We were during Christmas period, all inclusive, and if I make comparison of the costs vs. offer, is quite reasonable. In season I guess is more expensive, now I think worked with less than 25% capacity.
As was only 1 week period, we preferred to use only the resort facilities, so no other visits or extra-programs.
This should be the 5th time we are going in Hurghada, started from 2005.
As accommodation: large rooms, with TV - satellite, AC, fridge, safe-box, all utilities; the baths & toilets are obsolete, some revamping should be required. Also, a better choice of cosmetics would be welcome.
As cleaning services: even is supposed to come daily to clean the rooms, due to the lack of personnel we preferred to be made on 2 days basis (to clean a room during afternoon rest time for a family is difficult so we did not accepted to come around 3 - 3.30 pm when we were sleeping)
As food: "cantina" type, cooked & stewed food (as meat mainly chicken, but also fish and minced meats - no any lamb or mutton, 2 times in 7 days some beef) , different salads, dessert based on creams and butter. exception of chicken, no other grilled stakes. Take care what you eat, if you mix them wrong, may get stomach problems, as happened with 2 of my family members.
As beverages: only if you are a real drunker you can swallow so called whiskey, brandy, rum or gin. My personal opinion is that the producer makes them with the worst type of synthesis alcohol and are the cheapest money can buy. Beer has a lot of carbon dioxide, but also a lot of water, too. Try the wines, are the most suitable (table type ) . If you want something better, you have to pay for it. As non alcoholic drinks, carbonated drinks or orange, apple, pineapple juices, on dispensers. Different (good) tea selections, instant cafe. As policy no beverage in cans or bottles, for free.
General services: all staff are very polite and ready to help ; for me, as I considered out of season, their mistakes are due to the shortage of personnel only.
Beach, swimming pools: nice & clean, with very nice view and arrangements, unfortunately was practicable only the pool with heated water (but for me not enough, was still cold); as the location is on the way to the sea, are some cold winds, too. In season are 2 more pools, an Olympic one and a very nice another, with bar, etc. Also is an aqua park available.
Entertainment: some young persons, in the team 90% only Russian speakers (but normal, as you will see below why); little bit unprofessional' s, but as said, was no season.
As general overview, from 2005 up to date, the quality of the services and food in Hurghada (including beverages) are going down. Maybe is because of massive Russian & Ukrainian investments that are giving permanently a huge flow of tourists from these countries (so no problems of competition) and good prices. As noticed, more than 95% are coming from former USSR, and Russian language is spoken and written everywhere. As those people know how to enjoy a vacation is Ok for me, but as English speaker sometimes is rather difficult to get me understood in the hotel or in the area .
Anyway, overall I was satisfied and really enjoyed the few days of vacation.
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