I chose to stay at the Hilton because I was in Salalah for work at the port, which is nearby. But that's this hotel's problem. The rooms are big and comfortable, the grounds are very pleasent, the service is friendly, the food is fine, the room's Internet connection was excellent. But as you sit on the beautiful wide sandy beach with the Indian Ocean lapping at your feet, the port facilities are clearly visible right in front of you, container ships are off in the distance, and there's a power station about a mile or so to your right. It really shouldn't matter. The water is clean and the beach is quiet (the isolated location is about a 10-minute $15 cab ride into town). But somehow it ruins the resort hotel effect. It didn't bother me because I was there for work, and was able to get in a nice swim at the begining and end of every work day, which is my idea of paradise. I wouldn't choose this hotel for a destination holiday. But if you are traveling through Oman for work or pleasure, and want to unwind at the sea for a few days, this place would be perfectly fine. I don't like swimming pools but the one here is attractive. There's a kid's pool and a children's play set. The hotel is generous with beach towels. The buffet dinners and breakfasts were well prepared, tasty and abundant. They were just too ``international'' for my tastes. After several days there I never got any idea what Omanis eat. I've read complaints about service, but I found everyone pleasant and helpful. From everything I've heard and read, there are stunning full day excursions that can be done from the hotel to deserted beaches and into the mountains. I didn't have time. The clientele is an odd mix. The main groups seemed to be Swedes on package tour holidays and Western oil and security workers from the Gulf getting some R&R. The latter included a few too many burly incomprehensible tattooed Brits drinking beer, but they kept out of everyone's way and behaved. There's a rather surreal pub/disco with a Filippina girls band at night. My room was large, clean and quiet. All in all, a good well run property, just a shame about the view.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hilton Salalah Resort is a relaxing retreat, surrounded by vibrant bougainvilleas and lush palm groves. This beachfront Salalah hotel is set amidst landscaped gardens and all of the Salalah hotel rooms and suites offer tranquil views of the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea, as well as the dramatic Dhofar mountain range. Relax by the Hilton Salalah Resort's freeform pool overlooking the white-sandy beach, browse the shopping arcade, work out in the gym or unwind in 6 restaurants and bars at this Salalah hotel. Dine on fresh seafood at Palm Grove Restaurant or enjoy authentic Arabic Cuisine at Al Maha Restaurant. Sip your favorite cocktails in Sea Breeze Bar, located on the stunning beachfront, or treat yourself at Sheba's Steak House with premium steaks, flavorful sauces and matching wines. Pamper yourself with an outdoor massage in one of the Caribbean style beach pavilions at this Salalah hotel, entertain the kids in the playground or enjoy a day sightseeing and visit the Old Souk, the Bird Sanctuary or follow the Frankincense trail. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Salalah Hotel Salalah
- Hilton International Salalah