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Old Palace Resort 4.0

Hurghada, Red Sea and Sinai, Egypt

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Pros

  • Lovely beachfront grounds with private beach set with loungers and umbrellas
  • Clean and spacious rooms have balconies, TVs, and minibars
  • Chalet Rooms feature pleasant contemporary decor and sleek bathrooms with tubs and separate rainfall showers
  • Three restaurants, plus lobby lounge, pool bar, shisha lounge, and nightclub; all-inclusive packages available
  • Breakfast is included in all room rates
  • Two outdoor pools and a hot tub
  • Spa with sauna, steam room, and hammam, plus fitness center
  • Game room and kids' club

Cons

  • Room decor and amenities could use an update
  • Inconsistent internet costs extra 
  • Some complaints about loud and annoying animation team

Bottom Line

The beachfront Old Palace Resort is a four-pearl, all-inclusive property set on the Sahl Hasheesh Bay, about a 40-minute drive to Hurghada. A myriad of features include two outdoor pools, spa and fitness facilities, a kids' club, varied dining options, free breakfast, and several bars/lounges. The palm-dotted grounds are lovely, as are the hotel's public spaces, but guest room decor -- and some of the amenities and bathroom fixtures -- could use an update. Rooms are clean and pleasant nonetheless, and all have balconies. Travelers might want to upgrade to Chalet Rooms for fresher decor and better bathrooms. Internet here is another downside, as Wi-Fi costs extra and is reportedly spotty. For better rooms, check out the Oberoi, Sahl Hasheesh -- though rates here are more expensive.

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Scene

Upscale resort set on lovely beachfront grounds

This grand upscale resort sits on lovely grounds with palm trees and flowering bushes, trickling fountains, and chic seating areas. An impressive entrance leads into the hotel's airy, elegant lobby, where a domed ceiling is bordered by small arched windows, white columns rise up from the gleaming cream tile floors, and a mezzanine wraparound balcony features lace-like decorative elements. Decor throughout is chic and graceful, doused in tasteful color schemes and dotted with vases of fresh flowers, plus there are lovely areas to lounge around in outdoors. The property draws both couples and families on vacation (mainly Europeans), and there's a solid set of features catering to both groups -- though some guests complain that the animation team is loud and irritating.

Location

Beachfront location in Sahl Hasheesh, a 40-minute drive to Hurghada

The hotel occupies lovely beachfront grounds outside of Hurghada, a resort town on Egypt's Red Sea coast. It's situated in Sahl Hasheesh, which is home to several other resorts. Hurghada and its restaurants, cafes, markets, and shops, as well as its old town, El Dahar, are about a 40-minute drive north. Area attractions include Makadi Bay Water World and shopping at Senzo Mall, both about a 20-minute drive away. Both Hurghada International Airport and the port can be reached in about a half-hour.

Rooms

Standard Rooms are a bit dated, but Chalet Rooms offer fresher, contemporary decor and better bathrooms

Rooms are clean and spacious, though decor feels dated and doesn't seem to follow suit with the hotel's public spaces -- but the units are clean and well maintained. Wooden furnishings are paired with a blue and white color scheme, including patterned curtains, armchairs, and blue bed skirts that contrast with the white bedding. Floors are tiled and framed prints adorn white walls. Junior Suites have living and dining areas. Chalet Rooms are an upgrade in terms of decor, with newer furniture and lovely wooden floors that complement the beige and soft blue color scheme, plus they have living areas with sofas and lovely patios.

The spaces could also use an amenities update, as not all TVs are flat-screen and Wi-Fi is reportedly inconsistent and costs extra. Other standard amenities include electric kettles, electronic safes, minibars, air-conditioning, bottled water, and bathrobes. All rooms have private balconies. Bathrooms feel decidedly mid-range, equipped with shower/tub combos and older fixtures. Wall-mounted hairdryers and toiletries are provided. Chalet Rooms have nicer bathrooms with modern fixtures and both soaking tubs and walk-in rainfall showers.

Features

Varied dining at three restaurants, plus four bars/lounges; two outdoor pools; spa and fitness center; kids' club

Features here focus on creating a one-stop shop for families and couples on vacation. The resort has three restaurants: a main one with live cooking stations that serves three meals a day (Asian, Middle Eastern, and European fare), an Italian a la carte restaurant that's open for dinner, and a Brazilian steakhouse that  serves dinner only. There's also a poolside bar that serves light bites and drinks, while the lobby lounge serves coffee, tea, and other cafe staples during the day, and cocktails in the evenings. The Shisha Corner is open in the afternoons for shisha, tea, and snacks. The hotel also has a nightclub. Several dining packages are available, and breakfast comes standard with all rates. 

The hotel has a large outdoor pool surrounded by a spacious sundeck lined with umbrella-shaded loungers. It includes a separate shallow section that's good for kids, plus there's a swim-up pool bar. The grounds include another smaller outdoor pool and hot tub, plus a lovely stretch of beach with loungers shaded by thatched umbrellas. Wellness features include a spa that offers a variety of treatments as well as a sauna, hot tub, steam room, and hammam -- but these facilities are a bit dated and treatment rooms could use a facelift. There's also a fitness center, which offers a decent selection of slightly dated Cybex cardio machines and equipment.

Business facilities include a meeting room and an internet corner, but Wi-Fi is charged extra and guests report that it's spotty and inconsistent. Other features include a game room with pool tables, a kids' club, and car and scooter rentals. A couple of on-site shops sell souvenirs and other items, and there are water sports activities on the beach.

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Sahl Hasheesh, Red Sea, Hurghada, Egypt

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