We had hard time explaining to the airport cab guy to direct us to this hotel, because there are so many Ramee hotels in Bahrain. But eventually the good man did, after calling up his buddy. So, folks most airport taxi knows this hotel as the Baisan Hotel, because that's what it was until Ramee bought it over and plastered its iconic R all over this hotel.
We decided to pick this hotel based on the many good and average reviews people had about this hotel, expecially about the nightlife offered here. Now lets get started on the nightlife provided here, shall we? Its not a family hotel, meaning they serve alcohol in abundance
There is this pub called the Warbler on the ground floor that apparently serves great Friday lunches because the queue it had snaked all the way to the entrance door. They call it the Frunch. It is by far the biggest English pub I have seen outside of Qatar. There is a study room for nerds to drink and surf at the same time, a family dining room, a stage for live bands every night, and plenty of tables at the bar and the stage front. Now, about the band that plays here every night, expect Sunday nights. They're called the Fire & Rain and really they have neither. They're the crappiest band in all of Bahrain, there's much better bands playing at The Casablanca and Ramada Palace-trust me on this one because we're both music lovers and these bands can't play the most basic, commonly popular rock songs. Their vocals were off, and these scantily clad "singers" would prance around tables consisting of middle aged Caucasians only, which we found to be very racist, so we decided to stay the subsequent nights at another hotel and decided to hit the other two hotels for their bands. The band in Ramada has a moderately big dance floor and patrons are encouraged to dance to the music. The first night we went there, we requested the DJ to play several vocal trance songs, which he didn't have but the DJ took the effort to download it and play it for us the second night we went there. We requested several songs for the band to play, and since they didn't have Abba-Gimme gimme gimme, they played Dancing queen instead. I had requested for Gimme on the first night-which they didn't play because we had left already, but when they saw us again on the second night they played it just for us. The band at Casablanca was even more fantastic, they took the effort to play a particularly complicated rock song which they hadn't played in ages but they did, just for us. And one patron got excited with all the rock songs being sung he went up and played the electric guitar himself! Bands and songs aside, the cocktails in the Warbler is probably the best in Manama. They mixed it well and the taste was great compared to other pubs elsewhere
Ramee Baisan also have Bollywood pub which features Indian girls dancing. We had front row seats here and it was fun to watch. There's also the Bistro which serves food for those seeking for a late night chow, an Arabian pub and a Russian pub. These 3 bars has dancing girls so make sure you have enough money to splash around
Ok, now about the rooms. Oddly the room was good, of course we didn't get view, because this hotel is packed with other taller hotels on all of its corners so if you're looking for a room with view, you're going to be majorly disappointed. This hotel provided us with
=really good shower soaps
=it had a bath tub
=the towels were exceptionally thick and huge, I had to wrap it twice around myself!
=the reception forgot we had make a booking via phone so they gave us complimentary orange drinks and dates.
=queen size bed
=coffee and tea set
=dressing table, chairs, writing table
=Broken air cond controller, you can see all the wiring inside
=Air cond that emitted not so cool air throughout the night. They need to get this looked at
Another thing that struck me as odd was their policy to hold guests passports until check out. Never in all my years of travelling has any hotel requested to "keep" our passports. I asked around at other hotels and they said its against their policy to hold guests passports and I can report this to the authority so I guess this whole holding unto guests passports is probably a Ramee thing. And when we questioned the receptionist why no one picked up the reception phone when we called to ask its location, he said they only have one phone and sometimes no one is around/or busy with a guest to pick it up. Yes, that's exactly what he said
We paid BD 39 for a night, and if you scout around you could probably get something better with breakfast. Ours had no breakfast
Overall I would say this hotel is very average, and what makes it popular is The Warbler and its dancing girls pubs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4 star luxury hotel is situated on Exhibition Road in the heart of Manama, next to shopping; cultural and entertainment areas. The spacious rooms, convenient for families and corporate clientele, are stylishly furnished and boast marble flooring; mini bar; en suite bathroom w/shower and bathtub; Sat TV; iron and ironing board; internet access; telephone; sitting area; A/C; hairdryer and desk. The hotel offers excellent on site dining options; 24-hour room service; free parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Manama
- Manama Best Western
- Ramee Baisan Hotel Bahrain Manama