I visited the Oberoi in Hurghada with my husband in May for 11 nights and I think we would have left with more a more positive impression had we stayed for 7 nights or less, as some of the other reviewers. Our stay was also prejudiced by the fact that we have recently visited the Four Seasons in Sharm el Sheikh, which is a truly first class hotel that operates to 5 star levels internationally. Firstly, the Oberoi in Hurghada is not a patch on the Four Seasons in Sharm. With hindsight, we should definitely have gone there instead. Our initial impressions of Hurghada were not good and I have no idea why the Oberoi decided to put a hotel there. The city itself is a ramshackle building site with an abundance of gaudy and cheap package holiday hotels. The only reasonable place to visit in Hurghada is the Marina, which has some nice bars and average restaurants.
The Oberoi in Hurghada is located on a private stretch of beach. The first problem is that you cannot actually go into the sea from the beach because of sharp coral in the water. The hotel has shoes that you can borrow if you do want to go in, but most people stayed on shore. The hotel appears to be quite barren and sparsely landscaped. Some areas are grassed, whilst others are left as sand and gravel. Overall, the impression is of a slightly unfinished, bare landscape. The best part of the hotel is its rooms. We had a spacious suite which was well airconditioned with an extremely comfortable bed and private terrace. The terrace is a nice touch, however because they are all walled in, there are no sea or sunset views from any of the rooms at all.
Unfortunately the hotel suffered from a lack of sun loungers and umbrellas by the pool and there were many early risers who got up to ‘bagsy’ the best spots with bags before returning to bed (one gentleman was seen in his pyjamas doing just that!). If you arrived at the pool by 10.30am you would have no chance of getting an umbrella.
The food at the hotel is very good, but also rich. It would have been nice to have simpler options available in the evenings. There is a cocktail bar, which was sparsely populated most nights, primarily due to the lack of atmosphere and the insistence of the manger on playing loud Egyptian music in there. Even when we had after dinner drinks on the terrace outside the restaurant after dinner, the waiters would be regularly closing up around us (at 10.30pm!) moving tables and chairs loudly and making it an unwelcoming atmosphere. I wouldn’t have a problem with this, were the Oberoi not charging £12 for a cocktail and £150 for dinner for 2 people. My main complaint about the hotel was the service. At breakfast each morning we had normally finished eating before out tea and coffee arrived. Our wine at dinner often took at least 15 minutes to arrive every evening, and we were often well into our starters on occasion before it did. I had to send back food on 3 occasions for being overcooked (I can’t remember the last time that I did this in any restaurant), the last time was in the Indian restaurant on our final evening. I had ordered a £35 main course, a prawn dish which arrived rubbery and inedible. When I sent it back we waited 10 minutes (my husband’s food going cold) for the chef to come out to ask what was wrong. He ultimately told me that he had cooked the food correctly and if he were to cook it again it would be the same! They eventually sent another dish (and deducted my main course from the bill), but by this time the meal was ruined. I don’t mind paying top prices for drinks and dinner if the service matches, but in Egypt where these prices are considered exceptionally expensive, this is just a joke.
My advice to people thinking about going to the Oberoi in Hurghada would be to visit the Four Seasons in Sharm el Sheikh instead. It will cost you about the same, but you will have a 5 star experience for 5 star prices
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just spent two weeks at the oberoi, the accomodation was a large king bed suite with a seperate sitting area. There are two large flat screen TVs in each suite a private courtyard with dining area and sun loungers. The rooms are tastefully decorated and very comfortable. The bathroom is large with shower and sunken bathroom in granite and the toiletries are replaced daily or if you run short on request. The whole complex is kept remarkably clean by the staff. The staff deserv a special mention because to a man( and woman ) they are polite helpful and above all a friendly people who make you feel welcome an liked.My wife and I both had birthdays during our stay and both had birthday cards and a cake delivered to our room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh Hotel Hurghada
- Oberoi Hotel Hurghada
- Oberoi Hurghada
- Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh
- Hurghada Oberoi