InterContinental Al Bustan Palace Muscat

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

PO Box 1998, Muttrah, 114, Oman

14 Reviews

Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel
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  • henri123's Profile Photo

    Al Bustan / Ritz Carlton


    If you have a chance to visit this prestigious hôtel ,

    you will not regret it.

    Outstanding location, a few kilometers south of Old Muscat on the coast.

    You won't miss the Al Bustan roundabout with a nice Dhow.

    You meet a lot of local business people in the lobby.

  • Opening later in 2008


    While work is still going on - I enjoyed a visit to view the hotel and yes, it should be better than ever. The drive is still great and the beach spreads out as before - but the hotel has had a full refit

  • chizz's Profile Photo

    Impressive hotel


    Stayed here for 5 nights. Lovely room decorated in traditional Omani style. Lovely Molten Brown bathroom products. Wide range of satellite channels on TV. Staff friendly and welcoming. Impressive atrium! Small temporary gym was available when we stayed there which was a bit disappointing. Lovely beach with lots of sunbeds. Nice gardens with sunbeds and hammocks. Pool area nice and cool box provided was a nice touch - complete with iced towels, water and cool mist spray. Breakfast was included and had a wide range of food items (pork products also available) - restaurant had terrace to sit overlooking the gardens. Got a good deal pricewise through Oman Airlines which included the flight and hotel. Note: the hotel is currently under renovation and will open mid 2008.

    Unique Quality: Great views of beach and jagged mountains. Friendly staff. Nice rooms.

  • You only live once...


    We stayed at the Al Bustan, which we knew was expensive and really out of our price range but we thought "hey you only live once so why not....". This hotel is beautiful and and lives up to its name "palace". The first thing to hit you is the foyer and it really is WOW, with fancy sofas, ornate walls and a 9 floor high ceiling.

    The bedrooms are beautiful and spacious, as are the garden and beach areas, the pool area is quite ordinary by comparison. We had breakfast every day and dinner one evening in the Al Khiran restaurant, which also has an outside terrace. The food was excellent quality with a great choice for breakfast and dinner. Breakfast is buffet style and at night it is a theme such as Italian, Indian etc., they also offer an a la carte menu and kids menu. We never ate in the French or chinese however I understand they were very good. The French requires gentlemen to wear a tie.

    The location of the hotel is the only draw back, it is a distance from everywhere, the hotel does offer a free shuttle bus twice a day to one of the local shopping areas. The taxis are relatively cheap although make sure you barter. We paid OMR10.000 from hotel to airport but also found one taxi driver willing to take us out to City Centre, which is near the airport and bring us back to the hotel for OMR10.000. We ate out in a couple of restuarants which were nice but nothing fantastic, Ole Sole Mio (Italian) good food but slow service and a Indian perched high up in the hills (can't think of name). One thing though we we hadn't appreciated is it is Ramadam in October and you can not get an alcoholic drink anywhere in Oman during this time. My pasta was just not the same without a glass of red wine!

    All in all we had a great time and thought the hotel was well worth the expense. Muscat is a wonderful place and as of yet undiscovered so hurry and go there while you can as it won't last this way for long. It will soon, I belive, become to resemble its neighbour Dubai and there are already a number resorts under construction.

  • northsea's Profile Photo

    The Jewel of Oman


    This hotel is one of my favorites since many years.The building is quite breathtaking and is looking more like a palace than a hotel. The foyer is the first thing you notice and is a huge wow factor with rich red couches and a 9 floor high ceiling.
    But things has changed in the last years in the negative way, and especially what concerns the service who don't response anymore to a 5 star hotel.
    The Omanis are friendly enough but frankly ineffective as hotel staff. The expatriate staff are efficient enough, but now that they know their time in Omani is coming to an end (Omanisation) consequently they do the bare minimum.
    The price of the rooms is relative not too expensive, but everything else is quite expensive such as food and drinks.
    We had not to complain because we know the staff since many years (exept the newcommers) and my advise to people who are visiting Oman, you must try this hotel for min. one week because the infracsructure is really breathtaking.
    One more advice, if you can stand some heat, go in March/April or September/October then prices are about 30% cheaper than in the high season (wintermonths)

    Unique Quality: The rooms are very beautifull and spacious.
    The pool is not what we can say very beautifull. It's time they change the design of it.
    The outside terace of the Al Khiran restaurant is the best place to have dinner or supper, but the inside (quite new) is a complete failure. You can also visit the French and Chinese restaurant but I should not recommend them view to the high prices.
    To me the highlight of this hotel is the private beach and the wonderfull garden. Both are a heaven of serenity, and if you are in for a drink or a snack, the beachbar is a nice place

    Directions: Just ask for the Al Bustan - everybody knows it.

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo

    One of the best hotel in Arabia


    Well, the Al Bustan Hotel is one of the best and grandest hotel in Arabia which many famous people stay when they are in Muscat. It is located rather far away from the city, but has its own nice beach, and very good service. This photograph was taken at the very grand and huge lobby of the Al Bustan Hotel.

