Coral Beach Rotana Resort Hurghada
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Historical Traveler Reviews Coral Beach Rotana Resort Hurghada
An experience to remember
I have just stayed in the resort with my husband and my nine year old daughter and we have had a fantastic time.
The resort is so clean and the staff are so friendly, they remembered our names and when we were due to go back, the waiters were brilliant and when we went into dinner and breakfast they saved the table for us and had drinks waiting. If you do go please make sure they get a good tip as they work so hard and they love the british and really look after us. The guys at the bars were lovely and they made my daughter special "mocktails" with umbrellas and things which she was thrilled with, Usama in the lobby bar is a true gent, he brought our drinks to the table and me made my little girl laugh helping her to play dominos and cards.
The beach was great as we always had our sunbeds reserved with the towels although we sometimes forgot to tell him that we were not going down as there was so much to see and do!
The resort is a long way from the town but we found the taxis a real experience which added to our holiday and the driving in Egypt is something else! If you use one make sure you don't get lured into their friends shop or let them wait for you like we did the first time we used one!
We tried all three parts of Hurghada but preferred El Dahar which is the old port, there are more locals there and they didn't pester us as much and there was so much to see that you would never see in England such as a young boy shining shoes and men making brass plates and sewing shoes in the street. I definitely felt alot safer in Egypt than I do walking around in Britain as they have a zero tolerance on any type of violence or crime.
The food is geared towards the Russians and a bit chicken and ricey but it is a good standard although we did go out a couple of nights for a change ( a meal for 3 with drinks cost us £7).
We were out numbered by the Russians and on a couple of days there were a couple of incidents caused by their drunken behaviour but the staff were so professional in dealing with it and it soon stopped.
On our last day everyone said goodbye to us and I felt quite sad to be leaving which to us is a sign of a really good holiday and we can't wait to return to Egypt.
Not great for winter break
We've been to two other large hotels in Egypt (in El Gouna) and the Coral Beach is bigger, but not better. Overall I'd rate this only as a good 3star. Main problem is that it is in the middle of nowhere. The layout and general facilities are good, but without a heated pool it is not suitable for a winter break. The sea was warmer than the pool but not quite warm enough to get me in. The beach area has lots of beds and covers but the sand is a bit mixed, mainly quite gritty. The weather was good but the short days made it quite cool by about 17:30. Biggest problem for me was that the choice of food was very poor for my simple English tastes. No chips or ice cream, fresh fruit was very limited, meat was inedible on some days, however there was a great choice of bread, cereals, cakes and other sugar filled stuff, salads looked OK (but not my thing), getting good fried eggs was always a gamble. The rooms are big and comfortable and well spaced out in bungalows. The verandas are no good for sunbathing since they all face the wrong way for winter (never get any sun), and only have one chair (we asked for another but it was never supplied). We had ants in the bathroom everyday, and never received any help from reception (no ants spray supplied). The general maintenance of the hotel is reasonable however there are steps around the pool area and some of the paths near reception and leading to the beach (it's a very long walk) need considerable repair. As with many hotels the lighting in the main room was useless for reading (bathroom was very bright). TV was OK with some English programmes. There was a regular problem with the hot water "going off", which I suspect was deliberate hotel policy since it was restored quickly each time we phoned reception. The free safe in the room was handy. The bed was on the firm side which was good for us. The air conditioning worked OK but was not needed for cooling, but we did use it for heating in the evening. There is no tea making facility so take your own if not on all inclusive deal. Water from the hotel is £1 per litre bottle (no option since nowhere else to buy it). No idea about the hotel entertainment since we went out in the evenings. Overall it was reasonable value for what we paid as a late deal, but I'd be complaining if we'd paid normal price.
The Russians Are Coming
If you enjoy your wife and children being man handled by drunk russians at 10am in the morning this hotel is for you.
If you enjoy drinking warm beer from plastic cups this hotel is for you.
If your idea of good evening entertainment is watching the men who served you dinner walk across broken beer bottles and stub fags out on their tongues this hotel is for you.
If you like your swimming pool to be colder than a siberian lake this hotel is for you. (They should have kept the beer in it!!!)
If you like chicken and rice for lunch and dinner everday this hotel is for you.
If you dont mind having your wife and children abandoned by the hotel minibus in the middle of a Hurghada ghetto this hotel is for you. I could go on but i would not want to bore you.
