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Oriental Palace Hotel
Ranked #97 of 132 Hotels in Manama
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 reviews
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“Great stop for those who don't travel for their hotel room”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2010

My husband and I are the kind of travellers who like to get out and about when travelling. The hotel is simply a place to dump some luggage and crash at the end of the evening to recover from a day of exploring. Although difficult to initially find, and a little noisy in the later hours, it was a reasonable place to stay in a city with such contrasting accommodation availabilities. Being a couple, we wanted to avoid the more 'salubrious' budget hotels, but didn't want to fork out the big bucks for the luxury places. A firm bed, a shower, toilet and mirror were all available. A little musty, damp smelling and looking like it might have been a good-looking place in the 80s, it's worth just crashing there for a weekend trip to Bahrain. Very central location, and an easy base to walk from, or drive from if you have a rental car. Helpful staff, free breaky (though not great) and placed in an area reminiscent of Old Dubai. Not bad for young couples, though it's always best to stick to referring to yourselves as "husband and wife" in the Middle East if unmarried.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 557 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2010

In spite of it is rated 3-star-hotel, this is really old one and quite basic. Moderate room, TV, fridge, bathtub, towel, hot water shower etc etc. Reception is open for 24 hours. You can arrive/check-in anytime :-)

Unfortunately there is no no-smoking room here.

First room they allocated me smelled so bad, what was worse, water started to leak in bathroom from upstairs , so I had to ask another room. Second room didn’t smell al all. In case you are not a smoker, you can keep asking till you find a room with no smell in there, it is no harm ~. I was lucky, though, because hotel was not occupied fully at that time. Otherwise, I would have had to stay in the smoky room for 3 nights.

The location is good. Close to Bab Al Bahrain , that is where you can hail taxies. There are many money exchangers nearby, some of them are 24 hours, also many fast food restaurants and local eateries. Gold Souk is just around the corner. It is behind Yeteem Center. If taxi driver hasn’t heard of Oriental Palace Hotel, you may mention Yateem Center, it will help.

There is a restaurant in this hotel, I didn’t try but it looks good, not very expensive. It looks like this hotel doesn’t arrange city tour. In order to do that, you have to charter a car, this is what they suggest, if you are in a big group, it might be a good idea, you can share the cost.


Considering how much you pay for this hotel, it is very good value.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2010

The Oriental Palace certainly isn't a palace but if you need a place to lay your head with a view (if you're lucky) of the World Trade Centre at super low budget then this is the place to come.

Accommodation is standard, no frills and nothing special, but on the whole clean and hygienic. Breakfast is via a coupon stuck under your door in the middle of the night, take this into the restaurant for an Arabic/Asian buffet in the morning.

If you're a solo male then don't be surprised if you receive a night-time 'visitor' or phonecall, no, not the staff putting the coupon under the door! I've received both on two visits to the hotel, but a simple 'no thanks' dealt with it.

Probably more of a hotel for businesspeople, and not a place to spend any time. The reception staff are always friendly and efficient.

  • Liked — Low budget
  • Disliked — Night time callers
  • Stayed March 2009, traveled on business
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2009

I spent one night here with a friend as we decided to see Bahrain for a weekend. We looked for really cheap hotel options and found this place. We spent about 40GBP for the night - and the ratings I give are based on this price.

The good: Front desk was very friendly, there was free parking, and it was in the center of town. The breakfast was pretty good and the bathroom was modestly clean. There is a balcony with a view over the square. The TV worked and had around 40 channels or so.

The bad: I didnt take a taxi so had to find the place in our rental car - VERY difficult to find by myself. The beds were old and still not completely sure if the sheets were clean. The furniture is straight out of 1983 and has the wear-and tear marks to prove it.

All in all, it was average for 40GBP. I mean really, what can you really expect for that kinda price. If there was an event in town and I had to pay twice that, then I would have had a issue with that, but it fit the bill for what we wanted which was a place to crash our heads and to get the heck out early in the morning. Its definitely not a romantic get-away spot and if I were a single-woman driving a rental car to find this place, not sure how I would feel in this neighborhood (though it really did feel like a safe place).

Hope this helps.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Oriental Palace Hotel
Address: Tijjar Avenue | PO Box 5546, Manama, Bahrain
Location: Bahrain > Manama
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #97 of 132 Hotels in Manama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Oriental Palace Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 55
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