The Oberoi, Sahl Hasheesh
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Oberoi, Sahl Hasheesh Hurghada
Just got back from a week at the Oberoi in Hurghada.
The architecture and settings of this all-suite resort are beautiful and stunning. Not on the grand side, unlike the Royal Mirage in Dubai (even the Residence & Spa), but much more intimate, which is also extremely attractive.
The resort sits at the far end of the beach, miles from "downtown". But I am not sure if wandering around would have the slightest interest, since it apparently consists in miles of resorts, and cheap malls. We just did not leave the place, and felt perfectly happy with it.
We were upgraded to a Superior Suite. It means that it litteraly sits on the beach, and has a private lanai with loungers -which turned out handy, as very gusty winds went on for half of ur stay, making the beach pointless.
Room was really beautiful. Bed extremely comfortable, a settee, several armchairs, 2 TVs, one DVD player. Very good and convenient walk-in closet with plenty of storage. Great full marble bathroom with sunken bath, separate shower stall. It is true that the tub takes 45 minutes to fill, but what the hell, it is dark at 6 pm, and you have got ample time before dinner ! The only draw back is that in such a place, you would expect decent bath amenities, possibly branded (Molton Brown, Gilchrist & Soames,...). Here it is only poor looking bottles. And scarce, with that !
The first half of our stay we had a glorious weather. Sunny and calm. We thoroughly enjoyed the beach, and the swimming-pool. Second half saw terrible winds, and the beach just was not an option. Even at the swimming-pool, people looked cold. We stayed on our private terrace, enjoying our loungers, and that was it.
Dining options are good. The poolside restaurant only operates for lunch, which is a shame. It would be perfect for dinner barbecue, which is going to be organized within 2 months, so the GM told me.
The main restaurant consists of a large dining room, opening onto a nice inner courtyard with arcades. It is beautiful, if you can get a table there, which proves hard, unless you have dinner after 9.00 pm. They alledgedly don't have a reservation policy there, and operate on a first come-first serve basis. Which proved wrong, and frustrating a few nights, where several tables sitting 8, or 12, had been set. I complained, and they explained that they tried to please everyone, and big parties had to be pleased also, thus arrangements to avoid moving tables during service.
Still, I do not understand why there are no more outside options. It is true that they would prove useless on windy nights.
Food is good, and reasonably priced -although expensive for Egypt. You can choose between a la carte, and buffet, which prove more costly and obviously not as good. I would not recommend taking in advance HB package, which proves more expensive than paying locally.
There is a drawback : these guys believe in live music. They love it, and at full chord. On the first night, this panpipes were so loud, that we could not hear each other. It is a different player between the courtyard and the dinig-room, so they mix-up. Whatever the night, and the instrument (harp, pan pipes, violin, guitar, ...), it is always the same tunes. I could have killed them. But if they are there, I suppose some people must enjoy them.
Also wine pricing is just crazy. A bottle of ordinary Mo?t & Chandon would cost more than a Dom P?rignon at a restaurant in France (ca. 350 Euros), and a bottle of Dom P?rignon would cost about 800 Euros. Apart from russian guys, of which there obviously are some, who on earth would pay that kinf of money ?
Tha bar was disappointing to me. Armchairs only, and I like sofas, not very nice lighting. But sitting under the arcade overlloking the pool and sea is nice. Just hoped they had a wider cocktail selection.
The parts from other reviewers about diving are correct. The house reef is nice, but obviously limited. The shuttle for the boat leaves at 8.15, and for us, waking up that early was just out of question. We would not do that, especially since it involved coming back in the late afternoon.
The spa is nice, with great treatments, and cost about half the french price, which would be about 50 Euros for one hour. Fair enough.
I cannot duplicate the other reviewer's point about bad service. I even wondered if that was the same place. Senior management is indian, and can be seen all the time. All the staff is egyptian, and is absolutely wonderful. They go the extra mile to please you, remembering your order from yesterday. We are difficult customers to please, and suceeded in that they did. Thay are smiling, willing to please, fast and efficient. The room for improvement is really small, although they emptied the ashtrays at evening turndown once I made that point clear.
As a special courtesy, we were extended free late check-out until 10.00 pm, which we really appreciated.
Egypt is a cheap destination, with sun 365/365. Close to Europe. No or little time difference. It is famous for being crowded. The Oberoi is nowhere close to any other resort in the Red Sea, in terms of luxury and price (check the brochures).
Complete rest and relaxation
Just returned from a fab holiday at the Oberoi. We had a beachfront suite which really was right on the beach and meant not only did we have a private courtyard (as do all suites) but it was furnished with sunloungers which was a real bonus as there were times when we needed to get out of the near gale-force winds!The weather was very windy for 5/7 days which took the edge off the heat which was good for sunbathing but meant it felt a bit chilly in the pool and too windy to sit out at the poolside pergola bar.However when the wind dropped the place was idyllic - the sea was completely flat and you needed to go in the pool to cool off frequently.
Snorkelling off the pier was incredible when the water was still but quite dangerous when sea was choppy. The suite was immaculate and well serviced by a team of unobtrusive staff to make beds, clean the bathroom, turn down sheets, leave freshfruit etc etc. In fact we don't think they could have been more attentive if they'd tried.The food was exellent at each of the 3 restaurants although if you were staying longer than a week you would probably get a bit bored with the evening buffet.
The spa was a haven of peace and tranquility.
