This place beat all my expectations! How often does that happen these days?
I booked this hotel a few weeks in advance and made some enquiries about spa bookings and airport transfers. Messages were always responded to promptly.
The limo pick-up at the airport at OR20 is certainly more expensive that a taxi but at 2am I didn’t fancy waiting in a queue on arrival at the airport. And the car was a nice big BMW 7 series….
Hotel is about 25 minutes from the airport and on arrival got an upgrade to a club room which gave me use of the Club lounge. The lounge was never busy and the young lady there keeps the place spotless and everything well stocked.
The bedroom was spacious (I had a city view) and very clean. Toiletries re-stocked daily as was the four bottles of complimentary water.
There is a free shuttle bus service twice a day to the Mutrah Souk (and return). Check times at reception.
Very nice pool area with about 50 beds, a poolside bar and kids pool. Lovely view of the Corniche from here. If the weather isn’t too warm a nice stroll along the Corniche from the hotel is a nice way to walk off breakfast.
Tried the spa, treatments very good and well priced. The adjoining gym (Clifton Club) has a very good array of equipment. There is also squash courts, tennis courts, sauna and steam room.
I booked to attend the Royal Opera House and was warned about the strict dress code there with only an hour to the performance. I hadn’t packed a tie or formal trousers and on explaining my predicament to one of the managers he personally went out and returned with both. Now THAT IS WHAT YOU CALL CUSTOMER SERVICE !!!!!!!
I had a bar meal one evening in Dukes Bar – food was fresh and reasonably priced. The breakfast buffet looked extremely good but I took breakfast each morning in the Club Lounge and again, it was perfect for me. You can even order hot food be brought up to the lounge if you want.
All of the staff, from the moment I checked in to the point that I left, made me feel like a valued customer – they were always so polite and willing to help.
This has to be the best Crowne Plaza I have stayed in – definitely recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Check into an elegant seaside hotel in Oman's thriving capital with a private beach and easy access to local businesses. The dazzling Crowne Plaza(R) Muscat hotel looks out across the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman from a lush clifftop in fashionable Qurum Heights. With a panoramic terrace, pool and private beach, the hotel is just a 20-minute drive from Muscat International Airport and steps from Qurum Beach with its café-lined promenade. Oman's main business and ministerial districts are 10 minutes away. Families and couples can sunbathe on the private beach and swim in a pool set in leafy gardens alive with bougainvillea and date palms. After exploring ancient Muttrah Souq and Corniche, you can savor a cool drink in our English-style Dukes Bar as the sun dips into the Gulf. For dinner, how about Italian, Persian, or lavish buffets on the terrace of Tropicana with stunning sea views? Business travelers enjoy the hotel's relaxed vibe and convenient services such as complimentary Wi-Fi and parking, 24-hour room service and a Concierge who can pre-arrange taxi fares. After work, you can re-energize in the Cliff Club Fitness Center, challenge colleagues to a game of tennis or squash and de-stress in the sauna or steam room with our compliments. With 200 stylish rooms and a convenient, prestigious location in Oman, you'll find Crowne Plaza Muscat an ideal hotel for productive business and enjoyable leisure time. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Muscat Crowne Plaza