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InterContinental Hotels Bahrain

City Centre, 1.27 mi

4.7/5

King Faisal Highway

P.O. Box 777

Manama

Bahrain


Reservations:
1 800 007 697

Front Desk:
973-17-227777

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Crowne Plaza Manama (Bahrain)

City Centre, 2.39 mi

4.6/5

Diplomatic Area 317

P.O. Box 5831

Manama

Bahrain


Reservations:
1800 007 697

Front Desk:
973-17-531122

Visiting Manama – A City Guide
From ancient forts to luxury shopping malls, Manama has plenty to offer. The city attracts weekenders and families with its rich culture, markets and restaurants. Set in the heart of the Persian Gulf, Manama’s beaches and waterfront parks are the ideal escape from the bustling city.

Manama: city layout and top attractions
Manama’s a compact city, with most places a short drive away. The Central Business District and Diplomatic Area run along the city’s northern coastline, encompassing shops, luxury hotels and a dramatic skyline. Heading south leads to Juffair and Adliya, with their restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Across the bay is Muharraq, Bahrain’s old capital, where handsome traditional houses line narrow, dusty roads.

The first stop for many is Bahrain Fort (Qal’at al-Bahrain), a beautifully preserved, UNESCO-listed site that was the capital of the ancient Dilmun civilisation. The nearby site museum documents the fort’s past. History buffs can dig deeper at Bahrain National Museum. For retail therapy, Manama Souq, behind Bab al Bahrain in downtown Manama, is a maze of alleyways with perfumes and textiles on offer. The Bahrain International Circuit, home to the Bahrain Grand Prix, is southwest of Manama.

The concierge recommends…

  • Discovering the Pearling Trail, a series of UNESCO-listed houses and shops around Muharraq linked to Manama’s pearling heyday.
  • A performance at Bahrain National Theatre, a strikingly modern waterfront building.
  • An evening stroll in Prince Khalifa bin Salman Park, where a playground keeps kids occupied and an observation tower offers panoramic views.
  • A trip to the Bahrain International Circuit, where karting, biking and other high-octane activities are on offer.
  • Al Fateh Mosque, for its marble floors, chandeliered hall and ornamental calligraphy.

Eating Out in Manama
Manama is replete with options to suit all budgets and appetites. A leisurely brunch at a waterfront café, where you can see and be seen, is a favourite weekend activity.

Upmarket Seef is a hub of fashionable cuisine. Restaurants such as Asha’s and Bushido provide fine dining experiences, while Café Lilou serves up fresh European-inspired food. Adliya and Juffair are packed with more casual options, including Middle Eastern cuisine and shisha waterpipes at the popular Verandah Café. Amwaj Lagoon, with affordable, family-friendly options, is a favourite with locals looking to escape the city.

The chef recommends...

  • Kabsa: Rice, meat and vegetables seasoned with spices and garnished with nuts and dried fruit. This hearty dish is usually served on a large platter for communal tucking in.
  • Koshari: A dish of Egyptian origin made with rice, pasta and chickpeas. Topped with crispy fried onions and a sharp, garlicky tomato sauce, it’s delicious.
  • Shawarma: Grilled meat, usually lamb or chicken, that’s spit-roasted, sliced thinly and served wrapped in a flatbread with shredded vegetables, pickles and condiments.

Shopping in Manama
Even unenthusiastic shoppers will relish Manama’s souqs, traditional markets full of vibrant colours and spicy fragrances. Friendly bargaining is expected. If you prefer air-conditioned comfort, Manama’s got lots of malls, too.

Rows of friendly traders offer clothes, household items, perfumes and jewellery at Manama Souq. Browsing among the pearl shops at Souq al-Qaisariya makes for an essential Manama shopping experience.

You’ll feel like a local as you venture into Manama Central Market, where fruit, veggies and fish are at their freshest. To watch local artisans at work, and pick up a souvenir or two, head to the nearby Craft Centre.

On the other end of the shopping experience, Moda Mall has luxury brands aplenty, while Seef Mall and City Centre Bahrain cater to more moderate budgets.

