The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel Residence & Spa is the latest five-star property in the kingdom to invest millions of dinars in upgrading its facilities.
Members of the media were shown around its gleaming new lobby this week and given a glimpse of a renovated guest room just days after newcomers to the highly-competitive sector opened their doors to guests.
As highlighted last week, the long-anticipated Reef Resort unveiled its chic villas, sandy pools, spas and restaurants just as the Jumeirah Royal Saray beach destination, close by in Seef district, unlocked its gates.
The Diplomat Radisson Blu, owned by National Hotels Company, opened for business in 1982, detailed the progress of its extensive BD7.5m renovation project being undertaken across its public areas as well as its rooms and suites. Now boasting a modern blue and beige interior, the contemporary lobby features floor-to-ceiling columns and glass panels embossed with Arabesque patterns, plus elegant lighting to add to the ambience.
General manager Kosta Kourotsidis, said: “We are committed to providing the highest standard through the best hospitality and I look forward to welcoming both existing and new guests as we celebrate a new stage in our hotel’s history.”
A new outlet has been added in the lobby, called Royal Café, where guests and visitors can have casual meetings, a cup of tea or coffee and a quick bite, he added. And Olivos, an all-day-dining restaurant, has been given a complete refurbishment as well.
A warm and welcoming open floor plan has been created where the front desk and lobby seating area are mixed in a single large space to greet guests.
The Diplomat Hotel, located in the Diplomatic Area, offers a choice of 367 guest rooms, suites & residence apartments. Its new look guest rooms feature state-of-the-art technology with Apple TVs, sensor lighting and bedside docking stations.
The property has recently appointed Hasan Barakat as its director of sales & marketing, described as a ‘timely appointment’ as the on-going ‘massive renovation’ takes shape. “I’m sure we will benefit from his experience to market and correctly position our upgraded property," added Kosta.
As recently reported, the Crowne Plaza Bahrain has completed extensive refurbishment too and the Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain in about to undergo a full phased renovation over 10 months.
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