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The Grand Resort Hurghada
Ranked #75 of 222 Hotels in Hurghada
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Hi Guys (again!)

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I highly recommend that you read this to the end. It's quick and straight forward and trust me, you'll save over £200 ($300+US) per person whilst you're out in Hurghada.

I'll break this down into bite-size chunks to make it easy to follow and put *SAVE* where you can save some instant cash.


1) Airport *SAVE*
2) Hotel *SAVE*
3) Breakfast
3) Evening Meals *SAVE*
4) Taxis *SAVE*
5) Excursions & what to do **MASSIVE SAVINGS* ***BEST PART OF REVIEW :) ***

1) Airport…we flew from Manchester to Hurghada via travelzoo. 7 nights cost £280 per person. As soon as you get to the airport you will need to get a 'tourism visa'. These cost $15 USD.


PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND DON'T GET TRICKED. As soon as you enter the airport ...and I mean your first 2 or three steps into the building...you will see approx 100 local airport workers trying to hurry you along. They will try to guide you along to some make-shift stalls selling visas for £16 UK pounds = $25 USD.

They can be very convincing as they flash your booking-agent signs and logos around on cards...such as Thompson holidays, Virgin Holidays, Lastminute.com...they hurry and point and urge you along and make you think they're part of your arrival team...whereas in fact they are nothing to do with anything at all other than making some easy doe out of us all.

So...what do you do and where do you go for your visa?....Take your first 1 or two steps into the airport...IGNORE all the noise and chaos, and simply look to your left. That’s all you do! Look to your left and you will see a rather crappy looking open-counter style bank counter stall which is the official place to get your visas for the right and official price. You can easily miss the place if you just walk into the airport and get swallowed by the waiting mob…..so please...all you do is take 2 steps in...look to your left and walk over to the open-style bank counter where you will find some official guys selling you Visas at the right price. Save yourself approx £10 per person...Easy :)

2) Hotel – The hotel is clearly a 5* hotel. It’s Huge and is cleaned all around the clock. It has chandeliers that are grand and spacious and the hotel has plenty of seating areas in reception (small lifts though). The hotel has a few front gardens, evening entertainment every night such as magicians, belly dancing, snake charmers etc, and the staff really can’t do enough to help you. All the way from the receptionist to the room cleaners they all are really wonderful.

Reception and check-in was quick and easy, the bell-boy took the bags to the room. They don’t expect cash but to give them 5-10 Egyptian pounds (£1) will make them the happiest guys in town…and they will do anything for you from that point on.

The rooms are fantastic. We had a grand 4-poster double bed. The TV was a bit crap as was the fridge, but we didn’t mind as we were there for the weather and beach. The room also had an electronic safe which was good, and all the wardrobes were huge and very spacious. We had a balcony that overlooked the pool and were very happy with the cleanliness. The room was cleaned daily as was the bathroom.

The Bathroom….hmmmmm…..probably a 3* experience….spacious-enough and cleaned daily, but, you could tell the bathroom had plenty years of usage. The sink was a bit dirty and faded, the tiles on the floor were a bit cracked and worn and the bathtub had a bit of staining and mould. The air extractor didn’t work too great either…this was probably the only down-side to our stay but don’t get me wrong, no where near bad enough to complain…easily do-able for myself and wife. The shower was a great power-shower and instantly hot and the mirror in the bathroom was huge. We had the usual sockets for shavers and also had a hair dryer for the ladies.

The hotel provides a beach towel and bag set which in the bedrooms, you obviously take these to the beach and bring back each time. The cleaning boys change the used towels for clean ones daily. Don’t leave them at the beach as otherwise you’ll pay around £10-£15 for replacements! Ouch…

*SAVE* Because it’s a hot country, you all need to drink a lot of water to keep hydrated or you could do yourself some damage. Seriously…it got as hot as 42C during the day.

The hotel sells water for around £1.50-£2.00 per bottle, and you’ll go through about 4 of them each day, which costs you around £5. If you leave the hotel and walk for 20 seconds straight out and across the tiny road, you will walk directly to a small bank, and to the right of it is a small shop. You can buy 4 large bottles of ice cold water for £1.20. Another quick saving and trust me, it all adds up for virtually no effort at all.

The pool is delightful…large enough, sparkling clean, warmish water and really really great fun. However, the sea is what I’m sure most people go for….again, the beach was amazing outside and I think the majority of tourists were German and Russians…most of the brits probably were in Sharm El Sheikh.

Served from 6:30 to 10:00am. Restaurant is huge, indoors and cool, or outdoors in the morning sun…take your pick. Fresh omelette, beef sausages (all meat is halal and has no blood content) steamed vegetables , hard boiled eggs, cheeses, salads, beans, roast potatoes, yoghurts, fruits, fruit juices, cakes, biscuits and pasteries…eat as much as you want.

