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Coral Beach Resort
Ranked #64 of 222 Hotels in Hurghada
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 March 2009

I have just returned from a 2week stay at this hotel and like a few others I was slightly concerned after reading some of the reviews.

I arrived on the 17Feb2009 and was disappointed at the first impression of the hotel as the hotel is being refurbished and at the front entrance there was building work being carried out. However, on entering the lobby was pleasantly surprised. The check in was fast and pain free. There were porters ready to take your bags to your room.
We were then showed to our room. Room 3206 which was a bungalow style room and had a sea view. The room was one of the best i have stayed in. It was clean and spacious with two queen size beds. The porter did wait for a tip but we expected this and you only need to tip small amounts.
The resort itself is lovely with your own private beach and pool. On the beach there is plenty of sunloungers and wind breakers which you will need at this time of the year as the resort can be windy.
The beach has its own bar offering drinks and snacks. The snacks are normally just rolls with ham or cheese. Nothing exciting. The beach has its own diving centre and water sports such as wind surfing or kite surfing.
The animation team were also on the beach offering daily activities such as volleyball, step aerobics, football etc Although there program was the same every day. We did join in but found it to be mostly russians that were taking part.
The beach had its own corals so you can snorkel here aswell.

The food seems to be the main complaint from other reviewers. Yes the food isnt great and on a fortnight stay it does get repetative and we were starting to struggle.
The breakfast was the best meal of the day offering a range of danish pastries which were lovely, fruit, and egg station where you could have your choice of omlettes, fried eggs or pancakes.
Lunch and dinner were pretty similar. There was always soup which was nice and fresh salad. Dont expect the food to be roasting hot but there is a microwave if you would like your food hotter. We always managed to find something to eat and would recommend the desserts as they were always good.
The service in the restaurant was excellent and our waiter Abdul for the fortnight could not have done more.

The Lobby bar was relaxed but the service could sometimes be a hit or a miss depending on the mood of the main barman Mohammed. He could sometime be grumpy. They would only allow you 1 drink at a time so at 5 to midnight just before closing you could not get anymore drinks to keep you going.
There is cocktails in the bar. However i never had the same cocktail twice. The Vodka 007 could be anything from Vodka and lemonade to any concotion of vodka and mixer.

The evening entertainment was normally in the form of a show the best one of the bunch being the fire eater. That show was brilliant. Most of the entertainment is your usual cheesy hotel shows. They are held in the disco in the hotel.

There is also a billiards room in the hotel which had pool and snooker tables and pingpong along with table football. The hotel also has its own tennis courts which you can use for free once per week of your stay.

The hotel itself is quite far out of the centre of Hurghada but the hotel did offer a free shuttle bus once per week of your stay.

The hotel seems to mainly cater for Russians and Germans but this did not in anyway affect our stay.

I would definately recommend this hotel for the service alone. The Egyptian people could not have been anymore friendly and made our holiday for us. We really didnt want to come home.

Note: Thomas cook trips - We done the 1 day Luxor trip which we would recommend and the scuba diving which was fantastic and not expensive at all. £100approx for 2 of us for a whole day. Both of us were new to diving and was one of the best experiences.
Avoid the jeep safari, it was terrible.

Visit Hurghada centre but be prepared for the Egyptian people selling you things, they can be quite forcefull and have a category of tricks to get you in there shops. Be polite but firm if you dont want to go in and haggle everywhere.

Visit the Marina in hurghada and we would recommend the thai Restaurant the White Elephant which cost us 300 Egyptian pounds for 2 courses each, bottle of wine and another round of drinks.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Kerry R
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ExecutiveHCBH, General Manager at Coral Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2016

Dear Kerry R
Thank you very much for choosing to stay at Coral Beach Resort Hurghada and for taking the time to post your feedback on our TripAdvisor website. 

We are pleased to know that you liked our resort and had enjoyable vacation with us.
Needless to mention it was true pleasure to host you at our resort and we hope you will return soon.

Kind and sunny regards,
Coral Beach Resort Hurghada Management

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Reviewed 2 March 2009

When you first arrive you may be alarmed as there are building works to create a new entrance. However during the time we were there we did not hear a thing from the builders. The resort is very pretty, with clusters of bungalows, and spread over a large area all the way to the beach. The room was one of the largest I have stayed in and I couldn't fault the house keeping who cleaned the room religiously. What let this hotel down was the appalling service from the bar & restaurant staff. We were in a group of 6 adults and were repeatedly ignored by the waiters and when we approached the bar were either ordered to sit back down & wait or huffed & puffed at because we wanted 6 drinks - all of which were the same incidentally so not a real hardship. The restaurant food was bland and we would have starved except for the lovely fresh salad. I will point out that none of us were fussy eaters so for us all not to eat says something. The hotel catered mainly for Russians, Germans, scandinavians etc. To summarise the hotel is pretty & clean but thats about as good as it gets

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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ExecutiveHCBH, General Manager at Coral Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2016

Dear libra2003
Thank you very much for choosing to stay at Coral Beach Resort Hurghada and for taking the time to post your feedback on our TripAdvisor website. 

