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“excellent family vacation” 4 of 5 stars
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Coral Beach Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Hurghada Safaga Road k 17, Hurghada, Egypt (Formerly Coral Beach Rotana Resort)   |  
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Ranked #62 of 178 Hotels in Hurghada
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“excellent family vacation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

We a married couple (42 and 26 y.o.) with kids 2 and 4 y.o. had a one week vacation on Oct. 5-12. The hotel is scattered on a large land lot therefore you do not feel in a crowd when you go to the beach or walk around the premises. We stayed in a third line in a standard double room. The room is very comfortable and quiet but we don't recommend that you stay close to the main lobby building due to noise from night disco. The animation for kids was good especially kid's disco in the evening. The beach is pretty comfortable although a bit too rocky. The staff was friendly although you often had this feeling that you had to beg for a drink despite the "all inclusive" option.

The food was sometimes good and sometimes not so good. A good thing was that the kids never had upset stomach! In general it was a good place to stay on the premises while excursions were too tiresome to travel to as the hotel is on outskirts of Hurghada and the bus had to pick up the rest of tourists after it picked up you and you were almost the last to be dropped off.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

Me and my wife spent a part of our honeymoon at Coral Beach Rotana,
Superb resort, rooms are bungalows type with large sizes and a side sea view. The restaurant buffet is varied each day.
And best of all, the hotel has large sand beach where you can swims and dives with a multitude of colorful fish, sea urchins and especially beautiful corals. If you go there no need to take the tour "Snorkeling" is as you will see most of it on this beach. although this trip to the island is very nice to spend a day out in a very virgin natural beauty.
Special thanks to Nady
Professional animation team and friendly staff.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2011

30th August – 13th September 2011

The Coral Beach Rotana Resort Hurghada is no longer used by major British travel agents so my wife and I were the only English guests at the hotel. Other guests were short-stay Egyptian families and a mix of European and Russian holidaymakers.

On arrival we were checked in easily and after a slight delay a golf buggy transported us and our luggage to room 1047. As it was after normal restaurant hours of 10pm we unpacked and ate in the Blue Moon bar where a late simple meal, coffee etc was available.

The hotel site is huge with pleasant single story blocks of rooms and some individual suites set either side of the main central area of Lobby, Blue Room Bar and the Mermaid Restaurant. All the communal areas are ‘smoking’ so the cool of the bar area can be less welcoming for that reason. The lobby features, reception, chairs and tables for relaxation, a couple of jewellery shops and access to the bar. The toilets are small and were very hot in the evening – my wife said that they could be disgusting at times. This probably reflected more on the guests and unsupervised children than the cleaners!
Glass doors lead to an outside terrace area next to the restaurant with wicker chairs and tables overlooking the entertainment stage and Commercial Centre of souvenir shops and the Al Zaeem Café bar. Beyond are the two pools and an expanse of hard, coarse sand before reaching the sweeping beach lagoon area.
At one end of the beach are the Diving Centre, the boat excursion and the jetty for access to the deeper
waters of the Red Sea. The beach has several areas with sunshades and beds. Firstly near the pier, then all along the beach and on an elevated island in the bay accessed via a causeway. The central area is home to most of the activities and the bar. At the far end, now let me refer to it as the self-explanatory ‘bottom’ end of the bay where wigwam style beach huts indicate a ‘Dress As You Like’ area. Naturism is highly unusual for Egypt and was well frequented during our stay. The beach at this end is rocky and beach shoes are recommended. The beach was generally clean but beyond the ‘dress as you like’ area the remnants of an aborted building of a small marina is a little unsightly. The water looks inviting but snorkelling is out of the question as the water is like swimming in milk! Visibility is nil until you get past the reef alongside the island area. All snorkelling is best from the pier and even there visibility was not as good as in other areas of the Red Sea we have visited, but there is still a good variety of colourful fish and sea life to enjoy, including Clown fish, Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, Picasso triggerfish, blue spotted rays, clams and coral.

Room
The room was large, refurbished room with king size bed, desk and chair, flat screen TV and plenty of storage space. A small fridge was re-stocked daily with 1½ litre bottle of water and the safe deposit box is free. The bathroom was bright and clean but the walk-in shower could have been cleaner around the floor and wall tiles. Towels were replenished daily. Air-conditioning was effective and there were no bugs! Outside there is a small terrace area with table and chairs.

