Muscat

Travel Guide
Muscat featuring general coastal views and a sunset
East meets west in this historical port city, home to lavish palaces, Portuguese forts and one of the oldest marketplaces in the Arab world.

Muscat has long played an important role in trade between the east and the west and its streets and attractions reveal its ancient harbor town history. Today, the city is made up of three main areas. Explore the ancient walled city of Old Muscat to discover its royal palaces and forts. Mutrah is a small fishing village in the harbor and the site of the famous maze-like market. The commercial heart of Muscat is in Ruwi.

Muscat lies between the rocky Western Al Hajar mountain range and the Gulf of Oman, giving the city a picturesque landscape of blue seas and dramatic mountains.

Start your day with an aromatic kahwa (Omani coffee), spiced with cloves and cardamom, in one of the city’s many coffee shops. Afterwards, learn about Muscat’s lively past as a prosperous trade town with ruling Omani sultans and as a part of the Persian and Portuguese empires.

Visit Old Muscat to see the extravagant official residence of Sultan Qaboos, called Al Alam Palace, nestled between two 16th-century Portuguese forts, Al-JalaliFort and Al-MiraniFort. Enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the harbor and the Gulf of Oman.

Get a taste for traditional Oman at the Mutrah Souk market, one of the oldest marketplaces in the world. Stalls overflow with glittering gold antiques, embroidered robes, incense, spices and fresh produce. Just a few minutes’ walk from the souk is the extensive Bait al Baranda Museum where you can immerse yourself in Muscat’s rich history and distinctive culture.

Muscat’s arid climate makes for long, hot summers and very warm winters with little rainfall. Drink plenty of bottled water and save the hottest part of the day for enjoying Omani dates and halwa sweets indoors.

Discover Muscat’s three districts by car. Sign up to a car rental service or take advantage of the affordable orange and white taxis that travel all over the city and beyond. Inexpensive buses also serve the city. Muscat International Airport is located approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Ruwi.

Where to stay in Muscat

Aerotel - Airport Transit Hotel
Aerotel - Airport Transit Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Level 5, Departures, Within Secured Area, Passenger Terminal Building, Muscat Intl, Muscat
The price is $63 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 20
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Muscat. Enjoy free WiFi, 24-hour room service, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the WiFi and the ...
4/5 Very Good! (130 reviews)
"Over all place is clean and quite."

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

Aerotel - Airport Transit Hotel
Jumeirah Muscat Bay
Jumeirah Muscat Bay
5 out of 5
Saraya Bandar Jissah SAOC,, PO Box 605, PC 115, Muscat
The price is $351 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Muscat. Enjoy free parking, 3 outdoor pools, and 5 restaurants. Popular attractions Qantab Beach and Marina Bandar Al Rowdha ...
Jumeirah Muscat Bay
InterContinental Muscat, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Muscat, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
Al Kharjiya Street, Al Shati Area, PO Box 398, Muscat, 114
The price is $130 per night from Aug 31 to Sep 1
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Muscat. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (60 reviews)
"The hotel constantly maintain a high attention to their customer service orientation and their high standard of service with meticulous attention to residents comfort and well being. I liked the bar as well as Traders vics restaurant , both with beautiful ambiance. Thanks Intercon"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2022

InterContinental Muscat, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Gulf Hotel Apartment
Gulf Hotel Apartment
3 out of 5
Al Ghubra North, Muscat, 0112
The price is $31 per night from Sep 15 to Sep 16
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Muscat. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 24-hour room service. Popular attractions Oman Avenues Mall and Muscat Grand Mall ...
3.3/5 (4 reviews)
Disapointed
"The place is well located, but the standars is rather poor. It was not easy to comunicate with staff since their english was limited. I guess I had to great expectations from the pictures, that does not really give a fair view."

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Gulf Hotel Apartment
Fraser Suites Muscat
Fraser Suites Muscat
5 out of 5
Landmark Building, 23 July Street, Muscat, Muscat Governorate
The price is $94 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Muscat. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (61 reviews)
Great place for a comfortable stay.
"Cosy and spacious room , great view at a beautiful mosque , quick and easy check in and check out , nice coffee shop on the ground floor."

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2022

Fraser Suites Muscat
Millennium Executive Apartments Muscat
Millennium Executive Apartments Muscat
4 out of 5
Dohat al Adab Street, Al Khuwair, MGM Grand Mall, Muscat, 133
The price is $114 per night from Aug 26 to Aug 27
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Muscat. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (89 reviews)
"It was great- we wish there were a few pans and pots in the kitchen"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2020

Millennium Executive Apartments Muscat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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