We are pleased to know that you liked our resort and had enjoyable vacation with us.
Needless to mention it was true pleasure to host you at our resort and we hope you will return soon.

Kind and sunny regards,
Coral Beach Resort Hurghada Management

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Reviewed 27 February 2009

We recently had an 11 night stay here and it was very good value for money. The hotel was clean and comfortable with large rooms in spacious grounds and a nice beach front. The hotel is having a new entrance and driveway built and first impressions can be quite alarming as you view the typical Eygptian building site. However, once through the front door everything was fine, some minor repairs to paths but no building work could be seen. We went on the Thomas Cook 2 day excursion to Luxor and again this was also good value for money. The hotel dive school only offered full day boat dives or house reef dives. We dived with Emperor in Hurghada 2 boat dives, halfday for 40 Euros each. The hotel is at the end of a row of hotels and there are no shops in the immediate vicinity. The hotel offered a rather limited shuttle bus service to Hurghada (the 1st trip free) but it was only 30 Egyptian pounds for a return taxi trip to the local shops or a 15minute walk.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Cronton
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ExecutiveHCBH, General Manager at Coral Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2016

Dear Cronton
Thank you very much for choosing to stay at Coral Beach Resort Hurghada and for taking the time to post your feedback on our TripAdvisor website. 

We are pleased to know that you liked our resort and had enjoyable vacation with us.
Needless to mention it was true pleasure to host you at our resort and we hope you will return soon.

Kind and sunny regards,
Coral Beach Resort Hurghada Management

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Reviewed 18 February 2009

Just returned from 2 weeks at the Coral Beach and had a great holiday. I booked this just before Christmas as a last minute getaway for my husband and I. At the time of booking the reviews were fine, however, just prior to travel I must admit the reviews were so frightening/bad that at one point I did consider changing the booking but I am so glad that I didn't.

The accommodation consisted of bungalow type apartments set in desert style grounds/ gardens which were charming and I have to say that the bungalow we had (3226) was in an excellent position looking out to the sea and beach area and kept very clean by the room attendant.

Service during the whole of our stay whether from the Bar Staff, Waiters or infact any member of the hotel staff was excellent but I have to give an extra mention for Hamy in the main Restaurant and Mahmoud at the Beach Bar who, in my opinion, excel at customer service.

We always travel with Thomas Cook and Vanessa the TC Rep in the hotel was great - very informative and helpful. One criticism I had for the hotel was that there is usually a book centre where you can swap books, etc - Vanessa only too happy to help would bring in a choice of books for whoever needed them.

The main restaurant was lovely with a tremendous variation of foods available although I would have to agree there was limited choice for young children. The one let down in the 'food department' were the snacks available at the Beach and Pool Bars which was a mixture of salad, mystery meat or mystery cheese rolls and dates. That said, it was not a hardship to walk 5-7 minutes up from the beach to the main restaurant where there was plenty of choice. If you want pie and chips, steak and kidney pud, kebab or any fast foods, this is NOT the place for you - try Blackpool, another UK resort or perhaps Spain.

Would I return to this hotel - YES, however, not in February as it just wasn't really hot enough for me compared to Cuba or Mexico in February. But from May to October, absolutely without hesitation.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank stormy0507
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ExecutiveHCBH, General Manager at Coral Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2016

Dear stormy0507
Thank you very much for choosing to stay at Coral Beach Resort Hurghada and for taking the time to post your feedback on our TripAdvisor website. 

We are pleased to know that you liked our resort and had enjoyable vacation with us.
Needless to mention it was true pleasure to host you at our resort and we hope you will return soon.

