Review: W Muscat (Wow Suite)

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Nightly rate
(incl. taxes/fees)
35k points
Length of stay1 night
Date of stayNovember 2022
Membership levelTitanium Elite
(Marriott Bonvoy)

What benefits to expect when you stay at W Muscat as a Marriott Bonvoy Platinum or Titanium Elite member?

This beachfront hotel opened in 2019 with a total of 279 rooms.

You will typically need 30,000 to 45,000 points per night for award stays

Location

The hotel is located along the Shatti Al Qurum beachfront, a little East of Muscat city center.

  • 10 mins drive to central Muscat
  • 25 mins drive to Muscat International Airport (MCT)
  • 4 hrs 45 mins drive to Dubai
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Arrival

Upon arrival, we were assisted with our luggages before being directed to the reception.

I had booked the Wonderful room (base room) and used a Suite Night Award for the Marvelous Suite. I also got in touch with the hotel to request for a Wow Suite, if it is available during my stay.

To my pleasant surprise, I got upgraded to the hotel’s one and only Wow Suite at check in! Pretty incredible Titanium member recognition as this suite costs about 8 times more that the base room that I originally booked. I was also granted 4pm late checkout!

Room upgrade tip: While you shouldn’t expect to receive amazing upgrades all the time, you can increase your chances by staying during low seasons, not arriving too early and by getting in touch with the hotel in advance to place the kind (not demanding) request. It also helps if you are celebrating a special occasion (e.g. birthday, honeymoon etc.).

I also got to pick a welcome gift through a lucky draw of cards and received a complimentary coconut drink voucher for 2, that can be redeemed at Wet Deck pool bar.

Driveway to the hotel
Signature W logo
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Lobby
Lobby
Seats near the lobby
View from the lobby
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Welcome gift
Welcome gift
Corridor

Wow Suite

Room 436 is 160 sq m/1,722 sq ft in size.

Wow. When it comes to design, colours and impracticality uniqueness, no hotel brand surprises me more than W Hotels.

From the huge square bathtub, to the dimly-lit kitchen, to the black walls, to the television hidden right at the corner of the suite, I enjoyed how the brand breaks all the rules for a “good” hotel room.

While I can’t see myself living in W Hotels for more than a week, it really is a fun, special brand for short stays, especially in Asia.

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

View from the entrance
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Living room
Dining area
Beverage area
Beverage area
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Complimentary coffee capsules and tea
Minibar
Television
Welcome amenity
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Welcome amenity
Welcome amenity
Welcome amenity
Balcony
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View from the balcony
View from the balcony at sunset
Side balcony
Kitchen
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Toilet in the living room
Bedroom
View from the bedroom
Light controls by the bed
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Bathroom
Bathroom
Toilet in the bedroom
Bathroom amenities
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Bath products
Walk-in closet
Phone and TV remote
Universal power port
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Floor plan of the 4th floor

Internet speed

The WiFi speed was very good during my stay.

Breakfast

Platinum members and above receive complimentary breakfast at Harvest restaurant.

Food quality from the wide buffet was very good and there is even a made-to-order egg and dosa station.

Entrance to Harvest restaurant
Harvest restaurant
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Pastries area
Outdoor seats
Smoked fish selection
Cereals
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Vegetables
Cheese selection
Salad area
Hummus area
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Fruits area
Omelette
Dosa
Hummus
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Smoked fish
Pastries
Our picks

Other facilities

Swimming pool

The swimming pool is huge for a hotel of this size and I like that there are trees and pillars at the sides for better privacy.

Swimming pool
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Pool chairs
Pool chairs
Pool beds
Shower area near the pool
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Coconut drink

The Wow Suite looks like it is the size of 4 normal rooms!

Beach front section of the hotel building
View of the Wow Suite on the top (4th) floor of the building

Beach

With a key card, guests can access the beach from the gate near the pool.

My partner and I truly enjoyed our peaceful sunset stroll by the beach as there are no touts waiting to pounce on hotel guests, like what you would experience in W Bali – Seminyak.

Beach access near the swimming pool
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Beach front
Entrance to the hotel from the beach

We found a cute cat near the beach! We call it MusCat, of course. 😸

Gym

The gym has a lot of pillars and felt like it was an afterthought in the property’s design process.

View from the gym entrance
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Weights area
Weights area
Cardio area
Cardio area

I’ve previously shared about the lack of ride-hailing apps in Muscat and how the taxi drivers here still play the “oh no, the meter is not working” games.

For that reason, it is good to have some cash ready. Unfortunately, this property does not have an ATM but there is one in InterContinental Muscat hotel next door, about 10 minutes’ walk away.

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ATM at InterContinental Muscat
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My ratings

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

Breakfast9/10
Service10/10
Location9/10
Room furnishing10/10
View
(from the room)
10/10
Peace & quiet10/10
Facilities10/10
Elite member recognition10/10
Value10/10

Bottom line

It was a really enjoyable stay at W Muscat, made even better by the generous upgrade to the beautiful Wow Suite, with an unblocked view of the Gulf of Oman. 35k points well spent!

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