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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tulip Inn Downtown Muscat Oman/Ruwi