Stayed at Gulf Gate Hotel for 1 night, courtesy of Gulf Airlines – and it was one night too many. The hotel was quite close to the airport (about 10 minutes), but …. there is this sleazy brothel-feel about it that makes you certain you’ll never return. My husband was propositioned right in front of our room by a young lady offering him massage and other services. Plus, the hotel us currently being renovated and it is surprising that the management hasn’t considered closing the hotel down for a couple of weeks, till renovations are done.
Lobby: You walk into the reception and there’s a construction site spread out in front of you.
Room: Nothing charming or traditional or Arabic about them. We had a room that was first preceded by a long corridor (no light working there) which led to a huge room (plenty plenty of storage space) and which was icy cold (only cold air coming out of an old A/C, windows not well insulated), faded & tired, and appeared dirty. No complimentary water bottles, only water in a thermos (we did not try the water but purchased a water bottle). Flat screen TV. No blow drier or safe.
Bathroom: small, dirty feel, no space to leave your toiletries. Complimentary toiletry consisted only of 4 sachets of shampoo and some soap bars.
No complimentary slippers.
Bars & nightclubs: Sleazy, faded & dirty appearance (littered floor, dirty tablecloth, drunken customers displaying lewd behavior). Ladies, regardless of what you’re wearing or how bad a hair day you’re having, when you walk into the bar alone, brace yourself – sleazy propositions come hailing down on you within seconds. One beer cost about 10 Euros. The nightclub Oasis seems to be more of an ‘exotic dancer’, slash adult entertainment place than anything else. We did not have a drink there, so no idea how expensive it is.
Staff: unpleasant, so smiles or Arab hospitality
Passports: Our passports were kept at the lobby and returned only after check-out - I protested but was told it was mandatory.
No free wi-fi
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- Also Known As:
- Gulf Gate Hotel Bahrain/Manama