Despite all this the weather was great and the beach and accomodation superb but i would recommend you find a better managed hotel nearer the town.
The coral beach rotana was the best hotel we have stayed in
if you want the best hotel go to this one the way it is designed is amazing there were 700 people there but if you saw 10 at a time that is a lot there is so much space comfortable seating eveywhere i cannot tell you how vast an area it was as soon as you come out of the recepion area you see the beach which has horse riding camel riding massage area shop to rent diving stuff or goggles to snorkel with they do the daily entertainment there all the rooms are individual bungalows as we walked in the room we had to do a double take 2 queen sized beds the room is enormous tv with 24 hour english movies when you went to sleep you just never heard a single sound the food was plentiful good choices and good quality the staff were ALL lovely and helpful there are only a few negative things DO make sure you take mosquito plug and a tin of fly spray we didint and got bit next day bought some and never had any trouble after that also there are no shops in the area you have to go to hurghada town about 30 mins drtive although there are a couple of shops in hotel or 20 min walk to next hotel hilton beware if you want to see pymarids that it is 7 hrs each way on coach or you can fly takes 45 mins cost about 190 pound well as for hotel we give it ten out of ten will be going back again and again happy holidays from denise age 50
Beautiful, relaxing holday
In a word, SUPERB!
This resort is currently the last hotel on the outskirts of Hurghada, so is nice and quiet, no discos, no traffic noise etc. Check in was quick and you will be taken to your room in a golf buggy type vehicle and shown the amenities in your room by concierge. The lay out is very nice, small blocks of 4-5 chalet type rooms with well kept garden areas between, a nice feeling of openness, not 300 rooms in a tower block like so many hotels!
The room was spotless, air-conditioned, cleaned everyday with new bedding and towels and it is well worth tipping the housekeeper early in your holiday. There is an easy to use safe in the room, fridge and private balcony, however no iron (you can get one from reception but they are limited so you may have to wait) or kettle, so if you like tea coffee in your room take your own as the upgrade is a tad expensive.
The main hotel area, bars, pools and beach are also very clean. The food was good but a little repetitive and geared for the Russians and Germans who make up the majority of guests and there were very few British guests. However, eating out is very cheap so not a major problem. Entertainment was pretty ordinary, Mona Lisa the belly dancer is superb and there was an Egyptian guy who did a dance, which I cannot describe but was unlike anything I have ever seen! There is a routine for the kids to get involved in before entertainment starts which our kids (14 &11) enjoyed.
Get to know the pool and beach attendants, as with all the staff they love Brits, as they don't see too many and they don't like the Russians as much. They will put towels out for you in the morning and keep your beds reserved for you. Also you will not need beach towels, they are provided on a token exchange basis, tokens are issued to you at check in. and you just hand your token to the attendant when you get to the pool/beach. The upper pool is busier but never so busy that you cannot get a place to sit, same with the beach. You will be approached by the on-site diving, safari, henna tattoo, etc, etc salesmen, you just have to firm but polite and they will leave you alone. The trips arranged through the hotel, be it you holiday rep or the on site locals are expensive, you will get it cheaper in town or book before you go. I am happy if anyone wants to e-mail me as I have a contact in Hurghada who was a superb help before and during my holiday.
You will find that, if you tip a waiter, barman etc early, they will look after you for the rest of your stay.
The only drawback is access to Hurghada town, which is about 20 minutes by taxi (pay no more than £30 Egyptian, each way) but there are always taxis available. Ask at reception and they will have one for you in 2 minutes, always agree the price before you go, you will find the driver is happy to book the return trip and he will wait in town for you at the point he dropped you off at, also he will not take money until you are back at the hotel. Best to ask to be dropped off at MacDonald's, this prevents him taking you to his relatives shop. They all do it, but don't get lured in to this as they get miffed if you don't go in to the shop and buy something, best to specify MacDonald's then just walk away when you get there.
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Good and Bad - Read On
We decided on Egypt for guaranteed sunshine not expecting to leave the resort. Weather was all but perfect and blue skies all round if a little windy on some days.
The accommodation is very clean and modern and the rooms are cleaned daily and sheets changed. Rooms are airconditioned (although ours packed up on a copule of occasions during the evening) rooms and a patio area. Bathroom was well appointed but shower was temperamental on temperature and pressure - we named it hte hockey cockey shower as you were in and out alot to avoid scolding temperatures or ice cold water! Suggest you shower later or earlier to avoid too much of the hockey cockey.
