The Marriot Red Sea Resort Hotel staff are all friendly and families would very much enjoy their stay here. Staff are attentive and professional and love children. We stayed during the first couple of weeks in August - Ramadan - and this meant the hotel was quieter than usual. It also meant there was more space by the pool and the beach.
The guests are largely English, German, Russian and Egyptian (thankfully no lager-louts) and all tend to come together at Breakfast and evening Dinner. Both are buffet-style and there's a wide range of options. Also, Dinners have 'theme' nights, a cuisine from a particular part of the world each night. This tends to be repeated each week. There was never any jostling for food during our stay but I can imagine when busier this might be a problem. The two young women who welcome you are very friendly, and again, loved playing with children.
The drinks at the hotel are generally expensive so make the most of Happy Hours: from about 2pm you can do a circuit of the bars through til 6pm and get 2 for 1 deals. Soft drinks are not included in the Happy Hours though, so if you don't drink, or have children, you may want to cross the road and stock up on drinks there....they cost a fraction of the price.
The Resort has a man-made Lagoon which is good for snorkelling and good for children/paddling. No matter where you sit you will be approached, sometimes many times a day, by hotel staff trying to sell massages and other treatments. If you are interested, there's a couple of places about 200m down the road that offers the same treatment for less money - take a look.
The hotel shops are definately over-priced. Use them only if you need to. Everything can be bought in Hurghada for sometimes a fifth of the price. And don't think that the hotel shop-keepers won't haggle.....I bought some gifts just before I left and saved more than 50% of the asking price. And if - like me - you wanted to do the touristy thing a ride a camel - you can do that too......there's a guy with a camel and horse selling rides outside the hotel. The ride doesn't last long, but is fun....just make sure to agree a good price.
The quality of the rooms was more than acceptable. Comfortable beds and very quiet. There was a mini-bar (expensive) and room-service was always quick. One thing that was missing was tea and coffee-making facilities - I would expect this in a 5* hotel and is always welcome after a long day . So you're forced to buy/order some instead.
The hotel has an adjoining health centre. It was free when we used it, and offers another swimming pool (no people in it - great!), sauna, steam-room, plunge pool and spa treatments. Well worth checking-out.
As mentioned before, there are a a number of small shops close by, with 2 or 3 immediately opposite the hotel:- a supermarket selling a very limited number of provisions, such as drinks, crisps etc., a gift shop, and a pharmacy. As a guide, 2 x 1 litre Coke and 2 x 1 litre Water cost less than 20 Egyptian pounds at the supermarket. The same money would buy a small glass of pepsi at a hotel bar.
The Hotel runs a shuttle bus to and from Hurghada each evening. If you visit at night, you will run the gauntlet of shop-keepers trying to sell you just about anything. Nothing has price tags so haggle for everything! Start at 20% and don't pay more than 40%! If you want a more relaxed time, go during late morning/early afternoon as the shops are just opening-up then and owners are too busy getting things prepared for the day.
If you don't fancy the shuttle service, you can take a taxi from the Hotel to downtown Hurghada. The price you pay is what you agree...there are few rules! 10 Egyptian pounds seemed to be the absolute maximum you should pay (7 being about the norm), but that didn't stop one driver asking for 25!
Day trips should be booked before you leave - it is much easier than trying to book anything once you're in Egypt - with exception to snorkelling using the hotel's dive centre.....they were excellent and the trip was well organised.
Internet access is expensive - 30/60 Egyptian Pounds for 30/60 minutes, however there is free wi-fi.
Overall, the hotel is well maintained and the staff are friendly. The food is good and the rooms are clean and comfortable. I'd recommend it and I'd stay again.
- Also Known As:
- Hurghada Marriott Red Sea Hotel Hurghada
- Marriott Hurghada
- Hurghada Marriott Red Sea Hotel
- Hurghada Marriott
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located and directly on the beach, the Hurghada Marriott invites you to experience the ultimate in Red Sea luxury. This Hurghada hotel famous for its extravagant lifestyle and Red Sea charm, delivers exceptional service and outstanding amenities. Our beachfront resort in Hurghada features 283 spacious rooms complete with sea view and sumptuous furnishings designed for your comfort and relaxation. With a variety of dining options, this Marriott hotel boasts a diverse selection of international cuisine with 9 restaurants ensuring every day is a new experience. Whether your stay is business or pleasures our extensive amenities including wifi, outdoor pool, two tennis courts and a private island, the Hurghada Marriott ensures you of a memorable holiday. Experience the legendary Hurghada night spots and take a plunge into world class diving, explore and discover our Hurghada resort, the greatest vacation where life is ‘simply blue’! ... more less
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