Bahrain’s First 5-star Luxury Boutique Hotel is now open
Located next to the vibrant Bab el-Bahrain souk, this new boutique hotel comes at an exciting time as the surrounding area is currently being regenerated to re-establish the prominence of downtown Manama.
With only 46 beautifully appointed suites, The Merchant House features a unique collection of contemporary art and bursts with exciting work by well-established Bahraini and international artists alongside talent from around the Gulf.
A library of over 1000 curated books hangs above the lobby for guests and visitors to enjoy.
The rooftop, another Campbell Gray specialty, is where you will find the hotel’s restaurant and bar and its outdoor garden terrace. A spa, a gym, and an emerald rooftop pool complement the hotel’s offering, as well as a small board room for meetings and events.
Every aspect of The Merchant House has been designed to provide a special, exciting place to stay when visiting Bahrain.
It’s perfect location near the Old Customs House and the financial district make it the hotel of choice for leisure and business travellers alike, and a small gem of an hotel created for interesting and individually minded cosmopolitan guests.
Sitting in the dynamic, traditional and authentic area of Bab al Bahrain is The Merchant House, right on the doorsteps of the old Manama Souq. The recently regenerated area aimed at revitalising the original heart of the town. Conveniently situated at a short driving distance to the Financial Harbour, Diplomatic District and luxury Avenues Mall as well as only 15 minutes-drive from Bahrain International Airport (BAH), our hotel is the perfect hideaway for both business and leisure travellers.
Below are few points of interest for leisure travellers:
- Qalat al Bahrain Site and Museum (Dilmun)
- Block 338
- Bab al Bahrain
- Bahrain National Museum
- Old Houses of Muharraq
- Suq al Qaisariya
- Dar Islands
- Bahrain International Circuit
- Bait al Quran
- Tree of Life
Below are few points of interest for business travellers:
- Bahrain Financial Harbour
- Ministry of Finance and National Economy
- Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF)
- Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre
- Various Embassies and Consulates
If you are visiting Manama, you are also at walking distance from choices of boutiques, restaurants and bars in the most conventional setting to intensify your journey in Bahrain. Without omitting the architectural design of the monuments we are surrounded with. Also, make the best from the vibrant nightlife as there’s never a dull moment. With so much things to do, we are the ideal choice for travellers looking for an enriching upscale experience in Bahrain.
At the heart of Downtown Manama
At 150 Government Avenue, you are at the very heart of Downtown Manama, where you could spontaneously locate the elegantly imposing building of The Merchant House. Located steps away from the Bab Al Bahrain area, which refers to the gateway to Bahrain a historical mid-century building, located in the Customs Square, marking the main entrance to Manama Souq.
Built in 1949, it once housed the government’s administrative offices and overlooked the sea. Being close to the old shoreline, at that time, it was where sailing merchants once docked to unload their cargo for commerce. Since then, Bab Al Bahrain has undergone many big changes over the years but the Ministry of Culture preserved the building as a cultural landmark and restored it to its former glory. It now houses the tourism sector offices and a visitors’ center where visitors can plan discovering Bahrain, from its forts and magically preserved old houses in Muharraq to the world-class, Formula 1 Bahrain International Circuit.
Behind Bab Al Bahrain is the old Manama Souq. It has a vast collection of shops offering a wide range of goods from textiles, spices, incense, perfumes, handicrafts and souvenirs, as well as more modern products from all over the world. There are also several traditional coffee shops.
The Souq offers a unique shopping experience that recalls the style of commerce from days long past. It is a must place to visit when in Bahrain.
Harmonizing with the spirit of Manama
The Merchant House brings alive the vibrant rhythms of Manama through its touches of color and beautiful fabrics energising the hotel’s interior. The impressive art collection was carefully selected over the past two years in collaboration with Gordon Campbell Gray to valorise the very well established and upcoming Bahraini artists as well as works of international celebrated artists. Emanating ‘banal luxury’, The Merchant House proudly manifests its involvement in blending in our era while stylishly putting forward the historical aspect of its environment. Details that could be seen from the imposing original concrete walls surrounding the iconic graffiti wall, through Indigo’s Restaurant and Bar menu, putting forward the local food, ‘Hammour with Crispy Sesame Crust’. We also encourage local business by using custom ceramics from the Pottery village as well as the use of the Bahraini organic spa products brand, Green Bar, 100% natural botanical oils for the face and the body, to reduce stress levels, nourish the skin and leave guests glowing from head to toe. With this state of mind, we want to project an inspirational retreat to reinvigorate your mind, body and soul in our cosy and welcoming premises while fully enjoying the Bahraini experience.
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