This busy hotel is on the southern side of Port Ghalib and thus is separated from the main area of PG by a wasteland which can only be crossed by water taxi (free – last return at 1 a.m.) or a very long walk in the hot sun. No doubt the area will be lovely when completed but that is many many years away. Clients seem to be either hotel based couples and families or live-aboard divers staying for their compulsory 24hr degassing period before returning home.
Check-in was slow, only one room key was available even though we needed two, internet access is available at $12 for one hour or $20 for 24 hours supposedly throughout the hotel but I could not get connected from my room. Late checkout after 12 noon costs an additional €20, various upgrades to full board, free drinks, free soft drinks with or without late departure all payable in £ (the range was confusing as were the currencies quoted) are also available. Any drinks and meals not included in your tariff are relatively expensive and chargeable to your room. Egypt prefers payment in foreign currency and therefore you need to keep your wits about you to ensure you are getting a good rate when settling any bill – the Egyptian pound £ rate was very good).
There are an impressive array of activities are available (as extras) via the hotel and the hotel has a link with Emperor Divers for all diving activities. How many of these you might want to do in the heat is questionable.
The hotel consists of a number of separate blocks, none with lifts (the hotel is not disability friendly), scattered around a greenish set of grounds. It has a bit of a rabbit warren feel about it. Rooms are large, in good order and reasonably well appointed. The TV has BBC World News plus other regional and European channels. The room air conditioning struggled to maintain a reasonable temperature in the fierce summer heat. For some design reason, water and sewage handling tanks seem to be in the middle of some of the grass courtyards and there certainly was a smell of something whilst I stayed there. On this occasion being away from the pool and communal areas, the room was quiet and it was easy to get to sleep. Meals are served buffet style and the choice is very large and of reasonable quality. There are a large number of swimming pools for people of all ages and abilities – some look ok for children. Travel to the airport takes not more than 15 minutes.
Check-out was straight forwards other than the fact that the Luggage Boys insisted on collecting your luggage from your room (even if you were half-way downstairs with it) and then demanded a tip and told you if it was not large enough and would not move until you gave them more.
Other than its somewhat isolated location with respect to the main part of the marina, there is nothing wrong with this hotel that should make a “not too choosy traveler” decide to stay somewhere else.
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- Also Known As:
- Marina Lodge At Port Ghalib Hotel Marsa Alam
- Marina Hotel Marsa Alam
- Marina Hotel At Port Ghalib