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“Good hotel in the Diplomatic area” 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
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36 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Good hotel in the Diplomatic area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here during the Formula 1 weekend, so it was a challenging and busy time for the hotel, with some of the teams staying there. However service did not seem to suffer and the hotel coped well - no long waits for taxis, drinks, or meals either. I stayed in a suite, which is in the newer Residence tower and it was large and modern with a fully equipped kitchen including washing machine. The bedroom was large. Only negative was that the bathroom did not have a separate shower cubicle, which would be expected with all that space. Good buffet breakfast with hot and cold items, meats, cheeses, fruit, yoghurts and pastries.

Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Les V
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GM-RDBlu, General Manager at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Dear Les V

It is delightful to hear that your stay in the hotel was most enjoyable. During the Formula One race the hotel was indeed quite busy and it is important for our team to hear that service was of the high standard that our guests expect. I have taken note of your comments on the seperate shower cubicle and will incoporate your suggestion for our forthcoming rooms refurbishment.

We have had mostly very positive comments about the choice and variety of dishes on our breakfast buffet.

I look forward welcoming you back to the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel Residence & Spa in the near future.

Panos Panagis
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Anguillara Sabazia, Italy
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

We stay here on a regular basis and its always nice,. I would recommend just having room service for breakfast as the buffet is over priced,.the restuarant by the pool was nice for lunch and drinks at night. I had tuna with gnocchi which I really enjoyed

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ZJ_Walker
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GM-RDBlu, General Manager at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Dear Mr. Walker,

Thank you for taking the time to offer your feedback through our tripadvisor page. It is pleasing to hear that you had overall enjoyed your stay at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa. In regards to the value for money for our breakfast, I appreciate your comments and will be looking into our food proposition.

I look forward welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future,

Panos Panagis
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Port Alfred, South Africa
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104 reviews
66 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 4 nights after abandoning a previously booked hotel due to mostly internet connectivity issues. The change was a breeze resulting in a very comfortable room, a very good gym, and a very nice terrace area to sit in the night. Service was overall as you may expect from a 5 star property such as this. What really impressed me was the housekeeper (Indrajeet) who was extremely hospitable and turned my room around in abiut 5 minutes. Also the reception staff and the bar staff were extremely accommodating. The only service disappointment I experienced was in the buffet restaurant where we dined one evening and simply got lousy service (no clearing of plates, no drink orders, and simply a careless attitude of the staff). Were it not for this evening I would ave given an 'excellent'.

Would definately return here.

Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Thank woudo
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GM-RDBlu, General Manager at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Dear Woudo,

Please allow me to thank you for taking the time to give some constructive feedback to our team. I was glad to hear that overall you had a very positive stay. However, i do take your comments on the service in our all dining restaurant with great care. I have addressed the issue with the team there. I am now certain that they will strive to improve their service in the future.

I look forward welcoming you back tot he hotel in the near future. Please do not hesitate to contact me personally when making the reservation.

Panos Panagis
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Farsund, Norway
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

Great hotel with a friendly and helpfull staff. Excellent restaurants and a cooling dip in the pool is to recommend after a long day or in the early morning. Room is comfortable and clean.
The morning restaurant has a variety of dishes, but price maybe in the upper level.
Spa area is also to recomend for a relaxing good time. Shopping area and other restaurants are not far from hotel, but take a cab when temperature comes up!

Room Tip: Room at a corner is more quit when people from Saudi celebrates weekend !
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank maja058
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GM-RDBlu, General Manager at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Dear Maja058,

I am delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your stay at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa. I have passed your positive comments to the staff who are delighted to hear once again that they have been appreciated.

Please do not hesitate to contact me personally when next visiting the hotel. I have updated your file and you will be allocated a corner room as requested.

