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Crowne Plaza Muscat
Ranked #6 of 52 Hotels in Muscat
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Beirut, Lebanon
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“Excellent Experience in an excellent site”
Reviewed February 26, 2014

First the hotel is extremely well situated; over viewing the beautiful sandy beach of Muscat and at few KMs from any local attraction; the rooms are large and confortable; service is friendly; breakfast is rich; Garden and pool are beautiful; Hotel Bar is nice where you can meet some good people

Room Tip: I believe all of them have sea view but we chose a club room at ground level with door to the garden
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Adam B, Director of Sales at Crowne Plaza Muscat, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
It was a pleasure having you stay with us at Crowne Plaza Muscat and we thank you for taking the time to write such complimentary review about your recent stay and experience. I am delighted that you and your family enjoyed your stay. Thank you for sharing your photo and we look forward to welcoming you all back in the future.
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

The first thing to note is that Muscat is very much a driver's city - there is no public transport, so if you're not hiring a car, you will have to rely on taxis, private tours, and shuttle buses provided by your hotel.

The Crowne Plaza is a good 25-30 minutes drive from the airport, and overlooks a small cliff and the beach beyond. In terms of location, it's a quick taxi to the Royal Opera House, and then another short drive to the Grand Mosque (both are must sees).

The hotel has two wings (the renovated rooms do not have ocean views). We stuck to the ocean side, and our room was roomy and pleasant enough. Our friend stayed in the renovated wing, and his room was much nicer in terms of decor, but also a bit smaller. Pros and cons to both options.

The concierges were attentive and helpful - we were given two good tips for local restaurants, including a fantastic Turkish place, and they also assisted with booking private tours. All front desk staff speak good English.

A free shuttle bus runs to a shopping centre, and more importantly, the Muttrah Souk. There's only two loops a day, but given the mid-afternoon siesta/prayers, you can get a shuttle shortly after it re-opens and then get picked up in the early evening, which is convenient.

The Club Lounge at the Crowne Plaza is recommended. It was clean, comfortable, and the food and beverage options were of high quality.

The hotel pool is inviting (although we didn't use it), and there's a small private cove for guests to enjoy the beach on deckchairs. Two tennis courts are also available, although locals use them for lessons, so make sure you book in advance.

We had an enjoyable stay here, our first in Muscat. We would recommend this hotel to small groups, families and also business travellers. It has all the amenities you need, and is positioned well given there is no Old Town or even discernible CBD in Muscat.

Room Tip: Be aware that there are two wings to the hotel - one contains unrenovated rooms (with beach views...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Adam B, Director of Sales at Crowne Plaza Muscat, responded to this review, February 23, 2014
Many thank for posting a review about your recent stay with us at Crowne Plaza Muscat. It was a pleasure having you and a delight to know that you had a good stay with us. I am particularly pleased that you recommend our Club Lounge and found the food and beverage offerings to be of high quality. We continuously work hard to provide our guests with the best quality food and service and we are happy you got to experience it. Thank you for recommending Crowne Plaza Muscat and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

Nicely located on a cliff top overlooking the long tidal beach stretching out towards Seeb.

Twenty minutes from the airport in light traffic.

Room was clean, well serviced and the hotel wifi was fine for our needs.

We dined in both Shiraz (pricey) and Duke's bar with the meals being of a good standard and served in good time, although it took us twenty minutes to get the bill in Shiraz.

Restaurant staff could do with a little bit more training on how to interact with patrons.

Room Tip: Overlooking the sea.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Adam B, Director of Sales at Crowne Plaza Muscat, responded to this review, February 23, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post a review about your recent stay. I am very pleased to read that you had a good stay with us and that you found our food and beverage offerings to be off good standard. We appreciate your review hope to welcome you back in the future.
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

Excellent location on small cliff top overlooking the beach and the ocean with super and facilities.
Superb proactive service from all the staff, truly 5 star.
The buffet style lunch was very good but little daily variety meant it got really boring by the 5th day! We were using the conference area and the staff and facilities there were excellent. One of the best conference facilities I have experienced for many years. Truly 5 star professionals.
Overall the hotel is good for both leisure and business, with many tourists mixing with men in suits.
Highly recommended.

