We have just returned from a great Holiday at the Oriental Resort.
We stayed in the Older part of the Hotel on the 3rd Floor ( there's only 3 ) and found our room to be Large having two double beds and a bathroom with shower. The Room was clean but could have done with a refurb i.e furniture a litle tired and the TV needed replacement. The Air Con worked fine and needed to as every day was 45 Deg. The Room had a Digital safe you can programme to keep you valuables in. The Hotel has a main Lobby where there are Sofa chairs and tables ( there are not enough of these and getting a chair sometimes was difficult ) this is where the main bar is. In the evening there is a que for drinks. If you go outside to the Pool Bar there is no que but it's outside and Hot Hot Hot. We spent time in the Pool Bar mostly at night. The Hotel has a main dining area down the stairs where you eat your meals. There is another restaurant and pub kind of Room but you pay in these. In the restaurant downstairs we found the food to be acceptable although a little repatative very nice. One point to make is that this is not the Med and for great service you need to tip the waiters. We rewarded good service and had water waiting for us and got to know the waiters very well. They are all polite,curtious and we were sad to leave. As far as entertainement goes there was a young team of 6 or so young people entertaining the kids and adults. They have 'mini disco' , water polo and the Hotel has a small amphitheature an puts some entertaineent on (it's not the best but they do their very best and in the case of Femme orchistra its so bad it's good ). There are movies played in the pool bar every night on a projector screen and Nama bay with the nightife and nightclub is only 20 mins away by taxi. Regarding the Taxi's the Hotel has a desk for Taxi's but while we were there a couple of people got let down on the pick up. The Hotel runs a free bus in the mornings. If you walk out of the Hotel Taxi's pull over and ask you if you want one. It's 'wacky races' and I suggest you only get into the Blue and White Licensed ones and agree the price before you get in. That's important ! . If you go into a shop nothing is priced and they don't want to let you out until you buy something... it's hard for us brits but barter hard and don't be afraid to walk out or keep moving. There are two shops in the Hotel very nice no real hassle but there more expensive. Tipping : We started off with the odd pound coin but they will take these and be very greatfull but can't change them. We changed about 15 pound coins back into a English notes for some staff so that they could change the money to Egyption. Don't take loads of pound coins as they are no use to the people there. The Hotel has a Cash Till in the Lobby that took my Visa Debit no problem and at the end of the Hotel drive there's an HSBC on the right and another bank on the left . The Hotel also has a bank in the lobby that will change english notes. The exchange rate there was 9.0 to the pound here it was 7.6 take a few Egyption but I would change my money there as I needed to. Each time we used the cash till we got charged a couple of pounds on our bank statement. Across the road there is a Burger Kind, MacDonalds, Supermarket and some Cafe's and shops. If you get on a Camel in the street you will need to pay to get off it. We booked some trips through Arron Waves on the Beach ( Hotel has it's own Beach section ) had good trip that was much cheaper than the Tour Operator ( Sam the Man you know who you are ). Beach has sun loungers and a Bar serving snacks. You will get approached around the pool , Beach etc for trips , spa and news papers. When we said no it was fine..we found we got more hassle on the Beach but it's ok. Dont go walking on the beach at night. We saw no trouble but it's a little isolated ( 20min walk through the Hotel Gardens ). There are 3 pools and sun loungers go very early but they become free later in the day. In Summary going with an open mind we had a great time in this adequite complex. It's well placed for location and quiet. We had a very good time and would go back again. Enjoy yourself expect to tip for great service and any 'tummy trouble' go to the Chemist again across the road for some medication ( £8) ish for tablets. All in all we enjoyed it very much and were most happy with the Hotel and the location. Some Hotels have nothing around them at all. Don't worry and the money you saved buy the legroom seats..oh one last point on Visa's unless you are going to Cairo or outside the Sinei pennsula you don't need one. You get permission to stay in Sharm stampted in your pasport that's your visa for that area. Check depending where you plan to go if you need one. There £13 each and customs would like you to buy one but if you only plan to stay around sharm and surrounding area you don't need one. Enjoy your Holiday....and a special thank you to Lisa the rep who was great and very very helpful indeed...thanks Lisa
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- 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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- Also Known As:
- Oriental Resort Sharm El Sheikh Hotel Nabq Bay
- Oriental Hotel Nabq
- Oriental Resort Nabq
- Oriental Resort Sharm El Sheikh Egypt - Nabq Bay