Best things to buy in Manama

  • Pearls: Bahrain is so fiercely proud of its natural pearls that the sale of cultured pearls is banned by law. Pearl jewellery prices are largely fixed, although small discounts may be negotiated.
  • Gold: If you find the elaborate designs favoured by locals somewhat over the top, why not design your own? Name pendants are a popular souvenir.

Culture & Nightlife in Manama
Manama has a lively cultural scene, with festivals and exhibitions taking place throughout the year at Bahrain National Museum, Bahrain National Theatre and other venues across town.

The annual Spring of Culture festival, from February through April, features a smorgasbord of traditional and contemporary dance, music, art and theatre. In summer, the Bahrain Summer Festival celebrates home-grown talent and folk culture.

The Diplomatic Area is home to Bait al Quran (House of Quran), a vast complex dedicated to Islamic studies. Inside, you’ll find Quranic manuscripts dating to the earliest days of Islam, as well as rice and grains engraved with verses. Across the bay on Muharraq, Arad Fort regularly hosts cultural events in its open-air courtyard.

Boasting clusters of clubs, bars and pubs, Juffair is where Manama’s nightlife is. American Alley is a popular place to start. Adliya has a bohemian feel and live music venues.

Contemporary art galleries in Manama

Leisure in Manama
Manama is packed with parks and waterfront promenades. Early morning and late afternoon are popular times to go for a walk. As the mercury hits its midday peak, many seek refuge in shopping malls.

King Faisal Corniche offers relaxing sunset strolls, while Al Fateh Corniche has a small Dolphinarium offering a chance to swim with the dolphins if you book in advance. Further west, Budaiya Botanical Park is an oasis of lush trees and date palms.

Kids and adults love cooling down at Wahooo! Waterpark in City Centre Bahrain. Magic Planet, an indoor amusement park, is ideal for burning off excess energy.

Day trips from Manama

Latest Manama Hotel Reviews


A great place to feel at home
By Thomas
I have stayed at the Intercontinental many times and for long stays. Every time without exception the staff are wonderful. For business this is a great place to stay. You can find hotels that [More] are a little more luxurious but you will struggle to find such attentive staff. I have always found this hotel to be a home from home and having travelled across the world, this is exceptional. Will I stay there again? Without a doubt Thank you to all the staff [Less]
Unique Stay in Intercontinental Manama Hotel
By Mohdalshaikh
Unforgettable stay in intercontinental Manama Hotel, where the staff and management are very helpful and responsible, I came with my family to attend deferent online classes sessions for the kids, [More] and to attend usual online meeting for my work, it was very difficult for all to make all such meeting online in my one bedroom suite room. I requested the management to upgrade me more, to a bigger room in which, it will be able to accommodate all the family during such difficult period of time, with the virtual classes and online meeting, due to COVID19 Pandemic all over the world. Immediately the front office responded to my request, to be upgraded to Royal Suite where all the family performed their classes and online meeting easily and comfortably, Thank you very much Mr Ali and Mr Mustafa from the management, Recka ,Rohshat, laua, and Stafany from the room service, the food was really fresh healthy and well organized, I like the response of the staff of the room service, in which they call you to take your feedback about the food, and how do you rate the breakfast. honestly, I have to admit that it was really a unique and charming stay, will not be forgotten ever. my censer regards Mohamed [Less]
Exceptional Stay.
By Scott J
Exceptional staff and facilities. Very clean and exhausted many precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19. Face masks available on request, temp checks on arrival and plenty of hand sanitizers. [More] One touch I liked was the towels by the pool Packaged,to give you the extra protection. Definitely felt clean and safe. Genuinely a nice experience for a weeks stay. Definitely look forward to my next work trip. [Less]
Extended stay
By Old Volks
Thank you goes out to the staff! Without this staff that they have in place here this would be a totally different experience. [Less]
Very kind and helpful staff
By Steve
Every staff member seemed genuinely pleased to interact with me. They were eager to assist without being pushy. I can’t recommend them highly enough. [Less]
Very comfortable, peaceful and restful 2 days
By idg1951
My wife needed some time away from her stressful job. We enjoyed a restful change of scenery! [Less]
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