Bahrain hotel reopens after $5.2m renovation
Manama, January 5, 2013
Al Safir Hotel and Towers, one of Bahrain's major four-star hotels, has opened after a BD2 million ($5.2 million) renovation work which includes new rooms built specially for the disabled and physically-challenged guests.
The leading hotel in Juffair had announced the renovation in July last year, suggesting confidence was returning in the country's tourism sector after a long period of uncertainty.
Hotel managing director and board member Hameed Al Halwachi told the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication, that the hotel, which first opened in March 2000, had been "completely changed."
He said, for the first time, new rooms had been built for the disabled and physically-challenged guests, which were all designed in line with international standards.
"We have several new facilities, including the rooms, which have been completely refurbished," he said. "They all have a new international design to cater to people of all tastes, cultures and backgrounds."
He said while the tower part of the hotel, which was opened in June 2007, was not affected, all the 120 rooms of the old building had been redone.
Al Halwachi said the renovation indicated the hotel's commitment to Bahrain and confidence that tourism is picking up, after being massively affected by unrest last year.
"We are sure we can turn the page on the unsettled conditions in the last few years and look forward to a brighter and more profitable 2013," he added.
He said the hotels, like all other businesses, had been affected with falling numbers of guests over nearly two years, but the situation had looked up in the last few months.
Another four-star hotel, the Gulf Gate Hotel in Manama, was also recently renovated at a cost of BD2 million. Plans were also announced to upgrade the Bahrain International Hotel and the Tylos Hotel, both in Manama.-TradeArabia News Service