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Tulip Inn Downtown Muscat
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Ruwi
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

The property is little old, but it is clean and quiet. Customer service is fairly decent. The hotel is still known as Ruwi Hotel so don't be surprised if you see Ruwi Hotel paperwork.

The location of this hotel is what pays off if you are looking to visit Muttrah Souk, Corniche, Al Alam Palace + two surroundings forts (Al Mirani and Al Jalali) and National museum by a taxi or a bus. There isn't a central area in Muscat where you can just walk to all tourist attractions.

There are two taxi stands and foreign exchange (UAE Exchange) place right at the roundabout outside the hotel and Ruwi bus stand is about 5-7 min walk. I used google to find bus routes to and from Ruwi and the service is very good. All buses are airconditioned with free wifi and the cost is a fraction of what you would end up paying in taxis. Also, there is no hassle of negotiating trip fares!

The trip fare on an airport taxi from airport to this hotel is 12 Omani Rials. Taxi fares from this hotel to other areas depend on how well you negotiate. There are no metered taxis in Muscat. To give you an idea, I paid 1.2 rials from this hotel to Ruwi, 3 rials to Qurum beach. There is also an option of using shared taxis and you end up paying in between 200 and 400 paisa depending on distance. Make sure to look for passengers inside the taxi and ask the driver if it is a shared service before you negotiate a trip fare and hop onboard.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled solo
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ANTOUN K, General Manager at Tulip Inn Downtown Muscat, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Dear Mr. Mohammed,
Thank you for sharing your feedback on this public forum. We are delighted to learn that you had a wonderful stay at our hotel aided by our warm hospitality and services. Also our location is second to none and we are glad that our strategic location added value to your stay. We look forward to your continuous patronage so as we can provide you with even more satiable experience.


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Antoun Kobercy
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Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

I stayed here a few times a few years ago and the hotel is just as good. There is a new manager who is as efficient and helpful as the former manager. Other staff are still excellent from reception to restaurant to room service. Fast free wifi everywhere. Extensive buffet breakfast. Good comfortable room with good air con and plenty of hot water. Big comfortable bed. In the heart of Ruwi with lots of restaurants around and easy access to the motorway. Parking free and easy. Highly recommend

Stayed: April 2017, travelled solo
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ANTOUN K, General Manager at Tulip Inn Downtown Muscat, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Dear Guest, Thank you for bestowing upon us the perfect star rating on this esteemed platform. We are delighted to learn that you had a wonderful stay at our hotel aided by our warm hospitality and services. It’s good to know that delectable culinary delights met your approval. Your commendations have been shared with the team and we are happy to have added value to your stay. We hope you choose us for another hiatus, whenever in the city!

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Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

It is really a pleasant place to stay, decent size and comfortable lobby, warm welcome, good size rooms, clean rooms, good food. Although some places it feels bit run down but still well maintained. It is also centrally located for local attraction, I wld recommend Ruwi to anyone for a comfortable stay in Muscat.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
1  Thank CJain
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ANTOUN K, General Manager at Tulip Inn Downtown Muscat, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Dear Sir, Feedback from our guests is always taken seriously at our hotel. Our services are designed to give our guest the utmost comfort; Your feedback has been shared with the relevant teams so that the needful can be done. We look forward to welcoming you again with our best attention and service at all times.

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Reviewed 1 May 2017

We stayed two days at hotel Ruwi. The breakfast buffet was fantastic. The pool was good and the price was right. Around 70 Dollars per night. It was a good place to take day trips from. Please note that you need a rental car or a taxi (somewhat cheap) to get around. It was also a save area. I was traveling with my sister. (Two women alone).

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with friends
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2  Thank petraschnecke72
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ANTOUN K, General Manager at Tulip Inn Downtown Muscat, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Dear Sir, Many thanks for your genuine review of our hospitality and services. It is our sincere endeavor to create an ambiance of comfort and luxury through excellence. . It’s good to know that delectable culinary delights met your approval. We hope you choose us for another hiatus, whenever in the city!

