17 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"i have travelled to Egypt many times and usually love it. this trip we decided to stay in the Ocean Club as we were diving. The hotel is terrible, and very basic. It is clean, and if that is all you want then great. The food for evening meals was of poor quality and no selection. the hotel lacks atmosphere. They give you only one towel per person, per room, no hand towels!
To top it all off, my mobile phone was stolen from my room, once we had had maintaince in to repair something, all very suspicious, and the hotel were very unhelpful regarding this.
Egypt is great, and i would recommend it, but i would certainly not recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: Mon 14th of June 2010
Having arrived back yesterday, just want...
"Having arrived back yesterday, just want to tell you what a fab holiday I had, the hotel was absolutely excellent, very clean and very friendly.
It was my first time in Egypt and Iâll certainly be going back. The food in the hotel was really good, only 5mins walk into the town and 10mins from beach. I went with a friend, I really donât think its a holiday for kids to be honest but thatâs just my personal opinion, Explorers were brilliant the whole time.
I will definitely be going back to that hotel, was well worth going."
- Travel date: Mon 18th of September 2006
We stayed at the Ocean Club Hotel, not t...
"We stayed at the Ocean Club Hotel, not the Ocean Bay, which is in Hadaba, 5 minutes' drive from Sharm itself. Both hotels are owned / operated by Explorers.
Explorers are a specialist diving holidays company, but as non-divers looking for a cheap, last-minute holiday for some sun at Easter, this was great.
Egypt is cheap by UK standards, though as every other reviewer has said, don't pay the first price they ask. Despite the fact that you may be able to afford their asking price, haggling is practically a cultural prerequisite.
Don't buy bottled water in the hotel as it is about three times the price of shops in the local area, but do make sure you drink plenty - it's a hot, dry climate and if you get dehydrated you will ruin your holiday.
The Mongolian Barbeque is excellent; not all of the Hotel food is so good, but it's certainly cheap.
Excursions run from the hotel are not cheap; you will find cheaper elsewhere in the dive centers etc. but I can't vouch for their quality, or lack thereof!
We went on the overnight trip up Mt. Sinai - this is definitely a worthwhile excursion to Egypt's second highest peak and a place of historical and religious significance. It's not for you if you are elderly or infirm though, as it's quite a lot of walking on rough terrain and don't expect the same approach to Health and Safety as in the UK!
We also spent a day snorkeling with lunch onboard the boat, which was also good - we had the impression that in peak season it would be a lot busier!
This is the only location we have visited in Egypt, so we can't say whether it's representative of the country, but we felt more comfortable and safer than in Tunisia - if in doubt, dress down, don't be too flash and you won't attract too much unwanted attention. A couple of weeks learning some basic Arabic will work absolute wonders in getting people to open up.
The Egyptians seem friendly; we tried to be sensitive to their customs and expectations - we were told that the Sinai Peninsula is more relaxed than the rest of the country, but topless sunbathing for ladies is still a no-no!
All in all, an excellent holiday and very good value for money."
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of August 2006
Nearly everything about this holiday was...
"Nearly everything about this holiday was excellent.
The tour operator - Explorers- who we travelled with were brilliant - they showed you to your transfer very well and looked after you throughout the holiday offering good advice on local excursions.
The price we paid Â£179 was excellent and we even heard that some people got it cheaper. We werenât expecting much when we got there but our room was massive and everyone was so friendly. Our air conditioning wasn't working when we got there but they fixed it straight away which was brilliant!
The pool was quite small but was never too busy - not like some holidays when people get up at 6am to put their towels down and hog the sun loungers.
Even though we had to pay for the beach - about Â£2.50 - which was about a 10/15 min walk they gave you towels, entertainment and it was never too busy.
The hotel was walking distance to Namma Bay - unlike some of the other big hotels and Namma Bay was lovely - with Mexican, Thai and Sushi restaurants and lots of bars and places to chill out. We loved Panorama Bar; it had a great view and a good atmosphere.
