travelled single, bed and breakfast basis only, so was allocated a ground floor room with a kind of slit window looking out towards the path to the dive school. at first i thought it looked basic but fine, but the bathroom was really no great shakes (very small, water came out brown to begin with, shower curtain doesnt reach the floor so whole bathroom ends up getting wet) and the mosquitoes really killed it for me. despite spraying myself every night with insect repellent i ended up with 3 or 4 new bite marks every morning. note that no window was open during the night, and i made sure to close the door to the bathroom thinking they were coming in through the extractor fan, but they get in somehow. the numerous bite marks i ended up with from a week of staying here is almost enough to convince me not to go back.
also the TV reception is a little scratchy, if you only speak english you will have a choice of BBC World News or Fox Movies (with arabic subtitles).
i had no problem with the food available at breakfast (i have been to egypt before so have some idea of what is safe to touch and what not), or even at dinner, although the waiters at breakfast are very keen to sign you up to the mongolian night / folklore night events (are they on commission?) and will swipe stuff off your table if you so much as blink in the wrong direction.
the good points were the lovely warm water in the shower, the eagerness of the housekeeper every day (folded all my clothes that i left in a heap), the safety deposit box, the chatty barman in the phoenix bar and the pool / towel attendant. also the reception were happy to answer any question you had in perfect english.
most of my stay i was diving with ocean college (more about them somewhere else) but ocean club hotel as one of their bases is obviously ideal for sliding out of bed, wolfing down some breakfast and being on the doorstep for a bus pickup for your days diving.
once you figure out that Il Mercato is in walking distance, and T2 bar is just next door but one, and that the free shuttle to naama bay will bring you back again as well (at 10pm) you realise that this place is probably very good value for the not very much money it costs to stay here. all in all it was good. just bring some protection from those damn mosquitos !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ocean Club Hotel offers an exceptionally good value accommodation in a relaxed & cozy atmosphere and is ideal for single travelers, couples & families due to its friendly staff & quality of service. Thanks to all of our guests who have contributed to its popularity by returning year after year.This courtyard style hotel consists of 80 comfortable air conditioned guest rooms, some of which are adjoining, and provides a high standard of accommodation. Each room has its own private bathroom & shower, mini-bar, safe box and satellite TV. Relax around the 2 large swimming pools (one of which is heated) and sundecks during your day, and catch up on the day’s activities with friends around the social pool bar or head up to the Phoenix rooftop bar in the evening and enjoy a drink under the stars, or watch your favorite sport in the air-conditioned indoor area of the bar. The hotel features four outlets cleverly created to accommodate your every need, Phoenix roof top bar offering A La Carte menu and beverages during evening time, Pool Bar offering snacks and beverages during day time, Mongolian BBQ with its unique dining experience and the Reef Restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. Hotel also has on site a mini SPA and a dive centre ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ocean Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
- Ocean Sharm El Sheikh