Have just spent 2 weeks at the Oriental Resort and I have to say for the price we paid it was excellent value for money. Ive stayed in Egypt once before and paid a lot more for it than the Oriental and this hotel I felt was better in some parts (but not in others)
Location is fantastic - step outside and you have Hard Rock Cafe, Burger King if you want it, Mcdonalds, KFC and few English Bars, there is a good metro supermarket next door also and several ATMs.
Reception - clean, spacious and reception staff very helpful.
Bar area - plenty of seating and the bar men try to serve you quickly, spirits not of a brilliant standard but the beer and the wine is acceptable.
Rooms - I was tempted to upgrade but decided not to and we had no major complaints about our room (319) Two double beds which were extremely comfortable, aircon that worked fab, overlooked the pool, bathroom does need revamping but we had no problems with shower pressure as some people complained of. We did manage to break the shower but they came the same day and repaired it. Kettle, tea, coffee and hairdryer in the room. Fresh towels and bedding every day. Our room man was extremely good - sorry cant remember name.
Swimming pools - there are 3 - we tried all of them but our favourite was the quiet pool at the front of the hotel which has a swim up bar (no alcohol) the main pool too noisy for me, the other quieter pool nearer the beach ok. My only criticism was that there are no pool rails to help you into the pool which could be a problem for some people. The steps are difficult to see and part of them are slippy - I slipped and fell one day. We did have a spa treatment, scrub and massage, make sure you haggle and negotiate a good price - i always think pay what you would aim to pay at home for similar treatment.
Food - this has to be one of the main let downs of this hotel unfortunately. Breakfast was not good, Im not talking about a full english as this is not going to happen in a Muslim country but even the choice of cheeses / cooked meats etc was not good. Lot of salad and vegetables if you are eastern european not for me, we did struggle and missed a few breakfasts. Lunch and evening meal were quite repetative, always a beef in some sort of sauce dish, chicken dish, veg and some fish. Pasta station and carvery also quite good. Saying that we managed to find something to eat most nights but I have to say ive had much better. The Italian restaurant was not consistent. We went 3 times in the 2 weeks after i complained about the main restaurant food to the head waiter there and I had the same food each time (mainly because the first time it was simply amazing) however that wasnt repeated. It was good but not as good as the first visit. Our waiters Islam and Mohammed were fantastic - credit to the hotel. I also felt that the main restaurant needed a good clean and floor tiles replacing as a lot of them were cracked. We didnt have any major problems with dicky tummy which was a bonus !!
Wifi - dont get it in the hotel its poor and expensive - seriously if you cant live without internet for you holiday arrange it through Sinai Safari company before you go - Tim and Janet british couple who provide a fantastic service - 2 weeks mobile Wifi cost £35 - attached several devices to it and worked brilliantly. They arrange to meet you outside the hotel to deliver it and come and collect when you are leaving. Have a search on trip advisor for them, they also do tours, brilliant service.
One thing I do have to comment on is the lack of Managment presence in the hotel and I left this remark on my comments sheet. Where is the restaurant manager ?? I saw him walking about after i had asked one of the waiters who he was but that was it. In the other hotel i stayed at n Egypt the Restaurant manager made himself known, greeted the diners asked if any problems but unfortunately not here. There was a woman walking about the restaurant a few times and it appeared she was from guest relations but after observing her for a few days not once did i see her approach guests to see if they had any issues - she just watched people. We did get one phone call near beginning of our holiday in the room asking if things were ok however. Oriental management need to walk around and talk to their guests!
Overall I really enjoyed my stay at this hotel and would definitely return, I also would have no worries staying here as a single woman traveller as I felt entirely safe in this hotel. I booked separate flights with easyjet and the hotel on its own - the hotel only worked out just over £15 a night - please bear this in mind when booking - absolutely fantastic value for money for a night all inclusive but remember that they are having to provide you with a roof over your head, 3 meals a day and as much alcohol that you want for that price so its not going to be 5* ! Take some extra spending money so that you can eat out a few times if you want to and you will have a great holiday- try the Bus Stop and the Three Crowns english bars for good meals. The staff are fantastic, the location is brilliant and the sun is shining - definitely worth a visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aurora Oriental Resort is located in the heart of Nabq, which has become the most sought-after location in Sharm El Sheikh. The resort boasts a breathtaking beach with crystalline waters, sun-kissed sand and luxurious spacious accommodation surrounded by lush exotic gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oriental Resort Sharm El Sheikh Hotel Nabq Bay
- Oriental Hotel Nabq
- Oriental Resort Nabq
- Aurora Oriental Resort Sharm El Sheikh Egypt - Nabq Bay