Back from the Oriental Resort after a one week stay ending yesterday. I won't go into great detail as there are already so many reviews on here. I agree with many of the previous reviewers that this hotel is starting to look a little tired and needs something to give it a kick up the backside! That said, for the amount we had to spend to stay for a week made the Oriental Resort incredible value for money.
Food was average, although the a la carte restaurant was a pleasant change for one night and the food was of a much better quality. Rooms were clean and spacious and were cleaned daily and to a good standard.
Our main complaint would be the service. It seemed to us that unless you were prepared to grease some palms then you were only ever going to get mediocre or sometimes downright rude service. There are of course exceptions, and some of the waiters and bar staff were fantastic. Our family were out for a 50th birthday celebration and arranged to have a birthday cake left in our room on the appropriate day. It never turned up which was very disappointing, but a trip 200 yards up the road to the Hard Rock Cafe put everything right. Treated like kings and Queens for the evening.
The beach is good and drinks and snacks are available there, but be warned that it is not really a beach for swimming from. A jetty gives you access to deeper water, but to make it to the sea and the coral reef is hard work. Experienced snorkelers should give it a go because it is well worth the effort once you reach the drop off, but there is a strong right to left current (as you look out to sea) so you will need fins unless you are a particularly strong swimmer. The hotel Tropicana Azure to the right a few hundred metres has a jetty that goes all the way to the edge of the reef, but it is private, I'm sure that a couple of hundred Egyptian pounds in the hand of the attendant at the end of the jetty would get you onto it, and then another couple each to the two lifeguards at the end. We swam to the end of their jetty and tried to get out onto it, but had no luck. A long swim back instead!
All in all an enjoyable stay and well worth every penny. I wouldn't have wanted to stay any longer and wouldn't choose to return, but if you can get the kind of deal we got (I think we paid £342 each for a week inc flights) thenI don't think you could possibly find better value. At that price only the most fussy of travellers would be the ones complaining, and our family don't fall into that category.
- Also Known As:
- Oriental Resort Sharm El Sheikh Hotel
- Oriental Resort Sharm El Sheikh Hotel Nabq Bay
- Oriental Hotel Nabq
- Oriental Resort Nabq
- Oriental Resort Sharm El Sheikh Egypt - Nabq Bay
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Oriental Resort offers a unique location facing Tiran island, where natural beauty is coupled with timeless architectural style. This elegant five star hotel is embraced by the spectacular desert land and seascape of the protected area Nabq Bay. ... more less
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