Just be aware of flies that sometimes get into the breakfast area and sit on the fruits. Also, if the food from the previous day wasn’t finished in breakfast, they’ll serve it the following day …..other than that breakfast is great. Be aware though, they do start cleaning up the tables at 9:45 sometimes so get breakfast in good time.

Evening Meals – Don’t bother eating in the hotel – the food is much of a muchness, go out in a cab, see the place, enjoy yourself, eat out at a variety of places for half the price.

Evening Meals
The hotel food was….average and very repetitive…some of it I’m sure from the breakfast leftovers… Jump in a taxi and eat out where the locals eat for 1/3 to ½ of the price. Jump in the taxi, pay 20 Egyptian pounds, get to the El-Dahar area and take your pick. El-Dahar is a busy suburb, loads and loads of shopping to be done, eating out and enjoying the real lifestyle of the Egyptian Arabs of the area. You could easily spend a day there looking and browsing. My wife and I ate out at a fish restaurant, had a big meal with drinks and it cost us about £6!!!

These boys sit in orange and black cabs outside the hotel whistling at you, shouting ‘Hey David’…. ’Hey Guy’ ….‘ Hey Man’ ….’You look like you need taxi!’…..all day and all night long lol.

It’s nothing bad nor aggressive nor rude….funny at first but then very boring later. They try to get you into a conversation so best thing is not to look at them unless you need them, otherwise you’ll spend unnecessary 5-10 mins apologising each time.

The thing to do is to agree your fare before you sit in the car…do not be daft and sit in and then ‘let’s go’ as otherwise you’ll end up paying for it…and doing it my way (the locals and normal way) will save you about £20 or so for the small quick local trips.

As an example…travelling to the local Arab precinct El-Dahar will cost you 20 Egyptian pounds, where as the drivers will want 50. Just hold your ground politely and don’t give in….remember, if they don’t agree, there are 5 million other drivers that will drive by every 20-30 seconds.


Right, you better get a pen and paper….

When you get to the hotel, you eat, relax, shower etc…then the next morning you are assigned a representative who will do a good job of telling you all good, the bad and ugly things to be aware of. E.g. keep up with the water and liquids…using sun-block cream (you will need sun-block), and obvious things like not taking lots of cash with you on short journeys etc. They will also introduce all the activities and things to do during your stay…with a tidy price tag!

Here is a sample list of activities that you can do via The Grand Resort

Quad-biking (called desert safari)
Trips to Cairo
Camel Riding and more

The reps make their living by selling these activities. However, they themselves buy the deals from agents located 5 minutes away from the hotel at half the price!!! Seriously, leave the hotel and visit the shops to the right of the hotel and you’ll see all the stalls and excursion shops before your eyes with different prices to those of the rep...cheeky hey!

We met a nice guy called Shazilli, about 30 yrs old (pronounced Shaz+eel+ee) who runs a business for activities and excursions…he simply said, ‘find me your best price and I’ll beat it’…which he did every time! He had two offices, one in Hurghada and one somewhere else I can’t remember.

We ended up doing the deep sea snorkelling (Lots of Oh My God moments because of the variety of fish you see, the cleanliness of the ocean and…because we had a free nice meal on the boat too!hehe), the trip to paradise island (Giftun Island AKA PARADISE Island, as the locals call it….squeaky clean and relaxing) Quad Biking (2 hours)and camel riding. We did a trip to Cairo, a different trip to Humaithra ( Humaithra has old mosques and is really really in the middle of the desert where real bedouins live)….it was amazing, absolutely amazing.

Put it this way, a visit to Cairo for a day-trip in a crappy taxi would cost approx £80-90 per person…we went with a bunch of us for about £90 all inclusive in an almost new air-conditioned mini-bus! Now that was a spectacular one off deal, I doubt he’ll give that price again but, you will always get the cheapest price with this guy. He spoke English well, I heard him speak German, not so sure about Russian though but you could always try hey….

You will get to do all the great things the locals do rather than just the ‘flog it expensive to the thick tourists’ nonsense. If you take anything away from this review it’s got to be saving yourself some serious cash with this guy. We will definitely go back and I’m in touch with the chap every few weeks to keep the relationship warm.

If you’re going to stay in the Grand Resort, you will have no problems like virtually all of the guests. The hotel pools is delightfully clean and spacious, and the views from the room are great….I think we had 1135…though I can’t remember now.

Overall our holiday was made even better because we met Shazilli who is generally an awesome lad. He did a great job of taking us around and getting us cheap prices which meant we spent more on gifts and bought back a few quid too. We tipped him £10 per day though he always was modest and said no a few times before giving in. We saved over £300 with all the excusrions because of Shazili. I HIGHLY recommend anyone that wants to do activities out there to use this chap. Like the rest of the Egyptians, he couldn't do enough for you and has a mobile on him 24/7.

