A GOLDEN STAY IN BAHRAIN
There are always two sides of a story when it comes to investment. With the precarious financial conditions globally and a difficult 2011 locally most companies have decided to put on hold their investments until they see a more favourable environment for them. Others, on the contrary, take it as an opportunity to invest and get prepared for the better times that will come ahead. Such is the case of the Golden Tulip Bahrain Hotel in Manama that is undergoing a millionaire thorough renovation that will undoubtedly put it on the list of best five stars hotels in Bahrain to stay.
It was not enough for the Golden Tulip Bahrain having the Island’s best Friday brunch in town, probably thanks to the good culinary taste of its renowned chef that attracts locals and foreigners equally in a first-class friendly environment. It was not enough either having one of the best locations in town near everything that matters, from the financial centre to Manama’s Souk and only seven kilometres away from the airport, or to face the World Trade Centre, the landmark building of Manama, that lights up the guests rooms at night with its neon illumination. The brand still wanted to transform the hotel to the best possible choice in town and went on with the renovation despite it all.
“We started the new renovation at the beginning of February 2011 and we finished it by April 2012”, says Abdul Rahim Al Sayed, acting Manager of the Golden Tulip Bahrain.
With a hefty investment, the hotel has now a new reception area that welcomes guests with a fresh look and brand new furniture. The restaurant, that was already a very famous spot in Manama, is now transforming the eating culture in town and is becoming ever more famous with the well-known Wednesday’s Seafood night.
“We are very famous in outside catering and we work for major companies and Government Offices in Bahrain. Our food standard is second to none. We follow our customer needs be it French, Arab or Indian. Besides, there is our Friday brunch, which is very famous in Manama. We are quite busy during our Brunch and other theme nights so we have extended the lobby and the restaurant overlooking the swimming pool to provide our guests with more and better space”, says Al Sayed.
To promote the Golden Tulip Bahrain Hotel, the brand is offering different discount packages for Eid, Christmas and New Year catering to the GCC market. “We have many loyal customers from all over GCC that like to come and spend the weekend or holidays with us and we want to give something back to them by offering premium discounts” states Mr Al Sayed and continues “we also offer special discounts to the employees of SAUDI ARAMCO subsidiaries and affiliates on presentation of their ID Cards”.
A GROWING GOLDEN MENA BRAND
The brand is managed by the Flamingo Hotel Management Company in the MENA region since 1999 that has been able to expand the chain and grow it from only one Golden Tulip at that time to over 58 hotels presently expanding from Algeria to Dubai. “We have six hotels in Tunisia, around 16 in Saudi Arabia, three in Dubai. We have properties in Oman, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Jordan and we are opening a new one in Algeria next year” explains Al Sayed.
The key of the success of the management company and the brand stands at its very core nature. “We are very popular in the GCC because our management is very accommodating with local investors and have managed to get our brand known in the region in a record time, states the acting hotel manager of the Golden Tulip Bahrain, Manama.
Despite the troubled times in the MENA region the brand is not only growing in numbers but also in quality with heavy investments in both, new hotels or renovations. In Bahrain specifically the Golden Tulip keeps improving and expanding.
For more information, kindly contact:
Golden Tulip Bahrain Hotel
P.O. Box 1090, Manama
Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: +973 17 535 000
Fax: +973 17 532 071
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