Golden Tulip Seeb is located next to Muscat Airport
Golden Tulip Seeb is ideally located near currently operational airport (I am specifically using word ‘currently’ here as the new airport is under construction and this will help in distinguishing both of them; as of Oct 2015). The drive to the airport is of 5 minutes only. This close proximity to the airport was the reason why we selected this airport. All tourist attractions can be easily accessed from this hotel. The rates of this hotel are also pretty reasonable. Highly recommended.
The hotel had a big parking area nearby, free of cost as the hotel was next to the International Exhibition Center.
When entering into the hotel, the reception is on the left side. The check-in process was swift (took only couple of minutes). However, nobody at the reception informed us about the complementary breakfast and what other amenities hotel is offering. No direction to the room was provided. But we managed to get to the room by following the markings on the floor.
The room we got was far away from the elevator. It took us couple of minutes to reach the room from the main lobby. This shows that the hotel is massive. 2 Nos. elevators were there in the lobby. Our room was in first floor and this is the same floor where the pool is located.
The size of the bedroom was acceptable. The furniture, curtains and carpets were old and its better to go for renovation / replacement for these items. However, everything was clean so would rate 7/10 for the room considering that the hotels wasn't that much expensive.
Two problems we have faced during our stay. First one was that when we entered our room the electricity supply got cut off. On calling, technician came and energized the tripped circuit breaker. Second was that the bathroom door got stuck and was fixed when we called at the reception.
The room was cleaned everyday properly.
Access to the Balcony
The Balcony and the table at the balcony (chairs missing 🙂 )
The balcony was a real plus. Although the balcony didn’t have a view (facing wall if you sit) and the passage was common for all the balconies in the first floor. If the room is on any other floor, the balcony will be private. The chairs were missing in our balcony. It should have been provided at our check-in.
Don’t forget to lock the balcony access from the room as the passage is common to all the balconies in the first floor from outside.
The bathroom was a bit small and outdated. Need renovation.
The toiletries were okay.
The Pool, Tennis Court and the Gym
The Pool, located on the first floor, was overall okay. The maximum depth of the pool was 3m while the least depth was 1.2 m. The pool chairs were very limited (less than 10) and you cannot find one for you if some people are there. The umbrellas were even lesser. There was no life guard and assistant at the pool side. The pool water was seemingly clean.
The hotel tennis court was good. The gym was okay. Sorry couldn’t take the photograph for pool, gym and tennis court.
Our booking included complimentary breakfast, which was served in the “Le Jardin” Restaurant located at ground floor, adjacent to the main lobby. The timing was 6:30 am to 10:30 am. The breakfast had same menu every day except for one potato dish that was repeating every second day.
How to make this lemon mint? Grab the water in the glass, put some lemon which were placed near tea maker. Ask for Mint leaves from the guy who is making Omelettes. Add those mint leaves and enjoy a glass of refreshing Lemon Mint (which is not at the buffet breakfast but you can make it yourself 🙂 )
This potato dish was changing (repeating every 2nd day), the rest of the dishes were same everyday.
Check Out Process
Check-out process was smooth and prompt and the luggage was brought down swiftly.