Courtesy of international hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray, the hotly-anticipated The Merchant House in Manama, Bahrain, is set to open its doors in September this year.
Located next to the vibrant Bab el-Bahrain Souk, the hotel development comes at an exciting time as the surrounding area is currently being regenerated, re-establishing the prominence of the old Souk and original heart of Manama. The Merchant House will be an all-suite boutique hotel with 47 suites in total, each featuring an open plan kitchen and dining area, as well as open plan sitting rooms which have been designed to be ideal for both business and leisure.
As with all Campbell Gray Hotels, artwork will be a prominent feature of the interior design and Gordon Campbell Gray has, over the past year, been putting together an exciting art collection comprising of well-established Bahraini artists as well as new and upcoming young talent from both Bahrain and the region.
The design is, as with all Campbell Gray Hotels, completely original and has been created specifically for The Merchant House and working within the framework of this unusual building. Gordon always says that their hotels should feel like cousins and not brothers and sisters. There will be lots of vibrant colour – goodbye to oatmeal! – and dramatic details of graffiti and concrete alongside white linen sofas in the lobby, which is overlooked by the very glamorous, colourful and carefully curated library.
The rooftop – another Campbell Gray speciality – is where you will find the main restaurant and the bar with options to eat indoors or outdoors. The design is very much of a garden – very unexpected and very green – and the feel is of a little magic kingdom on the roof; very easy and relaxed, as is the food. There is also a rooftop pool and a gym, as well as a small boardroom for meetings and private events.
Every aspect of The Merchant House has been planned and designed to be fun and relaxed and perfect for the location, being near the Old Customs House and the financial district.
At The Merchant House, as with all Campbell Gray Hotels, great emphasis will be placed on service and a sense of recognition yet privacy. It will be the hotel of choice for leisure and business travellers alike – a small gem of an hotel created for interesting and individually minded cosmopolitan guests.
Commenting on the project, Gordon Campbell Gray, Founder of Campbell Gray Hotels said: “We are so looking forward to bringing our special brand of hospitality to Bahrain this year with the opening of The Merchant House in Manama. We are confident that with its central location, beautiful facilities and comfortable all-suite accommodation it will be rather special, and we are eager to welcome our first guests through the door.”