HILTON NUBIAN RESORT
It opened ten years ago in July 2011, and now enjoys one of the highest rankings on Tripadvisor and Holidaycheck. Possibly that’s not that surprising given the Hilton name and that the resort has direct access to one of Marsa Alam’s best natural sandy beaches at Abu Dabbab Bay.
400 in total. The hotel bedrooms are in individual blocks of 12 to 24 rooms arranged on two floors. All the blocks are located within extensive landscaped gardens. Standard guest rooms start from 398 square feet, while deluxe rooms are 462 sq. ft (43 sq. m) and suites are an enormous 860 sq ft (80 sq. m)
Standard: decorated in Nubian style. Computer users can stay connected with high-speed internet access, movie fans can enjoy a film on the LCD TV, or simply relax on the balcony or terrace and enjoy the views over landscaped gardens or the sea. Even the standard rooms are lavishly equipped with 37 inch flat panel HD televisions, night lights in the bathroom, in-room movie channels, blackout curtains, granite counter tops, Egyptian cotton bed sheets, an MP3 dock, air conditioning controlled by an adjustable thermostat, ceiling fan (in case you don’t like air conditioning), tea/coffee making facilities, wired internet (but at extra cost) and obviously a minibar.
Deluxe: As far as I can work it out you get a standard room with a few extras and an additional 64 square feet ( 6 square metres) of space. However, please check out the hotel’s own website for more information on their rooms here.
Suites: Similarly equipped to the Deluxe Rooms but with much more space – 862 square feet (80 sq. m) as well as a jacuzzi and a large marble bathroom. You can also “enjoy special touches such as bathrobes, slippers and fruit.” Find more information on suites on the hotel’s website here.
Approximately 34 km north of the town of Marsa Alam, but about 28 km south of Marsa Alam airport and 97 km south of El Quseir.
Of greatest interest will be the hotel’s own beautiful natural sandy beach fronting Abu Dabbab Bay where if you are lucky you can swim with sea turtles or even sometimes a dugong – a huge herbivorous sea cow like marine mammal (see our dugongs page). But even if you don’t like snorkelling or scuba diving, there are a lot of other activities for those who don’t want to spend all their time on the sun loungers – these include basketball, fishing, a jogging track, swimming in the pool, table tennis, pool and bicycle rental.
For customer convenience there is also an ATM, baggage storage, a barber shop, a beauty salon, a clothing store, a concierge desk, foreign currency exchange, a gift shop, a laundry desk, a news stand, room service and a safety deposit box.
Families with children will be pleased to know that the hotel also offers a babysitting service, children’s activities, a children’s menu, high chairs, a playground and a playpen.
Business services may not be at the top of most visitors’ agendas here but they include express mail and a printer.
The Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian has a truly enviable reputation on Tripadvisor, ranking 4th out of 76 hotels in the Marsa Alam area, as of 3 March 2021. Satisfaction levels are almost stratospheric – with 91.9% of reviewers rating the resort as either ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ (as of 03.03.2021), which is up 0.5% on the already impressive score achieved when we last checked in March 2019 and up 1.4% on both January 2018 and March 2019. Only 2.7% rated the hotel as either ‘poor’ or ‘terrible’ – which was a lower level than on any previous occasion we looked at the figures – please see the table below.
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On Holidaycheck.de the Hilton Nubian achieved an excellent rating of 5.3 out of six stars, as of 3 March 2021. All categories rated (see the table below) achieved at least 5.0 out of six stars, meaning that guests were generally more than satisfied with all aspects of their experience and in the service category a new all time high of 5.5 was reached. You will, however, notice that there was a slight decline in the overall rating from a peak of 5.4 achieved in both 2018 and 2019, and a small fall in the scores for both sport and entertainment (down just 0.1 to a still impressive 5.0) and gastronomy (down just 0.2 to 5.0). As for the percentage of reviewers saying they would recommend the hotel, it stood at 91%, just a whisper away from the astonishing peak levels achieved in 2018 (93%) and 2019 (92%) and significantly improved on the already respectable rating of 80% in March 2017.