We stayed at this all-inclusive hotel for a week in January 2010 (18.01. – 25.01.), and would recommend it to others, particularly to families with children. The hotel has a very nice layout, friendly staff, spacious and clean rooms with large showers (very convenient for the mobility-impaired) and mini refrigerators in which you can store water and other drinks as well as snacks if you wish, a huge pool area in the middle with a special area for kids with all sorts of water rides, and its own private beach with a pier that extends far. The pool area has very nice and sturdy sunbeds, as does the beach area also.
The main building where you enter into the resort includes the reception, shops, and cafes upstairs, and the hotel’s four buffet-style restaurants downstairs. The 4 restaurants offer Moroccan, Mediterranean, Asian and Italian food, and have plenty of choices, but we were a bit disappointed at the tastiness of the main dishes. For a supposed 5-star hotel, you would expect better. The Mediterranean and Italian restaurants offered practically the same dishes, with meat sometimes so tough you could not even chew it. The one we did like was the Asian restaurant, which offered a nice variety of tasty and spicy Chinese, Thai, and Indian dishes.
Aside from the 4 restaurants, lunch and snacks can be enjoyed at the Food Court, located in the middle of the complex at the pools, and the Splash Bar by the beach. Here they offer grilled meats and sandwiches, as well as salads and desserts. I actually preferred to have my lunch here, particularly in the Splash bar.
There is an internet area in the main building upstairs with the cafes, but internet access is quite expensive and very slow, so we do not recommend it. There was supposed to be wireless access from the rooms (which you would have had to pay for), but we were told it did not work.
The hotel is quite far from the town of Hurghada, but the hotel had a shuttle bus a few times a day that goes there and back, for a fee of 3 euros per person. However, it is more convenient, and cheaper if you have 2 or more people, to hail a cab (taxi), and offer them 20 Egyptian pounds (about 2,5 euros) for a one-way trip (you might even get the ride for 15 EGP). Always negotiate the cost BEFORE getting in! Taxis drive by all the time, and stop eagerly when they see tourists.
There’s also a small bazaar downstairs right outside of the hotel’s entrance, which also has a pharmacy – very convenient for those like us who get diarrhea during their stay!
All in all, we were very happy with this hotel, although the food could use some improvement.
- 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