Returned on the 11th July from another glorious stay at The Al Bustan Hotel. This Hotel is absolutely superb. We have already made our reservation for three weeks next year. Staff are first class and although we had a few niggles it didn't detract from the wonderful time that we always have. A couple of the restaurants were closed which did not worry us nor did the fact that the Bar was closed. A makeshift Bar was created in the Brasserie but we didn't use it and rarely have in the past. We enjoy going out in the evening and eating in local Coffee Shops, this way you get to eat and mix with a variety of different people and over the years we have made many friends. The exchange rate is poor so things do appear expensive especially the Taxi's but prices have barely changed over the last seven years. The Breakfast is good, but not as lavish as it has been, the selection of food has been greatly reduced and I have noticed since Ritz Carlton has taken over they have made cut backs - silly things, but nice touches that guests remember and miss on their return visits.
The Pool staff are fantastic and the pool bar staff are forever replenishing cold water, bringing round fresh fruit and frozen fruit shots, much appreciated in hot weather. It is such a pleasure to see old faces and meeting with staff from previous years who make us feel very much at home.
The biggest disappointment for me was the fact that they chose not to have a Ramadan Tent again I fear another Ritz Carlton cut back. In the past a lavish tent has been erected in the grounds beautifully furnished with silk drapes, carpets, cushions and exquisite lighting and the most wonderful food this year it was held in the Buffet Restaurant which did not create the right atmosphere for the Iftar Meal so again we went out instead of eating in the Hotel. If you want to feel pampered, special and experience understated sophistication and service The Al Bustan Palace Hotel is still the best Hotel in Muscat. If you want brash glitz and sports bars go somewhere else it's not the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set against a dramatic backdrop of rugged mountains, Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, lies solitary amid an emerald green oasis with 200 acres of lush beachfront landscaping, overlooking the glittering azure waters of the Gulf of Oman. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Hotel Muttrah