Hostels in Oman?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Aug 29, 2012 11:04 AM Last Post By: Shahjakhan
Jul 16, 2012 1:01 PM
Hostels in Oman?Hi everyone,
I'm a solo traveler planning on heading to Oman during the end of August. I'll likely be in the Muscat - Sur - Nizwa area, though I can't seem to find any hostels online. Does anyone know any youth hostels in the area (preferably with shared rooms)? I am a 22-year old recent college grad looking to possibly meet other backpackers.
Thanks in advance,
Jul 16, 2012 2:15 PM
1finding a hostel in oman is like finding a needle in a hay stack. i'm not even sure if any actually exist. as exotic and adventurous as oman may portray itself, you have to consider that this is actually one of the most expensive places in the world to travel in. you might have to settle for a cheap(er) hotel (which certainly isn't "backpacking" cheap). look around mutrah district in muscat. as for nizwa, i'm not sure what the accomodation is like there because many people make it a day trip from muscat (it's about 170km away). how are you getting around? I honestly feel the easiest way is via renting a car. roads are excellent. local transport is somewhat limited.
Jul 16, 2012 9:24 PM
Jul 22, 2012 11:05 PM
Jul 30, 2012 2:16 AM
4Oman is not geared up to Backpackers at all. I dont believe any hostels exist. You'd be best to camp if you're on a budget. Oman is very safe.
Aug 11, 2012 2:48 AM
I'm in Oman around the beginning of September - if you do find any hostels (or good cheap places....!) let me know!
Aug 15, 2012 10:52 AM
6I'm head to Oman for Eid by myself and searched hi and low for hostels as they're the best way to meet people. As far as I can tell they don't exist. So now I've gone the other extreme and have a nice hotel. Good luck!
Aug 16, 2012 2:18 PM
7Coming way late to this discussion, but I was in Oman this winter, and, while it's not a budget destination, it didn't blow the bank as much as I had imagined. I had a budget for $120 a day for a few days and never even got close. Hotels are pricey but food is reasonable and delicious. I stayed in the Delmon Hotel Apartments (nothing fancy, but very comfy) and shopped at ther Lulu Supermarket across the street every day for dinner. It's hard to meet other backpackers, but the locals I met were very friendly, and I did run into and have milkshakes with the occassional other solo female traveler. On the whole, it's worth a short trip if you like nature and learning about other cultures. Not so much for shopping unless you want to blow your budget in a rapid manner.
Aug 29, 2012 7:32 AM
8Hey everyone, just wanted to provide an update.
I ended up staying at The Delmon Hotel Apartments (what smurffrog recommended) and it was very nice! It was a hell of a lot more than what I was paying for a hostel (about $55 a night), but the room was very clean and spacious with a fridge and an awesome bathroom. I can't believe this was one of the cheapest places online.
You guys weren't kidding about the prices. Oman is ridiculously expensive when it comes to transport. I spent a total of 17-18 Rials (about $50 USD) on taxis alone!! And this was with bartering and refusing the ones who obviously tried to cheat me. In the 3 days I spent in Muscat, I spent almost the same as what I did a week in Dubai. Muscat is a wonderful place, but I highly recommend to others to rent a car. I didn't bring my drivers license from The States, so I couldn't do it. Huge mistake on my part.
If Oman weren't so damn expensive, I would also make a day trip to Nizwa, but these people are asking for $100-$120 per person for that route. Not happening.
Aug 29, 2012 11:04 AM
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