My boyfriend and I visited The Grand Resort for a week from the 30th Aug to the 6th Sept. We found the hotel to be quiet due to current political status, many locals mentioned how quiet it was (particularly as no many europeans were not permitted to fly out). This did not spoil our holiday as it felt more ‘exclusive’ – we didn’t have to fight for sun loungers, or wait days for a reservation at the a la carte restaurants.
Room - the hotel room was lovely, we opted for a standard suite (we felt no need to upgrade to deluxe as we had planned to spend most of our time out on the beach or around the pool) – the bed was huge, the room was clean and pleasantly decorated.
Staff – the hotel staff were great, really polite and helpful, however the majority spoke Arabic and German, and only a little English. Despite this, we managed to get by and this was not a detriment to the service they offered so please do not be put off by this.
Food – We went all inclusive. A continental breakfast was available each morning and there was also the choice of omelettes, eggs and sausages. For lunch there was a choice to dine at the BBQ area (The Waterfront), this comprised of barbecued meats and a buffet salad, or a burger and chips lunch at the Island Bar – this served chicken kebabs, shawarma and fish burgers which were also delicious! For dinner there was a large selection available at the buffet ‘Mahara’ restaurant each night as well as a choice of two al a carte restaurants.
We ate at each once during our stay – The Nigma was the better of the two, serving an authentic Egyptian menu of falafel, humus, lentil soup and a fish or kebab main. The Med served us tomato soup and fish and chips.
Resort – The pools were fantastic, lagoon-like, with many palm trees dotted around. Oasis is the bigger pool and where we spent the majority of our time soaking up the sun (and booze - the island Bar was situated there).
Inside, the hotel is grand – marble flooring, loads of ornaments – a lot of attention to detail! The only part that felt a bit drab was Club Orange (the 24 hr disco/bar) but we didn’t spend much time in there.
The beach is located over the road at the Grand Hotel – literally a 2-3 minute walk – and it was fantastic, lots of windbreaks, loungers and the sea is wonderful! Our time on the beach was made better by the fact it was quiet.
Outside the hotel grounds there is a strip of shops – we did our last minute souvenir shopping here and although we received some hassle from the shop keepers, it was a fairly pleasant experience.
At the beach and even round the pool there are many people offering massage and beauty treatments but this wasn’t a bother as a simple ‘no, I’m not interested’ would generally work and they’d go away.
Other than eating, sleeping and soaking up the rays – there is not much else to do around the resort so we booked three excursions with our Red Sea Holiday reps and were delighted with our experiences. The first was the Badawaya Safari Adventure which involved quad-biking, camel-riding, spider buggies, lunch then a belly dance show (we paid around £55 GBP each).
We then opted to do an introductory diving course – this was fantastic! We saw the wonders of the ocean from just 6m below sea level – this is definitely a must for those interested! (We paid about £70 GBP each).
Lastly, we went to the Jungle Aqua Park – this was good fun but no way worth the money we paid (£36 each). So bypass this or get it cheaper if possible.
I would not hesitate booking here. We had a magical holiday.
ps: it is must to book a Cleopatra spa package with the spa on-site - £35 and well worth it!
- 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