We paid 40% more than we'd normally pay for a 5* A.I. holiday in the Canneries or Turkey, but as the title of my review states, it's very good value for money.
When our Travel Agent suggested this hotel after I'd told him 10 years of A.I. had got my wife and I fed up and we were looking for something "different", with the feel of a top class hotel,being a Trip Advisor devotee, I checked out the reviews. Lets take on the negatives first, yes Germans and Russians and sunbeds and queuing don't go together, but hey, don't you know some "testing"English people? The beach is not absolutely fine sand and with hidden rocks and sharp stones can have a sharp entry into the sea, but you can either take swimming shoes or enter off the 200 metre long (fantasticly engineered) jetty. Egyptian serving staff can be a litle bit laid back, but are very friendly and help make your holiday. And the resort is big, but you then are able to take advantage of the facilities that a large resort offers. On and only one new negative from myself that I didn't notice in anyone elses review is that the hotel, although surrounded by other hotels, next door, across the road is a little bit out on its own and if you are one who likes to walk out of a resort for shopping or walking to local bars and clubs etc, this isn't the place - although taxi's are readily available and will take you anywhere!
The good things: the hotel is just over a year old and has all the great ammenities a new hotel offers, we often take our aging parents on holiday with us and I'd say (although the heat wouldn't suit them) that with the right room, it would work for them. The cleaning staff and gardeners are always working (and it shows!) the food is very good, the consept of four "themed" dining experiances; 1. Tangine (Morrocan) 2. Medditeranian 3. Italial 4. Asiatic (Chinese & Indian) worked for us, you can mix and match and if the Germans haven't got all the tables outside on the "food court" area, while one of your party can be eatting Pizza another can be eatting curry.
We were there a week (when the hotel was 75% full) and only heard of one person getting struck down by the "Egyptian tummy", we and our extended group were all fine.
We were limited to a week due to work commitments, but in actual fact I'm not sure a fortnight would have added anything to our experience - except my tan would have been darker, because if you aren't into sun, sea, swimming and snorkling or pay through the nose for trips out, there's not much else to do. The sea around the aforementioned jetty was fantasticly clear and with only a snorkle and a short swim you can be seeing coral reef and fab fish.
The Spa is one of these places you have to barter - aim for 35 - 40% lower than first price, there are bargains to be had. Never pay the hotel shops what they ask, I found myself being asked for £1.50 for a can of coke!
One of our group went to Valley of the Kings and although unmissable, a really long road trip with harrowing stops at "retail opportunities" and also at the end of the valley, ruined the experience for them.
I'd recommend this hotel to all my Trip Advisor colleagues and if you have questions, please contact me and I'll will try my best to give you the information you are looking for.
- 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