Sheraton Oman reopens after landmark facelift

Scenic Muscat, where long-standing hotel Sheraton Oman recently reopened

Sheraton Oman has reopened in capital Muscat following a transformative renovation of its guestrooms, public spaces and food and beverage offerings. Owned by Al Hashar Hotels, under the umbrella of Al Hashar Group, and in association with Twenty14 Holdings, the 230-room hotel has been a landmark in Muscat for over three decades.

Sheikh Al Muhannad Al Hashar said, 'Sheraton Oman, the tallest building in the country, has played a key role in shaping the hospitality sector in Oman since it first started business in 1985. The hotel interior has been completely redesigned, leaving the exterior shell as it is. With this magnificent transformation, the hotel is well positioned not only to be a leader in the sector but also to support the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism in promoting the country's tourism potential at the international level. Significantly, with the Sultanate all poised for a long-term, major growth in the Mice segment, Sheraton Oman's enhanced conferencing facilities are sure to add great value to the future of tourism.'

Sheraton Oman features 230 spacious rooms, including 27 suites with panoramic views of the Al Hajar mountain range. The renovation features the addition of 38 Sheraton Club rooms, which offer exclusive access to the Sheraton Club lounge with complimentary wi-fi, daily breakfast and a premium selection of beverages and hors d'oeuvres. Sheraton Oman also features Al Deyafa, a lounge dedicated for guests with early check-in's and late check-outs – the only hotel in the country to offer such a facility.

The hotel also features a range of leisure facilities such as the state-of-the-art Sheraton Fitness & Spa with Technogym equipment, with a separate gym for ladies. Facilities include an outdoor and indoor pool with an option for resistance swimming, two jacuzzis and exclusive access for ladies every morning Monday to Thursday from 9am to 12pm. The expansive spa features four treatment rooms, with one room exclusively for men and one for women. Fitness aficionados can look forward to a Kinesis Studio for Zumba and other movement classes. For business travellers, the hotel offers nine meeting rooms, two boardrooms and the Oman Ballroom, with a capacity to host large events of more than 1,000 guests and smaller intimate gatherings as well.

'Marriott International remains committed to setting new hospitality benchmarks in Oman and being a part of the country's development,' said Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International. 'With a strong presence in the sultanate across three hotels, we are also on track to double our portfolio in the country with four new properties and over 1,000 rooms set to open in the next five years.'

With more than 30 years of hospitality experience, Thomas van Opstal will lead the team at Sheraton Oman as general manager, after previously holding successful general manager positions at Sheraton properties in Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Singapore, Riyadh and Karachi.