- Reviews: 34
Desert Night Camp: In the middle of the desert
One of the best desert camps in Oman. Just in the middle of the desert which means that unless you have your own 4WD car (and good map!), you cannot reach the camp without the manager's hel (he picked us up from the nearest petrol station in Al Wasil about 15km away ). Dinner and some services (sunset, camel rides, etc.) included in the price.
- Reviews: 34
Sur Plaza Hotel: Quite expensive but good value for money
Hotels in Oman are quite expensive. This one is an expensive one too but is worth of its price. Nice lobby and pool garden, clean rooms, good communication with the centre.
- Reviews: 80
Beach Hotel in Qurum Muscat: Friendly hotel
This hotel as not not only a GREAT LOCATION, 5 min walk to beach
but as i arrived first to get informations
THE FRIENDLY STAFF makes me take my decision to stay at that hotel.
EXCELLENT breakfast buffet, CLEAN hotel,
For sure i will be back
- Reviews: 561
SUR PLAZA HOTEL - Sur (3*): A good stop when you're passing through...
The Sur Plaza is one of the few hotels in this area and after plenty of research on tripadvisor and VT, I thought this sounded good enough for a 1 night stay.
The hotel is located on the main road into Sur, so you cannot miss it. The reception was friendly and efficient when we checked-in. It seems to be quite a popular hotel with Omanis travelling through the country and tourists as well, as this is not far from the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Cente (see my separate "Things to Do" tip).
We were given a twin room which looked towards the main road. As we had the windows closed (air-conditioning was on) there was no noise from outside. The room itself was comfortable and neat, but the bathroom could have been a little cleaner. There wasn't really visible dirt from any previous guests, but the hotel is a bit old, a bit dated and could do with some TLC and renovating around the edges.
We booked our room via booking.com and paid 46.800 Omani Riyals for 1 night in a double room incl. breakfast (year 2010).
(1 Omani Riyal = 2.6 US Dollars = 2.03 Euros)
There is a large pool and also some meeting/conference rooms at this hotel. Apart from the hotel's main restaurant (where we ate dinner and also breakfast the next day) there's also a pirate-themed bar that is open quite late serving beer, spirits and snacks.
The dinner was nothing special but quite nice: I had grilled fish, John had a burger, my friend had a steak with potatoes and vegetables and another ordered a pasta dish. Prices were very reasonable and the quality of the food was OK.
The breakfast buffet the next day was actually pretty nice with a large selection of fresh juices and I remember there being a lot of sweet pastries such as danish, croissants, etc. (yum!)
The Sur Plaza Hotel is a perfectly acceptable place to stay for a night or two. When passing through Sur, I'd stay here again.
- Reviews: 561
NASEEM HOTEL - Muscat: Clean and cheap; cheerfulness charged extra
There aren't a lot of "budget" hotels in Muscat, and the 5-star hotels can be extremely expensive due to the fact that you don't have many other options.
Thankfully some friends had recommended this small hotel by the harbour to us and for our 1 night stop-over in Muscat it more than sufficed.
We had a twin room that was small and basic, but spotlessly clean. The same could be said about the bathroom, although I'm not quite sure why we didn't have a shower curtain in our tub? There was a slightly noisy but very efficient window A/C (airconditioner), a noise to which we are accustomed but you may want to bring ear plugs if you don't live in a hot climate.
There was a medium-sized refrigerator in the room which was great for us to keep all of our snacks and beverages for the road trip fresh and cool.
The staff at reception spoke English but were a bit grumpy. They tried to insist that we leave our passports with them, which we refused.
--> Never give your actual passport to anyone. They cannot force you. If they want your details, let them take a copy of the passport and if they want to keep it for "payment security", then simply do what we did and pay in advance. I've been to many hotels, especially in the Middle East, where the reception wants to keep your passport as a form of security deposit. I always refuse and would rather pay upfront. Far safer that way!
We didn't eat in this hotel as we were only here for 1 night and were invited to a friend's house for dinner. If you're looking for a basic but clean and affordable place to stay in the centre of Muscat, then I can definitely recommend the Naseem Hotel.
- Reviews: 561
TURTLE BEACH RESORT Ras Al Hadd: "Roughing it" traditional style... have a hut!
What can I say about the Turtle Beach Resort?
First of all, it's not what you would traditionally expect from a "resort" so don't be misled by this grand title.
Secondly, we found it to be a unique experience which we enjoyed very much... the resort shows how little once actually needs to be comfortable when travelling.
The Turtle Beach resort is located approx. 45km from Sur, a coastal town on the southern coastline of Oman. The resort comprises of 22 huts built in traditional Omani Style. These huts are artistically built with date palm leaves for walls and grass mats for the roof, which acts as a natural deterrent from heat & cold. Rooms with private ensuite bathrooms and airconditioning are also available.
The restaurant is built in the shape of a traditional 16th century Arab sailing boat, covered by a roof but otherwise open to all sides and right by the beach. The food was a bit hit-and-miss but generally everyone found something they liked and enjoyed. The restaurant is licensed to serve alcoholic beverages as well.
