For my nights in Bahrain, I was looking for a place that wasn’t too expensive and in a good location. The Best Western Plus ‘The Olive’ is located in Juffair, Bahrain’s ‘party’ neighborhood that has a number of hotels (that serve incredibly overpriced alcohol) and restaurants.
I arrived at 10AM – way before the regular check-in time. The front desk could have not been more friendly and had no trouble checking me in without an extra charge. The hotel made a clean and well-maintained impression – similar to what I saw at the Holiday Inn Bur Dubai.
The room was excellent – lots of dark colors and exposed natural stone and the bed was huge and comfortable.
While this is one of the colder seasons in the Gulf, it was still 90+ degrees outside, but the room was more like 60 degrees.
The bathroom was spacious and well-organized. I had trouble getting any cold (!) water to work in the shower (though there was plenty of hot water). Eventually this worked after I called down and waited for an hour.
The internet was free of charge and initially fast, but would slow to a crawl at 6PM every night. The hotel needs to work on this and manage bandwidth better (or simply get more bandwidth). Bahrain is a very connected country and it’s (seemingly) easy to get a 500Mbit connection (at least that’s what the banners all over the city suggest).
There was free breakfast included and it was a full hot buffet. However, I found most items to be of low quality and skipped it entirely on day two.
Rates were about $100 during the time of my stay in November, which I found to be good value for Bahrain’s ‘high season’.
The trouble with the location is that you need a car (or you need to use an expensive Uber or taxi) to go to any of the sights. It’s about a 30 to 45-minute walk to anywhere otherwise.
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