We stayed in the Albatros Palace in November 2011. It is a beautiful hotel with lovely gardens and pool area, a lot of facilities and comfortable rooms.
However, the "software" of the hotel is a typical Egyptian (so called) 5 stars... How often did the staff forget our drinks, or bring them after ages (or bring the wrong ones ;-) Also no service by the pool ; sometimes at the beach, but certainly not regularly.
Instead of this, we often had to queu half an hour just to get a drink (in plastic cups) at the beach or pool...
Yes there is plenty of choice of food in the evening with several restaurants, as people mention here, but the quality of the food is really poor. It is plain 'cantine' food, lots of fries, pasta, pizza,... Nothing refined or really good (and believe me, I am not fussy and eat everything - as long as it is of good quality). Lunch was even worse (and never a la carte, always buffet).
There were not enough sunbeds: by the time we had breakfast and got at the pool around 09:30-10:00, all sunbeds were already taken. Luckily, we found some at the beach. So, after a couple of days, we did what everybody else apparently did: we woke up at 07:30 to 'reserve' a sunbed by the pool... ;-)
Animation was loud and very present, not very professional, although not ennoying.
All in all, this is a beautiful hotel with great facilities and infrastructure. If you are looking for a nice setting, plenty of entertainment and a lively atmosphere, and you don't expect 5 star food and service, the hotel still has a lot to offer.
However, having stayed in other hotels in Hurghada (paying only a bit more than for Albatros Palace actually), we would definitely not go back.
We have been to the Steigenberger Al Dau last month, which I could higly recommend. Yes their rates are a bit higher than the other "5 star" accomodations in the area, but it is absolutely worth every single penny! No comparison at all with the Albatros Palace...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built on 72,000 sqm, the Albatros Palace Resort delivers a beautiful beach side oasis with a wide variety of activities and attractions. The distinction of this luxurious 5-star resort lies in its great architecture, warm hospitality, finest in accommodation, dining and facilities. It is only 15 minutes from Hurghada Airport and 20 minutes from the city center. Albatros Palace Resort ensures guest comfort in every way and provides rooms and suites designed with a true sense of luxury. At this all inclusive resort, there are more opportunities for fun and adventure than you will have time to indulge in with just one visit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albatros Palace Hurghada
- Albatros Palace Hotel Hurghada