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“Wonderful holiday, the staff can't do enough and exceeded all expectations” 5 of 5 stars
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Sol Y Mar Dar El Madina
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Om El Gorayfat Bay, Km 67 Qusier | Madinat Coraya, Marsa Alam, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #3 of 63 hotels in Marsa Alam
Newbury, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful holiday, the staff can't do enough and exceeded all expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Arrived back in the UK on 6th February after a week at this hotel. It is just fantastic to enjoy a winter break. The rooms are lovely, the staff are friendly and attentive and the food is good. The atmosphere is relaxed and one feels at home. It was notable that many of the guests had stayed there before. It is quite a small hotel so very friendly as well, which you don't get with the bigger hotels. Less than a 5 minute walk to the beach with a private area for the hotel. but once there you have a beach bar serving your inclusive drinks and snacks. There is a long jetty out over the water that gives access to the extensive reef and if you are into snorkelling this is paradise. You can also just swim out from the beach and the coral and fish are amazing.There is a dive school for serious divers but when you can see a manta ray with just snorkelling gear why bother. Would recommend to anyone, probably the best hotel I've stayed in for service and hospitality,
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

We have just returned from a two week holiday and were blown away by this hotel; from the moment we arrived to the moment we left we were looked after in a manner that was both friendly and helpful without being intrusive.
This hotel is the smallest of the 5 around the bay which was why we chose it as we much prefer a small and personal hotel, our room was absolutely huge (family room) but with much more space than expected, lovely bathroom with wet room shower, plenty of storage for both clothes and bags. We had bottled water delivered every day as part of the AI along with an assortment of swans, flowers a monkey and on my Birthday even a cake (all made of towels) our room boy was fastidious in his cleaning and our room as absolutely spotless. The whole hotel was immaculately clean and scrupulously tidy. The food was really good with a great selection in the main restaurant, chefs always on hand to talk to you or help if needed and the service staff were amazing nothing was too much trouble and they were so happy and helpful. The beach and pool bars were an eye opener as both had their own chefs and all of the snacks cooked from scratch and to order. The bar staff again friendly, helpful and happy we soon knew everyone’s names from Management to room boy (I won't single any out here as every single one of them would deserve a mention) which was definitely the type of hotel we hoped we had booked. I cannot sing this Hotel's praises enough all I can say is try it you will not be disappointed.
We were told that the massages were expensive but every good, we did a deal and had one each, each week they were in my mind good value and worth every penny.
We saw several of the animations teams evening productions all of which were very good, like the hotel the animation team is small but perfectly formed, just 5, always on hand to play the usual holiday games during the day but not remotely pushy if you just wanted to lie in the sun.
The pool area and private beach were both again clean and well cared for but also quite and relaxing.
The bay area has an amazing house reef where we spent many an hour diving and snorkelling there is an abundance of life right on your doorstep and easily accessed from the purpose built jetty.
There are a selection of shops in and around the souk area an I am sure you really can buy anything you might need.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

This is just a fantastic hotel to enjoy a winter break. The rooms are lovely, the staff are friendly and attentive and the food is good. The atmosphere is relaxed and one feels at home. It was notable that many of the guests had stayed there before. The only slight disadvantage is the 5 minute walk to the beach, but once there you have a beach bar serving your inclusive drinks and snacks. There is a long jetty out over the water that gives access to the extensive reef and if you are into snorkeling this is paradise. There is a dive school for serious divers but when you can see a manta ray with just snorkeling gear why bother. So pack mask flippers and snorkel anf go and enjoy or just laze in the sunshine and chat to other guests as my wife did.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Fantastic small hotel (by eygtian size) staff dealt with everything with a smile, nothing was too much trouble, food was best ive had in a dozen visits to eygpt. Beach a few minutes away with a private area for the hotel. Not much around if shopping is your thing, some will be built out on the main road soon, water park behind hotel , reef is excellent , better if you swim to the right pass the bouys, saw dolphins turtles as well as the usual red sea delights, over all a great week, even if it did rain for thefirsttime in years!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

I am going to try and keep this review short as this is such a good destination and hotel for a relaxing break that part of me wants to keep it a secret. However , this hotel and the service from all the staff really deserve recognition . We have been to this hotel twice now both times in December and had an excellent experience. The hotel is spotless and staff are friendly and attentive and work very hard to ensure you have a good holiday . In regards to food the selection and quality is good and the Chefs are present in the restaurant and ensure that everything meets your personal needs and will go out of their way to meet dietary needs. They also make lovely chocolates. The hotel is set back from a bay and is short walk from the hotel, snorkelling is good . For those who like a lively night life this is not the place for you as entertainment is centred around the hotel. We plan to go back again this year and cannot wait.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Totally agree with comments of Moscowgaff.Nothing too much trouble for the staff and management, especially Youseff the front of house assistant manager. Waleed and Hassan at the bar were two of the most attentive and friendly barstaff giving an excellent service. This does not take away from the rest of the staff who provided an excellent standard of service and friendliness. Hotel spotlessly clean. Would recommend this hotel to any who wants snorkelling or pure relaxation with sunshine thrown in.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Lovely hotel which is kept spotlessly clean eveywhere. Friendly, smiling attentive staff throughout the hotel.
Mahmood provided us with different towel sculptures daily, all the restaurent staff remembered our tea/coffee and drinks orders. Hassan and Waleed on the bars made delicious non alcoholic and alcoholic cocktails.
Youssef, the manager, responded to comments, requests and suggestions promptly to ensure that all your needs were catered for.
We enjoyed fresh fruit, yogurt, eggs or omlettes for breakfast. There is a pasta station every lunch and dinner time in the restaurent in addition to 4 or 5 hot dishes. Food is also available from the restaurent's outdoor grill each evening - kebab, burger, chicken, fish etc. We always found something to our taste
You will be amazed at the sealife you can see just by walking out into the sea or gazing over the side of the jetty. The sea is warm even at this time of year and the corals, fish and sea life we saw when snorkelling was fantastic.
We had a wonderful holiday and would certainly revisit this hotel

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Om El Gorayfat Bay, Km 67 Qusier | Madinat Coraya, Marsa Alam, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Marsa Alam
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Marsa Alam
#3 Romantic Hotel in Marsa Alam
#3 Family Hotel in Marsa Alam
#3 Luxury Hotel in Marsa Alam
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Hotel Class:4 star — Sol Y Mar Dar El Madina 4*
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