I've read the reviews on here and must say that I had a wonderful experience. If you don't have a lot of money and like being isolated in a very tranquil part of Nuweiba, this is a good place. The sandy beach is mixed with beautiful rippling sandstone & the view across the Gulf of Aquaba to Arabia is just breathtaking and mesmerizing!!!
What really sold me on this hotel was the warm Egyptian hospitality and lack of many other guests . . . I just like it peaceful . . . my hotel room was more than adequate and the pool and swim-up bar are far better (and larger) than the photos showcase.
Staying here I felt like I was in the authentic Egypt in a way that just wasn't captured at some of the nicer (and far, far more expensive) resorts. Yes, the paint out front is a little cheesy but I loved how you could walk out front and there might be a local in his beat-up pickup truck & checkered rag (sorry, I don't know what they are called) waiting to pick up a friend who is going off shift. There is lots of sand out front & it's basically a bit of a ghost town if you walk down the road, but I considered that a plus.
I liked the breakfasts and dinners . . . and yes, birds do fly in and sample the bread, but I found this to happen at the five star hotels in Nuweiba, as well as up in Taba. There's lots of fresh bread that was left untouched. It was nice to just take breakfast at a leisurely pace, writing in my journal and then later walking down to the little beduin shack and having some tea, and even going in the water with one of the local Egyptians for a swim.
If it sounds relaxing, it's because it was . . . this is a "has been" part of town but it has an access to the culture that the more expensive places miss out on. The Egyptians who work there are way more laid back and interacted with me a lot more.
I even made a good friend named Hesham and visited him in his hometown a couple of years later & stayed at his house for a number of days.
Yes, the Regina is no five star or even four star hotel but it had such a warmth about it that I made sure to revisit when I passed through town two years later.
So if you like everything top of the line, look elsewhere. If you are craving tranquility, peace, and a break from the party scene, I would heartily recommend the Regina.
- Also Known As:
- Regina Style Nuweibaa Hotel Nuweiba