Travelled here for 2 week break in early july, decided not to write my review immediately but to ponder on the pros and cons and the full holiday experience we had to allow a more balanced view report.
Beach area was excellent, plenty of space, loungers and brollies for shade,
Staff were friendly in most cases some went the extra mile for you though some just seem unhappy.
Bedrooms were basic but clean as was the bathroom, room cleaners do an average job, more tidying up than cleaning really in my opinion, evidenced by the fact that the balcony was never cleaned, and things left lying on the shower floor were still left lying there the next day on several occassions leaving me of the opinion that this area wasnt really cleaned.
Food was very average i had no problems finding something hearty to eat most days but anyone who is in the slightest way fussy or un adventurest will struggle as i noticed with my wife on quite alot of occassions.
Swimming pool area small with little shade - obviously the hotel wants you to use the lagoon area, but noteveryone likes the sea and the sand ( again not a problem for me but did bring some moans from the wife)
Evening Entertainement absolutely terrible would even go as far as to say the worst iv ever seen in my wide and varied world travels ( mostly to the same standard of hotel).
Alcohol - dire and horrible tried a hit on most things eventually managing to pallet the dark rum, lager, gin, vodka wine and the others were horrible ( as a well experienced all Inc traveller i know that the drink isnt really the best but this did hit an all time low).
The beds as reported in lots of other posts are probebly the worste i have ever slept in really do need to be fully updated (reminded me of the poor hotel beds from the 80's and 90's i really thought most hotels had adressed this area over the past 5-10 years)
The staff although friendly appear to be brainwashed into cosistantly having to ask you if everything is ok .. upto 20 or 30 times a day, in my opinion it really made a mockery of the hotels philophesy of ensureing ur stay is perfect as it made the situation of asking seem really false. (maybe if the entertainment staff spent more time.
Waiters and other resturaunt staff need to learn how to behave professionally, in general only interested in tables with younger females, difficult to get drinks or top up drinks because of this lifting food of plates for a joke!!!, far to much unprofessional interaction with diners including trying to sell trips and other hotel activities while you are eating.
No small notes ever available for tipping, no one ever has change im talking about 10 le notes = £1 (shops, taxi drivers, bars, reception) just one of their scams i suppose.
Talking of scams it seems to be the way of life in egypt from the minute you get off the plane when you arive with your visa payment till you go home the name of the game is to scam either in the shops, bars, resturaunts, taxi's etc. Having previously been in turky, tunisia, dominican and venezuella where hassling is a big way of life the egyptials take this to a new level.
All in all although my report may seem harsh at times its only my opinion and the experiences i had while there, its nowhere near the worst holiday iv had and to be honest we felt really relaxed and refreshed after my two weeks there, but i just felt it lacked in some of the more important things that we look for when going on holiday for 2 weeks.
Would i go again - possibly for a week but only to lie on the beach maybe as a winter break.
If you want a quiet relaxing beach holiday you will just about get away with it, dont expect to venture far from your resort or you will come accross that hassle and hussle of what is Hurghada.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to SUNRISE Holidays Resort. This resort is located only 500 meters from downtown. It gives you the relaxing retreat with our private island and will guarantee you an unforgettable atmosphere and the active night life of Hurghada's downtown. The resort is located at the Corniche Road in the center of Hurghada. The distance to the Hurghada international airport is approx. 5 km. ... more less
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