More about Oriental Resort Sharm el Sheikh
We just got back from Hostmark Oriental Resort last night (myself, wife and two children plus another couple). on a fully inclusive deal. This is the second time we have been to this hotel (2003) The resort is exceptionally clean and the rooms are spacious and very comfortable. The main restraunt (buffet style) and Italian are suberb. The sea views are exceptional from our window and the private beach itself is fantastic although about 500 yards from the hotel through well manicured gardens. The whole complex is kept immaculate. The hotel pool was fantastic, of a good size and the whole pool area kept very clean. They are also building another pool in the grounds, The staff are very professional and are always eager to help. going into Naama bay is by hotel bus or Taxi (40LE). Shopping in Namma Bay is quite repetative but there are bargains to be had Naam also booasts a Pizza Hut, McDonalds and the Hard Rock Cafe (excellent) I would definatley return to Sharm and to this hotel especially.
last visit on October, 2005.
Top Class Hotel
We have just returned from spending two weeks (period 1st/15th January 2006) at the Oriental Resort and we must say this Hotel with it,s lovely well cared gardens is fantastic, the food is excellent and all the staff are the most friendliest we have ever come accross, anyone staying at this Hotel will enjoy the warmth of the Egyption people who go out of their way to ensure you have a fantastic Holiday, We will definitely be going back there in the not to distant future.
Mr and Mrs M Warburton
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Well Where do I start......
In a Distant country Long Long ago...... (Jan 06)
The Airport is Hell on earth if you arrive with 5 other planes, if you dont intend going to the pyramids DO NOT buy an additional visa as it is not necessary and even if you do intend to go they are readily available. Do not put your passport away as everyone and there dog wants to see your picture just to make them feel important and they have more metal detectors that a Saxon burial site full of treasure hunters !! If anyone at the airport tries to help you whatsoever,decline as within seconds they will have their hand out asking for money. I overcame this by saying I had no cash,and asked them if they took Mastercard !Do not let go of your luggage otherwise you will be faced with more hands out for "Justa afew coins sir".......Hmmmm
Oriental resort is only 5 minute away from the airport and should cost you no more than 30 egyptian pounds at most,tell them its not far away and you have been there before, just Blagg it.
Hotel reception is very polite,English is very good, but they do respond well to being pissed off, there eyes open wide and they get on the phone to Mustapha(for an explanation please read on).
I upgraded to a Top floor suite as I hadnt had a holiday for 18 months and wanted a little luxury, for about £200 a week you get an apartment with a mini bar which is free(although you have to call room service daily to get it restocked) and a fresh basket of fruit every day which is nice. You also get a Lounge Diner area, Two TV areas and a bed made for at least 3 !!! (Hedonism eat your heart out) Once reaching your room your will also be faced with a baggage handler with his hand out....
Well I will eat anything and to be quite honest the food was in all inclusive terms very average, repetitive but there was plenty of it. BUT....watch out for the chicken Kievs or any chicken, I had a kiev, went back to the table, cut it open and it was still pink and clear inside, I went to the chef the other side of the restaurant and had the same,came back, cut it open and guess what, pink and clear.... being a little drunk from drinking around the pool all day(only until 5o'clock as the all inclusive finishes then) and being very concerned as too who was eating this without noticing the colour and not thinking about the consequences of eating uncooked chicken, I went balistic (which isnt in my nature but I strongly believed it to be necessary for the sake of other holiday makers) I went to the chef, he got his manager, I shouted, he got the restaurant manager who tried to quieten me down so knowone would hear,(I was still holding and would not let go of the chicken at this point),"O verly verly Solly Sir", I told them it wasnt acceptable and could even kill people". I returned to my table empty handed. Within 1 minute I was surrounded by 3 chefs and two managers telling me they would cook me whatever I wanted free of charge. I told them I had experienced their cooking and would be happy to eat out from now on, then the bowing started.