Mermaid Restaurant
The restaurant could be attractive but becomes rather chaotic at meal times and I’m afraid this was down to the behaviour of guests rather than the general organisation. Tables are set for two, four and more on the lower level plus an outdoor area. Guests were predominately Egyptian and due to their nature of joining friends continually grabbed chairs from other tables and gathered around smaller tables. Without being too critical they also like to bring all the food to the table at the same time as they would do at home. Nothing wrong with that, however, it led to an amazing amount of food being totally wasted and for unsightly tables until it was cleared.
The self-service buffet food featured all the usual offerings. Breakfast suffered from queues at the egg station but generally it was fine. Local dishes ‘Foul’ and ‘Wheat’ featured alongside the standard cereals, breads, pastries, salads, yoghurt and fruit. Lunch and dinner were very similar with soups, a variety of beef, chicken and fish dishes. Rice, potato dishes, vegetables, bread, salads and basic pasta were all available. For the sweet tooth cakes, pastries, and a very soft ‘ice cream’ were there to round off the meal. Fruit choice was limited but always available. Drinks were served by the friendly, helpful waiters.

Bar and Al Zaeem
All inclusive drinks of local spirits, beer, cocktails and soft drinks were all served by the glass. Local wine is only available in the Mermaid at lunch and dinner. Coffee and tea is always available in the restaurants and the Lobby Bar. Most people used the outside terrace area for relaxation during the warm evenings.
Al Zaeem is a small bar by the shops overlooking the stage area (like it or not) with an unimaginative serving area but nice tables, chairs and colourful cushions and a ‘garden like’ feel. Shisha pipes are available at a small charge and create a far more pleasant atmosphere than cigarette smoke.

Entertainment
General activities were organised by the animation team throughout the day around the beach and pool from 10am. In the evening there was far too much time given to the ‘Kids Show’ it often took from 8.30 to 10pm to complete and proved a little repetitive, especially for those without children. Most nights a duo performed popular songs either side of the kids show and the entertainment team put on a show with the best of intentions! Theme nights included an Africa Show and Egyptian dancing.
There is an indoor disco that starts around 10.30pm.

Grounds and Pools
Both the main pool, which has a bar, and The Pergola pool were in use. There are plenty of sun loungers and sun shades. Towels are available by the pools. Some pathways could do with more maintenance as they are crumbling but in general the grounds are OK. Date palms are everywhere and some of the garden areas are ablaze with bougainvillea etc but some areas are barren. Keep an eye on the wildlife, although not plentiful egrets, osprey, bee-eaters, doves and sparrowhawks can be seen.

In General
Outside the hotel there is little on offer. We walked out one evening at sunset, along the barren main road to the Hilton Hotel but could not gain entry to have a look around without ID. [Passports] There are some shops and bars in front of the Hilton complex but it was very quiet. Taxis drivers were at the Coral Beach entrance and they were very friendly in trying to get your custom.
Our excursions were limited to a single trip on the free shuttle bus to Hurghada for a couple of hours and a full day boat trip to Mahmaya, part of Giftun Island. At £65, Mahmaya was a little pricey for what it was as the snorkelling from the beach and out on the reef were disappointing. Lunch was included and the return at sunset was pleasant. We wished we had taken a similar trip, taking in Giftun Island and others from the Coral Beach itself for $30 which would have saved the tiresome coach journey to other hotels and the marina.

All in all we had a fine time and the Coral Beach matched our expectations but I feel that most British guests would not relish the lack of variety in the evenings.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2011

Good afternoon!

I don’t usually write reviews, comments. I decided to write because very often unjust feedback on this very nice hotel.

I was at Coral Beach Rotana Resort 4 times (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011). And this is my favorite hotel in Hurghada. Every time I’m very pleased to return here. Last time I was at Coral Beach in this year from 25 May till 09 June. Employees are always very happy to see how their guests in house and newly arriving guests are treated with kindness to all who chose their place of rest for Coral Beach. The hotel has developed a good tradition, very pleasant for holidaymakers. In a sign of respect and gratitude to everyone who visits the hotel the second and subsequent times, twice for holidays bring fruits in your room. We have never had a problem with either the number or the hotel staff. If there were any questions, they are always resolved quickly and without problems.

