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Hotel Arabella Hotel 4 star
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Arabia Road Hurghada, Egypt -
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Architecturally, this is one of the most attractive hotels in Hurghada. It offers small and crisp white Nubian bungalows that are full of charm. The setting is authentic and very different from what one usually finds in city hotels. Tucked away between the Red Sea, the beach, gardens and swimming pools, the Arabella Beach Resort is a friendly club hotel ideally suited for couples and families who wish to relax in an intimate setting that is difficult to find in the bigger complexes of Hurghada.

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    Location 8.0 /10

    This charming establishment is located by the Red Sea, 2 mi from the lively neighbourhood of Hurghada and 4 mi from the airport. It consists of bungalows surrounded by the sea and protected by the coral reef.

    Accommodation 8.95 /10

    The hotel opened in 1996 and has undergone several refurbishments. The Arabella Beach Resort is definitely not brand new, but it does remain a very well kept establishment. The hotel is neither too big nor too small, and, a rare asset, it is not overcrowded. It's quieter than most hotels but retains a friendly atmosphere. There is also a small entertainment team. However, it is the setting that is the main attraction! This is what makes this establishment stand out among the other hotels in the Hurghada resort. It has Nubian-style architecture, with little white dome-shaped bungalows. They feature little arcades and stairways that lead up to the rooms. In short, the setting is harmonious and adds a lot of elegance to the complex. The atmosphere is both friendly and relaxed. This is an ideal establishment if you feel like relaxing in lush gardens among palm trees. You will feel wonderfully well in such exotic surroundings. There are two large restaurants (one of which serves Italian specialties) and three bars. There are also two swimming pools, the smaller of which is heated. A theme night is organised every evening. During the day, there are several activities on offer, including water sports: there is a fitness centre (one room with a couple of machines) and a volleyball pitch next to the beach. You can also try your hand at windsurfing, catamaran sailing or scuba-diving, among others. Close to a coral reef and a marina, the beach is not ideal for swimming, which is a real pity. Sadly too, only the smaller of the two swimming pools is heated. The other one is naturally quite warm from April to October (higher temperatures). Finally, the guest rooms are particularly welcoming and they are tastefully decorated. They are in fact one of the hotel's best assets. The quiet and friendly atmosphere and the reasonably-sized facilities are ideal for those who want to relax, partake in the odd sporting activity, or discover the treasures hidden beneath the sea.

    Overview 8.95 /10

    The complex has 296 rooms organised in a circle, creating a maze in which it is easy to get lost. Don't worry though, it's equally easy to find your way out again! The setting is pleasant, with flowery pathways, palm trees and lush vegetation fitting in perfectly with the hotel and its oriental style. The rooms are decorated in the same spirit, both intimate and welcoming. They occupy one storey bungalows and include a small terrace or balcony with a table and chairs. They are equipped with a double bed or 2 single beds, air conditioning, a phone, cable TV, a small fridge (with 2 small bottles of water and 2 fizzy drinks that are renewed daily), a bathroom with a shower or a bathtub, a hair dryer and welcome toiletries. A safe is available at the reception.

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    Another of the hotel's strong points is not the all inclusive formula but the view from the main restaurant overlooking the sea, next to the diving centre. It's truly a treat to be able to enjoy one's meal with such a view of the sea! The atmosphere is romantic and the setting idyllic, which makes all the difference. Furthermore, you won't even have to open your wallet as all of the meals are obviously included in the all-inclusive formula. Offering international cuisine, breakfast is served from 7.00am to 11.00am, lunch from 12.30pm to 3.00pm, and dinner from 7.00pm to 10.30pm. If you want to go out, you might wish to head for the second restaurant (Italian specialties from 7.00pm to 10.00pm), or enjoy the shisha café with its live music (6 evenings per week).

    Beach 8.20 /10

    The sea is divided into two parts. The first is not really great for swimming as the setting is not really suitable: it is small and there is coral reef and a few moored boats. The second is a little bigger but access to the water is difficult, so you're better off using the steps that lead into the sea. For an extra charge, there are various water sports on offer.

    To know

    The hotel has two swimming pools. The bigger of the two is not heated in the winter (from November to March).

    At the Arabella, all of the restaurants are non-smoking.
    There is live music at the shisha café 6 times per week. For the remaining evening, there is no live entertainment but the shisha café is still open.
    The hotel is open all year round.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      Turkish bath, sauna, massage

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness, squash, tennis, paddle boats, beach volley, windsurfing, canoe, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Private beach
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The main restaurant beside the sea
    • The shisha café with live music
    • Non-smoking restaurants (indoors)

    disadvantages

    • The beach and access to the sea
    • The bigger pool is not heated during the winter

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