Our favorite hotels in Oman
Oman is not highly developed in terms of tourism, and therefore the hotel options are not very extensive. It can sometimes be quite a challenge to find a good hotel at a reasonable price. During our journey through Oman, we searched for quality and affordable hotels. These are places where we had a pleasant stay ourselves, recommended by other travelers. Due to the limited availability, these hotels tend to get booked up quickly, especially during the high season between November and March. So, it's wise to book early if you intend to stay in these hotels.
Note: We mention 'starting prices'. Hotel prices greatly depend on your travel period and how far in advance you book. The starting price can vary significantly if you book late and/or travel during the high season.
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Arguably the best mid-range option in Muscat is Lana Villa. This delightful B&B is managed by Oliver, a German who moved to Oman a few years ago and will make you feel right at home. Alongside the comfortable rooms, the extensive breakfast buffet is a major highlight. Expect fresh eggs, bread, dates, fruit, cheese, and much more. Minimum stay is 2 nights.
Double room starting at $90
Royal Tulip Muscat
If you're looking for something larger on a budget, Royal Tulip Muscat is the best choice. Its location is perfect, right in the center of Muscat, making it an ideal base. Additionally, you can enjoy a good meal, a delightful breakfast, and a rooftop pool at the hotel. Feeling like a workout? You can hit the gym as well. In short, affordable luxury in the heart of Muscat!
Double room starting at $63
Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve
Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve offers turtle tours and provides overnight accommodations as well. It might not be the most charming hotel, but we had a pleasant stay here. A stay includes both morning and evening turtle tours for two people, and a wonderfully extensive breakfast buffet is also included and quite delicious!
Double room starting at $167
Ras al Jinz Turtle Guesthouse
Is Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve fully booked or are you looking for something more affordable? Ras Al Jinz Turtle Guest House is a great alternative. This guesthouse is right across from the Turtle Reserve, and you can arrange your tour at Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve for $21 per person. The rooms lack some ambiance but come with a comfortable bed and shower.
Double room starting at $45
Just 200 meters (656 feet) from the fort lies Antique Inn, a lovely hotel in traditional style. It features a spacious rooftop terrace adorned with oriental carpets, and throughout the hotel, you'll find authentic details. The friendly staff goes the extra mile to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
Double room starting at $78
Nizwa Heritage Inn
At Nizwa Heritage Inn, you'll also experience a traditional atmosphere. This is a very old house that has been renovated while preserving its beautiful old elements. It's located right in the old center, breakfast is included in the price, and the rooms are equipped with air conditioning.
Double room starting at $33
Sama al Wasil Desert Camp
Sama al Wasil is a beautiful desert camp located 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) into the desert. It strikes a nice balance between basic and luxury. It's situated by a massive sand dune that you can climb, and the price includes a delightful dinner and breakfast buffet. You can choose between a tent or a stone cottage with air conditioning, and the price includes both breakfast and dinner.
Double room starting at $186
Desert Nights Camp
We've heard from other travelers that Desert Nights Camp is a fantastic choice if you don't mind a bit of luxury. The tents are incredibly spacious, and a lot of attention has been put into their decoration. The restaurant serves delicious meals, and breakfast and dinner are included in the price. This is the epitome of glamping.
Double room starting at $238
Sama Al Khutaim Heritage
By far the best hotel near Jebel Shams is Sama Al Khutaim Heritage. Its location couldn't be better as it's situated at the starting point of the Balcony Walk. From the lodge, you'll enjoy a fantastic view over Jebel Shams. Both breakfast and dinner are included in the price. Dinner with a view!
Double room starting at $197
Sama Heights Resort
There are only a few hotels near Jebel Shams, so there's not much choice. If Sama Al Khutaim Heritage is beyond your budget or fully booked, then Sama Heights Resort is the best option for your stay. It's about a 15-minute drive from here to the starting point of the Balcony Walk.
Double room starting at $111