As there are no restaurants, villages, etc. nearby so the resort's room price includes breakfast, lunch AND dinner for its guests in this restaurant.
The beach is equipped with about 25 wooden sunloungers and umbrellas, and I would definitely recommend that you bring your snorkeling gear: just a few metres from the beach the sea is teeming with fish, coral reefs, sea horses and more!
The hotel's reception can organize fishing trips, dolphin sighting cruises, as well as tickets and transport to the nearby Ras Al Jinz Scientific Turtle Research Centre (see my seperate "Things to do" tip).
We stayed here for 3 nights as guests of our friends' wedding (they had reserved the entire resort for wedding guests). There are 4 male and 4 female shared bathrooms which are basically a toilet with a shower hose on the back wall. Although basic and shared by many, the staff always kept these surprisingly clean.
The huts were comfortable and clean (well, as clean as a hut made from palm fronds can be!) and during the milder months (from October to April) the ceiling fan sufficiently cools the air.
In March 2010 we paid 40 Omani Riyal per night for a basic beach hut with 2 beds and ceiling fan.
(1 Omani Riyal = 2.6 US Dollars = 2.0 Euros)
These are the GPS coordinates, this will take you to the Ras Al Hadd/ Ras Al Jinz T junction. At this junction turn left and follow the signs to the resort:
UTM 786, 044E 2, 488,536N.
GEO 22*29' 18"N 59*46' 48"E.
The Turtle Beach Resort is basic and somewhat of half-way between camping and a tiny motel. But we absolutely loved the laid-back atmosphere and the silence and calm in this rugged wilderness... you feel like the modern world has forgotten about you, and that feeling is surpringly calming.
- Reviews: 202
Corniche Hotel, Muscat: Budget Hotel
I arrived without a reservation and spent 4 nights at this basic hotel. The reception was pleasant. Don't expect much in the form of luxury (it felt a little like a hostel) but my room was spacious with bathroom and tv and it was quiet enough too. Breakfast included in the price consisted of freshly made omelete and coffee. A very good price for such a prime position in this lovely city.
Super location on the corniche in the capital Muscat. An easy short walk to the fish market and the souks.
- Reviews: 63
Golden Tulip hotel Seeb: the 4-star hotel near Muscat airport
The 4-star hotel is just 5-minute drive from Muscat Seeb intl airport. the price for single bed room is R.O.105, but you can get a discount. I paid R.O.45 for one room, it doesn't include the breakfirst. normally breakfirst is R.O.7 and lunch is R.O.11. breakfirst and lunch are buffet style.
- Reviews: 2
Salalah Beach Villas: Salalah beach villas - good option
A fairly basic but friendly, reasonably priced and clean option with absolute beach frontage at South Dahariz, about 6km from downtown Salalah.
Rate was about 30 riyals plus tax for a room with twin beds, lounge room, kitchenette. Rate included a basic continental breakfast including fresh seasonal fruit.
There's a great beach immediately outside the hotel and the swimming's great.
Facilities include a pool. You can park immediately out the front of the hotel.
- Reviews: 146
Shangri-la's Barr Al Jissah Hotel & Spa: Excellent place
Very fancy hotel, nice restaurants, good atmosphere and very friendly staff.
A Spa with all special rituals
- Reviews: 397
Crown Plaza - Muscat: maybe best in the area
was exelent. People friendly and helpful, had some strange restrictions on alcohol during lunch or between hours .. But we had all we needed, beautiful ocean view, all facilities perfect..
very close to the beach
- Reviews: 14
Sur Beach Hotel: hotel in Sur
nice hotel right on the beach with a swimming pool
good room with seaview
forget the restaurant, you ll find better places in town
- Reviews: 14
marina hotel: mutrah
nice hotel right on Mutrah Corniche. the rooms are clean, spacious and have a seaview
- Reviews: 3
InterContinental Muscat: Great Hotel!
This is a really nice hotel; our room was large and well-appointed, the facilities are nice, most rooms have great views of the sea, and the service is good. We really enjoyed our stay here.
The InterContinental Muscat is one of those hotels that has something for everyone, whether your single, a couple, a family or a businessperson. The restaurants are decent, and the swimming pools are nice.
- Reviews: 3
The Chedi, Muscat: Don't bother with a standard room at The Chedi!
We stayed at The Chedi, Muscat for two of the four nights we were there. It's a beautiful hotel, the service is great, the restaurant is amazing, and if you're going to stay there, make sure it's in a suite. I've heard those are nice, but the standard room we stayed in was a huge disappointment. The standard room simply doesn't measure up to the rest of the experience. We spoke to three couples at the hotel, and all three shared our opinion on the subject.
The Restaurant, as its called, is really nice, with four open kitchens serving Mediterranean, Arabic, Asian and Indian cuisine. The facilities are immaculate, and the service is outstanding.
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