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“Run-off-the-mill with power airconditioning” 3 of 5 stars
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The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Building 59, Road 1701, Block 317 | Diplomatic Area, Manama 5243, Bahrain   |  
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Ranked #11 of 116 Hotels in Manama
Geneva
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56 hotel reviews
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“Run-off-the-mill with power airconditioning”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

The hotel has everything you want, but you will forget it quickly. It lacks soul. A typical 5-star with all the amenities including a landscaped pool. It appears aged, however, and could do with a make-over. That being said, it is clean and well-maintained. Spot on in the diplomatic area, it is close to major embassies and the UN. Don't expect anything exciting within walking distance though. There is an area with good Japanese, Thai and French restaurants, but you will have to take a car. All in all a good hotel, if only they wouldn't freeze it down to Nordic temperatures. In contrast to the furnace heat outside, the temperatures inside hardly reach 20 degrees. I wore a sweater half of the time. Even after shutting down completely the AC in my room, the mercury climbed to 22 degrees only, due to the overpowering airconditioning in the rest of the building.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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-RDBlu, General Manager at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Dear Weltenbummler2,

We apprecitae you taking the time in offering your thoughts on your stay at the Hotel. I was disappointed to hear that you did not find the hotel having any soul. The greatest pride we have is the sould in the friendliness of the staff something that a lot of our guests comment on. Like any other hotel in Bahrain one would normally require a vehicle in moving even at close vicinity to the hotel. It seems though that the hotel temperature was not well controlled during your stay and thanks to your comments have adjusted our airconditioning accordingly. Perhaps when you are next visiting Bahrain you could contact me directly to ensure that I and the team manage to change your opinion of our property.

Kind Regards
Panos Panagis
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Saudi Arabia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

I stayed there with my family (02 kids)...the rooms were not upto the standards and i can presume them to be that way since the hotel is quite old....The SPA was good, especially the therapists !! The plus of this hotel was a seperate ladies only Pool, Spa and Sauna !!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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-RDBlu, General Manager at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Dear Nahskan,

Firstly let me apologize for not getting back to you earlier. I had at the time read your comments and appreciate your effort in offering constructive feedback about your stay. I was pleased to see that you have enjoyed your time at the ladies spa. In regards to the rooms we are in the near future looking to refursbishing some of the rooms. However the hotel has also rooms that have been renovated in the recent past. Please contact me when next in Bahrain in order to show you around the number of other options that we have to offer.

Kind regards
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I stayed at this hotel with 4 friends and some family members. The whole experience was lovely. The food was good, the rooms were clean and comfortable, the service was ok. The pool was lovely and overall the room prices were pretty good. We did have 3 in a room but we all had our own beds and there was still enough space in the room to walk around.

I would recommend this place and will be returning.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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-RDBlu, General Manager at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, responded to this review, September 7, 2013
Dear Catherine,

Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa. I have passed your positive comments to the team who were delighted to hear that you and your friends had a wonderful stay.

As rightly pointed our our rooms are the largest in Bahrain with floor to ceiling views and in combination with the friendly service that we are well known for, make an ideal getaway for a relaxing weekend or business trip.

I am looking forward meeting you in person when you are next visiting the hotel.

Panos Panagis
General Manager
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Crowthorne, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Stayed at this hotel to speak at a conference taking there. First class facilities and service. Took breakfast at the club as an upgrade and would do so again. Very nice pool area and lobby big enough to always have room for 1-2-1 meetings.

Room Tip: I'm not sure there are any bad rooms!!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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-RDBlu, General Manager at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, responded to this review, September 7, 2013
Dear Paul,

I was pleased to see your comments on tripadvisor on your recent stay at the hotel. It is always encouraging to receive positive comments from our guests.

We are also embarking on a project of redesigning and refurbsihing our Conference facilites that will further enhance our product in the near future.

I am looking forward to welcome you back to the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa.

Panos Panagis
General Manager
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Manama, Bahrain
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Food variety is excellent. Served fresh and absolutely appetizing. You could feel a care free atmosphere even there is a mixed fusion of nationalities. The band even its midday is enough to wake you up for more morsels. Next time we'll hit the bar at the lobby.

Room Tip: Choose the west wing wherein you get good view of Muharraq bay.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GM-RDBlu, General Manager at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, responded to this review, September 7, 2013
Dear Jakealderete,

Thank you for taking the time on commenting on you recent visit to the Friday Brunch in the hotel taking place in the lower lobby combining our Italian and Asian restaurants with the pool area.

It is pleasing to hear that you enjoyed the food and service and our Food and beverage team is looking forward in welcoming you again to the brunch.

I look forward meeting you in person when next in the hotel.

Panos Panagis
General Manager
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Chatham, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Generally a good place with a couple of gripes. I was upgraded to a Royal Club room on the 10th floor. This was I assume a recent refurb. A well equipped room with big flat screen & a very nice bathroom. One point it also had UK style sockets which makes life easy for someone has as many gadgets as I seem to have these days is good. Food at the restaurants is good, the irish pub doing a great burger. The buffet in the main restaurant is tasty & a similar buffet in the same place does breakfast. The pool & bar area is excellent, I could have stayed there much longer but unfortunately work called.
The point that isn't good is the disturbance level. If your trying to sleep in the morning it is a pain getting room service knocking!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GM-RDBlu, General Manager at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, responded to this review, September 7, 2013
Dear tr7v8,

We do appreciate you taking the time to comment on your ecent stay at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa. It is encouraging to hear that your stay was overall positive. Although it has been a while I have at the time taken the issue of room service disturbing you early in the morning.

I am looking forward meeting you in person when next in Bahrain.

Panos Panagis
General Manager
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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

I really enjoyed my stay at the Diplomat. There are several restaurants in the hotel - all good. Nice pool area and a great place to relax! Rooms were impressive, modern and spacious - my wife, our one year old and I had plenty of space! Top notch hotel and highly recommended!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GM-RDBlu, General Manager at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, responded to this review, September 7, 2013
Dear Loggo0404,

Thank you for taking the time to write on your stay at the Diplomat Radisson Blu. We are very pleased that you have found your stay here enjoyable.

I am looking forward welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future.

Panos Panagis
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Address: Building 59, Road 1701, Block 317 | Diplomatic Area, Manama 5243, Bahrain
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Location: Bahrain > Manama
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center 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:
#5 Spa Hotel in Manama
#9 Business Hotel in Manama
#9 Best Value Hotel in Manama
#11 Luxury Hotel in Manama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 246
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located in the centre of the prestigious Diplomatic area of Manama. The largest rooms and suites in Bahrain featuring floor to ceiling windows and high speed internet. ... more   less 
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