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“Nice relaxing holiday” 4 of 5 stars
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Oriental Bay
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   15 Km North | Red Sea, Marsa Alam, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #25 of 67 Hotels in Marsa Alam
Darwin, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Nice relaxing holiday”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

First time to Egypt; and it was exactly what we needed. Only stayed for a week from the 13th Nov. Rooms (it was an apartment) excellent- clean, spacious tastefully decorated. Rest of the hotel was good, staff were attentive and welcoming especially Tarek.
The only thing i would note is that this was our first All Inclusive holiday- which we booked knowingly so we missed eating out elsewhere or just choosing off a menu. Being that you have to eat here for breakfast,lunch and dinner as there was nowhere else close by to eat. The food being offered at this hotel could be fresher. It wasn't horrendous but similarly wasn't amazing. The hotel's feel in general is very good,there's a good team of people behind it, you can tell it is a relatively new resort, and if the food were improved it would be spot on.
Top Tip: although you're in Egypt; dont bother taking Egyptian Pounds! Yes we know-took us by surprise too in this resort. Take Sterling.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Walid S, General Manager at Oriental Bay, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Dear Guest

On behalf of the hotel management and staff, I would like to thank you for taking the time to write your feedback regarding your stay at the Oriental Bay Marsa Alam.

It is great to know that you enjoyed your stay with us.
Your feedback is our guideline to evaluate and enhance our services.
Your complete satisfaction is our goal.
We will consider your kind comments with immediate effect.

We look forward to welcoming your good selves once again in the near future.
"Come as a guest, leave as a friend"

Sincerely yours
Walid Sakr
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

we stayed at the oriental bay ,13th november -27th november 2012 our 5th time in egypt 4th time in marsa alam .and can quite honestly say the best one yet .The hotel was very well run ,the rooms were very spacious and kept very clean everyday .The food was very good with plenty of choice .The staff was the most friendly and attentive we have ever come across ,the entertainment is low key in egypt but once again the best we have seen ,the african show being the highlight.A very good hotel was topped off with a nice beach ,just across the road with exceptional snorkelling waters .The first choice rep hany ? was always there if needed and a real nice guy. we would certainly return to this hotel and hope to in the near future .once again many thanks to the amazing staff , Mohammed , Tarek ,Denzil,Handy,sayid to name a few ,but everyone was brill .Thanks to everyone for making a good holiday great.
Mandy & Paul Cross = Sheffield

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Walid S, General Manager at Oriental Bay, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Dear Guest

On behalf of the hotel management and staff, I would like to thank you for taking the time to write your feedback regarding your stay at the Oriental Bay Marsa Alam.

It is great to know that you enjoyed your stay with us.
Your feedback is our guideline to evaluate and enhance our services.
Your complete satisfaction is our goal.

We look forward to welcoming your good selves once again in the near future.
"Come as a guest, leave as a friend"

Sincerely yours
Walid Sakr
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HULL
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

We stayed for a week from Nov 6 2012 and had a wonderful time. Hotel was immaculately clean and very comfortable in the lobby and bar area. The rooms were spacious - ours being near to the pool and the main hotel and was cleaned thoroughly every day. The food was of a good standard and different choices every day. The staff were the most friendly and efficient of any hotel we have stayed in. Not many English there and disappointed that First Choice are nt taking people there next year as we were hoping to take our children. The beach area was good and the Coral Reef was amazing. Tarek, Ahmed, Mahmoud, Mohammed were great as were all the staff!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Walid S, General Manager at Oriental Bay, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
Dear Guest

On behalf of the hotel management and staff, I would like to thank you for taking the time to write your feedback regarding your stay at the Oriental Bay Marsa Alam.

It is great to know that you enjoyed your stay with us.
Your feedback is our guideline to evaluate and enhance our services.

We look forward to welcoming your good selves once again in the near future.
"Come as a guest, leave as a friend"

Sincerely yours
Walid Sakr
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

I stayed here in late august with my partner. During the 14 nights I was there i spent 10 ill due to the fact that our rep warned us not to drink tapwater as it is nile water and we watched a waiter washing glasses in the pool bar in tap water and then serving drinks in them.

The staff were friendly if sometimes a bit too friendly to me as a blonde female in my early 20's. The entertainment was quite poor and the British guests were forgotten about. The rooms were a good size but the cleaning was inconsistent with food and glasses not being removed by the cleaners but us having to remove them ourselves.

I am not a picky eater but i found the food atrocious. I would love to know what "fish puppet" is?! Bar snacks are pizzas covered in clingfilm kept ONTOP of the fridge at the pool bar...hardly worth the £1500.00 i spent on this 2 week break. We left feeling disapointed and nearly a stone lighter..not what you would expect from an all inclusive stay.

We did the Oceans trip which was incredible. We saw dolphins, dugongs and swam with turtles, dugongs and sting rays. Well worth the 40 euros. We also did the trip to luxor by road. Luxor was interesting but the journey was horrific. we left at 3.30am and returned at 12.30am. The roads are really bumpy and the journey was incredibly uncomfortable.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 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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Walid S, General Manager at Oriental Bay, responded to this review, November 23, 2012
Dear Guest
On behalf of the hotel management and staff, I would like to thank you for taking the time to write your feedback regarding your stay.

