just back from our 2nd stay at the oriental rivoli , stayed in jan 2012 b+b and this time on all-inclusive basis .
having read some of the bad reviews of this hotel i cant believe we have stayed in the same hotel !!!.
if this hotel is so bad why do the scandivanians /german/dutch come to this hotel as they will not tolerate anything sub-standard !!
when i walked in to check in i was greeted by huge smiles and handshakes and welcomed back to my egyptian home , they asked my if i could remember my room number from last year and was given the same room as last yr , i had not e-mailed to ask for this they had remembered purely from my name on the booking form !!. first class reception allways helpfull nothing too much trouble for them including arabic lessons lol .
we had a superior deluxe room overlooking the small heated pool , large spacious room and the bathroom large as well with constant hot water when we needed it , the room was kept spotlessly clean by our room boy who always asked if everything was o.k for us during our stay again nothing too much trouble .
we have never been all-inc before to a hotel but after 2 yrs in luxor we found sharm quite expensive to eat out so decided to come all-inc this time , my g/f who has a very sensitive stomach was quite worried about it we knew the breakfasts where gd from our last visit but wheren't sure about lunch and dinner .
she needed have worried at all we found the food very gd always plenty of choice and plenty of it , always fresly cooked pasta at lunch time
dinner time same again usually a choice of fish and meat or 2 different types of meat with rice and a potato dish and cooked vegatable dishes , fresh salad and soup again followed by a huge choice of sweet pastries and fresh fruit , our only disappointment was that OM ALI was only served on fridays maybe just as well for our waistlines lol . even my g/f really enjoyed the food and got quite adventurous with no ill effects what so ever . at £16 a day all inc superb value for money we did say if we got bored with the food we'd eat out but we never did !!!.
the pools where kept clean and toti always puts a smile on ur face with his banter from the dry martini bar .
first morning round the pool was greeted by a huge bear hug by homada and sandman and welcomed back like a long lost relative , after 4 days mohamed came back from cairo again another great welcome from him my egyptian little brother , when i left he didnt want to take my tip as he said i am his friend not a guest .
overall fantastic stay the reception / waiters / chefs and room boys first class always up for a laugh and joke and will teach you some arabic good or bad lol .
this hotel is a budget option it doesn't pretend to be anything else , ur treated as family here not a room number if u have a problem ask in a polite and friendly manner , if u rant and rave and lose ur temper anywhere in egypt u'll get nothing done !!
location is good to just across the road down the alley is the start of the promenade walk about 15/20 mins to naama bay strip . on the same block is a fixed price supermarket very cheap and mac donalds next door as well if u fancy a change .
would reccomend this hotel for a friendly no frills stay . shokran to all at the oriental rivoli .
dont be afraid to use the service buses for 2 le less hassle than taxiswho will try and charge you 3/4 times the set rate for a journey !!
the guy with the baby camel outside the supermarket has seriously ripped off people , he'll get u on the camel for a photo they it will get up and take u for a walk then he wont let u off till u have parted with some serious money . one person had to pay £50 and another $85 us dollars !! u have been warned !!
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- Oriental Rivoli is a new 4 star hotel, recently opened in Sharm El Shiekh. It is ideally situated in a tranquil area of Naama Bay, but still only a few minutes away from the buzzing center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Oriental Rivoli
- Oriental Rivoli Sharm El Sheikh