THIS year is set to be a year of change for Bahrain’s Gulf Hotel with an extensive renovation and construction programme taking place, according to a statement from the hotel.
The 240-bedroom Tower Block will be completely refurbished with a modern, new external facial and renovated rooms that will be enlarged and will bring the hotel in line with the latest standards in the hospitality industry.
The renovation will take place from May to October at a cost of BD8.4 million ($22.3 million).
A new executive floor lounge on the 13th floor of the Tower Block will offer executive floor guests an unparalleled, modern lounge to retire to, with stunning views over the city.
The area will feature a dining area, lounge, meeting room, complimentary bar, internet stations and flat screen TVs.
An upgrade and extension to the mezzanine floor meeting rooms along with open views over the hotel’s new entrance are planned on the mezzanine floor.
The hotel’s 24 hour dining restaurant, Al Waha Café, will have a complete new look with a modern décor including stunning murals, state-of-the-art buffet display units and open plan kitchen.
The Palace Lounge will offer a bright new outlook with enlarged windows and the replacement of all soft furnishings, while all the furniture and carpet work will be replaced in the Al Andulus Lounge and main lobby.
The new Thai Colonial Bar, located under the Royal Thai Restaurant, will offer relaxing indoor and outdoor seating where guests can enjoy cocktails overlooking the hotel’s gardens. With nightly entertainment, it promises to be a popular social venue.
A new 12 story facility adjacent to the Gulf Executive Residence will create 8 floors of car parking with almost 600 additional car parking bays, together with four floors of offices, offering 6,400 sqm of office space.