Fanadir is located on the northern most part of the Marina next to sister property Mosaique. We stayed here for two weeks from the middle through the end of June with a Half Board package.
The Fanadir is listed as a four star property. The building’s exterior in general is well maintained and the plants are well groomed. We had a standard room with a patio and pool view. The standard rooms are comfortable. Some of the interior building materials, quality, and workmanship (most particularly in the bathroom) would barely meet a three star property by European standards. In room amenities included: hair dryer, mini bar, flat screen satellite TV, safe and ample shelf space.
To keep this review as compact as possible, I will try to cover most items by listing them under the advantage/disadvantage sections with some explanations.
-Pool with swim up bar and an ample supply of sun beds.
-No children allowed, which may be viewed as a positive or negative. (Guests with children may consider staying next door at the sister property Mosaique).
-Book swap area at the front desk.
-Most of the staff was friendly.
-Free Access to Moods beach and Rihanna/Buzzha beach. At check-in, Fanadir issues each guest a towel card which one exchanges for beach towels. Guests are asked to use these towels on the beach and not the towels in the guest rooms.
-Our housekeeper, Khaleb (sp), was very nice and seemed to take great pride in his job.
-The biggest disappointment was the food. In general, the food was boring. Dishes that should have been hot were not as there were no or insufficient burners under the food warmers. In my opinion, the freshness of the food and bread items didn’t meet our expectations. The bread was generally dried out and other items on the buffet were carried over from the previous day or evening. This may be due to the fact that this is a smaller hotel and in low season there are not enough guests to keep the turnover on the buffet items for things to be freshly replenished. Breakfast juices were undrinkable! In my opinion, there was no actual juice in these drinks, just powdered or a watery beverage!
-Internet charge of EGP 120/day, or 360/ week! We thought that while such a charge is not uncommon in an international business hotel, it was extremely expensive for the location and positioning of the hotel in a tourist destination. This charge was also very expensive compared to the price we paid for the room.
-Shower only in standard rooms (no tub) and only liquid soap from dispensers offered.
-No security peep holes on the guest room doors (though, I know it is a secure, gated community).
-One night during our stay, a group of locals staying at the hotel were yelling and having a party in the pool at 3.30 in the morning, though hotel rules state the pool closes at sunset. It took two calls to the desk and thirty minutes later before the front desk person was able to control the group.
-On another occasion, there was a professional photography company that was on property. On this day, the hotel went all out to make the presentation mostly around the front desk and pool really exceptional. There were tall tables set up near the pool with nice floral arraignments placed on them. The sun loungers were all strategically placed around the pool and rolled towels were placed on each one of loungers, amongst other nicer improvements for the photo shoot. My friend made a comment to one the main managers that the hotel should consider taking such care and nice presentation every day. The hotel took the comments to heart at least for a few days, but then things returned to the old standard operating procedures.
I would personally suggest a pool view, pool level room. Some of these rooms have walk up balconies other just have balconies on the pool level. There is not much happening at this northern part of the Marina, so I would not choose a Marina view room, besides you will miss all the pool action.
Would I visit Fanadir or El Gouna again? I would honestly have to say no, at least, at this time of the year. It was a very relaxing vacation, but with the weather at 40 C (100+ degrees) each day, I’m not inclined to do much during the hottest part of the day.
I hope this review was helpful and if you would like more specific/detailed explanations and opinions, please feel free to click on the ask me more about Fanadir and/or El Gouna in general at the bottom of this review. I hope to have a Trip List published shortly about everything I experienced on my two week vacation in El Gouna.
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