Overall, I’d be happy to stay at the Grand Resort time after time, but moreso knowing that I can get whatever I want, wherever I like at the normal non rip-off prices because of Shazili whether it's to do stuff, go places or eat out.

If anyone would like his details please feel free to get in touch via email or via trip advisor and I’ll be happy to help. I hope this review helps you in making your choice where to stay and helps save you a few quid.

My wife and I loved our time out there, the hotel was great, we hope you enjoy the same too. Please feel free to ask me anything I will come back to you honestly and normally in 48 hrs and if you enjoyed this review, please cilck like :)

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the pool..they always have spare
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

I'm writing this review while still on our 3-week stay at the Grand Resort, and here's our main findings:

Room service:
They have three different visits to rooms on a daily basis: one for restocking the minibar in the mornings, one for cleaning the room around mid-day and one for changing the beach towels in the evening. Tip: if you don't want to get woken up before 9am for the minibar restocking, put the "do not disturb" sign on your door before going to sleep. Also, we noticed that tipping the cleaner had a big impact on the quality of the work, so the few euros per week were definitely well spent.

The restaurants:
We had the half-board option, and the food was generally very good at all the restaurants. You can surely find enough to eat at the buffet-restaurants for all kinds of diets. We visited the Mediterraneo ala carte restaurant few times, and although the food was great, you quickly run out of the options that are included in the half-board option. Tip: try to visit the breakfast and dinner buffets as early as possible. We found that the food is more fresh and simply tastes better then.

Places to visit around the hotel:
Our favourite establishment was definitely the Candy Bar (located right outside the resort, on the right-hand side in the Grand Mall). It serves very cheap drinks and waterpipe, and has a free wi-fi for their customers (through which I'm also wiritng this review now). There is also an Internet-cafe next door, but usually the quality of the connection is the same everywhere so I wouldn't pay extra for it. The sports bar on the left-hand side of the Grand Mall is also nice for the sports fans, although the drinks over there cost almost triple compared to Candy Bar.
For shopping, the Cleopatra Bazar about 1km on the right-hand side and the Siva Mall about 1,5km on the left-hand side of the resort are very good options for cheap, fixed-price souvenir and clothes shopping.

Beach and pools:
Are simply awesome! The pool boys assist in arrangng your towels and the umbrellas, and the pools at the resort are probably the best in Hurghada (even compared to Hilton and other much more expensive options). They also have enough sunbeds everywhere, so there's no need to reserve them (this is also not officially allowed by the rules of the hotel). The beach can be found by walking through the sister hotel, The Grand Hotel. You can also find various sport activities at the beach.

The drinks issue:
As stated already by many others, the drinks are not included during the dinners, and you have to order them from the waiters. The drinks at the resort are the same all over, and ridiculously expensive: they charge prices that are 3-10 times more expensive than in the next-door supermarkets (also on the right-hand side of the Grand Mall). You are not officially allowed to bring your own drinks and food to the Grand Resort. However, the doormen are not enforcing this too heavily, so you can make your your own conclusions what to do with the drinking water etc. The shop and bar owners know this, and usually help you in hiding the groceries in your bags.

The guests at the resort:
Most of the guests are Germans, and we also found the best price through a German travel agency (last minute 3-week half-board stay inclusive of flights for a little over 500€ per person). Besides the Germans, the rest are mixed between Nordics, British and Russians, but be prepared to get approached in German by all the staff at the resort, as it is clearly the main language there.

So all in all, The Grand Resort is 100% recommendable for an affordable, luxurious and relaxing holiday.

Room Tip: We had a room with a street view on a 4th floor, and this proved to be very good option for us. The...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

This was my 3rd visit to Grand Resort since 1999. The hotel is still very well maintenaned.
Pools are clean. 1 big pool for adults and 1 small pool for kids were heated.

Try Mediterannean a-la-carte restaurant - it's FREE for HB guests. Though the choice in free menu is not really mind-blowing, all the dishes are nicely done. I bet you try finger-licking Hot Calamari Appetizer and Fish Fillet "Cote-d'Azur". In all oulets around resort service is quick and efficient.

Special thanks to Mr. Erwin R. Popov, the General Manager, for excellent VIP-customer approach, room-upgrade and fresh fruit baskets.

Also thanks to Ms. Galina Aleksandrova, Guest Relations Supervisor, she delivers quick and professional customer's support and always provides a helpful info about hotel features.

Overall, my stay at the GR was splendid. Would I go back again? Definitely!

Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

We've been to egypt several times and stayed 2 times at this hotel.

