Unless you take a taxi (make sure you do your research about the Omani meter-less taxi fares beforehand ) if you decide to rent a car and drive to the hotel yourself, arm yourself with patience. It may take you a while to find it. Going by taxi doesn't guarantee you will get there at first attempt either, but you do stand better chances.
When you eventually make it, you will be pleasantly surprised by the location, fairly remote, between huge sand banks and dunes. The interior decor seems relatively new and definitely has benefited of the input of a decent interior designer. The rooms aren't that large, so if possible avoid settling for a studio, particularly if you are a couple or family. Ask for an apartment.
The roof top swimming pool is definitely the highlight of the hotel, very handy for me as I stayed on the top floor.
The staff seems very professional and helpful, even if once pre-paid online they will insist on re-checking that you have paid once more when you leave.
If you are in a hurry to catch a flight at 2:30 am that can be a bit of a nuisance. Particularly when after all the unnecessary hassle, they reception guy tells you "Sorry, but you know that's the rule".
Strangely enough, for a hotel which advertised that they provide stationery services for business guests, like laminating, binding etc, they were completely un-able to print out an email for me, as they explained their computers aren't connected to the internet (plain weird, there is free Wi-fi everywhere) and they don't accept USB memory sticks...
Other than that, I would certainly recommend it, and I might even stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Muscat, Muscat Dunes Hotel is just a 5-minute drive from Grand Mosque. Guests can make use of the gym, free Wi-Fi for residents and an outdoor swimming pool.The modern accommodation at Muscat Dunes are fitted with tiled floors. Each suite features a spacious seating area with plush sofa and a satellite TV. It offers a minibar, a wardrobe and an electric kettle. A buffet-style breakfast is served daily, while à-la-carte specialties are served in the evening. Coffee and deserts are served at the coffee shop. Room service is available 24 hours. Grand Mall is a 5-minute drive from Muscat Dunes Hotel, while Seeb International Airport is 15 minutes by car. Free private parking is possible on site. ... more less
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