We only did one trip - quad-bike safari - which was brilliant fun
Good hotel but be warned
Stayed at the Oberoi for a week with my wife and two chidren aged 20 and 18.On the whole we thought it was excellent with lovely rooms ,good staff and a good variety of food.The drawbacks were the weather which initally was very windy and as a result quite cool .This seems to be quite a regular problem and visitors should be careful when they go.The weather is far more seasonal than we expected.Secondly three of us dive which proved somewhat inconvenient.To elaborate,apart from the House reef,diving is from a boat which leaves from a neighbouring hotel.This means that all diving trips involve an 8.15 am pickup and a return at around 4.30.This might not suit everyone.Finally the location of the hotels leaves very limited opportunities for venturing out of the hotel.The Red Sea seems to be an area of rapid development ,with loads of new hotels being built to cater for the cheaper end of the market especially from Russia.Not surprisingly we all felt that the fragile beauty of the area was being wrecked by this.
Oberoi is fantastic
Just came back from a week in Hurghada, staying at the Oberoi and had a great time. the hotel is idyllic. We ate out one night at the Fish House in New Down town - it was a great meal and I fully recommend it. Got very chilly in the evenings though - lng sleeves recommended. The wind during the day also made it a bit cold after swimming. Overall a great week in the sun.
A Desert Oasis
This hotel is not right in Hurghada town but on the very edge which means a beautiful long stretch of beach to yourself and peace & quiet. The rooms are all suites and are spacious and beautifully decorated. The staff are friendly without being intrusive. The restaurants offer a good selection on the menu and are reasonably priced. The beach is wonderful and the house reef is fantastic for diving. Diving is reasonably priced and boat diving is only a 10min ride away, so no big deal. Dive sites are decided on the day depending on water conditions, nothing wrong with this as safety is always at the forefront. This is a fantastic standard of hotel which went over and above expectations.
I stayed at this resort for four nights during January 2005 and absolutely fell in love with the resort, the service and the food. Each suite is well maintained, comfortable, and has enough privacy to feel as if you've really gotten away. Each night, the turndown service was exceptional...our last night there, we found illuminated candles all over the suite, rose petals in the bed and in the filled bathtub...neither of us requested this amazing treatment, and is a perfect example of how this hotel goes over and above what is expected. The beaches are lovely, water is absolutely pristine, and on days that it was a bit windy, the beach attendant directed us to a protected area outside the wind. The food was very good, although the same breakfast (although delicious) was offered every day, the restaurant Tagan was excellent, and the alternate buffet was good, although not as spectacular as the other meals. Overall, I found my stay exceptional and I would go back in a heartbeat!
Excellent service at most romantic resort
We stayed at the Oberoi at the end of August 2004 and were truly impressed. On our arrival we were greeted with refreshing towels and a cocktail and we felt straight away that we were being taken care of.
The architecture is bautiful and provides privacy and intimacy.
We never had the impression the place was crowded and the staff was always very helpful and quick.
The beach is gorgeous and very quiet, though it was quite windy all the time. Food at the restaurant is good and they are always willing to rustle up different things for vegetarians or if you simply don't find anything you like.
On our last night, on my boyfriend's request, our room was filled with candles and rose petals strewn on the floor and in the bath tub - free of charge!
The spa is really nice and the ladies are very professional.
I think this is THE place for a relaxing and romantic holiday. The only problem, though it wasn't for us is that you are in the middle of nowhere and so you are pretty stuck there for meals etc. but it's like being stuck in paradise!
Fabulous accomodation shame about service
Very impressive property all rooms are junior suites except for a few Royal Suites which additionally have a good sized private pool.
Suites are spread around the property and can be some distance from the main building. A buggy service is offered, but they only seem to have three or four buggies which means delays if many people want transport at the same time.
First impressions were extremely favourable but wore off due to very poor and inexperienced staff as the stay wore on. Additionally the bathrooms look incredible with a huge sunken bath as well as a power shower. Unfortunately the bath takes at least 45 minutes to fill so not practical.
Although the management of this Oberoi property are Indian the other staff are all locals. Their command of English in general is poor and this leads to many requests being misinterpreted, especially frustrating with room service when you discover after waiting for room service for 30 minutes that they have got your order totally wrong. They are all very pleasant but prefer just to say Yes to every request whether they have understood it or not.
Spa is staffed by Thai girls and top class. Pool is heated. Note it can be very breezy in this area during the cooler months. Restaurant food patchy, good menu choices but not reliable which is a problem as the hotel is isolated.
Overall rating 5 Star + for accomadation (only let down by slow filling bath) but 3 star service.
Superb Hotel with excellent service and good snorkeling and diving
A superb hotel with excellent service, wonderful rooms and good food, which met all our expectations and more.
The snorkeling off the beach was excellent and the diving on the house reef was well organised by friendly and helpful staff from the pier. We did not go on a boat dive, which went from a nearby marina.
Never a 5 star hotel
As an avid Scuba diver I chose the Oberoi thinking we would have luxury service at the hotel and the hotels dive centre, Dive Point.
The Oberoi although aesthetically beautiful is very poor on service. After a week's stay we were advised that the hotel was out of gin to replenish the mini bar and we had not received even a cursory call from management after the air conditioning flooded our dressing room twice.
Beware all divers looking to book at the Oberoi it only has a satellite branch of Dive Point and you have to travel each day to a neighbouring hotel to board the boat. Dive sites are only determined when you are on board and 3 days consecutively we visited the identical dive sites. For this service, 5 days diving and 4 house reef dives for two set us back an incredible £680; without equipment hire!
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