The excursions were brilliant - a lot of people went diving and said it was amazing but we did the overland snorkelling - which consisted of going into the Ras Muhammed National Park by land and stopping at two points to snorkel, both of which were amazing. We also had lunch and the last stop was really amazing - light blue water and lovely sand. We also visited the Aqua Park - quite far from the hotel - which in hot weather is quite tiring to get to! Was fun though but wear flip flops as the ground gets so hot!!
A couple of things we disliked was that there were so many people trying to sell you stuff in Namma bay - donât tell them your English - and if possible either ignore them or say NO before they start talking to you - otherwise your wasting your time and theirs and they can start to get aggressive.
The other thing was that there was a dangerous metal grating on the right side of the pool near the sun loungers which wasnât covered up - there was something sticking out of it and we didn't notice it until my boyfriend caught his foot on it. Hopefully itâs covered up now but its best to warn you.
Tipping is a way of life for the workers over there - their basic pay is nothing but if you tip them 20 Egyptian pounds (2 English pounds) they will go above and beyond for you. We tipped everyone from the cleaners to our tour guides.
The weather was lovely when we were there - no clouds in the sky - on the last day it got a bit too hot though - up to 45C so if you cant stand that heat best to go when its a bit cooler from October to march. Apparently it gets up to 50C in August.
Overall a brilliant 1st holiday for me and my boyfriend. This holiday probably is best suited for couples as it is just lively enough but also has a relaxing atmosphere.
- Travel date: Mon 24th of July 2006
Lovely quiet, friendly hotel
"My son and I stayed at the Ocean Bay for a week over the Easter period 2006. I had been quite worried about the standard of the hotel, having read one particularly bad review on this site. However, we needn't have worried. Our room was enormous - room for 5 beds let alone 2! It was kept perfectly clean. Yes, it was basic with none of the little extras such as miniature shower gels, etc, but clean and quiet were more a priority. On returning from diving each day, there was a different arrangement made on the bed with the towels, the best being a large crocodile! Although we overlooked the pool, the room was very quiet. We only had breakfast at the hotel and there was a good choice of cereals, croissants, cheeses & meats, fruit, etc or pancakes or eggs on request. There was an 'Egyptian Show' one evening with a lovely barbecue, all for Â£7 (English). It was all very tasteful and great entertainment. There was a bar and a late club at the hotel, but both were very unobtrusive. In the evenings, it was a pleasant stroll into the main Naama Bay area for a meal. It had a very safe, relaxed feel about it and we sampled a different restaurant each night, with no problems. My favourite was the Egyptian restaurant above the Hard Rock Cafe. The food, surroundings and service were fabulous and very reasonably priced.
Ocean College dive centre is located at the hotel and they too were fabulous, very well organised, friendly and fun. A beautiful lunch was cooked on the boat each day. The diving was fabulous, very relaxed and loads to see.
We will definitely go back and wouldn't change hotel, as it was excellent value for money, small, clean and friendly."
- Travel date: Tue 16th of May 2006
"We had a fantastic time at the Ocean Bay Hotel, so much so it has persuaded us to go back in November. This is a very good 3 star hotel. You get basically what you pay for!!!We got this as a last minute deal and was not disapointed.
We were wary about the comments posted on here before we went but went opened eyed.
Our first impression of the hotel was very pleasing. My husband checked in whilst the staff came round and gave us a drink ( although it be strange orange squash). You must remember to tip the hotel staff that take your luggage to your room as they will look after you through out your stay. The room was great, it was cleaned every day. We had fresh towels every day and when ever we came back to our room there was some pretty amazing creations with the towels, from flowers to crocodiles... it made us smile when we came back to our room.
The only thing I would say was a little dispointing was the showers ( not very powerful) - although saying that we did mention to our rep as a passing comment and 5 minutes later there was someone there fixing it.
TV in the rooms has around 6 different english/american channels, from news to movie.
The breakfast was reasonble ( crossaints, fruit salad, cold meats, cheeses, cereal, tea, coffee and orange). Sometimes its gets a little busy and they forget to offer a tea/coffee or a refill, but if you catch them, they are over within minutes.
