Hotel review: Kempinski Muscat

Within the prestigious Al Mouj area, this hotel with Omani features is flooded with natural light and serves excellent Arabic fusion food

I travelled in January and stayed in the Deluxe Resort View Room priced at. Rooms start from £89.


Kempinski Hotel Muscat
335 Street 6
Muscat 138


T: +968 24 985000


Kempinski Muscat overview

Despite the hotel’s size there’s a homely feel, the staff are warm and efficient and the location is enviable. The restaurants offer a contemporary Arabic cuisine and Levantine classics with a twist, headed by Lebanese chef and television personality, chef Joe Barza.

There’s well-equipped gym and ocean-facing pool, separate kids pool and serene spa.

Décor and vibe

As you approach reception, the warmth of natural light hits you, the ceilings are high and the space is impressive, the imposing pillars emulate that of the Al Alam Palace and local art can be seen throughout.

The corridors to the rooms are striking; cream marble floors, with a runner of lattice patterned black and cream carpet which is mirrored on the ceiling with a black wooden lattice roof. The same lattice pattern can be seen in the restaurants which feature black marble countertops proudly displaying the food.

The exterior of the buildings, which you can see through the floor to ceiling windows lining walkways are minimalist, white and clean lined, whilst the palm tree lined pool and verdant gardens invite nature in.

Services and facilities

  • Room service Yes
  • Pool
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Fitness centre
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Hot Tub
  • Tennis court

Rooms (and suites)

The rooms are tranquil with a colour palette of creams, maroons and browns, juxtaposed with crisp white linen. Floors are luxurious marble and the bathrooms are tiled and chic, freestanding baths add glamour. Deluxe Resort View Rooms do just that, from a private balcony you are able to preside over the resort.

Deluxe Sea View Rooms give you a peek of the Gulf of Oman, other categories include Grand Deluxe Sea View Rooms which offer a glimpse of the coast and if you are a family there are interconnecting family rooms.

For those who wish to have the five star treatment whilst staying in a private villa or apartment, both options are available in varying sizes, accommodating a solo traveller, a family or indeed friends, the best of both worlds.

Food and drink

There are eleven outlets to eat and drink, including The breads are baked in house and the patisserie selection is incredible. The Kitchen has a variety of stations covering food from around the world including Oman; the local breakfast Gola, essentially shredded pancakes in a sticky date syrup sauce, was delicious. I couldn’t resist taking a few in a takeaway box.

My favourite restaurant was Zale, sat on the shoreline, you can feel as locals do, who sit on the beach at night eating and drinking, I opted for the local hammour (grouper) tartare to start, followed by local Omani lobster and fries, ending with a generous, rich chocolate bombe.

Theme nights are popular, such as cheese and grapes night; you buy a bottle of ‘house grapes’ and receive a complimentary cheese platter. Amwaj Lounge has an inviting ambience, where afternoon teas are popular.

More information

For more information and bookings, visit the hotel website: