Bahrain Review Diplomat Radisson gets set for race day November 2003 900 With the Formula 1 Grand Prix only five months away, the Diplomat Radisson is gearing up for what promises to be the biggest event on the Bahrain calendar. “The complete renovation of the Diplomat Radisson SAS Hotel, in Manama, Bahrain, will be concluded well in time for next year’s Formula One Grand Prix,” says a hotel spokesperson.“The first renovation phase of the popular 246-room city centre property is already complete, and the second phase - which includes two new restaurants - is due for completion early next year.”“The hotel, a landmark in Bahrain, is being totally transformed but will retain its reputation for service excellence,” said general manager, Mark Willis.The completed phase one extends to four new exclusive room designs, as well as the opening of new restaurant, Olivos Brasserie, which provides 24-hour Mediterranean cuisine, and features the most extensive buffet in Manama.Guests can choose from elegant ‘Classic’ rooms, which impart a traditional feel, or ‘Maritime’ rooms, reminiscent of the glamourous days of luxury ocean travel.The hotel’s ‘Italian’ rooms are designed for those who love the avant-garde while three floors of ‘Royal Club’ executive rooms offer the ultimate in luxury. Royal Club guests can enjoy a separate reception for express check-in and out; a private lounge and exclusive business benefits.“Phase two encompasses two new outlets - a sophisticated Italian restaurant - ‘Mondo’, and a poolside Polynesian-style restaurant and bar, Kontiki. These new venues are complemented by the popular Al Fanar Supper Club - one of Manama’s most popular nightspots - which presents first class international and Arabic live entertainment, fantastic views of Bahrain and fine international and Arabic dining,” added Wallis.Bahrain is hosting the first Formula One Grand Prix race to be held in the Middle East next April, with work on the $150million track set to be completed in December.“We anticipate heavy demand for first class rooms during the Formula One event. Radisson SAS has an internationally recognised level of service and quality that our regular clientele and the race-going fraternity will expect from us in Bahrain. “We have the largest floor space of any five star hotel rooms in Bahrain, and the rooms include state-of-the-art wireless Internet connectivity and personal safes,” concluded Willis.