October is the ideal time to visit Muscat and Oman, and this was our 3rd visit to the country. Having stayed at the Hyatt a couple of times we thought we would try the Crowne Plaza as it seemed nearer to the city. Not so! Even though some advice given was that it was within "walking distance" to the main shops etc it was in reality quite a hike, and in the heat of the day completely impractical.
The hotel itself was quiet and a times we had the pool area almost to ourselves. The rooms are quite small and the decor dated but the bed was comfortable and the room very clean. The pool area is in need of refurbishment and looks a little old fashioned. We did ask for the "musak" round the pool area to be turned down as loud pop (coming from speakers disguised as rocks!) is very intrusive. Guests also need to be aware that the private beach is down a considerable flight of steps which was no problem for us, but guests with children or for those less mobile this would be a problem.
Service at breakfast was excellent and the staff were friendly and helpful. Generally the Crowne is not on a par with the Hyatt and its companions and this is reflected in its 4 star rating. Oman is a fabulous destination. Rent a car and get out and about to see Nizwa, the mountains and a bit of local culture.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Crowne Plaza Muscat is magnificently nestled at the tip of Qurum Beach with breathtaking panoramic views of the Gulf of Oman. The Crowne Plaza Muscat is ideally located a short 5 minute drive from the shopping area of Qurum, 15 minute drive from Muttrah Souk, 20 minute drive from Seeb International airport, and a 10 minute drive from the government and diplomatic districts. Set in 10 acres of lush landscaped gardens within the prestigious 'Qurum Heights' area of Muscat, the Crowne Plaza Muscat's leisure facilities offer you the ideal mix of relaxation and workout after a busy day at the office. The facilities include floodlit tennis courts, swimming pool, children's pool, squash courts, a fully equipped fitness centre and a private beach. The Crowne Plaza Muscat offers 200 elegantly appointed rooms ideal for both corporate and leisure guests. Choices of dining experiences are available in the hotels restaurants. Tropicana offering International selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Shiraz the only authentic Persian restaurant in Oman and Come Prima with pure Italian delights. Each offers outdoor dining options. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Muscat Hotel Muscat
- Muscat Crowne Plaza