This is in general an excellent place to have a nice refreshing vacation. If you are looking for luxury, this is not the place, the Oberoi is next door. But if you are looking for nice vacation in a laid-back relaxing setup, this is an excellent place.
I will write my review on various aspects as follows.
Location and Environ: The hotel is located south of Hurghada just before Sahl Hashish about 20 minutes from Airport. It has Hilton on the left and Oberoi to the right. What is amazing about the location is that the whole resort is facing north unlike most other Hurghada resorts that face east. So, I would say the weather is a bit better than other places.
The resort is planted with palm trees and lots of other nice trees and cactus. There are many plants with nice night odor that really set my mood high (it reminds of German cities like Dresden where the air is really freshly breezy). For me this was really one of best things to have.
Beach and Beach Activities: The beach is awesome, the water is mostly crystal clean and you have some coral reefs that are quite close. The name of the place is not artificial, it is an actual coral beach! So, it is a heaven for snorkeling enthusiasts. I had my older daughter starting to learn snorkeling and she fell in love with reefs and fish watching. It was really awesome.
On the beach, there is all imaginable types of aqua-activities: trips to Giftun for diving/snorkeling, glass boat trips, banana boats, speed boats, jet skiing, para-skiing, you name it. No need to leave the resort, it is all there in the aqua-center.
There are also horse/camel-riding and beach buggies.
The beach itself is very long (1.4 KM) and has some (man-made) peninsulas and a jetty where one can dive into deep water that has the reefs and colorful fish. This was the best part of the beach. You can even feed the Nimo fishes from the jetty. They like potatoes and eggs :-) Although a sign says don;t feed the fish, who cares, the fish like it and people enjoy it.
With sea low tides, some parts are exposed and you can walk on the rocks and watch some nice primitive sea creatures.
The beach is equipped with sun shades and in the Celopatra area there are even Bungalows. The beach, however, suffers from the remains of the construction work and they should do something to remove all these stones specially in the Cleopatra area.
Facilities: There are two pools, one has music and lots of seating places with aerobics training and one is called the relaxing pool which is very quiet but does not have enough chairs at some points in time.
There is also a gym, spa, and a small zoo. the small zoo was fun for kids to feed the ducks and sheep. The gym is not frequented by anyone, it is like an oven and is not air-conditioned.
Food: There are variety of restaurants and coffee shops. The main restaurant dedicated to the All-Inclusive is over-crowded. They really need to have an additional place. Sometimes, you go and and have to make out your own table after chasing the staff with requests for knives, forks, etc.
The food is really nice and have nice variety. Only problem is that Russians and Egyptians take a lot more than they can eat. I think the hotel management should use the unused food thrown from the tables in generating bio-gas/electricity.
Oriental food was particularly good in the grill section and also the oriental deserts. The western deserts and pasta generally suck. I also like the bread and pastry a lot. In the morning they serve excellent yogurt and great cheese, I don't know where they bring them from. I tried all Egyptian yogurt and cheese brands and nothing is like that.
The juice was not good at all. Also, not enough fruits were served. However, I can understand why: on our first day, there were bananas served and some of the Russian guests has something like a dish with 10 bananas or more. That's really too much :-)
Rooms: Our room has two king beds and one sofa. The room size is good and also bath room size was good. We had a garden view and a nice palm tree in front of us. One day an Arab Hawk decided to land on the palm tree and it was nice watching it that close. The room fridge and AC were superb but TV set was a bit lousy but who needs TV in Hurghada!! The room was cleaned daily and supplied with a 1.5 liter of high-quality bottled water.
Staff: Maybe the biggest problem of the hotel. The receptionists were very cold and inattentive. Probably they are good with foreigners but with Egyptians, I don't know what to say.
I had to sympathize with the staff in the restaurant, they are there for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The resort was almost full with Russians and Egyptians when we were there, so these guys really worked hard and they are very stressed. The best guy in the restaurant area is called Ayman and he keeps his tables clean and is very professional unlike some others who are while hard-working don't know how to smile or respond to customer requests promptly. They are good hearted as most Egyptians but they do need training and of course work less.
Kids: The kids club has some nice activities for kids. It is the greenest area of the resort. Mostly
for Russian kids but still you can use some of the facilities and toys and get some coloring pages etc. The lady working there is not very welcoming if you are not Russian.
Entertainment: Every day they have some show in the animation center. The animation team are friendly but some of the shows like the "Rotana Couples" were not very appropriate for kids to watch. I took my kids out in that show and I really should have left much earlier. I think they should take into account that there are audience from Egypt but I think they really care less. The Tanurrah show on the Egyptian Night was the best Tanuurah show I have seen in my life. Excellent music, light, and of course the performer was just amazingly good.
In general, this is an excellent place, really a good value for money. At first I was intimated that Russians will be a problem, however, my experience with the Russians are much better than other types of tourists like British or Italians (British tourists usually have this uncomfortable attitude towards other nationalities and Italians make a lot of noise). They were mostly families with kids and there were even families with gandpa/grandma on-board. Maybe as Rotana is not cheap as other places in Hughada where low class Russians go, I would say most of the Russians in Rotana were good-educated middle-class dressed superbly and were generally friendly. The mix of people were Russians, Egyptians, Polish, Czek, Slovans, Germans, British, and Indians as far as I can observe in that order.
Although I usually don't go to the same place again for vacation, I will certainly think twice of going back to Coral Beach because of the fantastic beach and corals.
Rooms numbered X2yy are close to swimming pool and lobby X1yy are first row on the sea.
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