I have to agree with most reviewers when they say the hotel offers the basics. It's quite clean, though they don't clean the room every day (not an issue for me--I don't clean every day, either!). The hotel is somewhat worn and could use some freshening up, though the exterior was delightful with lots of potted plants and swept walkways. The bed was comfortable and the a/c worked almost too well. I appreciated having a mini-fridge in the room. Breakfast was a good array of choices and the kitchen will scramble some eggs for you if you ask.
The bathroom was pretty standard, featuring a shower pan on the floor. The hot water was scalding and I had to be very careful not to turn up the tap too much. The bath towel was thick, but there was no hand towel or wash cloth, and it was a bit inconvenient having to use the liquid soap by the sink without a cloth.
I had a terrace room but think I would have preferred a sea-view balcony room instead. The terrace was used by guests from the lower floors so it was not always private as a balcony would have been (e.g., they were using tables and chairs I had planned to use for lunch). Also, there is a wall along the roof edge that prevents a good sea view unless you're near the edge; if you were on the sofa in the sitting room you had no view. There was no screen on the sea-facing windows so they had to be kept shut to keep out mosquitos; would have loved to have the windows open to listen to the waves at night. I peeked in one balcony room as it was being cleaned and it had a much nicer bathroom and the balcony sliding door had a screen, as well as a balustrade that permitted a good view.
A car here is pretty essential. You are far away from the better restaurants (although a nearby "dive" had good Indian food) and at the mercy of few-and-far-between taxis or the guide. They have a guide that they use on a regular basis. He also picked me up at the airport. He is personable and gave me an interesting tour but didn't seem as knowledgeable as I would have expected.
Still, as others have noted, this hotel offers you basic comfort and friendly service, and I would not hesitate to go back. I think if I'd had a different room I would have given four stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A friendly and clean bed and breakfast direct on the beautiful white sandy beach. All rooms have private bathrooms, ceiling fans, air conditioning, televisions, refrigerators and wireless internet. Onsite restaurant for a breakfast buffet and evening meals can be arranged. English, German, French, Dutch and Arabic are spoken by the staff. Local tours can be arranged on an individual or group basis. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Arabian Sea Villas Hotel Salalah