I stayed at this hotel as a solo traveller back in December 2011 - I managed to get an amazing deal on a double room on an all inclusive package. Although it's location is a bit remote (30km from Hurghada centre) the hotel and it's amenities more than made up for this. If you want to be near to all the action though, this hotel is probably not for you.
The first thing you notice is there is no upstairs anywhere - all the accommodation is on the ground floor. And the whole complex is big, very big - roughly 1k by 1km! If you have mobility issues, everywhere is very flat, so access by wheel chair is always possible.
The room was definitely 4*/5*, with a large walk-in shower, a separate dressing area, a king size bed and excellent fixtures and fittings throughout. On arrival they do have an annoying practice where you and your bag make separate trips to your room (via a golf buggy - the complex is that big!) which of course results in 2 lots of tips. But other than that I could not fault anything about the service.
The restaurant was one of the highlights of the stay with excellent and varied food, something you appreciate on a 2 week stay. It was the usual buffet style service with various feature theme nights. There was always a choice of fish/meat/vegetarian options, lots of fruit and vegetables and many cakes to choose from. Some of the meat was chewy or dry (a problem with being kept warm too long) but the fish was always good. My waiter was Adel, who was absolutely brilliant, always having a glass of red wine waiting for me - except for breakfast, of course!
The hotel employed a Russian entertainment group of 4 girls called Freak Animation, who were just fantastic. They all spoke several languages and spent their time organising activities for the guests and helping you to enjoy yourself. From running a creche to organising volleyball and boules on the beach, and in the evening, running pool competitions and Egyptian/African/belly-dancing displays in the hotel disco. They also organised regular trips to Hurghada discos and went along to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves. They were so patient with everyone and even acted as interpreter for me on several occassions!
There are several beaches within the complex, including one where a bathing suit is optional, very unusual for Egypt. They also have a small man-made island which is reached by a narrow causeway which disappears when the tide comes in - don't worry, you can still wade back! The snorkelling on the house reef was pretty good but make sure you don't go too far out. When I went, the current was very strong - although I think that may just have been a seasonal thing. They offer windsurfing in their own lagoon with pretty good rates if you hire a board for several days. They also have diving boat trips but I found their rates very expensive compared with Prince Diving in Hurghada (see my review for them).
One final thing, when I went I was the only English person there, yet I have never made friends with so many fellow holidaymakers:- French, Swedish, Dutch, German, Latvian, Lithuania, Russian, Ukranians and Egyptians. I had a great time but some Brits might prefer to be around fellow countrymen.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel has one of the longest beaches in Hurghada 1250 Meter, with a wonderful reef of corals and two natural lagoon inside the sea. Three swimming pools; type - bungalow only; family friendly resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Beach Rotana Resort Hurghada Hotel Hurghada
- Coral Beach Rotana Hotel Hurghada
- Coral Sea Hurghada