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“very nice trip in a very nice hotel” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sonesta Pharaoh Beach Resort Hurghada

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Sonesta Pharaoh Beach Resort Hurghada
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Safaga Road, Hurghada, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #20 of 183 hotels in Hurghada
cairo
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“very nice trip in a very nice hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

the service is good .the rooms are beautiful.there are three swimming pools and mini aquapark.there are many sports courts like tennis , mini football, mini golf, beach volleyball, basket ball. the food is delicious .there are 5 resturants.the sttaf treatment is good.really the trip was nice.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Otelul Rosu, Caras-Severin, Romania
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

I recently was in Hurghada at Sonesta Pharaoh Beach Resort with my mother and sister and all I can say is that this was trhe most beautiful trip I have ever been in. The Hotel is just amazing. I liked..no, I loved everything about the place. The room was spacious and beautiful, with view on the sea side, the food...no comment, it was veeery delicious, the pools, the one from outside and also the indoor one look like the ones from the movies, and the water is soo clear and blue. The sea side is amazing, the coral reefs from the beach are incredible:X what you see there while snorkeling...ift feels like you are part of a dream. The animation team from the hotel is...the best! the show they make every evening, they are all very talented and friendly! the competitions they make are super cool, I felt so good taking part of two of their shows,they make atmosphere! every day they make games on the beach,and many activities. They are like no other animation team I've seen before, so many talented people!they are extreme dancers, good at theater, good at everything!If I would ever come back somewhere where I was before, that would be Sonesta, Hurghada. I promissed I ll come back, and I will return as soon as possible!

Room Tip: Rooms with view at the sea side offer you amazing mornings, even to those ones who are ussualy sleep...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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cairo
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

I was in Sonesta with my family. I had a great time, all the people who work there are so nice! And the animation team awesome. I like Sheeko, Essam, Karim and Ahmed so much, they are the best entertainers! Every day you can go so much activities.
This hotel has everything you need and is very clean. The pool is very nice and also the beach. you can snorkel and dive.
Every night there is a nice show to watch. Sonesta also has some nice reataurants were you can eat very good.

I will go back for sure to sonesta! It's the best!

Room Tip: There are very beautiful rooms
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We have been there on April 2008. The hotel is nice-big,with beautiful garden and offers various tipical meals. We had all inclusive here and it was OK. The room was big and comfortable,overlooking the pool, but not so clean as even 4 stars. The fridge and the wardrobe outside was really dirty and sticky. Big comfortable bed. Bathroom need to be renovated. The staff was unpleasant and unhelpful. We had a great holiday there, because of the diving, and because we are not pretentious tourists, but if you expect luxury stay, may be the better option is to get a beach villa, not just the room in the main building. Villas look to have been built later, but we didn't know that. There is nothing around - it is isolate place, so if you want to do some shopping or just to walk, it is not the right place.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I will start with positive: The food is really good, especially if you stay no longer than 5-7 days (as in my case).

As for negative:

On the day of departure the person from reception called us exactly at check-out time and on the excuse for 10 minutes delay because we were packing started shouting!! sent a porter who just opened the door without knocking and was staying at the door as we were packing!
The reason is that they want money from guests for literally every little "service"!

Similarly, they were not changing blankets and bringing bottles of water even though we were leaving tips! until we complained.


For minor points: In the middle of the park there is an artificial lake. That would probably be a positive point if not the mosquitoes. Though the risk of getting a malaria in Egypt is not high I would still be cautious. On the beach there is no escape from flies.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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badramani, Assistant Regional Communications Manager at Sonesta Pharaoh Beach Resort Hurghada, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Dear Natan Q:

I am sorry about what happened during your check out , I am checking with the hotel what happened and will get back to you as soon as i hear from them
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Cairo, Egypt
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

we were a group of friends & we had really a bad experience with nearly everything, so the check in took more than 3 hours, then during our stay the service was bad, also they gave us only 1 access card for the each double room which is so silly, this was our first & last time.

Room Tip: choose normal rooms in the main building as the Chalets r very far.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Stayed there over X-mas 2012 for 5 days.
On the Pro:
- Extremely clean facility and living space, excellent food a la carte at the Middle East and Sea Food Restaurants,
- the All inclusive (including alchohol 10am to midnight) was great but glasses were baby size!
- Guest relations staff were helpful and very polite.
- the site is extremely clean every where, but furniture in our unit was oldish (like 80s) but an lcd tv in the living and no tv in the bedroom even if connection was there.

On the Negative:
- We got upgraded to a stand alone house on the property which provide lot more room but mosquitoes found their way in 3 nights out of 5 and ruined the pleasure of living there; the hotel does not do any thing to control these insects in these buildings unfortunately.
- Smoking is allowed in all rooms and rental so if the previous tenants smoked a lot.. you will NOT enjoy your room if you are an non-smoker and will have to try another one until you find one Not smelling.
- DO not spend anytime at the Chinese a la carte restaurant... they have no idea what chinese food is like and i would rate the food at 3/10... waste of time. buffet was generally fair and good.
- the hotel clearly cater for Russian first ((60%) and German (35%). If, like me, you are in the other category, you will not be able to read what is on board for activities!. but it did not disturbed my spouse and I since we did our own things.
- The hotel is on the strip of resort at the end of them... and lights is very limited at the end of the day and we go harassed by 2 teens trying to sell us papyrus on our walk back to the hotel around 7pm from the road and they were extremely agressive blocking our path and not letting us pass... almost turned into a fight.. we have dealt with thousands+ and several dozen sales people that day during our trip to Egyp (Luxor to Aswant, Cairo and Hurghada) and, if you are polite and funny with them, they will leave you alone after 1 or 2 attempts to get you in their store or selling their stuff. YOU HAVE TO PLAY THEIR GAME... IGNORING THEM WILL MAKE THEM MORE AGRESSIVE!
- The hotel booking will be usually done via a local travel agent to get maximum discount and great price on your stay. Unfortunately, the agent will meet you and he will say they want to make your stay wonderful.. and will suggest various expensive activities for you to do during your stay... if they hear you are shopping around for prices and content... they will get upset and will treaten you to report to the local tourism police and will block you from doing any activities if not with them.. they have low respect for woman in negotiation, so let a man do the nego if possible.. we did do our own booking for instance going to Cairo (pyramids, nile and egypt museum) by bus with another booking.. cost us 50 GBP per person versus 80 GBP that this agent was asking us...for the same trip and the same bus!!

Other comments: if you like diving, the hotel have a new diving shop organising trip which is good, but you buy a day event every time meeting around 8h30am and returning between 5 to 7pm. The boat they use is very large (about 20m), very comfy, run very slowly (about 8km/hour) and also cater for snorkeling and day outer...the food provided on board is better than the buffet at the hotel. Experienced divers know that a double dive trip should be leaving around 7am and you would get back before lunch so you can do something else with your day. Quality of the dive was great and highly recommended. did not see much coral damaged. dived little and big griffon islands. Equipment rental was only 4 months old and in great condition. price was the cheapest at 40 euro for day trip with double dive... food is only 5 euro extra and truly worthed it.

Room Tip: if you hate mosquito like me.. DO NOT GO in the self unit unless you bring repellent. stay in the ho...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sonesta Pharaoh Beach Resort Hurghada

Address: Safaga Road, Hurghada, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Hurghada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Hurghada
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Hurghada
#16 Family Hotel in Hurghada
#18 Luxury Hotel in Hurghada
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Hotel Class:5 star — Sonesta Pharaoh Beach Resort Hurghada 5*
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