Despite the fact that the reviews for this hotel are not really good we made a booking and were pleasantly surprised. It had all we had asked for: a very clean 2 bedroom suite (3 single beds in one bedroom, a large double bed plus a single bed in the other bedroom, two full baths, a small living room plus a room with a table and a huge fridge) for the four of us (2 adults, two teenagers). The furniture was somewhat outdated, yet everything was in good working order. In the bathroom plenty of vanity items were provided, not just the standard soap and shampoo collection, but also shaving kits and hairbrushes.
Noise from the roundabout in front of the hotel was audible but not too bad. A/C was weak in one bedroom, but very good in the other bedroom and the living room. We did not hear noise from neighboring rooms or the floor above us. The pool in the yard was kind of a let-down, the water was very cold (cooled?) and the since the filters did not work (water line below filter openings) I was not sure about the water quality. However the water looked clean and there were buckets full of chlorine stacked up in one corner of the yard, therefore I assume it was ok, at least we did not catch anything. A sufficient number of sunbeds were provided.
The big surprise was breakfast, which was much much better than expected after reading the reviews. It is true, by western standards the dining hall is not very appealing, but I think that's how it is in this part of the world. The food, however, was surprisingly good. There was a decent selection of standard western breakfast items (toast, jam, scrambled eggs, sausages etc.) as well as some oriental dishes and a huge table with all kind of Omanian pastries, both sweet and hearty. In short, there was plenty for every taste. Service was friendly and attentive.
The hotel is on the fringe of the old town, only about 3 km from the Souks. There are some restaurants nearby, among them a Pizza Hut.
Staff at the front desk was polite, friendly and knowledgeable. Parking is free in front of the hotel.
Despite the odd furniture we liked the hotel and would stay there again. Remember it is only a 2* hotel!
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