I then decided I could see a cover up operation starting, all the Chicken,chefs and managers dissapeared. I decided it was unacceptable and went straight up to the poor young lad on reception who at the time was being shouted at by another gentleman (whos grandaughter had been allowed to get involved with the old bed of nails act in the nightclub of the hotel, and had in fact punctured her foot in 3 places which they didnt seem too concerned about !), I explained the situation quite loudly to the receptionist who immediately got on the phone, within 30 seconds I was embrassed by the Hotel assistant manager "Mustapha", whos name you mention and the staff seem to quiver(as I was to find out). He was very apologetic, told me all drinks anytime of the day even after 12pm in the bar were free( which I tested and worked a treat) all my room service food was free, in fact I think I met the Egyptian version of 'Jim'll Fix It' he was obviously the God of the Hotel....remember the name...MUSTAPHA.
However on a lighter note, 50 Egyptian pounds will get you to Nama Bay which is worth visiting, go in a sheesha bar and smoke some cherry sheesha, stay away from egyptian coffee,its warmed up puddle water from a field of Cows !! I ---- you not.
If you fancy clubbing go to Club Buddha in Nama Bay,the food and music are excellent,its like something from the centre of London, but expect to pay the same prices.
Whilst over there we met a rep working for the hotel and travel company named Tarek, he is an absolute legend, a joy to go out with, his english is excellent as he spent a year in Manchester, and his sense of humour is superb. He accompanied us in Nama bay most night usually going to the Hard Rock Cafe which is very good and the food is very cheap, Highly reccomended.
All in all, an enjoyable time mostly due to Tarek, but to be quite honest, of all the places I have been, it was warm and relaxing, but its the place I'm least likely to go back to.
If you've booked already, dont be put off just take note of my experiences, you will have a good time, just watch out for the chicken, and above all...........Use the Force, and chant the name Mustapha whenever you can !! :o)
Just returned from a week all-inclusive 26 January. Hotel was very clean with excellent room with good facilities and TV. Grounds are good and spacious with three swimming pools, which are NOT heated. Beach is very clean well maintained with good facilities, except for the lack of toilets. Service in the restaurant and bars are generally good except for a few occasions when they were slow at replenishing certain buffet foods and ran out of beer and wine at the bar. The red wine and beer is OK and the staff are mostly very helpful and make you feel welcome. Food is OK and can be a bit repetitive e.g. chicken, fish, beef/veal and pasta and there is a good selection of breads, salads and soups. Beware the Russians, who for some obscure reason are obsessed with oranges and take them away after ever meal. They can be very arrogant, ignorant and loud particularly when accumulating in-groups. Queuing at the bar could be a chore and the mandatory ‘filling out a bill’ for every order you made, seemed to be a waste of time and resources in my opinion. Glasses were a concern and drinks were mainly served in a small narrow type glass unless you requested a large glass when you ordered and were lucky enough to be served your drink in one (depending on availability and the member of staff serving you). The sea is very shallow and you will need to wade for about 400 metres at least to get your knees wet.
If you want to snorkel conditions are not ideal near the beach and you will have to travel about 700 metres to get to a reef, which has some good fish. The reef is accessed via a long jetty. I was disappointed with the snorkelling here having stayed at the Hilton, in sharks bay in July 2005, which has a beautiful house reef, right on the beach.
Overall we enjoyed our stay in a very comfortable room which was made even better by the staff who were very friendly and made you feel welcome.
What can i say about this place?????? ABSOLUTLY STUNNING.......... We had the best holiday ever at this 5* hotel. The evening entertainment was excellent and the hotel very clean.
I used the on-site gym and sauna almost every day at no extra cost.
We had no problems getting drinks etc. as you usually get at all inclusive hotels.
The food got a bit repetative towards the end of the week.
Definately go back in the future.
