June 10, 2015

Review: Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel

Trip to Sri Lanka & Oman and Flying On Etihad Airways A380 First Apartment Abu Dhabi-London

Top Attractions in Sri Lanka
Hilton Colombo Residences
Serendib Lounge, Colombo Bandaranaike Airport (CMB)
Araliya Lounge, Colombo Bandaranaike Airport (CMB)
Qatar Airways Business Class Lounge, Hamad International Airport (DOH)
Top Attractions in Oman
Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz Carlton Hotel
Plaza Premium Lounge, Muscat International Airport (MCT)
Qatar Airways First Class, Muscat-Doha
Qatar Airways First Class Lounge, Hamad International Airport (DOH)
Qatar Airways First Class, Doha-Abu Dhabi
Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi
Etihad Airways Premium Lounge, Business Class Abu Dhabi T3 (AUH)
Etihad Airways Premium Lounge, First Class Abu Dhabi T3 (AUH)
Etihad Airways A380 First Apartment, Abu Dhabi-London
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel London Heathrow Airport
Top Attractions in the United Kingdom
British Airways Galleries Lounge North, T5 London Heathrow (LHR)
British Airways Business Class, London-Stockholm



The "infinity pool" of Al Bustan Palace

Address: Al Bustan Street, Quron Beach, Muscat 114
Date of stay: May 23-25, 2015
Nightly rate: 224 USD including breakfast for two

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel main entrance

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel lobby

The beautiful HPS/Czechoslovakian-designed chamdelier measuring over 18 meters in length and 5.5 tonne in weight.

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel reception

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel welcome drinks

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel deluxe mountain view room (5th floor)

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel living room

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel welcome fruits replenished everyday

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel executive work desk

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel room keys

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel flat screen TV

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel writing materials



Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel complimentary drinks from the mini refreshment bar

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel bathroom with Asprey bath amenities

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel toilet with bidet

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel bathtub

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel bathrobe

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel slippers

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel view of Hajjar mountain range

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel turdown service with a card and mini chocolates

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel Al Marjan Bar

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel Atrium Tea Lounge

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel Al Khiran Terrace where we had our breakfast buffet

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel breakfast by the pool

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel pool for the kids

 Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel lawn

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel private beach

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel business center

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel kids play area

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel view of the hotel at night

CONCLUSION

Michael and I have stayed in many hotels in the past and although nothing could beat our stay at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore because of their famous infinity pool, we both agreed that the Al Bustan Palace is definitely the best hotel we have stayed at. The staff were just so friendly and professional and our room was so beautiful complete with all the things we needed including complimentary wifi connection. The complimentary bottles of water get replenished everyday as well as the fruits. And the fact that the drinks from the minibar were also complimentary makes the nightly rate very reasonable. The food from the breakfast buffet was just excellent and the pasta (from their room service) was perfect too. The complimentary shuttle to the Old Town and Mutrah Souq was very much appreciated. And lastly, the pool and the private beach was perfect I could just stay in the water the whole day if only I wouldn't get sunburn. After our first night, we asked Mohamad, one of the receptionists for a possibility of a late check out since our flight to Doha was not until 11pm and we were granted check out until 4pm which was really impressive. For those who do not want to go to the Old Town/Mutrah Souq using their complimentary bus in the afternoon, the hotel offers a short tour inside the hotel (which we availed) and needless to say, we really enjoyed it specially when we got to see their presidential suites. The deposit of 200 rials (about 520 USD) asked upon check in was a bit high but it was also released the day after our check out which is one of the fastest we have experienced. If you are planning to visit Muscat and would need a hotel to stay at, there is no better place than the Al Bustan Palace!


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