Coral Beach is situated at a distance from the city center, but for me it is a huge advantage because the peace and quiet after a furious pace metropolis – this is what you need to rest. Here, everyone must choose for yourself what you need. This hotel is oriented to a calm, quiet, family-friendly.

Coral Beach is a big plus in that it consists of a complex of bungalows. No long corridors and stuffy, no one walks you over the head. Neighbors did not see. Rooms are spacious; they have a lot of light and air. In the room has two large beds, bedside table, mirror, fridge, TV, armoire, sofa, chair, big bathroom. Each room has its own way to own a large, comfortable terrace, which also provided for all the rest. It placed a small table and two chairs in which to relax very warm evenings. In addition to recreation terrace serves as an additional exit from the room. The hotel area is large and very beautiful. Lots of greens; and for this entire constant tended, watered several times a day. In my opinion, the place has a very pleasant walk through the hotel when you go to a restaurant or to the beach. Hotel facilities are very comfortable, does not create discomfort travelers. On the way to the beach is very beautiful palm alley.

Another very big advantage of Coral Beach is the beach and the sea. The hotel has one of the largest beaches in Hurghada and the most beautiful coral reef. Beach divided into several parts. Lagoon sand into the sea are great for kids and for those who like to lie on the sand in the water. There is another lagoon, where boats are moored. Between these lagoons is a small island, where you can soak up the sun. The third part – a pontoon and jetty; the descent from the pier is very convenient. As soon as you get to the depth and then you can see the coral and fish, by the way, very convenient to watch the fish straight from the pier. We even saw a stingray. And if you sail away from the pier, it opens a real beauty. You can see a lot of beautiful coral and fish, stingrays, moray. Snorkeling lovers should like it, true to recent reef near the shore a little extinct in some places. The main problem – its rubbish, building a new pier, and most importantly, “do not walk on the corals”, it destroys them. If the coral is broken, stepped on him, he will die and they grow up very slowly. We ourselves we destroy this beauty, but it must be saved!

Breakfast, lunches and dinners are served in a big restaurant next to reception. Of course, when many people in the hotel, queue accumulate, but it quickly passes. There is a terrace for those who love to eat outdoors. Food is very varied and very tasty. There is always plenty to choose from. For breakfast: scrambled eggs or an omelet (prepared right in front of you) which can, if desired, add chopped tomatoes, peppers, onions, cheese, pancakes with different jams and honey, cheese, ham, tomatoes, porridge, muesli, cereal, sausage, puree, toast, melon and delicious pastries. And it’s not all. For lunch and dinner are always a few kinds of soups, beef, chicken, fish, potatoes, rice, pasta and various sweet tables; once a week very tasty liver in Alexandria for lunch. And there is always something interesting and unusual: pancakes with meet, lasagna, ravioli, various salads and much more. Everything is always cooked an original, tasty and interesting additions. Everyone can always choose something for themselves. Tell me, at home you’ve always cook a few dishes for lunch and dinner? The waiters are very friendly, offering drinks, always on time all clean. About alcohol can not say anything because I do not drink.

Animation: animators do not allow anyone to be bored, in the morning water aerobics, belly dance, exercise, yoga, and various games. Constantly dealing with children, in the evening children’s disco; the kids are always with great pleasure and delight dance and play, very nice and funny to watch them. And of course the show program: it is a belly dance, dance with skirts and traditional dances, contest Miss “Coral Beach” (always held a lot of fun), a show with snakes, fakir show (the main party to the head of the animation team – Momo (a very cheerful man)). I want to give special attention to the great singers and musicians – Bob and Tony, great voice, great music and repertoire. They sing in English, French, Italian and Spanish. They are very wonderful, cheerful and sociable people. Always I listen to them with very big pleasure. People often dance.

In the near future I’m going back to this hotel. Many will say that to happen in other places. But why change what you like. My comment was very long, but I tried to write about my impressions and that is there. I hope that my review will help someone else by choosing a hotel.

