Renovated Sheraton Oman hotel to reopen in Muscat in October
The Sheraton Hotel, a famous landmark in Muscat, Oman will once again open its doors after being closed for ten years. The 14-storey building in the business district of Ruwi will open in October and will have 230 guest rooms including 27 luxury suites, plus facilities such as outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a spa and a South American steak house.
One of Muscat’s most iconic landmarks and luxury hotels is set to re-open ten years after it closed. Sheraton Oman towers over the Ruwi business district of Muscat, and is scheduled to re-open to guests in October.
The 14-floor tower is one of the tallest buildings in Oman, and it dominates the skyline. The refurbished hotel will have 230 guest rooms, including 27 lavish suites in different categories and a Royal Suite. Thomas van Opstal, the General Manager of Sheraton Oman, explained:
“The booking channels will be open soon and we will be having a soft-opening in October. Enquiries have already been received and we are hopeful that we may get an occupancy rate ranging above 70 to 80 per cent during the peak season.”
The interiors of the five-star hotel will feature Omani cultural influences, and facilities will include outdoor and indoor swimming pools with exclusive weekly times for ladies only, the Asado South American Steakhouse, an all-day restaurant called the Courtyard, and a brand new spa. Business facilities will include nine modern meeting rooms, two boardrooms, the Oman ball room which can cater for 1,000 guests, and there will be parking spaces for 300 vehicles.
Statistics from the Oman government reveal that during the first half of 2016, 658,793 visitors checked in to three, four and five-star hotels in Oman. In the same period, more than 1.2 million visitors have travelled to the country. The majority of visitors came from the GCC, followed by India, the UK and Germany.
Sheraton Hotels and Resorts is owned by Starwood Hotels and Resorts worldwide and is one of the hotel group’s largest luxury hotel brands. The group owns and operates upscale hotels and resorts across the world under nine brands that vary from midscale hotels, to high end, boutique and environmentally-friendly hotels.
Muscat is the Oman's capital, and over recent years it has become a leading travel and business destination in the Middle East. Holidaymakers can stroll along the city’s Corniche, pristine beaches and coastline, or visit historic sites and tourist attractions such as the Al Jalali Fort and Al Mirani forts, Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the Bait az-Zubair Museum and the Qurum National Park.
As well as history and culture, Muscat is home to plenty of beautiful natural sights including lush green parks, golden deserts and sand dunes. The surrounding turquoise sea is perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling activities, and tourists can dive beneath the surface to explore colourful corals and marine species such as sea turtles, seahorses, Oman clownfish and dolphins.
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