InterContinental Regency Bahrain, Manama Review

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

You can book your stay at the InterContinental Manama, Bahrain, here.

3.5 / 5 stars