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“Not worth the price” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Novotel Al Dana Resort Bahrain

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Novotel Al Dana Resort Bahrain
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   121 Sheikh Hamad Causeway | PO Box 11073, Manama 322, Bahrain   |  
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Ranked #24 of 118 Hotels in Manama
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“Not worth the price”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

I spent 170 euros per room.

Pro:
- internet fast and free for as many deviced you want
- omelette of the breakfast cooked on the grill (much less oil involved)
- close to the airport
- cable to hand laundry in the bathroom
- bathroom: only bath, not separate shower

Cons:
- you have to pay for your laundry directly, not possible with your room
- minibar is just an empty fridge
- breakfast: just few things for a continental breakfast (no strawberry, no salmon)
- internet ONLY wifi
- furniture and the room itself: old
- tried to go to the hotel fish restaurant but at 14.00 was closed

For the rest
- There is a gym, you have a lot of stuff (hard lifts, not so easy to find) but is very small. You don't have bottles of water in the gym, keep it in mind.
- There is a swimming pool, medium/big size
- There is a safe in the room
- They provide you with a pair of slippers in the room
- There is a boiler in the room (but no tea spoons!)
- There is a cable tv in the room (no dvd)

I hope this review was helpfull for you

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GM N, General Manager at Novotel Al Dana Resort Bahrain, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
We thank you for taking the time to give us your kind feedback during your stay at Novotel Al Dana Bahrain.

Your opinion is highly observed, and I shall share it with the whole team, so that they are aware of their contribution in helping to satisfy our esteemed guests and meet their expectations. Moreover; we would like to highlight few points that are related to your observations as the followings:

In order to avoid the cash payment, we highly recommend keeping a balance for other services might be used in the hotel, including meals in our outlets, international phone calls, and laundry services.

Based on the feedbacks of our clients, the majority prefer to have an empty refrigerator so they can bring their own items they require the most, especially if there are infants with them.
Our International open buffet breakfast is quite desired by the majority of our guests, we received some feedbacks to include Oriental Arabic items, which we did.
La perle seafood restaurants is opening for dinner only daily except Sundays starting from 7:30 PM, the same is communicated in all our booking websites.

I would like to seize this opportunity to confirm that a full renovation plan is continuing for the last 16 month to progressively upgrade our services and facilities, starting with the bedding, the Wi-Fi, and the “In Balance” sports club facilities.

We look forward to welcoming you again at Novotel Al Dana Bahrain, and would like to recommend you for Lunch to visit Zytoun Restaurant with a large variety and selections of seafood and fish market with the freshest catch of the day, our large selection of cold and hot appetizers, flavor salads, freshly made deserts, pastries, and Fruits cuts.

Yours sincerely,

Pieree GAUDOU
General Manager
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Wow place to stay in Bahrain. We were their for four days on a family vacation. Great architecture, greenery, reasonable size swimming pool with private beach,spacious rooms. In short good combination for a perfect small vacation. Would love to stay there again in my next trip to Bahrain.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GM N, General Manager at Novotel Al Dana Resort Bahrain, responded to this review, April 25, 2013
We thank you for taking the time to give us your kind appreciation about your stay at Novotel Al Dana.

Your positive feedback is our greatest reward, and I shall share it with the whole team, so that they are aware of their contribution in helping to satisfy you and meet your expectations.

We look forward to welcoming you again at Novotel Al Dana Bahrain.

Yours sincerely,

Pierre Gaudou
General Manager
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Saar, Bahrain
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

I have been to the Novotel in Bahrain a total of three times now, and each time I go I look forward to their buffet breakfast, which offers quite a wide variety of both western and eastern (mostly western) breakfast cuisine, and I have once been to the restaurant next to the buffet centre - the name of which I cannot recall - which offered a rather poor dinner selection, but favourable Hawaiian pizza. The rooms are well-priced, considering the average costs of most hotels in Bahrain - almost all of which are shamelessly overpriced - and while they are basic, they offer everything that you would need in a room for a maximum of a week. The staff were very friendly and willing to help, but the rooms - I found - were not very child-friendly, and I would not recommend the hotel for families. I would, however, definitely recommend the hotel for bachelors on business trips or couples on weekend stays in Bahrain, as it is situated conveniently neat the airport. While being near the airport, though, it was a bit too far (for my liking) away from most of the action in Manama - i.e. the malls, other hotels, recreational centres, restaurants, etc. I did, however, very much enjoy the huge pool and hot tub, and in-pool bar - that did sell alcoholic beverages, so I would recommend (or rather, insist on) bringing your bathing suits!

Room Tip: Even the largest rooms are not very big, so again, I would not recommend the hotel for families, but...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GM N, General Manager at Novotel Al Dana Resort Bahrain, responded to this review, April 7, 2013
We thank you for taking the time to give us your kind appreciation about your stay at Novotel Al Dana Bahrain.

Your positive feedback is our greatest reward, and I shall share it with the whole team, so that they are aware of their contribution in helping to satisfy you and meet your expectations.

We look forward to welcoming you again at Novotel Al Dana Bahrain, and would like to recommend you for dinner to visit La perle, our seafood and fish market restaurant to enjoy the panoramic view overlooking to the gulf with the freshest catch of the day, our large selection of cold appetizers, flavor salads and freshly made Fish Terrines and Mousse.