Enjoy! A Great Hotel with Lovely People
just returned from a week at this hotel , having read earlier write ups on it we were none too sure of what to expect, no need to worry! it is not the ritz, but it is a good quality hotel, certainly worthy of thomsons 4* rating.
the rooms are truly excellent, bright, spacious, well furnished and not in the least bit tatty also very well serviced each day by the same 2 people.
the food? the hotel serves buffet meals, if this is not your cup of tea, look elsewhere (and pay a whole load more money)all the food we had was of good quality and plenty of it (things did get a little frantic over the weekend when a sudden influx of people,"local holiday", meant food ran out) but overall there was a good (if repetative) choice. PRAISE must go to ossama,. the omelette chef for his valient attempts to keep the queue in order!!
the swimming pools were very cold but the sea was lovely, later on in the year that would not be a problem, had a nice little snack bar(hot dog sandwich etc and chips )at the sea also drinks were available.
drinks? all LOCAL spirits wine and beer are included, the white and rose wine varied in quality from not nice to reasonable, the red wine was good (all the time) they occasionally ran out of certain items but i suppose that happens anywhere, the beer also was good .you could have as much bottled water as you liked (NEVER drink the tap water) and that never ran out
anything else? be wary of buying a british newspaper!! we bought one from a street trader in naama bay only to find the crosswords had already been done!!! the local shopkeepers hassle you to see their shops, but you can get some great freebies!!.
all in all a great holiday, met some lovely people as well
After I had booked my holiday I read some of the reviews, and thought I had made a big mistake, but how wrong, we have just had one of our best holidays ever. The hotel fantastic, I accept that in certain places the hotel is looking a bit 'tired' ie the hallways could do with a lick of paint, but think of all the traffic that passes through, the staff could not do enough for you, even to the extent of carrying your beach towels to a sun lounger and putting them down for you!! One review I read said that the sea was too shallow, well if you have children as I have who could ask for more, you can walk for a good 400 yds and still only be to your ankles, the sea is fantastically clear and clean, and you get to see tropical fish to boot. Food excellent, none of us had upset tummies. One thing to be aware of, if you are booking a winter break the swimming pools are not heated, and therefore absolutely freezing, my children went in once for 20 seconds and never went in again, we stuck to the beach and the sea, all in all a great time was had by all, and after I have finished this review I will be looking for availability for October half term.
better than the reviews from 2005
We went to this hotel, with intrepidation, due to the reviews given, especially about the food, but to our great releif and surprise, the food was good, not cold, only draw back was it was a little repetative.
The staff were briliant, could not do anything more to help you and enjoy your holiday.
The rooms were exceptionally clean every day, the gardens were well kept, and beautifully laid out, the pools were cold, but thats for health reasons, but clean.
Could be a bit better night life with better enterainment but was ok for kids.
They make so so much of little children, like royality.
Overall was impressed by them.
Oh, if you go shopping in the markets, learn russian, as it will get you an amazing bargain every time. My wife is russian, so she did all the negotiations.
Just got back from this hotel and had to put a few things right that i've seen written on here. Yes i agree its not a 5* hotel but well worth Thomsons 4T rating. The food is of a high standard but i must agree it does get repetative after about 3 days.The bar service was fine and service was quick ,drinks also containded alcohol (unlike the Dominican all inclusives in which you would drown before you got drunk).Rooms are large and well maintained,however they do not coontain a minibar as stated by thomson its a fridge which you fill yourself.The staff are second to none,they can't do enough for you.The gardens are superb as are the pools although very cold.Beaches are man made but the sea is shallow and a haven for tropical fish.The animation team are of a primary school play standard,but there enthusiasm more than makes up for it.The day of departure we were able to keep our room on free of charge,and they didn't even bother to charge us for a short phone call from our room or for the drinks we charge to it from the paybar.All in all one of the best holidays we have had well recomended...................In closing i must add Febuary is a quiet month with the hotel 60% full which may make a differance to the bar service on a night as there is only one and it's not very large.........Please feel free to E-mail me with any questions about the Hotel or Sharm it'self.
My friend and i have just returned from a week at this hotel and we had brilliant fun! As two girls in our early 20's we did worry a little - and we were right to be cautious outside the resort - but within was fine! A taxi from the airport can be a bit scary - but don't pay anymore than £15.