  • Rinjani's Profile Photo

    A Luxury Taste in Al Bustan


    A luxury and beautiful hotel, located in Al Bustan. As its name “Palace”, entering the gate will remind you to the old palace.

    Unique Quality: The hotel has beautiful architecture, surrounded by the mountain and located near to the beach.

    This is the best hotel in Muscat.

    The price for stay over is not cheap (the price starts from 113 OMR). But, it’s a great experience to visit. The hotel also arrange cruising trip.

    Directions: There will be road sign to go to Al Bustan Palace hotel from Ruwi.

  • MikeAtSea's Profile Photo

    Muscat's Palace


    This is one of the best hotels in the Middle East and the service, facilities as well as setting are spectacular. Located around 8 km outside the CBD of Muscat the hotel is surrounded by magnificent mountains and offers marvelous beaches on its doorstep.

    Unique Quality: It is a palace... and you can set yourself back to how the Sultan lives here... That is how spectacular the hotel is in my eyes :-)

  • Valkyrian's Profile Photo

    Enjoy a little luxury


    We spent two nights in the Al Bustan and had a really nice stay. The service was excellent and in particular the reception staff are very friendly and helpful. We had dinner in the main restaurant where they had a seafood buffet to choose all kinds of fish and shellfish from before they cooked it for you.

    Unique Quality: The Al Bustan is unique in Muscat it is the only hotel with a relatively secluded beach. All beaches are public in Oman. The Al Bustan beach is also public, but the hotel is located in a bay and it's the only hotel there.
    The rooms are really beautifully decorated and the seaviews are great.

  • peaceness98's Profile Photo

    Al Bustan Palace Hotel (Intercon)


    This is a nice hotel, but it's too far away from the rest of Muscat (even though it's closer to Mutrah). You'll find more activity if you are staying at one of the hotels in Shatti Quroum or in Qurum (center of Muscat)

    But anyway you'll need a car if your staying in Muscat, and it's about 15 minute drive from center of town.

    You might find this too expensive/far away to stay in, but you'll definitley want to go there for tea and scones and a small walk around the garden and pool.

    Unique Quality: This hotel is situated in a lovely location, very close to 'Older' muscat and Mutrah

    It's a 5 star hotel, that was built in the 80's to cater for the Arabian gulf leaders who were visiting Muscat on a summit (ie. fit for kings)

    It's cheaper than the Hyatt, but still one of the 3 more expensive hotels Muscat.

    Good chinese restaurant, french restaurant, outdoor pool, private beach, Spa, coffee shop

    It accepts intercon Priority Club card holders promotions.

  • jungleyellowrose's Profile Photo

    World Paradise


    The first impression of the AlBustan palace is the bellman dressed in traditional dress with a country sabar. His smile and service is without fault. The interior is grande, the smell of frankinsense lingers as you enter the hotel. A midnight cocktail on the private beach or a walk thru the palms, this wonderful country is one of the best kept secrets in the world. To do it right, stay at the AlBustan.



    Just visited this hotel and upon my entrance I was in awe of the entire hotel. I had to pick my chin up off the floor more than once.

    Ths is a great hotel if you can afford it. At 150.00 Rial per nite in the low season facing the parking lot. Th pictures I took do not do it justice.

    Even if you don't stay here you MUST see it.

    Unique Quality: The beach club is open to all if you are willing to pay the 11.00 Rial to get in. The beach is AMAZING and is very quite. The ammenities include are beach bar, oudoor cafe, all water activities for an extra cost.

    Great spot to sit under a palm tree and catch up on some reading.

    The swiming pool is very clean and next to it is a hot tub. At +40 in the summertime I can't see it being used very often.

  • jgacis's Profile Photo

    A Nice 5-Star Luxury Hotel


    This hotel was built and designed for the distinguished visitor in mind. Many business people and government officials come here.
    Staying at this hotel will surely satisfy those who desire modern amenities of expensive taste.

    Unique Quality: The hotel has great landscaped surroundings.

    The main atrium in the building boasts a huge ceiling that towers over the main lobby.

    There are various giftshops and a bookstore.

    Nice restaurant with pool and golf course.

    Directions: About 4 miles west of Muscat city center

  • oppositeset's Profile Photo

    Best Hotel of muscat


    Its the most luxurious hotel of Oman and all the diplomats stay here while in Muscat.

    Unique Quality: pools,interior decoration,and lots of other qualities too.

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Budget Accommodation in Muscat

by Toscar

Two people travelling to Muscat sometime between 14th & 22nd April and will be staying for 2-3 nights. Any suggestions on hotels for budget travellers? Also, what must we make sure to visit before we leave? Thanks.

RE: Budget Accommodation in Muscat

by fillipt

Try the Mina Hotel or the Corniche Hotel in Muttrah. Must see in the city is the Museum, a trip to the Al Bustan Palace or the Shangrila-Bar Al Jissah, the muttrah souq an early morning dawn with the dolphins tour. ..that should be Ok..if you want to splurge get into one of the Muscat Intercontinetal Hotels restaurants. enjoy


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 InterContinental Al Bustan Palace Muscat

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Address: PO Box 1998, Muttrah, 114, Oman