My husband and I have visited Muscat three times and have stayed mostly in 5-star resorts. On the latter part of our most recent trip we chose to try out the Nomad Guest House and we could not have been more pleased. First, and most importantly, is the staff. EXCELLENT! I felt completely at ease, well taken care of and pampered by Rosemary and Lorna. They anticipated our every need and took care of any request promptly, efficiently and always with a smile. Whether it was arranging transport, tours or just providing information about the area, everything was handled with the utmost care and professionalism. The property is well located, near to malls, beaches and the major touristic sites.
We stayed in the Badger Room on the top floor, which was large and well appointed and directly across the hall from the rooftop garden. We had a large flat screen TV with lots of channels, our own hot and cold water cooler AND bottled water, coffee and tea, a refrigerator with a little freezer, plenty of seating, electrical outlets galore with adaptors, huge en-suite bathroom and much more. It was more like a suite than a room and very comfy to just hang out in if you want some private time. The room is very quiet. We never heard a peep from outside the room.
The self-serve breakfast included was quite good, with plenty of choices and always included lots of fresh fruit. Rosemary makes a great cup of coffee, too; always something that I really appreciate. We chose to eat at the Nomad one evening when a rooftop barbecue was offered. Lorna had chicken, two types of fresh fish, salads and rice and a choice of beverages, all very well prepared in massive quantities, all you could eat (and more, really) for a bargain price. They'll provide a picnic lunch or snacks if you want them for a day trip, too.
There are a number of restaurants in the area that you can walk to and a large supermarket just down the road a bit. We didn't have a car on this trip but walked to dinner one night and had Rosemary arrange taxis for us for other outings. Next time we'll probably rent a car but it was perfectly OK without one, too.
OH yes.... the entire property is immaculate! From the rooftop garden (which is a lovely place to sit and relax) to the rooms, kitchen and out to the front entry.... clean, tidy and very appealing.
As some of the other reviewers noted, Muscat can be very pricey. Staying at the Nomad Guest House you'll receive 5-star service at a fraction of the price. We found the tour packages to be much more affordable than those offered through the hotels. We took a dolphin watch and snorkel tour which included pick and drop off back to Nomad. The boat was very nice, clean and the staff very professional. We had a great experience.
I will definitely stay here on my next trip to Muscat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Nomad Guest House offers luxury accommodation at a fraction of 5 Star Hotel prices. Standard en-suite Double rooms are 130 USD a night and Superior rooms are 156 USD a night The Guest House is located on the airport side of Muscat in Athaiba. It is only a 15 minute drive from the airport. The beautiful Athaiba beach is only a 15 minute walk away. All rooms have fridge, coffee & tea making facilities and free to air satellite TV. Free WiFi in all rooms and on the roof terrace The Guest House is very spacious and beautifully furnished. It is laid out to create a comfortable and friendly atmosphere where fellow Nomad travelers can swap stories of the day's adventures and plan for tomorrow's. Self catering facilities are available to all our guests A completely free dolphin watching and snorkeling trip is offered to anyone staying 5 nights or more The Guest House operates a strict no smoking policy within the guest house itself. Land and sea Tours can be booked through Nomad Tours also rent a car and rental of camping equipment. See our web site ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Nomad Guest House Hotel Muscat Governorate
- Nomad Guest House Oman