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Arena Inn
Ranked #14 of 18 Hotels in El Gouna
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5 reviews
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“What an amazing holiday!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2010

Me and my boyfriend stayed at the Arena Inn for 2 weeks at the beginning of september and It is by far the best holiday we have had. We have been on many holidays mainly to Greece but thought we'd give Egypt a go and we are so glad we did.

The resort of El Gouna is an extremely laid back and relaxing resort, there is not much nightlife, there is however many bars and resturants in downtown and at the marina so there are plenty of restaurants etc to choose from. There are a variety of different resturants from Thai, Greek, Spanish & Mexican, Chinese and of course Egyptian -but we didn't think much of the egyptian food!! Everyone is so friendly in the resturants and around El Gouna-they all want to get to know you which we found very welcoming. The hotel seems to attract many germans- I would say only 10% English! Not a major problem, except the towels!

The hotel is lovely, so much better than what we expected especially with the low price we paid. Hotel room was fairly large, had balconly, tv, large comfy double bed, fridge, plenty of cupboard space and a brilliant bathroom (without bath). The swimming pool was lovely, spent many days there soaking up the rays and enjoying the lagoon view.

Mohammed from Strong Waves is lovely! We booked the Dolphin House snorkelling trip with him and what an amazing experience!! Full day out on a boat in the red sea, lunch included- we must have saw up to 100 dolphins, we soon jumped in and swam with them, took some lovely underwater photos which I still can't get over! I would advise you take a decent underwater camera if you plan to do this or even if you want to see the fish or corals. We did 2 other dives at coral reefs where there were loads of amazing fish so a good camera would make it better!! brilliant day out!

We also booked Cairo and went with our own private tour guide (who spoke very good english)- we booked through our thomas cook rep on this one. This was also a brilliant day out as you get to see the pyramids, a chance to ride on a camel, go inside a tomb and visit the Egyptian museum. Do not let any local egyptians take photos of you, even if you say no they may grab your camera and do it anyway then demand money even when you say you have none! If this happens tell your tour guide straight away. Also be aware of how much things should cost before you even think of buying anything-you will soon be ripped off even if you think you are getting a bargain.

We also did quad biking in the desert, we booked through Alex Safari. It was another trip that exceeded our expectations- we were out for hours riding in the desert, we even saw the bedouin camps and met some local people. Another great experience!

..I would advise going bed and breakfast- the food at the hotel doesn't seem great and having heard from others-there is not much choice and all very much the same etc..breakfast is more than fine though- egg station/choice of about 7 cereals/toast and jam etc/ bread / fresh melon/ croissants / cake and other random things for b'fast. so you will never get bored. A nice english breakfast would have made it even better but never mind.

We will definately be coming back here and even to this hotel! We always like to try somewhere different but we know this hotel is great and very reasonably priced so there will be no hesitation.

Overall great hotel, perfect location, amazing holiday- One not to be forgotten!!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2010

just got back from arena inn .3rd time this year went with hubby daughter hubby 2grandkids.we had agreat time the staff hotel location superb

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Isle of Wight
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2010

El gouna is a paradise, and having stayed at the Sheraton miramar six times previously, I think I've been spoiled in the past.

We booked the arena as it was around £200 cheaper than the Sheraton and though we appreciated it was a three star, the difference was still quite surprising.

The grounds are well kept, the staff from strong waves dive club and the health club are lovely. The pool area is nice, but there weren't enough sun beds and we found ourselves perched on two chairs from the bar to catch some rays. Make sure you put your towels out before breakfast if you want a sun bed!!!

Food was more than adequate but not a massive variety, but the tea was excellent.

The rooms are somewhere to lay your head, nothing more. They are small and the fixtures and fittings are tired. New bathroom fixtures, bedroom lamps and wardrobe doors are needed, as they were all "on their way out." the air conditioning was noisy but bearable, but I think the worst thing for me was the lack of hot water...cold showers were not good!!!

Going to the rihana resort in march and hoping it'll be a lot better!!!

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2010

At the beginning we arrived before the time of our check in we were kinda tired, so the receptionist found us a room where we can stay till we get our room with no other charge. he found our reservation so quickly { we booked through the internet } and it was so easy ..
At the first sight u will fall in love with the place ,, so relaxing and inspiring ,,, the lake view is wonderful so make sure u take a room over there ... if u couldn't the garden/golf view is also wonderful ( u will feel the same i think if u wake up on a wonderful blue or a magical green with flowers climbing your balcony ) ..
The restaurant is so cozy and feels like your family house ,, it's kinda small but there are always enough space for everyone.
the food is ok .. it's not 10/10 i can say it is 8/10 .. because there were not much variety in meals but it was well made and very good in quantity ... for those who give much attention to the food i can say that you will find yourself in a great need to check out the food out there in the town ,, if food is not what you came for this is your place high/medium value and you can take your dinner once in other place ( Tahi's -Tamer Hanna - Dune's - Shawerma ) ..
The service is so great .. the workers are so friendly and helpful .. i can say so polite and smiling all the time ... for the people who don't like nosy hotel staff , this is where u should stay .. you will feel like the staff is invisible till u need any help they will do it so fast so efficient ..
The location is great just 30 sec from the down town ( the bus station- the restaurants - the supermarkets - the bazaars ) ,, the transportation is el gouna is not a big deal there is small cars called ( toktok) will drop u by to any place for from 10 to 15 le ..total fun specially in night ..
The location concerning the sea and the wind is 7 stars as the hotel lies on the shore of a wonderful lake where you can enjoy the scene from your window or the restaurant ... the weather in el gouna is wonderful any way .. you will enjoy cool wind from your balcony or if you are enjoying a beer and a billiard game in the pool bar ...
The pool is so clean and cozy totally furnished ..
At the end arena inn is a top value hotel .. i was so suspicious about the three-star .. but i went to many five-star hotels in Egypt and they are wider and wider but there is no spirit or real service .. it is a three-star hotel but with an Egyptian value i can give it a five-star ...
Enjoy and i hope i will meet u when i come back again ...

