As other contributors have mentioned, this hotel is set in beautiful surroundings and has such potential as a truly beautiful beach-side vacation spot. There is a choice of rooms within the main building - or those set around a large pool/recreation area - some of which have sea views. The rooms vary enormously in quality, smell and 'positive vibe'. My advice is to ask to see several before making your choice - assuming there is a choice available when you arrive. This is the second time I've stayed here, and the first room was palatial and upstairs in the main building. This time round, the room was in a side Annex (there are also individual small chalets) - and felt damp and almost unpleasant. However, the reception staff responded to my comments and upgraded me to a larger, more refreshed small 'suite' (= lounge + bedroom). Very nice! The breakfast is great. The a la carte lunch and dinner choice even better.- although not cheap (try the dim sum or hot mezzah or spicy Thai Salad or Prawn Tempura or ... or ... the list is long and delicious). The service is always pleasant - but sometimes very slow. Not a disadvantage if you are on a relaxing holiday. In fact, my overall feeling is that your experience in this hotel can be hit or miss. My advice would therefore be - if you choose to stay here (and why not - in Sohar), and you are unhappy with what you get, explain your problem nicely to those in charge - and it is more than likely that your stay will become a hit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sohar Beach Hotel is the only 4 star resort in Sohar, occupying a prime beach side location, designed in the style of a traditional Omani fort keeping in view with the requirements of modern world. The property combines long tradition of Omani hospitality with an international standard of living. Sohar Beach Hotel offers 86 Keys, with 65 Modern-day Standard & Superior rooms; 9 well-designed Executive suites; 4 spacious deluxe suites & 7 One Bedroom Chalet over-viewing the beach. The hotel offers clear views of Arabian Sea on one side and lush green Garden on the other side from its spacious guest rooms. All rooms are equipped with a work desk, sofa and satellite/cable flat screen TV and tea and coffee making facilities are provided for your convenience. There is a floodlit tennis courts and a temperature-controlled outdoor swimming pool surrounded by well-maintained green garden, and of course the resort’s beach. Guests can keep them fit and healthy at the fully-equipped gym. Sohar Beach Hotel offers the guest a great choice of food and beverage outlets. Guests can enjoy a wide range of international cuisine alongside many traditional Arabian specialties. The resort enjoys a quite costal location, whilst providing easy access to the ancient capital of Sohar and its surrounding attractions, along with business areas of the city, Port of Sohar, Sohar Industrial Zone and Sohar Free Zone. Sohar Beach is 1 hour and half drive from Muscat and 2 hour drive from the border of the United Arab Emirates, the resort enjoys a quiet coastal location. ... more less
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