We have just returned home from a fantastic 7 night stay at The Siva Grand Beach Hotel.
This was our first holiday in Hurghada and we will be going back for more.
We booked this holiday with Red Sea Holidays and the service we received from them was second to none. Well done Red Sea.
The flight was with Monarch and after hearing such bad reports about them we were in two minds whether to cancel or not but in the end we booked extra legroom seats and the flight was brilliant.
A nice clean aircraft which left on time with caring Cabin crew and reasonably tasty flight meal.
All in all, very very good. Well done Monarch.
I"ll tell you how much we paid for this holiday at the end of the review, so lets get going.
The transfer from the airport was smooth with no hassle at all and our first impression of The Siva Grand Beach as we drove through the main archway was one of delight. It really is an attractive looking hotel. Check in at reception was quick and easy even though there must have been over 100 of us and we were shown where our rooms were.
RECEPTION and RECEPTION STAFF 8/10
BEDROOM. We were allocated room 480 on the third floor at the very end of the hotel nearest to the sea where we had an extra large balcony with a panoramic view taking in the hotel grounds, the beach, the sea and views towards Hurghada to our left and towards Safaga to our right. This was undoubtedly the biggest balcony we have ever had with the best views we have ever had.
The room itself was really large with a 6foot by 6foot comfortable bed, a 2 seater settee, 2 further comfy seats plus a low coffee table,a dressing table with large wall mounted mirror and an old but usable TV, also a very handy fridge plus 2 bedside tables with drawers.
Near the bedroom door were three large wardrobe/cupboard units which also included the FREE safe.
A slight let down was the Bathroom although it was very clean and tidy it was in need of some refurbishment especially to the 3/4 size bath which had at some time been repainted with a rough enamel type paint(Very sore in the nether regions) when sitting in it. The sink vanity unit was fine and dandy, but OH DEAR we did have a problem with HOT WATER. On average it took nearly 30 to 40 minutes to fill the bath from the trickle we had from the hot tap, but that aside a very nice comfortable room.
May I just add a word of caution here. Families with young, inquisitive children please be aware that the balconies are a real hazard. The railings around the balconies are such that they present the perfect climbing frame for any young child which could lead to a catastrophic accident.
FOOD. Only the fussiest of eaters would have a problem finding something nice and tasty to eat at this hotel. At Breakfast/Lunch and Dinner there were more than adequate options including the 2 main restaurants Shams and Amar, the Oasis restaurant which at lunch time served up some amazing Indian and Chinese food, and around the pool area there is the Pool Grill, Pizza Corner and not forgetting the really tasty vegetarian options at The Beach Grill.
On top of this there"s always Waffles and Ice Cream and freshly made Crepes. You also have the option if eating in the Oasis restaurant for evening dinner as many times as you want per stay different evenings being Barbecue/Asian/Arabic plus others.
DRINK. Very much standard All Inclusive with home made varieties of the usual spirits some tasting like anti freeze others quite palatable. The Wine was passable. During our stay we did have a few problems ordering certain drinks when on a number of evenings they ran out of Tonic water, so a good old G&T or V&T were out of the question. They also ran out of White Rum. One morning when visiting the bar outside Oasis, as I poured my Beer 2 men came up to the bar and proceeded to pour 2 glasses of what in all intents and purpose was Vodka from a bottle stamped with a Vodka label which was standing in an ice bucket on the bar top.
The first man took a hefty slug and immediately spat out the contents of his mouth, thankfully away from me. The content of the bottle in question was white wine which the bar staff decanted into empty spirit bottles and in this case it was an empty Vodka bottle. The 2 blokes in question turned out to be Russian and were not pleased
THE STAFF. Excellent but I have to single out 2 in particular.
Essan a junior manager who worked tirelessly in the Siva Bar, conjuring up comfy chairs from seemingly nowhere whenever we entered the bar and then proceeded to ensure that the drinks of all guests in the bar were frequently replenished and
Ahmed a waiter who worked in Le Terrace at breakfast time and the Pool bar for the rest of the day. Well done both of you and the other staff.
If you do go to this hotel or any other in Egypt I would highly recommend you tip whoever you can as soon as you get there, because even if you only give them 20 Egyptian pounds, the equivalent of approx £2.00 because the service you get will be well worth it. But don"t stop at the 20 give them more whenever you can.
THE PRICE. Would you believe it? we paid just £299 per person for this holiday, now that has to be a real bargain!
THE WEATHER. Whilst we were there we had 20+ degrees everyday but with a strong gusty wind, but very pleasant, comfortable weather.
THE SEA. Even in January warm enough to swim in, as I did on a number of occasions.
I have left one experience to the very last. From the hotel in the far left hand corner there is a pay restaurant named The Sea Star, but it"s not that which I want to talk about, it"s the jetty which runs out to sea next to the Sea Star. Around 4pm every afternoon we made our way to the jetty to sit in the comfortable chairs to either drink delicious Chocolate Latte or Coffees whilst watching The Sunset. Magnificent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoying one of the very best locations in Hurghada, the Siva Grand Beach delivers tradition with a twist. Choose from generously sized junior suites in the main building or rooms in the two storey bungalows in the grounds. There are few steps and with a wide gently sloping beach and excellent children's facilities, it is a firm favourite with families. And it's within easy walking distance of a wide range of shops, restaurants and other activities too. ... more less
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