I'm writing this review while still on our 3-week stay at the Grand Resort, and here's our main findings:
They have three different visits to rooms on a daily basis: one for restocking the minibar in the mornings, one for cleaning the room around mid-day and one for changing the beach towels in the evening. Tip: if you don't want to get woken up before 9am for the minibar restocking, put the "do not disturb" sign on your door before going to sleep. Also, we noticed that tipping the cleaner had a big impact on the quality of the work, so the few euros per week were definitely well spent.
We had the half-board option, and the food was generally very good at all the restaurants. You can surely find enough to eat at the buffet-restaurants for all kinds of diets. We visited the Mediterraneo ala carte restaurant few times, and although the food was great, you quickly run out of the options that are included in the half-board option. Tip: try to visit the breakfast and dinner buffets as early as possible. We found that the food is more fresh and simply tastes better then.
Places to visit around the hotel:
Our favourite establishment was definitely the Candy Bar (located right outside the resort, on the right-hand side in the Grand Mall). It serves very cheap drinks and waterpipe, and has a free wi-fi for their customers (through which I'm also wiritng this review now). There is also an Internet-cafe next door, but usually the quality of the connection is the same everywhere so I wouldn't pay extra for it. The sports bar on the left-hand side of the Grand Mall is also nice for the sports fans, although the drinks over there cost almost triple compared to Candy Bar.
For shopping, the Cleopatra Bazar about 1km on the right-hand side and the Siva Mall about 1,5km on the left-hand side of the resort are very good options for cheap, fixed-price souvenir and clothes shopping.
Beach and pools:
Are simply awesome! The pool boys assist in arrangng your towels and the umbrellas, and the pools at the resort are probably the best in Hurghada (even compared to Hilton and other much more expensive options). They also have enough sunbeds everywhere, so there's no need to reserve them (this is also not officially allowed by the rules of the hotel). The beach can be found by walking through the sister hotel, The Grand Hotel. You can also find various sport activities at the beach.
The drinks issue:
As stated already by many others, the drinks are not included during the dinners, and you have to order them from the waiters. The drinks at the resort are the same all over, and ridiculously expensive: they charge prices that are 3-10 times more expensive than in the next-door supermarkets (also on the right-hand side of the Grand Mall). You are not officially allowed to bring your own drinks and food to the Grand Resort. However, the doormen are not enforcing this too heavily, so you can make your your own conclusions what to do with the drinking water etc. The shop and bar owners know this, and usually help you in hiding the groceries in your bags.
The guests at the resort:
Most of the guests are Germans, and we also found the best price through a German travel agency (last minute 3-week half-board stay inclusive of flights for a little over 500€ per person). Besides the Germans, the rest are mixed between Nordics, British and Russians, but be prepared to get approached in German by all the staff at the resort, as it is clearly the main language there.
So all in all, The Grand Resort is 100% recommendable for an affordable, luxurious and relaxing holiday.
- Also Known As:
- The Grand Hotel Hurghada
- Grand Hotel Hurghada
- Grand Resort Hurghada
- Grand Resort
- Grand Resort Hotel Hurghada
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Suitably named, everything at this beautiful arabesque style hotel has been done on a grand scale – from the spacious and elegant rooms to the impressive terrace surrounding the three freeform swimming pools.Special consideration has been given to each individual feature to add to a setting that radiates five star luxuries. ... more less
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