least mid-2009.

  • Liked — Good location
  • Disliked — MAJOR construction noise next door from 6.30am
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank wilbur101
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Property: The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa
Address: Building 59, Road 1701, Block 317 | Diplomatic Area, Manama 5243, Bahrain
Phone Number:
Region: Bahrain > Manama
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Manama
#10 Luxury Hotel in Manama
#12 Business Hotel in Manama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 367
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa is just minutes from Bahrain international airport as well as the shopping districts. Large comfortable rooms welcome you with warm, a spacious floor plan and amenities like complimentary high-speed Internet. Be sure to utilize your complimentary access to the hotel's Diplomat Spa and fitness center. Olivos Brasserie hosts the daily breakfast buffet in addition to lunch and dinner options. Three restaurants serve international and local favorites while the bar pours tasty drinks. Food choices include creative Italian at Mondo Bar, Lounge & Restaurant; a merger of tastes from China, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and the Pacific islands at Kontiki; or traditional pub fare at Fiddlers Green. There are also three outdoor lagoon-style swimming pools in a tranquil garden setting. ... more   less 
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