We had dinner by the pool every day apart from when we went on excursions, its decent food and really cheap.( pizza, chips sandwiches etc)
At night I would recommend going to their mongolian BBQ/Egptian dance night - it was about 7 quid each for as much buffet and dessert that you like ( baked potato, salad, grilled chicken, beef, rice etc etc) and good entertainment.
They have a bar on the first floor with TV screens and light snacks that very good too, I believe whilst we were there they were working on the roof top bar and a possible nightclub for the summer.
The pool is used by the diving school for a couple of hours each day but it is nothing to worry about you can still go in the pool whist they are learning to dive.
The staff very more than friendly and remembered your first name, the rep was execellent and on his day off took a group of us to his local beach for the afternoon.
The weather was really really good ( although we had an eclipse half way through)
Its 5 mins away from the hard rock cafe and the centre of namma bay - but far enough away not to hear any noise from the centre.
To eat out there are so many different resturants and its cheap.
I couldn't have asked for a better holiday. But you must remember that you get what you pay for and as long as you tip a small amount at the very start they really look after you."
- Travel date: Sat 13th of May 2006
Wouldn't go back in a hurry...
"My partner and I stayed at the Ocean Bay Hotel in April 2006. When we arrived, we were surprised! The hotel looked good and the swimming pool was great but we were soon very dissapointed. The hotel room was dirty and the sheets were never changed in our 10 day stay. Also, the beach that we were told was free was not. You had to pay Â£2.50 per person to use the beach which was at least a 10 minute walk away from the hotel. About 3 days into our stay we decided to try the hotel resturant. The food was horrible. We ordered a sea food platter for 2 people which cost approx Â£20 and we were given fish (in batter) and chips with 4 prawns. I had a ceasar salad for my starter and there was no dressing to be seen...just some grated parmesan thrown on top. My partner ordered garlic bread which was served burned to a crisp! We complained as we did not eat any of it and we were given a 20% discount!!!!! Even the waiter said he wouldn't eat at the hotel! A day after we had made this complaint, we decided to buy our own fruit and snacks from a local supermarket and eat by the pool or in our room. Promptly a sign went up around the hotel sasying any food not purchased from the hotel would be confiscated! After that we were fuming! They expected us to buy their water to brush out teeth when they charge Â£1 and the supermarket charged 30p! Everything in Egypt was a huge scam. When visiting the pyramids a guide said he'd take our picture and we let him but then he demanded Â£3 just for the service he had provided! Also when eating out in restaurants, dont forget that they add on around 25% atthe end of your meal and all the extras they have given you like bread and tahini are not FREE, they charge you for them. After all this we decided to eat a KFC and Pizza Hut as there was less chance of food poisoning and it was the price advertised. Won't be going back to Egypt in a hurry except maybe for the diving. The coral reefs are amazing!!! Its soooo peaceful out in the open sea and you can let your guard down as there is no one to sell you anything out in the open sea."
- Travel date: Thu 4th of May 2006
"I booked a week's holiday to do my open water course in sharm, having read some of the reviews about the ocean bay hotel i was a little bit concerned. However the hotel was fantastic , the rooms were fully air conditioned, the staff were brilliant. Good tip every morning put 10 egyptian pounds on your bed for the cleaner, the room will be spotless.
Your are about 1 minute walk away from all the nightlife and food joints.. I can recommend to many to mention. A must go is the Hard Rock Cafe , Little Buddha, onions and the mexican bar that all serve brilliant food at a good price. Hard Rock Cafe is an ideal spot after 11:30 as they have a dj with loads of cocktails well worth it.
Speaking to loads of people who stayed 8km outside narma bay in the 5 star hotels had problems with there food and took them 15 to 20 mins to get to narma bay. I would suggest this hotel and any others with in narma bay.
The diving was brillaint and well organised as i went through explorers worth looking at for good deals. I will come back here and too this hotel i had a fantastic time.."
