Marriott opens first Residence Inn in Bahrain
Manama, December 13, 2011
Marriott International has officially opened the doors of its first Residence Inn-branded property in the Middle East region in Bahrain.
The Residence Inn by Marriott Juffair, launched under a long-term management agreement with International Trading and Investment Company, welcomed its first guests to the property in suburban Manama last week.
The lodging brand for extended stay travelers in Bahrain features a total of 80 units, including 26 studios, 17 one-bedroom suites, 35 two-bedroom suites and two three-bedroom suites.
“We are thrilled by the continued expansion of our presence in Bahrain and are excited to introduce our third lodging brand in the country, giving travelers a growing choice in accommodations when they visit the country,” said Ed Fuller, president & managing director of International Lodging for Marriott International.
The Residence Inn by Marriott Juffair offers a mix of spacious, stylish and residential-feel studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom suites.
Diane Mayer, VP and global brand manager for Residence Inn said, “One third of today’s global business travelers are extended stay guests. As the leader in this segment in North America, Residence Inn is proud to introduce to the Middle East our expertise and distinct service culture that tailors to the unique needs of this group of traveler.”
The property is located adjacent to the Marriott Executive Apartments in an attractive suburban neighborhood of Manama that is popular with international visitors and upwardly mobile Bahrainis.
Juffair is the site of Bahrain’s largest mosque, the huge domed Al Fateh Mosque, as well as the adjacent new National Library.
Sam Van Campenhout, general manager for both properties thanked the owner Sheikh Mohammed Abdulrahman Al-Khalifa, managing director of International Trading & Investment Company (Itico).
'He and his team have been instrumental in developing a great product for us to bring to our guests,' said Van Campenhout.
Among the recreational amenities are an outdoor swimming pool and an 140 sq m health and leisure club with men’s/women’s lockers with separate sauna and whirlpool, the perfect place to relax and unwind.
With expansive workspace and ample easily accessible outlets, and 42 inches flat screen TV, guests are fully equipped with hiteh facilities.
'Like its suites, the hotel’s public space is comfortable and multi-functional. The Cafe-Lounge serves a daily complimentary hot breakfast buffet while a “Grab and Go” kiosk/market offers snacks for purchase 24 hours a day.'
'The new hotel also has a business center that includes a 20-square meter meeting room for business or social gatherings,' he added.-TradeArabia News Service