We stayed in two apartments, next to each other for a one week period in January 2013.
Our first impression on arriving was just how large these studios are, very clean and well looked after. The Hotel is approximately 7 mins walk from the 'Strip' which has bars, restaurants and shops, it does not have it's own beach, but there are others that you can use at a discount which are within fairly easy travelling distance.
What it does have though, is a very well taken care of pool area, with plenty of space to lounge, which is well populated with nice plants, has an outdoor shower area and lays on free towels for guests.
The best thing about Sol Y Mar though has to be the staff, we received a warm welcome on check-in and the receptionist did his best to put us all together in studios next to each other. The staff tried incredibly hard to make us feel relaxed, one member of our team was ill during our stay and the staff were attentive in bringing a meal and drinks up to his room and with the correct spacing between food and drink.
Breakfast is very good, with an egg chef and fresh fruit along with all the other buffet style bits and pieces - served in a spacious room with relaxed seating - a really lovely way to start each morning.
Special mention has to go to El Sayed, he works mainly in the restaurant / bar, is very friendly and helpful, always has a warm, welcoming smile and is genuinely interested and interesting to talk to.
We have a soft spot for two of the gents who made up our rooms - both named Mahmoud, they were always a pleasure to see in the morning, and Mahmoud '2' was absolutely brilliant with his towel folding (peacocks, babies, elephants.......the man did GOOD).
There is not a gym on site, but there is a very well equipped gym and spa 5 minutes down the road which we could use quite extensively for the equivalent of £20 for 7 days, also, the cost of food and drink, both inside the Ivory Suites and in Hurghada as a whole is quite simply wonderful.....this is a very reasonable place to have a holiday, no pocket busting prices here.
Egypt has had a rocky time recently and really depends on it's tourist trade - places like the Sol Y Mar Ivory Suites remind us of why we love the people of Egypt and the country as a whole.....we truly hope people will return in bigger numbers as it really is a safe destination and a memorable place.
Thanks to all at Sol Y Mar - we WILL return
Our rooms were on the third (of four) floor and had an Airport view (which gave us incredible sunset...
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