Made a last minute booking online via Trip Advisor after looking for affordable by the beach accommodation in Muscat. This was it.
After a lengthy delay at the airport our arrival time was after midnight but Reception staff were there to help.
Helped out with room service at 1 am and our king bed (adjoining beds) was comfy and welcoming.
Room amenities include TV, bath towels, hair dryer, general toiletries, desk, 2 x chairs & small table, kettle, bar fridge with several items available - not many but appropriate. No alcohol as it's a dry hotel like most in the Middle East.
Our particular room would not have suited an elderly person or less-abled person. Unfortunately the toilet was placed immediately against the shower access which was high-sided. As a tall woman even I had difficulty hiking my leg up and over and not falling over getting out. Not all rooms have the same layout, but this would definitely hinder some.
Location was excellent. About 400metres from the beach front and a couple of cafés as well as the Grand Hyatt next door for those looking for a bar or other restaurants.
Hiring a car with GPS is a must in Muscat but this hotel is central for many tourist destinations, and being in a quiet area was good for relaxing.
The beach front has a walkway leading you in both directions for night time strolls. It's a popular spot at sunset for swimming, soccer & BBQs.
Parking is available at front of hotel.
Wifi is free and works well, multiple users at any time which was brilliant & handy.
Breakfast is complimentary. It has a small continental selection, it's no Hilton - but fine for breakfast. Over-eating in the heat doesn't help anyone anyway!
Considering the cost of accommodation in the Middle East & Muscat particularly we were pleased with our choice. Tourist taxes are rarely mentioned about accommodation costs and are charged daily the same as anywhere else in the Middle East.
I wouldn't say it was a family destination, with no pool or entertainment facilities within. But perfect for business travellers or couples.
Overall clean and friendly and inexpensive and I would visit again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 3-star international hotel, Beach Bay by Swiss-Belhotel is located just 15 minutes driving from Muscat International Airport. Shatti Al Qurum is just two minutes walking from the hotel, while shops are just 10 minutes’ drive away. Nearby attractions are the Grand Mosque, and Muttrah Old Souk. Each room is equipped with modern amenities, including air conditioning and bathroom with bath, LCD TV and free Wifi Internet access. ... more less