My Gulf Air flight to Nepal had a stopover in Bahrain and the connecting flight was delayed. While it was really nice of the airline to provide hotel accomodations, this choice of hotel seemed odd. Those of us who were delayed had wait for paperwork processing and then find the shuttle stop in the airport. It took my wife an I nearly an hour walking around the parking lot before we found that they needed us inside. About a dozen of us piled into a van to go to the hotel. We bypassed multiple hotels near the airport and drove all the way to downtown Manama to the Delmon. Both check in and check out found us waiting at the desk while a disorganized and uninterested clerk processed more paperwork. I was a bit concerned that they held on to our passports while we were there - I guessed that they did not want us walking around the streets.
The rooms seemed pretty run down to me and there was some trash left in the bathroom. They provided dinner, and this was the best part of the stay. They had a middle eastern style buffet which was actually pretty good. The restaurant looked out on the street and it seemd like we were not in a really nice area.
The worst part was that there a at least 5 lounges and bars on the first floor that play very loud music until 2AM. I popped my head into a few of these and was not impressed. In one, there was a guy on a piano singing while two scantilly clad ladies gyrated on stage. There were less than 5 people in the room but the music was deafaning!
We were on the first floor and could barely sleep due to the noise. We had less than six hours at the hotel until the shuttle picked us up to go back to the hotel. It was more comfortable than the floor in the airport, but not a place I would stay again.
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- Also Known As:
- Delmon International Manama
- Delmon Hotel
- Delmon International Hotel Bahrain/Manama