The house is in a 1,000 year old village where you can bring your car only so far before walking through stony paths and under bridges between antique houses and over a falaj to reach Misfah Old House. There are no signs, so you'll probably wander into a house where the women are praying (as I did) or stand stuck on the falaj as the German tourists I encountered the following night did. The house itself is surrounded by verdant palms and running water. Views are breathtaking and bird sounds are enchanting. But, our room had foam cushions for mattresses, no bed frames, and the shelves for storage had never experienced the love of a dust cloth. The food was memorably bad. The same repertoire appeared for both dinners and breakfasts we encountered. My husband and a friend decided that the Night 2 fish had simply been pulled from the fridge and slapped on the table, without the benefit of reheating. My husband said the breakfast hard-boiled eggs were close to inedible. How does one louse up a hard-boiled egg?
The shared bathroom was clean, but invaded by a hideous smell since there is probably more sewage than the system can support.
The manager, Ibrahim, is responsive and well-intentioned if you're lucky enough to locate him. There appears to be no office, so it took some yoo-hooing and traipsing over the grounds to find a staff member.
It was worth it to see the village and explore the walks. You can go to Ladies and Men's swimming in the falaj which is a very cool thing to do. The men's pool is a true, deep pool. The women's pool is a knee deep affair under a rock, but with a glorious view and two falaj waterfalls that wonderfully massage your back.
On reflection, one night, not two, was all we needed when weighing the deficiencies versus the glories.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Misfah Old House is in the middle of the old village of Misfat Al Abryeen in Sultanat of where local people are mainly farmers. Our Misfah Old House is about 220 km far from Muscat airport and it is very easy to reach. It is about 40 km south west from Nizwa city (GPS location +23° 8' 24.06", +57° 18' 44.94" ).The houses have 12 rooms with 8 shared bathrooms, We serve Omani traditional food cooked and supplied by local families and we also arrange guided tours within the village and surrounding areas with Omani Local Guides. Also please be kind and inform the guest that:Smoking is not allowed inside the house ( ask for the smoking area )Alcoholic drinks are not allowed at all by Oman Government lawPlease make sure you wear decent clothes in the villageCarry small luggage for the stay in the house only as they have to walk for 5min to get to the houseCheck In time should be before 5 pm as you need to walk for almost 5 min to the house so better doing it in the day light :) ... more less
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