Antoun Kobercy
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Reviewed 30 April 2017

This hotel was perfect for sleeping and then going off exploring Muscat. It's for those who travel by cost rather than luxury, it is really near to the bus station , which for around 30p you can travel to the Corniche . There are also buses that go to Dubai for £10! At this station too. Many Indian and bangeldeshian restaurants in this area with very cheap for you can have a good meal for £1. The big bus tour stop is just a 10 minute walk from the hotel and this takes you around to all the areas in Muscat. After a hard days travel coming back and sitting having a drink by the pool and eating in their restaurant was a perfect way to end the day. Also the breakfasts here are wonderful - large choice and always plenty presented.

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled solo
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2  Thank Helen S
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ANTOUN K, General Manager at Tulip Inn Downtown Muscat, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Dear Ms. Helen, Thank you for sharing your feedback on Trip Advisor . Our location is second to none and we are glad that our strategic location added value to your stay. We are also pleased to know that our culinary delicacies met your approval. Also it’s encouraging to note that you had relaxing time by the poolside . We look forward to welcoming you again.

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Reviewed 20 April 2017

This hotel is in commercial part of the town. Very close to the market and restaurants. Excellent value for money especially when the breakfast is complimentary. The rooms were clean and spacious. Sarvana Bhawan, an Indian vegetarian restaurant is just next door.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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Thank PuGu-India
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ANTOUN K, General Manager at Tulip Inn Downtown Muscat, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Dear Mr. Puneet, Many thanks for your comments. We really appreciate you for taking out the time to make us aware of your experience during your recent stay. We are delighted to learn that you had a wonderful stay at our hotel aided by our warm hospitality and services. Your commendations have been shared with the Housekeeping department with regards to clean room . We look forward to welcoming you again with our best attention and service at all times.

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

At arrival, a prompt check-in has been taken care off, despite my late arrival. The room was spacious, clean and well maintained though, the bathroom is a bit outdated. In the morning the breakfast buffet offers ample variety including omelette made to order. The advise by receptionist Mr Shanavas has helped to plan well ahead for my stay in Muscat. All staff were really friendly and service minded.
The wifi which is complimentary worked like a charm!

There was ample free parking space available and the bus station is just a 6 minutes walk from the hotel. The old town and Souk are just a couple of minutes drive and you can hit the highway easily towards the airport.

If you consider a taxi, prices are fixed from the airport at 12 Ryal each way (apr 2017)

All in all the hotel may not be the newest but offers a very good price / value - recommended

Room Tip: Ask for a mountain view room, as at the other side is a highway. (For light sleepers)
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled solo
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ANTOUN K, General Manager at Tulip Inn Downtown Muscat, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Dear Sir,, Happy guests and happy reviews are always a great start to the day! Your commendations have been shared with the team and we are happy to have added value to your stay. We are happy to note that Front Office staff Mr. Shanavas had assisted in planning your stay .Hope to see you again for many such wonderful vacations!

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Antoun Kobercy
General Manager
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Additional Information about Tulip Inn Downtown Muscat

Address: P. O. Box 2195, Ruwi 112, Oman (Formerly Ruwi Hotel)
Region: Oman > Muscat Governorate > Ruwi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Ruwi
Price Range: $74 - $169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tulip Inn Downtown Muscat 3.5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Tulip Inn Downtown Muscat Hotel is located in the heart of the city centre overlooking the capital’s main business and banking district and within close proximity to Ministries, Oman’s Capital Market Authority (CMA) as well as some of the popular tourist attractions. 25 km of scenic drive from the Muscat International Airport bring you to the hotel. Renowned as one of the best 3 stars hotels in Muscat, Tulip Inn Downtown Muscat Hotel is ideally the best place to stay for business travelers or tourists alike. With its archetypal fortress-style building, 100 well-furnished and spacious guest rooms and duplex Suites, elegant restaurant, a multi-purpose conference room, recreational centre, free WIFI and free self-parking are also provided. This hotel in Muscat is sought after by many who enjoy its traditional Omani hospitality which is complemented by an international standard of service. ... more   less 
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