I stayed for one night in this hotel, after reading a positive review somewhere and seeing their website - http://www.adhari-hotel.com - which looked quite professional but in fact is far from reality. On the website their price is 18BHD per night and it doesn't say whether the 20% tax is included or not so when I called the clerk said it is BHD 22 per night and I said 'that's with the tax, right?' and he reluctantly said yes however when I turned up the next day wearing my neatly pressed US$2000 Aramni suit and tie and holding a laptop briefcase an old lady with lots of personality who was ordering everyone around suddenly turned her attention to me, smiled, and asked what she can do for me. Everybody went silent and turned to me. I whispered to her that I have a booking and after she asked me twice if I really had a booking she asked how much, I hesitated and she said 'BHD 20? and I said 'yes'. This was the first 'cheese off' that hit me. I know it was a stingy amount to get bothered over but nevertheless it got me a little bothered.
She threw some keys at me and I have to admit the key holder is one even my long-gone grandmother would have thought old. It weighed about a kilo, was as long as a ruler and had 2 old and rusted keys on it. If this was my first shock, I was bowled over when I opened the door. There before my very eyes was a sight straight out of a 60's movie. A bed with long-dead radio and speakers that was about 2x2 meters and low took up most of the room. I admit the design of the bed was breathtaking and it looked super-comfortable, low-japanese stye. It was framed by a limey green velvet cover that ran all the way to the head-board. It had two car-seat like back rests for reading. It was really old - i'd say anywhere between 20-25 years.
Next that attracted me was a humungous 3 seater chesterfield designed sofa in the same velvety green color with about a dozen cigarette holes decorating it all around. The carpet was reddish and very very worn out. When I took my shoes off, I took one step and felt a mushy, wet, soggy feeling which caused me to immediately put my shoes back on and stayed with them throughout my period there.
It was 2pm and I had 5 meetings in Bahrain. I had been in the room only 5 minutes when I heard a soft, gentle knock. I went to open the door and without being invited, in walked a scantly dressed asian women with a towel. She came up really close and whispered to me if I wanted a massage. I was still dressed in my aramani suit and had some davidoff perfume on which must have appealed to her because she sat down and said she insisted in giving me a massage. She got really close and she had that cheap, musky perfumed, smokey smell. I admit she smelled nice on account of the fact I have been working in Saudi Arabia for about 4 months and hadn't been that close to a woman for a long time. I looked at my watch and although a part of me really wanted a massage, I knew I couldn't afford the time for it.
I told her I have to go to some meetings and she insisted to know what time I will be back. I told it will be late - maybe around 9pm. When I checked back at the hotel at 8pm, she knocked and came in again at 5 minutes past 8. We talked for a while.
Although I knew that 3 star hotels in bahrain do offer such so called 'massage' services, I wasn't really expecting the Adhari to do so. I would definetly advice against any families staying here as it is only for massaging and so doesn't get the attention, cleaning, and care that a 3 star should.
As far as value-for-money goes, it's really worth it. If you want a clean, quite, and well-conditioned room in a well-kept hotel, stay away from the Adhari Hotel.