The legendary Gulf Hotel who recently debuted at the ATM in Dubai won the prestigious World Travel Award for the Leading Hotel in Bahrain. Votes for the World Travel Awards were cast by 180,000 travel industry professionals from more than 175 countries.
Aqeel Raees, Gulf Hotels Group Chief Executive Officer said on receiving the award: “It is indeed a great honour to accept this award and marks a tremendous achievement for us as it is voted for by members of the travel industry across the world. The Gulf Hotel and Gulf Convention Centre established itself as Bahrain’s original five-star hotel when it opened its doors in October 1969. Today, the hotel has secured its presence as the Kingdom’s first and most luxurious property, providing our guests with exceptional service and outstanding quality standards for over 40 years”
Graham Cooke, President & Founder of World Travel Awards remarked: “All of our Middle East winners have shown remarkable resilience to overcome the challenges of recent times, with an exceptional focus on excellent customer service and facilities that are simply second to none. Those companies that hold aloft their trophies are an example to the world, raising standards with determination, creativity and innovation. “I congratulate the team at The Gulf Hotel in Bahrain on their valued contribution to the global tourism industry. Winning a World Travel Award is the ultimate accolade, and they can be justly proud of their outstanding achievement.”
The Gulf Hotel, an independent Bahraini-owned property was originally built on beach land just a stone’s throw from the waters of the Arabian Gulf. Following numerous reclamation projects around the area, the Gulf Hotel now rests in the heart of Manama, directly opposite the city’s majestic Grand Mosque and a stroll away from the bustling Adliya touristic district. Situated just 15 minutes from Bahrain International Airport, the hotel is in a prime position for leisure and business travellers visiting the island.
Featuring 357 elegant guestrooms and 97 deluxe apartment suites at the exclusive Gulf Executive Residence, the hotel is the address at which to be based when visiting Bahrain.
The hotel’s dedicated Platinum Floor boasts 38 luxuriously-appointed rooms and a complimentary Platinum Lounge offering some of the best views over the city and Gulf. Guests staying on the Platinum Floor can enjoy a range of additional services designed to provide the busy business traveller with a unique five-star experience. Complimentary services include use of a private meeting room accommodating eight, private check-in and check-out, packing and unpacking services, VIP in-room amenities, deluxe breakfast, private bar, butler service, high speed internet and much more.
The Gulf Hotel is well renowned for being home to some of Bahrain’s leading restaurants, making it an unmissable visitor attraction in its own right. With over 15 speciality restaurants, bars and cafés, the hotel prides itself on its gastronomy. Guests can choose to dine on a wide range of top quality and authentic cuisine, including Iranian, Thai, Lebanese, Chinese, Western-Asian Fusion, Japanese, Italian and Mexican.
The onsite Gulf Convention Centre is the largest and most impressive conference facility in Bahrain, which has been firmly on the pick-list of conference and event organisers from all over the world since its launch in May 1997. The 21-roomed state of the art facility offers 5.600 square metres of space to perfectly cater for all sizes of conferences, exhibitions and meetings.
Although offering an outstanding service for the savvy business traveller, the Gulf Hotel should not be overlooked as a fantastic leisure destination too. First class recreational facilities include a large lagoon-style swimming pool, whirlpool spa, children’s pool and play area, fully-equipped health and fitness club, Jacuzzi and steam room, and expansive squash and tennis courts. This makes it the perfect location for tourists of all ages looking to enjoy the sights and entertainment of Bahrain.
Whether visitors are travelling for business or pleasure, for one night or several weeks, to see all that Bahrain has to offer or to retreat to a luxury hideaway, the Gulf Hotel offers quality Bahraini hospitality and unrivalled facilities. Offering a calm and professional environment, while benefiting from easy access to Bahrain’s capital, guests will find an immaculate service that can cater for their every need. A team of professional staff, many of whom are on first name terms with regular guests, are equipped with a strong work ethic and a desire to create a personal atmosphere. It is this personalisation that sets the Gulf Hotel apart from its main competitors and ensures that it remains at the very heart of Bahraini hospitality.
The Gulf Hotel Bahrain is a member of WORLDHOTELS, which is an extensive collection of the most unique and independent hotels around the world.