Review: Al Bustan Palace, The Ritz-Carlton, Muscat (1 Bedroom Suite)

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Nightly rate
(incl. taxes/fees)
40k free night cert
+ 3k points
Length of stay1 night
Date of stayNovember 2022
Membership levelTitanium Elite
(Marriott Bonvoy)

What benefits to expect when you stay at Al Bustan Palace, The Ritz-Carlton, Muscat as a Marriott Bonvoy Titanium or Platinum Elite member?

This mountainside hotel was originally built as a palace for Oman’s Sultan Qaboos in 1985 and was last renovated in 2006. It has a total of 250 rooms.

You will typically need 40,000 to 60,000 points per night for award stays and this is one of the best ways to use your Marriott Bonvoy 40k Free Night Certificate!

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Location

The hotel is located in the Al Bustan region, East of central Muscat.

  • 25 mins drive to central Muscat
  • 35 mins drive to Muscat International Airport (MCT)
  • 5 hrs 15 mins drive to Dubai
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Arrival

Upon arrival, we were assisted with our luggages before being greeted with the beautiful lobby attached with a giant chandelier in the middle.

As a Marriott Bonvoy Titanium member, I was upgraded to the 1 Bedroom Suite with Mountain View.

I also received a complimentary drink voucher as a welcome gift.

Hotel building
Lobby
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The Atrium Tea Lounge near the lobby
Live music at The Atrium Tea Lounge
Reception area to the left
Hotel information
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Corridor

1 Bedroom Suite (Mountain View)

Room 713 is 80sqm/861sqft in size.

The design of the suite felt a little dated, but it was clean and well-maintained, with a spacious walk-in closet and a long balcony offering a great view of Al Hajar mountains.

Check out the video tour of this room on our Instagram page.

View from the entrance
Living room
Reversed angle of the living room
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Beverage area

The welcome amenity is a unique design inspired by the T Model football used in the 1930 World Cup final. And it is made entirely of chocolate!

Welcome note and amenity
Welcome note and amenity
View from the living room
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Balcony
View from the balcony
Bedroom
Bedroom
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Night stand
Closet
Closet
Bathroom
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Toilet
Toilet
Bath products
Bathroom amenities
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Floor plan of the 7th floor

Internet speed

The WiFi speed was alright for normal internet surfing.

Breakfast

Although The Ritz-Carlton hotels are not required to provide complimentary breakfast to Platinum members and above, it still does, like other great hotels that I have stayed in under this brand. (I would not have stayed here if breakfast is chargeable!)

While the food quality was good, it was not particularly memorable given the hotel’s reputation and cash/points rate.

Entrance to Al Khiran Kitchen
Al Khiran Kitchen
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Outdoor table at Al Khiran Kitchen
Pastries area
Salad area
Made-to-order fresh juice area
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Fruits area
Hot food
Hot food
Cold cuts and cheeses
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Omelette
Pastries
Pastries
Our picks

Other facilities

The swimming pool is large and surrounded by palm trees, providing a scenic view of the Gulf of Oman and easy beach access.

Ample lounge chairs and beds are also available.

Swimming pool

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Swimming pool
Reversed angle of the swimming pool
Pool chairs
Pool access rooms
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Blu poolside bar
Seats at Blu poolside bar

Beach

Beach chairs
Beach access
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Beach access
Beach chairs
Beach bed
Hammock
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Lawn near the beach

Gym and sports

Tennis court and gym
Gym
Yoga area
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Gym amenities
View from the gym
Sauna and showers near the gym
Locker room
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FIFA World Cup screening

Al Maha Jazz Lounge

As mentioned earlier, Platinum members and above get a complimentary drink voucher for 2 guests. It can be claimed at Al Maha Jazz Lounge.

Al Maha Jazz Lounge
Al Maha Jazz Lounge
Complimentary drink voucher
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Wine and cocktail

Kids area

Kids area
Playground
Playground
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Playground
Kids pool chairs (how cute!)

Others

The Pavilion restaurant
Beach access from The Pavilion restaurant
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Shopping arcade near Al Khiran Kitchen
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My ratings

This is how I am rating my stay, after considering what I paid:

Breakfast9/10
Service10/10
Location8/10
Room furnishing8/10
View
(from the room)
10/10
Peace & quiet10/10
Facilities10/10
Elite member recognition10/10
Value10/10

Bottom line

Al Bustan Palace is a luxurious property situated away from the city centre. I particularly enjoyed the mountain views and the stunning, picturesque long beach. Free stays like this makes having a hotel status truly worthwhile!

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