The grounds were lovely with everything you need - sun, sea, sand, and lots of free drinks! The people who worked there were great and could not do enough to help you - we spent a most nights out with the animation team who were always up for a giggle! Naama Bay is about 20 mins away in a taxi but should cost no more than £5-£7.
The rooms were cleaned daily and kept to a high standard - we returned to our room on a couple of occasions to find that our towels had been made into swans and clothes were laid out in the shape of people - it caused us great amusement! The food was the only thing that let the place down - not great at all - but if you buy the holiday from the right place you can afford to eat out anyway.
We had such a fun time that we have been looking to go back next month!
The brilliant sun shines over the sparkling sea
Driving through Ras Mohammed
Pontoon at swimming beach
Gem Travel Agency in Sharmel Sheikh are crooks
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We are going here in July, and just wondered if anyone was going at the same time or been there before and can tell us what it was like? the entertainment? beach? pool? hotel itselt?
Thanks, would appriciate feedback
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Just come back from oriental nice hotel really helpful but they do expect tips all the way. Room were really nice and airconditions plenty of space there was 6 of us. Food was quite nice not mush fruit, buffet style meat and veg on one pasta on another plenty of bread roll, really nice sweets and a sald buffet. no english break fast but all in all quite alright good if you like veg. 2 pools the big one has the entertainment and was quite noisy and had no breeze at all so hard to sit in. However we found a smaller poolfurther up just before the beach which was worth the sall walk, it has a fountain if you get the sunbeds near found you can get a little spray every so often, there was more of a breeze there and was great this pool you can not dive into but great for sunbating and you can have lilos, not mush selection on drinks and the guy behind the bar a bit pervy he ask each of us out and we got a bit fed up. i think it was just his way the towel guy there was brill saved beds each day and put our towels out could not do enough, the beach is nice and you can walk right out there is a bar there where you can get a bit of luch but only have 2 things to offer it is best to go to hotel for food a lunch time. nextto beach there are bike and quads to rent, and we all had a massage for 25.00. you have to haggle everywhere you go even in hotel and they will drop the price we went from 90 egyptian down to 40 big drop they love english money so do not worry about having their money at all. there is a small shop that is no good but if you walk out of the hotel and turn left a two min walk next door there is a big supermarket you can get anything you may need. all in all it was good 2 of were ill but we do not think it was the food there was a bug going round but it was bas it cost 100.00 for his to come out and all the tablets. hope this helps you. There is a shuttle bus to Nama bay at 9.00am comes back at 11.00 shops were not open but i found it was worth a look as you knew where you could go at night
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Thankyou Very Much for your feedback! :) its given us a good insight to our hol:D xxxx
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Was just wondering also, if they stock up the fridges in the rooms with bottled water? and what would you consider a fair tip? Thankyou xx
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Iam off to the oriental Monday, Really looking foward to going. I Guess I might see you there. what do you look like? tall, blonde i hope. Oriental Here I come
Oriental Resort Hotel - any feedback??
My partner and i are off on our first trip to Sharm next week. We're booked into the Oriental Resort hotel (all inclusive) but I have just read a bad review about the hotel. Has anyone stayed there recently? can anyone offer any advice, I'm especially interested in
• Cleanliness of hotel
• Food / drink
• Swimming pools / outdoor activities
• How far away from Naama Bay is the hotel
Any response is greatly appreciated!
RE: Oriental Resort Hotel - any feedback??
Hi we are going tomorrow 25.06.06 we found bad feed back but it was for 2005. This years reveiws are really good we are not worried at all.
RE: Oriental Resort Hotel - any feedback??
did you enjoy it we have just come back and must have been there when you were
RE: RE: Oriental Resort Hotel - any feedback??
What did you think to the hotel etc?? We have booked to go there in November. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you x
I am off to Sharm in the morning. I don't have a transfer to my resort booked. Could someone tell me how much I should be looking at paying for a taxi from Sharm Airport to the Oriental Resort in Nabq Bay? Any help would be appreciated, I just don't want to get ripped off (not that I am saying anyone would try this)
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try this hope it helps
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