In the absence of opportunity to rate this hotel as GOOD in the overall rating, I am taking the opportunity to do so in my review instead. We have just returned from Egypt after staying at this hotel for a week and would say that we really did enjoy it, but it does have some good and bad points. As stated by others, the location itself is very good for many local amenities including shops, bars, buses etcetera, but be very wary of pick-pockets when venturing out onto the main street. We had three attempts made from pick pockets in just a week, so be very careful where you keep your wallets and a tight grip of handbags. Of course the latter is nothing to do with the hotels, but I think very worthy of a mention. The hotel is in pretty good condition and the walking areas in its grounds quite pretty and very pleasant. We were in room 259, and whilst we found our room to be of a decent size, comfortable, and with a lovely view of some of the gardens, pool and the sea from the balcony; it did however suffer from being in close proximity of a hotel alley way which the staff and workmen came clattering through, with god knows what, at ridiculously early times in the morning, which was quite annoying when you are still trying to sleep. Also we could hear sounds from the adjoining disco but this was not all that loud, and less annoying than that of the alley Our room was kept spotlessly clean with our pillow slips, sheets and towels changed every day, but despite tipping the room attendants every other day to encourage good service, the last two mornings the room attendants left our duvets folded up at the bottom of the beds for us to make the beds ourselves, so we did not leave a tip on the last day. The room had adequate amenities but there was no tea and/or coffee facilities in there, nor was there a clock radio. We have stayed in hotels with no in-room tea/coffee facilities before, but never one that does not supply a clock! The overall cleanliness of the hotel we also found to be very good, and we saw windows being cleaned all the time and the pool and garden areas being well attended to, though some of the sun loungers could have been kept a lot cleaner, and some of the tiles in and around the pool features were cracked. Although the hotel beach is quite small, it is good to be able to walk straight into the sea which is lovely and warm once in it, and the views are very picturesque. Whilst we enjoyed a lot of the food that was on offer, we did find some of the choices were a little unusual, and would say not very accommodating to the British palate, but unlike some other reviewers, we did not suffer any ill effects from any of the food we ate there. To be fair, this hotel does not seem to get many English tourists there , so if you are English and reading this review, you may wish to consider this point. Also, I think that the hotel caters more towards the all inclusive clientele, as we encountered several problems trying to pay for drinks etcetera as we had them as opposed to charging them to our room. We never do all inclusive so we did find this quite an annoyance. As others have said, some of the staff are quite rude in their manner or attitude, but we found most of them to be very good and polite. Even the attendants on the beach area seem to be watching their area more than is obvious, as when I had a minor accident in the sea and went to the pool shower with my partner to attend to it my self, an attendant must have seen me hobbling over the beach and appeared quickly to attend to my wounds, sitting me down on a chair, cleaning my wounds and applying liberal amounts of iodine. Although this is not the type of holiday that we would normally choose, (we were booked to re-visit Luxor which got cancelled due to the current climate in Egypt), if we were to do it again, we probably would use this hotel again as ultimately we did find more good than bad, and really became quite comfortable there. Also, for those who have children with them, the children staying there seemed to be enjoying themselves very much.
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- Bella Vista Hurghada
- Bella Vista Hotel Hurghada