This is hotel is a fairly easy 25minute taxi drive from the airport. On arrival, I got a feeling of "Benidorm" (which UK readers may appreciate). The lobby was functional, but not particularly spacious/impressive, with nowhere I could easily and quietly have a business meeting; the white board with a hand-written list of things to do while in Muscat made me think I'd made a big mistake in choosing this as a business hotel.
I should however know better than to judge on first impressions. The service here is impeccable - easily surpassing any five star competitors. I only spent two nights, and was allocated a lovely room: big, with a bath and shower, however I had a dreadful nights sleep - the room was on the second floor with a sea view and balconey, unfortunately was right over the very busy restaurant terrace. I spoke to the management, who moved mountains to arrange an equivalent room, and my second night was heavenly (other than the 3am alarm call for my onward flight!).
The breakfast here is great, and you can have pork bacon and sausages - which I haven't seen available in other Gulf hotels.
I loved the complimentary "This Works" Sleep Kit left on my pillow (essential oil and pillow spray), and the "Taste of Muscat" chocolate dates left in my room.
Following this experience, and the following Crowne Plaza experience in Bahrain, I may now be converted from a loyal Marriott customer to IHG!
The location suited me for work, and is very accessible to and from the airport. The only thing I would say is that this is not a strictly business hotel (although wifi is complimentary for Priority Club members), with lots of families and children. I would have loved to have had a day off and enjoyed the private beach and the free shuttle bus to the souk.... maybe next time?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Check into an elegant seaside hotel in Oman's thriving capital with a private beach and easy access to local businesses. The dazzling Crowne Plaza(R) Muscat hotel looks out across the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman from a lush clifftop in fashionable Qurum Heights. With a panoramic terrace, pool and private beach, the hotel is just a 20-minute drive from Muscat International Airport and steps from Qurum Beach with its café-lined promenade. Oman's main business and ministerial districts are 10 minutes away. Families and couples can sunbathe on the private beach and swim in a pool set in leafy gardens alive with bougainvillea and date palms. After exploring ancient Muttrah Souq and Corniche, you can savor a cool drink in our English-style Dukes Bar as the sun dips into the Gulf. For dinner, how about Italian, Persian, or lavish buffets on the terrace of Tropicana with stunning sea views? Business travelers enjoy the hotel's relaxed vibe and convenient services such as complimentary Wi-Fi and parking, 24-hour room service and a Concierge who can pre-arrange taxi fares. After work, you can re-energize in the Cliff Club Fitness Center, challenge colleagues to a game of tennis or squash and de-stress in the sauna or steam room with our compliments. With 200 stylish rooms and a convenient, prestigious location in Oman, you'll find Crowne Plaza Muscat an ideal hotel for productive business and enjoyable leisure time. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Muscat Hotel Muscat
- Muscat Crowne Plaza