Yours sincerely,

Pierre Gaudou
General Manager
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

In town for a friend's engagement party at a near-by hotel. The Novotel Al Dana was near the airport, and we booked a room for a reasonable price. The rooms are not at all impressive, however. They're large in size, but the decor is very simple and outdated. However, the staff are good and helpful. The pool and beach are a nice plus.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GM N, General Manager at Novotel Al Dana Resort Bahrain, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at the Novotel Manama Al Dana during your last visit.

we always strive to provide a superior service experience for every customer; therefore your feedback is very important to us.

I would like to seize this opportunity to confirm that a full renovation plan is continuing for the last 16 month to progressively upgrade our services and facilities, starting with the bedding, the IT and Wi-Fi

network with high performance and free of charge all over the hotel premises, the swimming-Pool, the Beach equipments, the door lock VINCARD system, among the safest in the world, the fitness and

SPA equipments, CCTV system with cameras and in/out monitoring and many other technical installation and equipment to guarantee and optimize the comfort and safety of all our Guests.

We look forward to welcoming you again at Novotel Al Bahrain.
Yours sincerely,

Pierre GAUDOU
General Manager
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Riyadh
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Room was great value for money. Location good although a bit far from the malls. Nice private beach and the amenities very good. Service good even though staff needed prompting at times. Overall a very nice place to stay for a relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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GM N, General Manager at Novotel Al Dana Resort Bahrain, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
We thank you for taking the time to give us your kind appreciation about your stay at Novotel Al Dana.

Your positive feedback is our greatest reward, and I shall share it with the whole team, so that they are aware of their contribution in helping to satisfy you and meet your expectations.


We look forward to welcoming you again at Novotel Al Dana Bahrain.

Yours sincerely,

Pierre GAUDOU
General Manager
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Had our civil wedding in Bahrain and stayed in this place! :D Wonderful and unforgettable experience at Novotel Al Dana Resort! Crew is also accommodating. I will never ever forget this place and scenery is magnificent too. Two thumbs up!

Also perfect for photo shoots, too bad we we have to leave soon. Two thumbs up! :D

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GM N, General Manager at Novotel Al Dana Resort Bahrain, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Dear Guest,

We thank you for taking the time to give us your kind appreciation about your stay at Novotel Al Dana.

Your positive feedback is our greatest reward, and I shall share it with the whole team, so that they are aware of their contribution in helping to satisfy you and meet your expectations.


We look forward to welcoming you again at Novotel Al Dana Bahrain.

Yours sincerely,

Pierre GAUDOU
General Manager
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London
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Reading some of the negative reviews, I can't help feeling I was in another hotel as I had a great 24 hour stay. It has the design and feeling of a small resort and makes a nice change from the towering and soulless Juffair business hotels. We stayed in a regular king sized room which was clean and had a Moorish feel to it with tiled floors and a stained glass window above a rustic "wooden" door. We stayed in room 2109 which was on the first floor and looked out onto the children's swimming pool. I was worried that we would be woken by screaming kids in the morning, but heard nothing so I assume that the sound-proofing worked well. I noticed some rooms had small balconies or terraces, which would have been nice to try.

The beach was great as was the pool with its bar sticking into the water so that one could sit on a submerged stool and sup a beer.

The only downside was the barman who worked at the pool bar - he (I am guessing from Nepal or somewhere close) was completely unsmiling and must have missed the training session on service!! He kept telling me that, because I hadn't paid a deposit, I had to pay cash immediately, and was unbelievably slow in terms of service/bringing change when I had moved from pool to beach. He could do with re-training or sacking!!

My only other gripe would be to concur with another reviewer who mentioned the high bar prices.

Having said that, we had a very enjoyable stay and will almost certainly return when we decide that the Magic Kingdom across the causeway is getting too much!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GM N, General Manager at Novotel Al Dana Resort Bahrain, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Dear Guest,

We thank you for taking the time to give us your kind appreciation about your stay at Novotel Al Dana.

Your positive feedback is our greatest reward, and I shall share it with the whole team, so that they are aware of their contribution in helping to satisfy you and meet your expectations.


We look forward to welcoming you again at Novotel Al Dana Bahrain.

Yours sincerely,

Pierre GAUDOU
General Manager
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Additional Information about Novotel Al Dana Resort Bahrain

Address: 121 Sheikh Hamad Causeway | PO Box 11073, Manama 322, Bahrain
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Location: Bahrain > Manama
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Business Hotel in Manama
#24 Luxury Hotel in Manama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Novotel Al Dana Resort Bahrain 4*
Number of rooms: 166
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beach-side luxury 4-star hotel, combining Leisure facilities and Business district convenience. Hotel features an outdoor temperature controlled swimming pool with a hot tub set, a private beach, a fitness center and Spa and a free Business center.Seafood and Catch-of-the day fish specialties are served at La Perle Restaurant, while Zytoun Grill offers international delights buffet with Arabic touch. Live sport and cocktails at Bellevue panoramic bar overlooking the Arabian Gulf, open until late in the evening. Novotel Al Dana Bahrain is 5 minutes drive from airport, Diplomatic and financial areas and City Center; the largest Mall in Bahrain, one minute walking distance from Bahrain national museum and Theater. ... more   less 
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