Kind and sunny regards,
Coral Beach Resort Hurghada Management

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Reviewed 16 February 2009

We booked to go to Coral Beach 2-weeks before we flew. After booking we had a look at some of the reviews on this site and were slightly concerned with what to expect... I think the most likely explanation is that some obviously have higher expectations than their budget and others just love to have something to moan about!
There is some building work in progress (which had no affect on our stay) all of which is being carried out to maintain existing buildings as well as improving the facilities they will have to offer in the future.
The beach, pool and main facilities are all excellent. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. The restaurant does not necessarily cater for young children, but they were more than happy to cook something especially for my 3-year old daughter when she did not want anything that they have to offer.
The opportunity for snorkling and diving was fabulous with some of the most beautiful coral and sealife I have ever seen!
We will certainly be heading back in February 2010 and have no hesitation in recommending this hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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5  Thank LovingWinterSun
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ExecutiveHCBH, General Manager at Coral Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2016

Dear LovingWinterSun
Thank you very much for choosing to stay at Coral Beach Resort Hurghada and for taking the time to post your feedback on our TripAdvisor website. 

We are pleased to know that you liked our resort and had enjoyable vacation with us.
Needless to mention it was true pleasure to host you at our resort and we hope you will return soon.

Kind and sunny regards,
Coral Beach Resort Hurghada Management

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Reviewed 15 February 2009

At first, I was a bit discouraged by the bad reviews, but then I took the plunge and went. I couldn't believe the wonderful location, the uninterrupted sea view from practically everywhere, the room, the restaurant, the garden. It's perfect for those who love nature and want to get away from the bustle of the city. The staff was excellent and they are very professional. The rooms are very spacious and mine had two king-size beds. The food was great and varied. The restaurant had an area for couples, away from the children. The children were kept entertained by an excellent animation team. In a nutshell, "this hotel rocks!", quoting my 12-year-old girl, who loved the place and told me never to go anywhere else on vacation.

Stayed: February 2009
3  Thank Career-woman
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ExecutiveHCBH, General Manager at Coral Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2016

Dear Career-woman
Thank you very much for choosing to stay at Coral Beach Resort Hurghada and for taking the time to post your feedback on our TripAdvisor website. 

We are pleased to know that you liked our resort and had enjoyable vacation with us.
Needless to mention it was true pleasure to host you at our resort and we hope you will return soon.

Kind and sunny regards,
Coral Beach Resort Hurghada Management

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Reviewed 4 February 2009

These reviews simply do not do this resort justice. I went to coral beach in july with my boyfriend. We were not expecting luxury and that isn't what we got but had an amazing time. Egypt is a gorgeous country and the beach was gorgeous!! Yes some places needed a bit of refurbishment but this did not stop us having a good time at all!
The staff were never rude to us. They get paid next to nothing so do want tips and to be honest we gave them tips sometimes and other times we didn't but didnt get treat any differently. The night entertainment was not amazing but was so nice to relax and have a drink in the warm air. The food was a bit of a dissapointment but again did not spoil it, i think people have very high expectations of food. My boyfriend had a 'jippy' tummy the last couple of days ... they said that it was the money and to take antibac spray to wash hands after touching it. I never touched the money and i wasn't ill so it was definetely not the food and could have been the money (think how many peoples hands it will have been in!)
We stayed at the small pool at the bottom and sometimes we were the only ones there..the big pool was quite busy early on in the mornings. The first night i got a little tipsy and stopped tasting vodka in my drinks i asked the barman about this made him taste it and he threw the bottle down the sink. Beware of this but it never happened again.
Our bedroom was a real bonus , we had two double beds! one for dumping clothes on obviously! the maid came every day and would make swans and stuff with towels. We had a large bottle of water given to us every day which helped. The air con was fab, no probs with water bit brown at first but when u run it its fine.
All in all we had an amazing time in egypt, went snokelling, on a glass bottom boat, and just enjoyed each others company in 40 degree heat. Don't be put off by all the reviews as we had a really good time!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank littledevil512
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ExecutiveHCBH, General Manager at Coral Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2016

Dear littledevil512
Thank you very much for choosing to stay at Coral Beach Resort Hurghada and for taking the time to post your feedback on our TripAdvisor website. 

We are pleased to know that you liked our resort and had enjoyable vacation with us.
Needless to mention it was true pleasure to host you at our resort and we hope you will return soon.

Kind and sunny regards,
Coral Beach Resort Hurghada Management

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Additional Information about Coral Beach Resort

Address: Hurghada Safaga Road k 17, Hurghada, Egypt (Formerly Coral Beach Rotana Resort)
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Hurghada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#41 Spa Hotel in Hurghada
#52 On the Beach Hotel in Hurghada
#59 Luxury Hotel in Hurghada
#63 Romantic Hotel in Hurghada
#65 Family Hotel in Hurghada
Price Range: £27 - £54 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Coral Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 369
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
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Coral Sea Hurghada

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