This hotel is set in a wonderful location on the Red Sea with a large private beach and attractive gardens. That is the good news but the whole experience leaves a lot to be desired.
The food is way below average for a so called 4 star hotel; repetitive, bland, greasy and lacking in flavour. Steer well clear of anything labelled beef or veal and if you like your bacon and sausage for breakfast you are not just in the wrong hotel you are in the wrong country. The restaurant service was dreadful. Hardly a meal went by without having to ask, sometimes 3 or 4 times, for the table to be set correctly. The waiters were like headless chickens, dashing around without a clue as to what they should be doing. Fawlty Towers without the laughs.
And don't even think of taking your unfinished wine with you to the bar lounge for your after meal coffee. Your exit from the dining area will be blocked and your wine will be confiscated. Why? You tell me! I don't speak Arabic.
All of this relates to the main block where we and most residents were located. There is another building, more modern and sometimes called the Saga block which we dined at towards the end of our stay. I recommend it. It's like a different world, excellent food and superb service in a relaxing environment. Definitely 4 star.
This was our first visit to Egypt and it will be our last. This hotel employs about 500 staff and guess what? Not one of them is female. No different to any other hotel in the country I was told. Fair enough, if that's how they want to do things it's no business of mine, but if I'd known this beforehand I'd never have stayed there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fort Arabesque Resort, Spa, & Villas promises tranquilityand opulence with its 444 luxurious rooms, suites, privateapartments and 14 newly built villas.Four dining venues, five swimming pools, including a children's pool(three of which are heated), a state-of-the-art gym, world class Thai managed Spa and sports facilities as well as I-Dive, a five-starIDC PADI dive center, guarantee a fun and unforgettable hotel experience.Inspired by the Sardinian roots of its architects, FortArabesque Resort & Spa combines distinctive Italianand Arabic accents in its architecture, from its imposingmedieval fort structure to its interior touches and décor,where the different shades of Egyptian cave stones fromAswan blend with the antique fine wood furnishings oforiental designs.We would like to introduce our new concept as well, which is unique in Egypt.Nestled within the Fort Arabesque resort, The Villas offer its guests luxurious accommodation, space and privacy in addition to a more personal and dedicated service. Each of the 14 Villas (8 units with 1 bedroom + 1 bathroom, 6 units with 2 bedrooms + 2 bathrooms) is tastefully decorated to reflect the mix of Arabic accents and Mediterranean influences of the Fort Arabesque Resort. All units have private garden and terrace with private access to a secluded swimming pool exclusive to The Villas. To ensure a fast and efficient service, the check-in is done through a private reception. The residents also have access to the Pavilion which is a private lounge where the villa guests can enjoy a semi-served upgraded breakfast in the morning. For lunch and dinner time the Pavilion functions as an A’la Carte Restaurant, giving the opportunity to enjoy a fine dining experience. The extra benefits of the Villa Guests include free Wi-Fi, free Gym usage and various discounts in the different outlets of the hotel.Guests at The Villas are free to use all the facilities and enjoy the same ‘all inclusive’ benefits at the resort with quick access to the main restaurant and the beach as well. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Fort Arabesque
- Fort Arabesque Makadi Bay
- Fort Arabesque Hurghada