Panos Panagis
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Manassas, Virginia
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291 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

While the Diplomat in Manama is not the best in EVERY category in Bahrain it is the best overall. One can rest assured that you will never have a bad experience at the "Dip." We have both stayed here and eaten at every single restaurant that they have. Of special reverence to us is the breakfast buffet and the Friday Brunch Buffet. Hands down, the diplomat has the freshest and finest quality of fresh meats and seafood ready to be cooked to your liking. We found this to be true as well during Ramadan as the staff spared no effort for the Iftar meal we attended. One of my favorite pastimes is to go poolside after work with the fellas, chomp into their huge hunk of meat between to buns they call a hamburger, sip a frosty and light some cigars. The grilled chicken wrap is equally worth mentioning

If one is looking for a place for your organization to host an event I would as well recommend the "Dip." We have attended many events here and have been amazed by the services provided and the level of professionalism and attentiveness of the staff.

The rooms are modern but very functional only get better as you go up in floors. The view of Manama from the upper levels is amazing. Here is the warning. If one is attempting to find a hotel away from the hustle and bustle of the city then a traveler might be put off by the location. It is in easy reach of both the airport and the financial and diplomatic center of Bahrain (hence the name.) Directly in front of the hotel is an intersection that has the proud distinction of being called the "13 minute light." The label is appropriate believe me as I have timed it...sitting on my Harley....in AUGUST!!!

HUGELY IMPORTANT NOTE!!! If you are in the Military make sure you let them know as you will get a sizeable discount. As well, the offer an hourly shuttle that will more than likely take you where you need to go (if you know what I mean)

For evening festivities don’t forget to run by “Fiddlers Green” which is the establishments pub of course. In it one will find a mixture of Arab, Western, European, Asian and who knows that other culture, engaged in stimulating conversation. It may very well come to pass that the woes of the world may be solved within the walls of Fiddlers. Regardless of how history writes it

See you on the trail and remember, don’t be one of “Those”
John Eric

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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2 Thank John F
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GM-RDBlu, General Manager at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Dear John,

Firstly, let me thank you for taking the time in writing your positive feedback about the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa. I am very pleased to hear that you experienced friendly and personalized service in our Food and Beverage outlets and rooms. I look forward welcoming you back to the Hotel in the near future.
Panos Panagis
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New York
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154 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

Good location (abt. 15 minutes from the airport), easy and friendly check-in. Rooms are specious, well equipped, look very clean, comfortable bed, and all-around good service. Would highly recommend it (and that does not happen often).

Only "neutral" observation: as with most hotels, restaurant prices are not cheap, but an excellent selection from the buffet makes up for this. Also recommend the in-house Irish Pub (if you fancy a burger for $15.00). But there is good beer and, believe it or not, smoking allowed.

Room Tip: All are in quiet locations.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 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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Helpful?
Thank HarryAnnie
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GM-RDBlu, General Manager at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Dear HarrieAnnie

Thank you for taking the time giving us your comments on Tripadvisor. I am pleased to hear that your stay in the hotel met your expectations and that you found the rooms to be spacious. I take your comment on board in regards to the prices in the restaurants and let me assure you that we are constantly searching to improve our quality versus price proposition.

I am looking forward welcoming you back to the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa in the near future.

Panos Panagis
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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463 reviews
131 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

This 5 star hotel is of a good standard. The pool area, gym and Spa are all very good indeed. The room size is generous and the location convenient for the Airport. The general area around the hotel is no so endearing and for me I always like a walk on the evening this is definitely not the place to do that! Timing wise I stayed at this hotel for 6 nights in March 2013 which co-incidentally was also the 2nd Annversary of the 'up-rising' only a 5 min walk from the hotel I found mysel caught up amongst youths wearing Masks , carrying petrol bombs being ' tear gassed' by the police. I am a seasoned traveller and take a lot to be phased, but don't let anyone tell you it is perfectly safe in Bahrain because trouble is simmering all the time, take. Look at how many police are on the Streets, every roundabout junction and public building! So, in summary stay somewhere else in Bahrain, the Ritz Carlton perhaps.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank John J
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GM-RDBlu, General Manager at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Dear airbournewarrior,

Thank you for taking the time to offer comprehensive and constructive feedback. I was most pleased to hear that you enjoyed the facilties of the hotel. In regards with the location please note that in the direct proximety of the Hotel premises a number of Embassies are to be found. This area is deemed as one of the safest areas in Bahrain due to the high level of security present.

In any case, i look forward welcoming you back to the Hotel in the near future.

Panos Panagis
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Property: The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa
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:
#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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