- Travel date: Mon 24th of April 2006
Cheap and cheerful - can't complain
"I've been reading some other people's comments about this hotel, and honestly, some people are never happy! Yes, the water did go hot and cold and yes, the towels weren't made of silk, but so what? You're on holiday! why let little things like that bother you?
Couldn't really find a fault with the hotel, for the price we paid. The rooms were always clean and the food was fine. Staff were nice, not overly friendly, but you didn't come on holiday with them, did you!
It's good to read all the other comments after staying here. I'd definatley come back and stay here again, and would recommend it to anyone who is after a good, fun + relaxed holiday and not looking for 5 star accomodation on a 3 star price."
- Travel date: Wed 12th of April 2006
Great little hotel - perfect location
"Perfect as a base for exploring Sharm. 2 minutes from the town centre. 5 Minutes from the beach. Still in a nice quiet part of Narma Bay though.
The hotel is basic, but clean & friendly with everything that you need.
The bars & restaraunt in the complex are as with the rooms - basic, but nice & clean.
Overall, I'd highly recommend the Ocean Bay. We saw loads of flashy 5* hotels outside the resort, which looked great, but could never compete with the Ocean Bay on location or price!"
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of April 2006
Amazing holiday,really good experience
"the hotel -
clean, friendly, pleasant, air conditioning was like ice, just what you want after a day in that heat !! cleaner was excellent, pool was huge and relaxed, staff were friendly and co-operative, the food was lovley from the irish bar shenannigans (try the combo or the chocolate fudge brownie-amazing) but not that good from the on site diner as when the egyptians try to make english food it seems to go wrong, but if your looking for a chinese (the one upstairs in the shopping precinct) or an indian then there amazing or the kfc and the hard rock cafe are nice too and sooooo cheap its unreal. mohammed and friends in the irish bar wer really friendly and nice, so people complaining about tips is ridiculous, we earn more in a week than they do all year !!!!
Namma Bay -
the beach and all shops and restaurants are around 2 minutes 5 minutes walk from the ocean bay, its all on your doorstep, but try and stay on the pavement as they drive a little madder and faster here and dont seem to care if your in the road !! the beach was fabulous and really laid-back. the shop keepers will try to haggle with you and initial asking prices are always at least 30 egyptian pounds over what you will pay but they all love to haggle so go for it 10 egyptian pounds is only Â£1 and 1 egyptian pound is only 10p so it gets a bit confusing at times. take all beach stuff eg snorkells and lilos with you as they will charge over the odds but over all its cheap as chips.
very nice, very friendly (sometimes a bit too friendly ladies) polite and also a bit cheeky (in a funny way)
always give them a little tip, 50 egyptian pence is usually enough or they do hassle you, but were millionaires compared to them so it didnt bother me
amazing, fabulous, relaxing, beautiful, at night its like a warm, tropical las vegas on the strip, but walk a little further and you will get a calm romantic place which makes you feel like your in another world ! im in love with it and cant wait to visit again this year !!!!!"
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of April 2006
"Went with Explorer holidays, the reps only wanted to rip you off.
We did book a 3star, but not a buliding site!!!!!!
arrived late, room very large, shower very small with a plastic curtain and 2 soap dispencers that if you are larger than a size 10, expect never to turn arround, do do yourself untold damage. The shower was either scolding hot!! or freesing cold, whilst taking your shower, that is if you got any water. The towels were fab if you need exfoliating!!!!!!
The pool was fantastic, the deepest i have ever been in. But totaly unsuitable for none swimmers.
The irish bar was closed. The sun terrace on the roof was just a mass of broken chairs, the 1st floor bar closed a 11.30pm.
The side of the hotel had about 10 egyptian workmen sawing- yes with a sawing machine, recovering chairs, spray painting tables, banging and drilling all day, That is if they were not peeping at the sunbathers.
Dont go unless you are a diver or wanting a tri-dive, Tt is not for the family holiday.
The only posative, the people."
- Travel date: Sat 1st of April 2006