Oman has many hotels and resorts to choose from, ranging from sprawling resort complexes to standalone business hotels. Most of the 5 star hotels are located in and around Muscat and a few are spread around, as two in Salalah, one in Musandam, one in Sohar and one in Wahiba. The larger percentage of hotels in Oman is in the 4 star and 3 star categories. Oman also has budget accommodation which is in the form of apartment hotels largely restricted to the larger cities of Oman, mainly Muscat and Salalah.
Camping in Oman is part and parcel of the destination itself and Oman also boasts of some excellent camp accommodation at Wahiba. All in all, most accommodation in Oman is on the expensive side, perhaps for two reasons; one, because the policy of the government is to focus on the alert independent traveler rather than the mass tourist and two, because there are very few hotels in number in comparison with its neighbors like Dubai.
Having said that Muscat is not an inexpensive destination, it should also be emphasized that it has some splendid hotels which are almost holidays in their own right. The Shangri-la Bar Al Jissah is a resort complex with its own private beach with a range of facilities catering to individuals, groups, Incentives and also families. The resort's simplistic design, striking landscape and stunning location offer a first class holiday experience. With an in house dive center this resort complex is a holiday by itself.
Muscat other hotels include the kitschy Grand Hyatt, a design which carries stamps of art deco styles with an Arabic touch. This marble splattered, majestic hotel is luxurious and displays extravagance. Located overlooking the Arabian Sea, you could walk endlessly on the beach or even indulge yourself at its avowed Italian restaurant, Tuscany.
Perhaps Muscat’s most spoken about hotel is The Chedi. Definitely among its most stylish, The Chedi has the touch of a desert castle built on a design edifice of Oriental minimalism. Yet what gets more people here is the reviews this hotels has been getting from guests who stay here. `Simply astounding’ is one of them.