The resort itself is low rise and there are quite a few rooms/villas spread over a relatively large area - probably a 45 minute walk around the resort circumference.
The beach is fairly course sand (5 mins walk from reception and pool area) and plenty of shade and wind shields are provided. The diving school is here along with the glass bottom boat ride, the massage parlour and the camels and horse rides. There is also a nudist section of the beach if that's your thing. At the beach is a jetty where you can enter the waters for the small reef off the beach for snorkelling if you prefer not to dive.
Shortly before we arrived the hotel was converted to an all inclusive Russian extravaganza so make sure you take pointed elbows with you and forget qeueing if you want any food! The dinning hall is like a school dinner hall but the waiters are friendly and the food is pretty fresh if not a little repetitive. We recommend you eat earlier rather than later if you want hot food in the evening and can bear the crowds. Breakfast is the best food sitting of the day serving a fair range of produce - suggest you aim for this later say 9am to avoid crowds and Russians.
Drink choices ar elimited so suggest you take some duty free on way over - forget drinking any wine - what is affordable is not worth drinking! Stick to local spirits.
Tipping is how you get a good sunbed, good service in the restaurant for clearing your table and refilling coffee at breakfast. tipping is expected for everthing, cleaners, taxis, restaurants, pools service, coach driver, tour guides - roughly 5 egyptian pounds for each person per week will do apparently and it worked for us.
This hotel is no where near anything - the nearest place is a very limited supermarket at the Hilton which will take you a good 20 mins to walk to - there is a pharmacy here too. Hurghada in our view isn't worth it - they haven't even finished building it although the Italian restaurant at the Marriot hotel is very nice and service is excellent. If you want your ears to bleed also visit the Hard Rock cafe - a meal for two with beers and a cocktail was just £20.
Finally the day tip to Luxor is worth doing - the Karnak Temple is amazing and the Valley of the Kings is breathtaking - a really long day but its worth it.
Hope you enjoy Egypt!!
Best Holiday Ever
I have just come back from a two week holiday at Coral Beach Rotana, Hurghada and it was the best holiday I have ever been on. I didn't think much of the flight out though as there was no entertainment, ie films or music to listen to which I thought was quite bad with it being about a 5 and a half hour flight and I have been on lesser hour flights and had a film or music to listen to, but the resort made up for the flight.
I have never met so many friendly people who work at the resort on any other holiday I've been on. They where always willing to help you with anything and they also take your cases to your room and pick them up when you are leaving too.
Also if you speak to the some of the waiters in the hotel and ask them where would be the best place to get something they will actually arrange to meet you outside the front gates in the afternoon and go with you in the taxi to show you places and if you have an egyptian guy with you you get less hassle when in the town. They will also offer to go out with you at night but you have to wait until about 11.00 cause they don't finish the evening meals until about 10.30. They will also haggle for you to buy things and will also carry your shopping for you as well.
Hotel entertainment not that great at night African Dancers and Mona Lisa the belly dancer was good but that was about it.
You don't need to take a beach towel on holiday with you either as they are supplied when you visit the pool or the beach. You will be shown a spot on the beach with sunbeds and that spot will be your spot for the rest of your holiday as the guy who keeps the beach tidy will put towels out for you so you don't have to worry about getting up early to get your towels on the sunbeds at the beach. And the beach is a good place to be as it has a breeze all the time.
The bungalows are really nice and spacious and it was very peaceful so no worries about listening to loud music while trying to get some sleep. I had a sea view which was nice to look out to every morning.
The food was a bit disappointing but I didn't starve just I did manage to have something, ie rice or pasta. Watch out for the Germans and Russians as they like to jump the queue while you go along filling you plate from the various dishes.
Even though it was a nice resort it was a bit disappointing that there wasn't any shops close by as you have to get to them by taxi or bus which you haggle the price before you get into the vehicle but they will still try to get a tip ontop of what they agreed as a price. Also when you do walk along by the shops they are always asking you to come in and have a look at what they have in their shops which can be a bit annoying cause it stops you from going into their shops just to have a browse.
But all in all I really recommend this holiday if you just want to relax and chill out and you have the great weather.