The most important thing: it all depends on the person, on his mood. If you constantly look for flaws, then they will be found. Need to be much attuned to positive. And if you be gentle and kind to people, then they will be welcoming and friendly to you, and all problems are easily solved. Respect others and you must also be respected and smile you.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Moscow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

In august of this year my mom and i have spend 10 amaizing days in this hotel. I like atmosphere in the hotel. But spesialy i like 2 great animators Julia and Fedor. Thanks to this opened and friendly people we never get boared. They keep good atmosphere in the hotel and between the tourists. Doesent metter what nationality they are. The most big memory was activities on the beach and sea. Thank you we spend a really good time there. See you soon.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

Rooms:
Although the room is big but actually it was full of insects and the airconditioner wasn't working well. We were a family with about 14 rooms, none of the rooms were to be beside eachother.

Restaurant:
The restaurant is too faraway from the rooms and it's too small to catch that huge number of Guests. The service in the Restaurant is too slow and the Staff are not even smilling to the Guests or dealing with them in a good way. When i ask fof a cup of beer, they come to me after a long time after finishing my meal.

Food:
The Food was more than horrible and disgusting, no variety in the food, moreover it's taste was really awful and when we complained the Chef came to us and said " I am cooking with a Menu and i don't have anything more to do, maybe tomorrow you'll like the food ", and this is not a professional way to deal with guests.

After these words all the family ( 14 Rooms ) decided to leave to another Resort, and then we did.

I advice you, if you have another option don't you ever choose Rotana Coral Beach, It is more than an awful experience starting with the stuff and ending with their Managers as they don't have any answers to our questions or complains

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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CBRRH, The Management at Coral Beach Resort, responded to this review, August 10, 2011
August 10, 2011.

Dear Ms. Mary Raouf,

Thank you very much very much getting in touch with us & we would like to thank you for bringing this matter to our attention specially as repeating guest.

We sincerely regret the inconvenience that it may have caused you, and would like to assure you that this situation experienced doesn’t reflect the standards, nor the spirit we conduct our business at Coral Beach Roana Resort Hurghada or at any of our Rotana properties.

Please trust we are taking steps to prevent future reoccurrence of such concerns, and rest assured that this attitude was not reflective of our team in general.

We hope to have you staying with us again very soon to restore your confidence in our service.

Thank you.
The Management
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Cairo, Egypt
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

Will I was there for 3 nights and I have booked it from the web site and to be honest I looked at the tripe adviser for this hotel Rotan and I have notice that the last comment from 1 year ago any way I will till u what is bad first and what is good the bad is the food cold and strange items and really I hope that someone from Rotan will read and answer us cause the food is bad for example I know u can cut chicken on 8person but for the first time on my life I see chicken cut on16 and even more but they have a good salad buffed and bakery too the rest is bad then we come to the room the air condition is very bad noise they have but it in a wrong place it dose not cool the Rome write the door of the bathroom to look it u have to push it to strong to be closed
the soft drink for u bitter not to try it cause it is only water +color + sugar
they have a great clean beach which u will like and beside the diving center the have a great coral area which u will enjoy making ur snorkeling every day
any way I have found out u get what u have pay for
so for u do not try it

Room Tip: big with very bad aircondation
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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CBRRH, The Management at Coral Beach Resort, responded to this review, August 10, 2011
Dear Mr./Ms. htKamal,

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel and positive comments on great clean beach, dive center and great coral reef available for enjoyable snorkeling.

Please rest assured that we are taking corrective actions to resolve the each of your valuable other comments.

Once again, we would like to thank you for sharing this matter with us and giving us the opportunity to improve further our service standards.

Thank you.
The Management
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Address: Hurghada Safaga Road k 17, Hurghada, Egypt (Formerly Coral Beach Rotana Resort)
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Hurghada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#27 Spa Hotel in Hurghada
#33 Romantic Hotel in Hurghada
#35 Family Hotel in Hurghada
#39 On the Beach Hotel in Hurghada
#53 Luxury Hotel in Hurghada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Coral Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 369
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel has one of the longest beaches in Hurghada 1250 Meter, with a wonderful reef of corals and two natural lagoon inside the sea. Three swimming pools; type - bungalow only; family friendly resort. ... more   less 
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