Picking the hotel that’s right for you can be quite difficult, especially when there are so many fantastic five-star hotels dotted about Muscat.
To make your choices simple, we’ve rounded up our ten top picks.
Whether you’re looking for a looking for a resort you won’t have to leave for your entire trip, or a hotel near all the tourist sites, we’ve got you covered.
Read on for the top hotels to book in Muscat.
Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Sometimes when you head off on holiday, there’s nothing you want to do more than get out of the city and enjoy a peaceful stay by the beach. If you’re looking for that in Oman, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Located a 20-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of the capital, this spot, nestled between the Al Hajar mountains and the Sea of Oman, has enough facilities that you won’t ever want to leave. These include five restaurants, a spa, a private beach and five swimming pools, including one just for kids. And if you do want to explore, Muttrah and all the other sights are just a short journey away.
Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Al Bustan (2479 9666).
Grand Hyatt Muscat
Fancy staying somewhere that’s just a stone’s throw from the beach, but still close to all the main attractions? The Grand Hyatt Muscat offers the best of both worlds, and there’s plenty of facilities you’ll want to take advantage of including a pool and a gym. Plus, there’s a number of restaurants and bars including Italian spot Tuscany, rooftop restaurant The Grill House and sports bar Habana.
Grand Hyatt Muscat, Shatti Al Qurum (2464 1234).
Grand Millennium Muscat
Location, location, location. You can’t get much better than the Grand Millennium Muscat, which is right in the centre of the business district. You’ll be able to access all the top sites with ease, and it’s directly connected to the Muscat Grand Central Mall, should you want to go on a bit of a shopping spree. There’s a rooftop infinity pool, and if you feel like splashing out (literally) you can stay in one of the rooms with a private pool. The Grand Millennium has five restaurants, including a lavish fine-dining seafood restaurant so you can try the best the Gulf of Oman has to offer.
Grand Millennium Muscat, Al Khuwair (2234 2222).
Hormuz Grand Muscat, A Radisson Collection Hotel
The Collection is the name given to the upscale end of the Radisson hotel group, and you’ll definitely be wowed by the facilities if you stay here. Conveniently located hotel is right next to Muscat International Airport, we’re not sure anyone staying here will make it much further than that thanks to the gorgeous pool area, the Hormuz Grand Spa and the gym. Plus, the hotel has a number of restaurants including Qureshi Bab-Al-Hind, which serves northern Indian food, and the New York style restaurant OMNY Brasserie.
Hormuz Grand Muscat, A Radisson Collection Hotel, Seeb (2435 0500).
The InterContinental Muscat is located in Shatti al Qurum, one of Muscat’s most popular areas, and it’s not difficult to see the appeal. You’re just steps away from the beach (which you can directly access from the hotel) and you have incredible views of the Hajar Mountains, too. Every room has a balcony and views of either the sea, the beautiful hotel gardens, or the mountains, so you’ll get to truly appreciate the location. If you’re sporty, you can take advantage of the hotel’s Palm Beach Club, which has two tennis courts, a 25 metre Olympic size pool, a gym and a sauna. There are plenty of nightlife options too, including the world-famous Trader Vic’s, and you won’t get bored of the many international restaurants on site either.
InterContinental Muscat, Shatti al Qurum (2468 0000).
Kempinski Hotel Muscat
If you’re looking for a seaside resort, look no further than the Kempinski Hotel Muscat. It has 11 restaurants and bars, including a fantastic north Indian restaurant and a sports lounge, a private beach, two swimming pools, a tennis court, a gym and a spa. It even has a bowling alley in one of the bars – so why would you ever want to leave? It’s located in the ever-popular Al Mouj district meaning if you do choose to leave you’ll find plenty of restaurants and bars.
Kempinski Hotel Muscat, Al Mouj (2498 5000).
Shangri-La Al Husn Resort and Spa
There’s only one word to describe the Shangri-La Al Husn Resort and Spa, and that’s luxury. The rooms are huge and every single one comes with a butler service, daily afternoon tea, and pre-dinner mixed drinks. When you arrive in the room, you’ll find pre-loaded iPods with a personalised selection – could this hotel be any more extra? There’s a 100 m beach and infinity pool just for guests, and there’s a spa and gym, too. Plus, to maintain the tranquil atmosphere, this hotel is adults-only. The Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa next door has 15 restaurants for you to choose from too.
Shangri-La Al Husn Resort and Spa, Bandar Jissah (2477 6666).
Sheraton Oman Hotel
Although the Sheraton Oman Hotel only has 14 floors, it’s actually the tallest building in Muscat, so if you nab one of the top floors you’ll enjoy panoramic views over the capital. Originally built in 1985, this hotel has been a stalwart in Muscat for decades. But if you’re worried about outdated décor and tired facilities, you shouldn’t be – the building underwent extensive renovation work in 2016. There are four restaurants for you to choose from, including a steakhouse, plus a huge pool and spa. It’s conveniently located in Ruwi, the business district, so you won’t be far away from all the tourist sites in Muttrah.
Sheraton Oman Hotel, Ruwi (2237 7777).
The Chedi Muscat
This stunning hotel, set in a twenty-one acre landscaped garden, could possibly be one of the most Instagramable spots in Muscat. Set against the Gulf of Oman, you’re going to want to spend your days admiring the views from a lounger next to one of the hotel’s three pools. If that’s not relaxing enough for you, the hotel also has a thirteen-suite spa, and there are six restaurants and two lounges for you to pick from. Don’t be surprised if you spot happy couples milling about – this is (unsurprisingly) a hot spot for honeymooners.
The Chedi Muscat, Al Ghubrah Ash Shamaliyyah (2452 4400).
The W Muscat, which is the first W Hotel in Oman, opened in August 2019, so if you stay here you’ll be one of the first to try out the new facilities which include a 1,800 sq m pool and a rooftop infinity pool. There are five restaurants for you to choose from and the nightlife scene here is one of the best in the city, with global party brand Candypants regularly hosting events here. If you’re into fitness, the hotel also has excellent facilities and has previously hosted retreats with hikes in the mountains and stand-up paddleboard yoga in the pool. It’s also located in Shatti Al Qurum which offers excellent bars and restaurants.
W Muscat, Shatti Al-Qurum (2212 0000).