Good hotel for a quiet week in the sun
I spent 1 week at this hotel with my partner and two children. the holiday started badly, as our largest case containing most of the families clothes did not arrive at the baggage reclaim in Egypt. It took over an hour to finally leave the terminal being told that the case was lost and the correct protocol had been followed. Our case arrived 4 days later, the rep informed us that we had to go to the airport to collect the case, great fun not!!!! The hotel was clean with very spacious rooms. We did have to request some extra towels as they had only left 2 towels for a family of 4, we also had a toilet roll shortage. Both of the complaints were dealt with immediately and the following days we had no problems. The staff were very freindly and always happy to help. The hotel was mainly occupied by Russians and some Germans, this did not pose us any problems, but we did feel that being British was the minority. The food was good but could be a bit repeatitive if there for 2 weeks, there is a KFC and Piza Hut in town. This was about half an hour away and cost about £2.50 each way in one of the mad peugeot 504 taxis which is definatley an experience to go in. There are 2 pools, we found the main pool to be quite busy but if you go to the pool near the beach there was always plenty of sunbeds. Most days there was under 10 people at this pool which was very relaxing and quiet. Our rep arranged a day at the nearby waterpark, which was 10 mins from the hotel. This is a great day out as the park caters for the whole family with some fantastic rides.This cost £20 per adult and £10 per child which included transfers to and from the park. With this you get a reserved sunbed each and a tour guide for the day,which looked after your sunbeds and was there if you had any questions or problems. He spoke very good english and you would always see him bobbing around in the pool when the wave machine came on !! Defentley money well spent, the kids loved it !! Over all a lovely hotel for familys and couples seeking a relaxing holiday and close enough if you want the lively town as well.
Cant wait to go back
Myself and my cousin stayed there in November for our birthdays. we were part of a small group of English holiday makers to be the first to stay in this hotel. the staff went out of their way to make sure our stay was comfy.
At first we were put into the old part of the complex, when we realised this and spoke with the front of house staff we were promptly moved to a room with twin beds, but unlike England they were both double not single and both comfy and beautiful, marble bathroom, fridge and patio doors leading out to our own terrace.
The food wasnt the best as it was buffet style in the main restaurant, for breakfast and evening meal but however did offer other restaurants on the resort. which were freindly comfy and offered quality food
The staff who arranged the excursions on the beech were freindly, as we were two young women travelling alone we did not feel threatened by the men they were proffessional and freindly not at all slimey or creapy.
The rooming service and staff were top notch and gave us a smile on our face every time we went back to uor clean room with either pop (juice) or fruit and a swan made from our nighties or towels.
Mamhood the Manager was a true gentleman, would put our English Men to shame!!!!!
On my birthday the staff had a cake made for me and opened up the on site disco early, and celebrated with me, my own VIP style treatment.
The poolside staff!!! Ah what gentlemen!! as we know Germans (not bein predjudice, just having a laugh) like to get to the sunbeds first........ At coral beech where there were mainly germans we thought we had no chance but the poolside staff did us proud putting our beds as we had them the first day and then laying towels so we could stroll to our beds and not have to fight for them.
One last thing TIPS we all know how tips make staffs days well sometimes it makes peoples lives,, the staff dont get paid the same wage we would expect but work ten times harder in sweltering heat.. trust me a little goes along way with the egyptians and their 6 wives.
All in all our stay was amazing and i am planning to go back there with a couple who wet met at coral beech!!
This hotel is set away from the main area of Hurghada just to the South. This does mean that you are away from the more active areas of the town but it also means that you are away from the crowd of hotels that have sprung up near the centre. Its location means that the beach area for the Coral Beach is quiet and not crowded. We felt the beach was lovely and enjoyed snorkelling around the reefs within meters of the hotels beach area. Whilst we did not go diving we are lead to believe that this is excellent in this area too.
We went on excursions to Luxor and Cairo from the hotel which were both very good. Whilst we thought seeing the pyramids of Giza would be the highlight the superb and genuine antiquities on show at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo surpassed these. We would NOT recommend the "Sound and Light show" at the Karnak Temple in Luxor... certainly NOT worth the extra money!
Whithin the hotel the accommodation was very clean and ample. The staff were all very polite and helpful and the choice of food for breakfast and dinner was superb.
One negative for some maybe that, as yet, few British holidaymakers stay at this hotel but English is the main language used and is spoken by all staff.
We thoroughly recommend this hidden gem!!
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