The Merchant House: an über-stylish new hotel for Bahrain’s capital

The 46-suite Merchant House Manama offers a mix of sublime contemporary comforts with traditional experiences such as guided souk tours

The Merchant House Manama in Bahrain has a well-stocked library for guests
The Merchant House Manama in Bahrain has a well-stocked library for guests

Manama, Bahrain’s mercantile capital, is home to the latest project from Gordon Campbell Gray (the man behind Malta’s Hotel Phoenicia and Carlisle Bay, on Antigua, which set a new bar for Caribbean chic when it opened in 2002). The Merchant House Manama (campbellgrayhotels.com; from about £185) has 46 contemporary colour-saturated suites with slick open-plan kitchens and all mod cons; on a mezzanine level is a well-endowed library, while on the roof is a landscaped bar-restaurant. But the standout attraction might be the experiences Merchant House offers, from private speedboat visits to Jarada island (which famously appears and disappears with the tides) to guided tours of Bab el-Bahrain souk, just next door to the hotel.

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