Hotel Ocean Club Hotel 3 star
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Ocean Club is one of the most basic hotels in Sharm el Sheikh and from what we saw, it is really somewhere to stay while you are taking diving lessons at its excellent TUI-run Ocean College. It is important to mention that while we were staying the hotel was building up to a month of renovation work (see To Know section) so there may now be (much needed) improvements in place. If for you a hotel is just somewhere to sleep between going to the beach and eating then you'll be fine at the Ocean Club. Otherwise you may want to look elsewhere for something a little more comfortable.

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    Location 6.09 /10

    The Ocean Club is situated in Hadaba, or Ras Um Sid, the furthest tourist zone from Sharm el Sheikh airport, which is about 13 miles away. The adjoining zone, that of Naama Bay, is just 5 miles down the road. One of the hotel's beaches is located just less than a mile away while the other is in Naama Bay.

    Accommodation 6.20 /10

    The exterior of the Ocean Club speaks volumes about what is to be found beyond the front door. The underwhelming, one-storey building didn't inspire us with much confidence and we were not wholly off the mark. Yes, the lobby of fitted out in marble, but the colours, both of the stone and the furniture, are dull and there is nothing to lift the place up. Through the other end of the lobby is the smaller of the hotel's two swimming pools which has one for children attached to it. Only a few sun beds are placed at one end of the pool (this may have been due to the planned works) although due to the low lying accommodation surrounding the pool, you can enjoy a full day's sun bathing in peace and quiet. The other, larger rectangular pool at the back of the hotel has ample space and sun beds for the number of guests staying at the hotel although the setting and lack of atmosphere is disappointing. Just next to the main pool is the renowned diving centre, a favourite in Sharm el Sheikh. All the training is done on the premises before the students are taken out to sea. The hotel has a small, ordinary health club with sauna, plunge pool, steam room, jacuzzi and massage services. There is no gym facility. Two shows are put on every week during a barbeque, the first being a fire show (Mongolian Barbeque) and the other is a traditional Egyptian dance show (local barbeque). The wifi service in the hotel is free but unreliable and the cost for using the PCs is a reasonable 10EGP for one hour. There is a doctor on call 24hours and a cash machine in the lobby. There general condition of the hotel is pretty average, with a lot of uncared for lawns and badly painted surfaces etc, although this may well have been corrected during the month of renovation. Much more could be done to liven the place up for example installing modern furniture and fittings and sprucing up the green areas with bright plants. While perfectly willing when asked, the staff aren't overly active.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    As this is a specialist diving hotel, guests are rarely in their rooms and just as well. They are incredibly basic and often quite run down and grubby. Despite there being three categories of room, single, standard and family, the only difference between them is the dimensions. The beds have unattractive wooden bases and matching furniture consisting of a baggage rest and a dresser. The lighting comprises just two wall lamps and there is nothing in the room, aside from lone painting hanging on the wall, which attempts to give a touch of life. The bathrooms are very small next to the others in Sharm and are badly in need of modernising. You'd be forgiven for not wanting to enter the shower cubicles which have no curtain or door. The rooms do have (noisy) air conditioning, but no safe or hairdryer.

    Food and drink 6.45 /10

    The hotel has an la carte restaurant, Reef, in the lobby which proposes a range of Egyptian and international dishes, however, from what we sampled, it's nothing to write home about. The Phoenix rooftop bar has a snack restaurant and bar, while you can enjoy two shows per week while sampling the Mongolian and Egyptian barbeques. Each night of the week there is a themed buffet which changes location and includes Indian and Mexican cuisine.

    Beach 8.20 /10

    Guests at the Ocean Club have the choice of two beaches: Reef Beach in Hadaba and Kanabesh in Naama Bay. The former sits on a promontory above the Red Sea and below, amongst the very rocky terrain, you'll find excellent coral and heaps of fish in crystal waters. The sand up above is of a good quality and the ground is perfectly flat. There are more than enough sun beds for all and plenty of shade provided by the attractive parasols. Entry into the water is of course not direct; you have to descend the steps and dive in off the end of the jetty, but the effort is well rewarded. At the back of the beach at the very top of the cliff, the Ristorante di Maria serves up quality Italian fare in a great setting at both lunch and dinner. The service, conducted by the charming Maria herself, is very attentive. If you need a break from the endless international buffets served in any Sharm hotel, this is the detour you need to make.

    To know

    At the time of Easyvoyage's visit, the hotel was gearing up for four weeks of renovation between 15th September and 15th October 2009. We were told that there were to be no major changes, but just some "bits and pieces" to be done for example swapping the old televisions on stands for wall-mounted LCDs, changing the lamps and freshening the place up. Without having seen these changes it is difficult to comment on their success, however we would be surprised if such small tokens would do anything to alter our opinion of the Ocean Club. The hotel has just changed hands from being managed by TUI to having an Egyptian owner, therefore the 95% British occupation of the hotel may change I the near future depending on the plans of the new proprietor.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      hammam, sauna, spa, massage, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      paddle boats, water skiing, fitness

    • Meeting room

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