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“A Work in Progress”
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The View
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Houston, Texas
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101 reviews
61 hotel reviews
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“A Work in Progress”
Reviewed 21 March 2014

Renovations are in progress and this place may one day be wondrous. But during our visit it was apparent that it has a long way to go.

Our “king” bed was two twins pushed together with no joining piece. Each bed had its own twin-size bottom sheet. Two somewhat overlapping duvets were spread across both beds to make them appear as one king bed. Weird.

Our “premier” room had only 4 hangers and no luggage racks, phone, or hair dryer. A limited number of hair dryers are available if you go to the front desk and fetch.

The individual hot water tanks for each room were inadequate for a proper shower. We were told that they would be replaced “soon” with higher capacity tanks.

There was one key per room, which we were told to leave at the front desk each morning so housekeeping could get in. We returned our first evening to find that housekeeping had left our room unlocked all day (!). The manager told us changes would be made.

During our stay there were more guests than seating in the dining room. We were turned away our first night and had to wait until after 9 pm to be seated. By our third night the manager, who had been ill and off-duty our first two nights, had instituted two seatings -- by reservation only.

The View is not for children or the physically impaired: The many steps (to the rooms and to the parking lot and even from the outdoor dining area up to the indoor food service area) are poorly lit and most have no handrails. We called those steps “invisible”, because all are made of irregular but same color stone pieces and have no safety strips or other markings on the edge of each step. Railings edging the outdoor dining area, walkways, and room balconies are adequate for steady adults of short-to-medium stature, but could be hazardous for those with higher centers of gravity. For toddlers and young children, those railings pose grave danger. Perhaps some risk-managing upgrades are planned. Meanwhile, if you have safety concerns, consider requesting a room in the back tier.

The “view”, which won’t change, includes a town, just below, of 18,000. Its lights can be pretty, but their glow obscures the night sky.

General ambience of the rooms, which all have functional sliding glass doors and pleasant balconies, is a sort of fresh-feeling “mountain minimalist” and very soothing. The cabins are free-standing, but the balconies are parallel and so provide no privacy.

Room Tip: Avoid room #1. It is in full view of the dining area and right next to the very noisy kitchen.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 15 March 2014 via mobile

The website of that resort was enticing enough for us to decide to stay there a night. Next time we visit the area, we will try to stay longer and use it as a base to explore the area including Nizwa. It is a new resort which actually re opened last December 18th. It had operated before for a couple of years as tented accomodations but they have now replaced those as bungalows. The amenities are first class with a very good bathroom with rain shower. The best though has to be THE VIEW! It is perched high above the village of Al Hamra and offers spectacular views including for sunrise and sunset. They are still finishing some constructions including a restaurant next to the infiniti pool and I bet that this place, if properly marketed and managed, will be successful. If you can try to get room 19 or 20 at the far end for unobstructed sunset views. We will stay there again.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 February 2014 via mobile

Visited The View with family who live in Muscat, who had been to the resort previously and all of us were sorely disappointed. There are no longer tents with unspoiled views, shared balconies and fire pits. Instead there are ugly concrete 'pods' (they say pod, I say portacabin), and be warned, not all of these have unspoiled views. Only those at the very front. The decor inside the pods is modern, as if they have attempted to make it a 'luxury' stay. However, the finish was terrible, paint and marks everywhere, the doors didn't close properly and not enough hot water. The lights from the path outside our cabin were so bright they kept me awake. On a positive note, they were spacious and the beds were large and comfortable.

The place was still under construction when we were there which probably didn't help. Bits of pipe everywhere. They were building a pool which looked like it might be nice when finished. The food was average, and the dining area rather dark and gloomy. Unfortunately we had stormy weather when there (which obviously cannot be helped), but didn't help any with our overall experience as we were forced to be indoors most of our stay, plus we had no power on our second day so were unable to shower.

The staff were lovely and obliging but it is definitely lacking that special something, even with an amazing view. Don't expect what you see on the website.....



Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Beirut, Lebanon
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

when you say Oman, we say beach, we say turtle, wadis, desert etc,,, i say mountains, mainly mountain of jabal shams, with its beautiful canyon... the View is situated in the middle of nowhere, 1450 m above sea level where you will enjoy one of the best view in Oman, being in the middle of the mountains, feel the nature and find the peace of mind. the staff there are very nice and helpful and the rooms are very relaxing and all has a view... if you are visiting Oman spend one night there and discover the places around like Al Hamra and Jabal Shams, you will not regret it.

Room Tip: i was in room no 14
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

If you go to their site,you expect to find tents,and you end up in new "pods" or "algeco" which are still under construction,nothing being really finished.Sure the location is exceptional,but the new concept they are implementing does not make much sense:it is not a luxury hotel in spite of the price(250euros per night),with a pool that is not usable,and a lot of wires and pipes running in and out of the buildings,no reception hall or bar,no telephone or wifi,which you would expect in any hotel,.
And it has nothing to do with a camp any more,with concrete and iron beams all over.
The restaurant is excellent,and staff nice but rather helpless,confronted to so many things that are not completed

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pewsey, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2014

We arrived at the resort expecting to be sleeping in one of 15 tents, we were shown to one of 30 pods. The resorts website needs to be updated. The pods are fine but make sure you get one at the front, comfortable beds, plenty of hot running water. The staff tried really hard and the food in the restaurant was excellent although the selection was limited. The view is fantastic. The bad news is that they are still finishing some of the pods and there is a lot of other construction work at the site though to be fair this did not interfere too much.

Room Tip: Go for the front and whatever you do make sure you book excursions before you go up.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Surrey UK
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

The View is a beautiful property that will be really stunning once all the renovations are complete. The location is spectacular and the staff are very friendly, and food was tasty. There was no heating in the chalet so one night was very cold, but a fan heater was provided the second night.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about The View

Property: The View
Address: Hail Al Shas | Al Hamra. Ad Dakhaliyah., Al Hamra 112, Oman
Region: Oman > Ad-Dakhiliyah Governorate > Al Hamra
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Al Hamra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The View 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The View is located at 1,400 meters above sea level, driving through 8 kms of winding road from Al Hamra to Hail Al Shas in a 4WD vehicle. We are just 2 1/2 hrs drive from Muscat, 45 minutes from Nizwa and 15 minutes from Al Hamra, it is a perfect getaway with 30 exclusive rooms for a truly relaxed and comfortable stay. It isn't just an 'Eco Luxe' retreat, but an experience where nature holds pride of place. Where service and hospitality is at its finest. It's an ideal port of call for visitors wanting to start adventurous trekking expeditions and excursions towards the peak of Jabal Shams Mountains. The View provides stylish accommodations apart from enjoying a relaxed time by the campfire or taking a dip in the infinity pool. ... more   less 
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