The InterContinental Regency Bahrain is located right in the traditional center of Manama directly opposite the souq and just a block from the World Trade Center. The building is clearly not the newest but is still in great shape.
As with most places in Bahrain, the hotel offers free parking right in front of the building in a surface lot. It is always a little odd to see a high rise and then a surface parking lot in the next block.
Bahrain usually only has light security and this is the only place that I saw an actual metal detector used. Check-in was a little confused, but still took less than 5 minutes in total with all the passport copies and credit card authorizations. I had used points for my stay, but rates usually hover in the $250-$300 range for this InterContinental.
There was a lot of dark wood in the room and, in typical Intercontinental fashion, I found the room to be large.
It was freezing even on the lowest AC setting. It seems most guests have a preference for VERY cold rooms (and given the constant heat outside that is no coincidence). The building is right next to a major freeway, but there was precious little noise to be heard; the insulation was well done and the rather small windows (given the room size) surely contributed.
The bed was enormous but the sheets somehow always felt wet. I thought it might be some residue from washing and the damp climate the AC produces but it didn’t change on the second night either.
The internet was fast, needed no password and easily came in at 10Mbit almost all the time.
On day two I walked up to the gym which I found VERY well-equipped with lots of new workout machines. It also has a good vibe, with decent music and lots of natural light. There is a pool right next to the gym, though it wasn’t the pool I could see from my window, so I’m not sure if I even saw the whole property as it has a confusing set of elevators that lead to the gym.
From what I could gather, the InterContinental Manama goes into the solid category; there is precious little to be excited about, but if you need a great business hotel where everything seemingly works then this is a the place to be. It’s also close to a number of restaurants and cafes in the souq (see My Favorite 20 Things to do Bahrain). If you find a good rate, go for it.