This is our second stay at the Al Madinah. Last year we stayed for 1 month and this year we stayed for just 11 days after touring around other areas of Oman. We also stayed at other hotels in this group including the Sur Beach Hotel and the Ras Al Hadd Hotel....both of which we can also highly recommend.
I must admit I was horrified at first sight of the area surrounding the Al Madinah....it is industrial and there are lorries and heavy plant parked all over. This has no bearing on the gem of a hotel that is the Al Madinah Holiday so please don't be put off.
The hotel itself is spotlessly clean and has good facilities.
The swimming pool is large, clean and usually very quiet so is a pleasure to be in and around. The gym is located near the pool and the staff (Moses and Pasha) are always on hand to offer help in anyway they can and always have a smile for you.
The gym is well equipped and also has a sauna. The toilets and changing rooms, again, are spottlessly clean.
In the room we received complimentary fruit and wine which is a very nice welcome. The beds and pillows are incredibly comfortable and there are a lot of tv channels available.
House keeping is as good as you will get in any good hotel and again the cleaning staff are friendly and efficient.
The bar is small but perfectly equipped and prices are very reasonable for this country. We spent many evenings in there where we chatted to other guests and local people. Drinks are always served with complimentary peanuts.
The duty manager Mr Weymes is the nicest man and this is reflected in all his staff. He will help with anything to make your stay as good as it can be.
I must also mention Mary who works in the retaurant and even remembered our prefered drinks from our stay last year!
So many small touches that make you feel welcome and want to return.
As with many hotels in Oman you will need a car to get around as things are so spread out here and even though this is an industrial area you are not that far away from the many atttractions of Muscat.
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is only 10 minutes drive away and the airport is about 15 minutes.
Mr Weymes arranged for us to stay in other Holiday Group Hotels as well so we could go to Sur to see where they make the Dhows, and Ras Al Hadd where we went turtle watching.
Last year when my parents came they were provided with a disabled persons room, a wheelchair and a disabled persons parking space.
If I was to have anything negative to say then it would be the lack of free wifi. Booking.com states that there is free wifi in all areas of the hotel when in fact, there is none at all. Wifi is available to buy but is a little pricey. Free wifi would be a huge plus!!
The buffet breakfast offers a good range of hot and cold food, fresh fruit, breads and even bacon! It caters for a variety of tastes and cultures so there is something for everyone! Chefs are there to cook your eggs to order and Sammy is sure to look after you!
Overall, the value for money is excellent and you could easily pay a lot more money to stay in a prettier area of Muscat and not get facilities or staff as good, so please consider this!
All in all I would not hestitate in recommending and returning to the Al Madinah Holiday Hotel.
Thank you to all the staff who made us welcome and added pleasure to our stay.
Mandy and Diane Bonner
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Muscat-Al Madinah, Situated within the capital area of Muscat, Oman. Conveniently located midway in the Industrial Area between Muscat International Airport and the central business district.>Our friendly Can-Do service is not about reacting but anticipating our guest needs, an exclusive Pillow Menu of 5 choices that creates the ideal restful environment, the delicious Holiday Inn breakfast as well as a rewards programme, tailored to suit one person you!Holiday Inn Muscat-Al Madinah has 107 elegantly furnished air-conditioned bedrooms, including 6 business suitesAl Reem Coffee Shop, an extensive range of freshly prepared ingredients that allow you to choose your breakfast, lunch or dinner the way you like itFully licensed bars with live entertainment, ideal place to unwind or socialize in a relaxed ambiance and a friendly door policy with a relaxed dress code The Health Club at Holiday Inn Muscat-Al Madinah offers a wide selection of exercise machines and cardiovascular equipment, qualified personal trainers to make your workout enjoyable. Enjoy our WIFI Internet Access ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Muscat
- Muscat Holiday Inn