Room Tip: High floor sea views a must
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Adam B, Director of Sales at Crowne Plaza Muscat, responded to this review, February 19, 2014
Thank you for your complimentary review about your recent stay with us at Crowne Plaza Muscat. It was a pleasure having you and we are truly delighted to read that you had a good stay together with good food, dedicated staff and great location. We are also happy to read that you found our conference facilities to be one of the best.
We at Crowne Plaza continuously work hard to provide our guests with the best quality food and services and are happy to see that you got to experience that. We are grateful for highly recommending Crowne Plaza Muscat and we certainly do look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

I had a conference out there and my stay was fabulous.food was tasty.staff was friendly.the view from the room to the sea was stunning.location atop hill,close to city...was easily accessible.plan fo hotel like a ship was memorable

Room Tip: try for sea view rooms.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Adam B, Director of Sales at Crowne Plaza Muscat, responded to this review, February 16, 2014
Many thanks for your kind review, It was a pleasure to read. I am delighted to know that your stay “was fabulous” coupled with good food and friendly staff. We do boast a great location with amazing view and are happy you got to experience that. We certainly look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

I visited Muscat solo and was worried about where to stay. This hotel is excellent. Great rooms, great wifi, great little bar area, great pool and great views. Staff were beyond helpful and went out of their way for you. The hotel is located 15 mins by car from the Royal Palace and the touristy sights. Hire a car to ensure independence. The Omanis drive well and I felt safe on the roads. Free parking at the hotel. Loved the experience. Thank you to the hotel for making me feel at ease.

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Adam B, Director of Sales at Crowne Plaza Muscat, responded to this review, February 12, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post your review on Trip advisor about your recent stay. I am very pleased to read that you had a good stay with us and that our staffs were part of making it a good experience. We continually work hard to give our guest great and satisfactory experience and are happy to see that reflect in your stay. We certainly look forward to welcoming you back to Muscat and Crowne Plaza.
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Beijing, China
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

We had a very enjoyable stay at the Crowne Plaza Muscat. Well situated at the end of Qurm Beach for sunset viewing with a separate private beach, and a comfortable pool, this makes for a great stay while sightseeing in Muscat. It is just a short taxi ride from the Corniche and you can easily access the modern shopping district in Dubai.

Rooms are well appointed and comfortable beds. The gym is well equipped with weights and cardio machines. The restaurants on site over a variety of options- nice Italian food at Come Prima, Persian food at Shiraz, and even a proper English pub (Duke's) with all of the standard fare and arguably the best beer selection in Oman. The breakfast buffet was excellent, with a wide variety of Middle Eastern, Western and even Asian options - and also carrying pork sausages and bacon (which were welcome after spending some time in the country).

Service is very courteous and helpful, from check in, dining , and during our stay. Definitely recommend this one while you are in Muscat.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Adam B, Director of Sales at Crowne Plaza Muscat, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Many thanks for taking the time to post a review about your recent stay with us at Crowne Plaza Muscat, it was a pleasure having you. I am delighted to learn that you enjoyed our array of food and beverage offerings and amazing breakfast selections. It is always a pleasure to read complimentary reviews and we certainly appreciate reading yours. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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Property: Crowne Plaza Muscat
Address: Qurum Heights | Po. Box 1455, Muscat 112, Oman
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Location: Oman > Muscat Governorate > Muscat
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Muscat
#3 Business Hotel in Muscat
#3 Romantic Hotel in Muscat
#4 Spa Hotel in Muscat
#6 Luxury Hotel in Muscat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Crowne Plaza Muscat 4*
Number of rooms: 200
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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