Residence Inn Manama Juffair, Bahrain– Hotel Review

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DINING

IMG_4200The complimentary breakfast buffet sprawls out on one side of the lobby offering varied fare ranging from hot entrees, such as breakfast burritos and omelets, to a homemade oatmeal using a recipe from the general manager, Sam Van Campenhout, who does more than suggest how to prepare oatmeal. He takes it upon himself to personally attend to each guest to ensure satisfaction and comfort. Each morning, I saw him chatting with guests, a sight more often associated with a luxury hotel brand than a Residence Inn.

The buffet menu changes daily to accommodate the long-stay clientele. Among my favorite offerings were the local dishes including Arabic foul (stewed beans with a sundry of savory toppings). Other more familiar options included yogurt parfaits piled high with fresh fruit and an array of breakfast cereals.

Another signature touch is the personalized coffee delivery. Staffers circulate as guests nosh on breakfast and offer made-to-order coffee drinks. My colleague ordered a cappuccino, and it appeared with her name drizzled into the foam on top.

Residence Inn does not serve lunch or dinner, but guests may take it upon themselves to prepare their own meals in their kitchens. Staffers will happily do the grocery shopping, which I found to be a welcome and unexpected amenity. A 24-hour shop next to the reception desk sells everything from pasta to dishwashing detergent.

Alternatively, guests can walk across the street to sister property Marriott Executive Apartments, where a full-service restaurant prepares hot meals and sandwiches that can be charged to one’s Residence Inn account. Room service at the Residence Inn allows guests to select anything from the menu next door and have it delivered, room service-style.

WELLNESS

The hotel has a modern fitness center, as well an outdoor swimming pool on an elevated sun deck with exceptional views of the city.  I chose to walk around the neighborhood for exercise, which I found to be very comfortable and safe.

A sauna and steam room are also on hand to help guests decompress.

BOTTOM LINE

Visiting a foreign city for more than just a few nights can be costly, and the task of renting an apartment or leasing a condo can be daunting. Residence Inn and Marriott Executive Apartments have made it easy and comfortable for long-term guests to make the transition.

Perhaps the best perk for the road warrior is that Marriott Rewards members can rack up points for their living expenses, which can’t be done by renting an apartment!

Discovering that Residence Inn offers more than meets the eye overseas was quite the surprise, and I would not hesitate to return to the Residence Inn Bahrain again, even if just for a short-term visit.

THE DETAILS

Residence Inn Manama Juffair
Building 894, Road 2414, Block 324
Al Fateh Manama, Bahrain
Tel +973 17 362900
www.marriott.com

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