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2010

We have just come back from El Gouna. We were staying at Arena Inn and have found the hotel to be very nice. It is quite clean, the staff is very friendly and helpful, and the selection of food is quite good. It has a good location and is close to 'downtown' shops, supermarkets, and restaurants.
The swimming pool can get 'overcrowded' (and a bit noisy) at times, and the hotel beach is not great.
We used to go to Zaytoona Beach which is good for swimming and snorkling.

If you are looking for a nice and clean little hotel with decent basics you need when in the room this is definitely the place to go.

As we were looking for a nice and relaxing holiday we were more than happy to find out that El Gouna is exactly the place to offer that kind of a holiday (it gets quiet after 11pm as no loud music or partying is allowed then).

Although the prices in the shops were supposed to be fixed we found that you can still haggle with the shopkeepers. And, although after reading some of the reviews we did not expect to be hustled by the shopkeepers to buy things we actually were! However, this was nowhere near what it was in Luxor where we went for a day trip.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Glasgow
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2010

Just returned from a a weeks holiday at Arena Inn with Thomson Holidays. I would not be exagerating if I said it was one of if not the best summer holiday we have had. The Arena Inn is excellent value, is right on the edge on the town centre and offers clean, spacious accomodation. On arrival we were upgraded to an apartment across the street from the main hotel (30 seconds walk) which had two great size bedrooms, two bathrooms, living area and balcony and private pool within the apartment complex. The village of El Gouna is well served with good restaurants, banks, supermarkets etc. Would also visit the marina which can be accessed using one of the many tuk tuk's that operate within the resort.

Would highly recommend the Dolphin house snorkeling trip organised through the hotel. It was the highlight of the holiday, we did get to swin with dolphins, visited a couple of reefs and had an excellent lunch on board the boat all for 25€ per head.

When I first booked this holiday I was a little sceptical at what I'd get for the money and my expectations were not very high. I could not have been more wrong. This was truly a memorable holiday in a very good hotel, and a ton of things to do besides watersports.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2010

much as i could talk & talk & talk about my holiday i will try & keep this short! i thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks at the arena inn. the hotel is clean, well presented, has lovely gardens and all facilities are ample for the volume of guests in the hotel. all the staff are so freindly & always do their best to help. the chamber staff are fantastic, rooms were always spotlessly clean, all maintenance issues were dealt with extremely promptly.

staff members who were most memorable were the breakfast pancake chef (who's name i am ashamed to say has slipped my mind) he made the most amazing pancakes & eggy bread, always had a smile on his face & was lovely given he spoke barely any english! our chamberman sim-sim, he was so sweet and even gave my daughter a gift at the end of our stay for being so polite ti him! And then there was the lovely Emad in the dive school, he is such a nice guy & the word whilst we were there was that a trip with emad = dolphins. i didnt go as i was there with my 3 year old & 4 month old (also ive been many times before & have been on snorkelling trips etc) my children loved him & he always made time to chat, even if we saw him out in down town of an evening!!
if you are staying B&B as we did, the best restaurants in my opinion were tamr henna (for good local food extremely cheap), dunes (for amazing steak, silly cheap) & the thai restaurant (om my goodness the best thai food ever insanely cheap!)
all in all we had the most amazing time, the hotel may be small and more ....budget (we usually stay at the sheraton miramar, which is also lovely) but it really was a fantastic holiday. would most definitely stay again!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Arena Inn
Address: Kafr El Gouna | El Gouna, El Gouna, Hurghada, Egypt
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Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Hurghada > El Gouna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in El Gouna
#7 Top resorts Hotel in El Gouna
#13 On the Beach Hotel in El Gouna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Arena Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 144
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arena Inn Hotel is a convivial mid-sized El Gouna hotel offering all the amenities expected of a Red Sea holiday resort. Built along the saltwater lagoon that separates the island of Kafr El Gouna from the Downtown mainland area, the hotel offers a peaceful waterfront setting a few steps from all the facilities and services of the fully integrated resort town of El Gouna. Cafés, restaurants, supermarkets, shopping galleries, and evening entertainment venues with live music and shows are all within walking distance. The hotel's infinity pool overlooks a swimming lagoon bordered by a small sandy beach. Arena Inn guests also have access to the hotel's sea beach on nearby Zeytouna Island, reached by shuttle boat or bus, where some of the best snorkeling in El Gouna can be found. Arena Inn's main restaurant, Laguna, is built to resemble a wooden ship's interior. It boasts splendid views over the turquoise lagoon from its panoramic wooden deck. The Arena Inn counts 144 hotel rooms in three main buildings facing the lagoon on one side and the golf course on the other. This Red Sea hotel is family friendly, offering entertainment opportunities, a kids playground, as well as connecting rooms for added convenience. It also welcomes couples and groups of friends. The Arena Inn is particularly appreciated for its very nice atmosphere, and repeat guests praise the staff's friendliness. ... more   less 
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