Water tap is non drinkable as clearly marked in all rooms.
For your comfort we provide one large bottle of natural water to your room on daily basis.
All outlets are equipped with glass-washer/dishwasher.
Main restaurant is buffet style with wide variety every day.
Mini buffet is available at the beach during lunch time, including two kinds of pizza and live cooking station.
Open face sandwiches are available at the pool bar as per all-inclusive formula.

We checked our system and we did not find any records of guest discomfort during the Month of August, therefore we did not have the chance to check and clarify above comments during your stay.


We look forward to welcoming your good self once again in the near future.

"Come as a guest, leave as a friend"

Sincerely yours
Walid Sakr
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

There is nothing wrong with the location nor the hotel if you want a stay by the pool/ beach relax and recharge holiday, however the resort (scattering of self contained hotels along a coastline) are that remote that this is not a base to explore Egypt from.
The rooms are spacious, and weirdly two bedroom apartments with a huge living space, but rather mediocre sized bedrooms with little storage space to unpack into, and a completly un functional kitchen (no appliances) were fitted out well altho in a bland european hotel style. The pools are clean, depth marked and sufficent for fooling about in, but serious swimmers will be disapointed.
Most disappointing was the lack of choice of restaurant, if advertise have three then have three, quality of the farye offer was good, but choice poor and I couldnt really get the theme they were aiming for. My other half just back from military service commented his ration packs had better choice.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Walid S, General Manager at Oriental Bay, responded to this review, November 17, 2012
Dear Guest

On behalf of the hotel management and staff, I would like to thank you for taking the time to write your feedback regarding your stay at the Oriental Bay Marsa Alam.

Your feedback is our guideline to evaluate and enhance our services.
Hotel provides a rich buffet menu with wide variety of food items.
We are collecting guests feedback during the stay and we did not receive any negative feedback regarding the food.
We will spare no efforts to provide you an enjoyable stay.

We look forward to welcoming your good selves once again in the near future.
"Come as a guest, leave as a friend"

Sincerely yours
Walid Sakr
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Cairns, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

i went to marsa Alam in business trip with my company for 2 weeks we stayed this period of time in Oriental Bay i want to take the opportunity to recommend this place as all hotel team was very cooperative , helpful& friendly rooms very wide with beautiful view , variety in food menu & as it was fest time the entertainment was nice
thanks Oriental bay

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Walid S, General Manager at Oriental Bay, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Dear Guest

On behalf of the hotel management and staff, I would like to thank you for taking the time to write your feedback regarding your stay at the Oriental Bay Marsa Alam.

Great to know that your enjoyed your stay with us.
Your feedback is our guideline to evaluate and enhance our services.

We look forward to welcoming your good selves once again in the near future.
"Come as a guest, leave as a friend"

Sincerely yours
Walid Sakr
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Vilnius
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We stayed at the Oriental Bay for two weeks in October. It has been our 11th vacation in Egypt and this hotel left us the best impression out of all we’ve stayed so far: spacious rooms, good food, helpful and professional staff, nice leisure areas, cosy beach and great sea with corals, turtles and fish. Detailed and objective description of the hotel is in the review of Tony E.
Big thanks to hotel staff from our friendly and fun international team (Lithuania – Poland – Germany) for wonderful holiday in Marsa Alam. Special thanks to frank, helpful and professional pool-bar barmen Mostafa and our new friends – animators Ksenia and Omar.
Rainstorm and thunderstorm on the last night with extreme transfer to airport through flooded intervals of the road made our vacation even more colorful and adventurous.
We hope to return to this hotel next year.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Walid S, General Manager at Oriental Bay, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Dear Guest

One behalf of the hotel management and staff, i would like to thank you for taking the time to write your feedback regarding your stay at the Oriental Bay Marsa Alam.

Your complete satisfaction is our goal.

We look forward to welcoming your good selves once again in the near future.

"Come as a guest, leave as a friend"

Sincerely yours
Walid Sakr
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Additional Information about Oriental Bay

Address: 15 Km North | Red Sea, Marsa Alam, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Marsa Alam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Top resorts Hotel in Marsa Alam
#15 Spa Hotel in Marsa Alam
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Marsa Alam
#19 Luxury Hotel in Marsa Alam
#20 Family Hotel in Marsa Alam
#31 Romantic Hotel in Marsa Alam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Oriental Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 192
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oriental Bay Marsa Alam is famous for its private Bay and wide sandy beach, where you can enjoy diving and snorkelling activities in one of the best sites in the area.Rooms are the widest in Marsa Alam, rooms sizes 65-110 m2.You can reserve a Superior room with one bedroom, private bathroom, living room, kitchenette and balcony/terrace or  you can choose a family room with two bedrooms, two private bathrooms, living room and terrace/balcony. ... more   less 
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