When you get there the first time (normally at night) you may use the hotel complex map to find your room (could be tricky).

Since it is so hot in egypt we always just book half-board because you won't be able to eat a lot for lunch. the pool bar provides snacks during the day, so thats a good choice if you are getting hungry.

There is one big buffet restaurant and a smaller buffet restaurant where you can eat. There is a "rush hour" sometimes where anyone goes to eat - so better you choose to eat a bit later than the rest. You can choose from various egyptian, italien, asian buffets - there is just for everybody something to eat! However - the quality of the smaller buffet restaurant is better. We always chose this one. Outside the hotel (but still hotel complex) is also another snack bar where you can smoke shisha plus an italian restaurant > the pizzas are very good!

the normal double room provides a balcony and is very spacious. the cleaning service is very good. there is also a mini bar in the room.

The Grand Resort is not directly on the beach - you will need to cross the street and use the beach of the sister hotel "Grand Hotel". So far no problem. the beach is Ok - there is also a beach restaurant and they provide snacks to go.

The Grand Resort is not directly in the center of Hurghada. But you can catch a taxi to get there (Sheraton Road) - about 5USD. You MUST negociate the price BEFORE you get in the taxi, otherwise you pay too much or it leads to long discussions. The center (Sheraton Road) has nice bars to sit and smoke shisha, some bazars and tourist shops, mc donalds... the new marina has several, good restaurants if you want to eat outside the hotel. Also there is a ministry of sound in Hurghada and some other discoteques. Its safe at night - never had problems.

We'd highly recommend you (if the political situation allows it) to visit cairo or luxor!
The hotel provides 1-2 day trips > please choose those! > there are locals who provide tours like that as well but they use mini buses... The official tours cross the desert in armed convoys. the mini buses dont do that, they literally avoid the checkpoints! Please for your safety - use the tours provided by the hotel!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank nana d
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

It's a nice hotel providing good value for money, even during the New Year holidays the prices were affordable. The hotel is clearly not new but still pleasant and clean. I also liked the a la carte restaurant, the food was really tasty, the food in others was ok but not great.
Advantages include:
- nice bed in the deluxe room;
- the room was spacious;
- nice view;
- nice territory and pools;
- the nearby beach;
- the staff was ok.
The downsides were the location, the hotel is far from the city centre; and paying for every cup of tea or coffee. We were on FB but I never expected to pay for tea or coffee during lunch or dinner, it's not that much but leaves an unpleasant impression.
Besides there is no Wi-Fi which is also disappointing.

Room Tip: I followed the advice to get a deluxe room and never regretted. It was very comfortable and the pric...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank MoscowFir
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

I stayed with my friend in the hotel a week ago and the hotel grounds and the rooms are lovely. Bed was really, really comfortable to sleep on and hotel is quiet, no noise in the evenings or nights.

Service was in overall good but the staff was sometimes a bit slow and difficult to understand. Probably their lack of english caused that problem. Room cleaner boy you "must" tip if wanting to get good and clean service. Otherwise we did not tip the staff.

Heated pool was enough and the beach was just opposite the street, system works well.

A few big minuses:
- you are not allowed to bring beverages or food into the hotel, including water. They were reasoning it with hygiene reasons but in reality it is just a rip off as a water bottle in the hotel costs 15 LE and just outside the hotel 2 LE.
- We had a half board and the breakfast was mediocre at its best. Croissants were dry and the fruits were boring (majority of time just apples, 2 days we had tangerines and bananas). Yogurts were nice. Water in breakfast you had to buy separately. Breads were good, excluding pastries and croissants did not touch the warm breakfast bit as at dinnertime you get enough fat.

Dinner buffet was plentiful but really salty and salads were too oily. Meat and aubergine salads were nice. I gained weight in one week 3 kilos. I also managed to get diarrhea from there (just ate in the hotel, no where else). They could do more healthy options. Dessert table was a real disappointment. Cakes looked delicious but all tasteless and dry. I tried once and that was enough. My friend tried them in all 7 days and said they were same s..t every day.

I recommend the hotel to all who wish to have a lovely, relaxing 5 star accommodation but truly recommend to eat outside the hotel, food is not worth it unfortunately.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Hotel located in new hurghada so not much to do or see in the area directly by the hotel. Easy to get a taxi to sheraton street for 15 EGP.

Huge hotell, can be e bit tricky to find ones way around it at first. Many guards and plenty of staff to help. Good service and helpfull staff, but slow if one do not tip them. All pre bookings are to be made one day in advance, not more, not less.

Big room with very comfortable bed and nice balcony. Be sure to choose room with a view over poolarea and garden oterwise you will only see/hear construction areas. The whole hotel is very worn down, well cleaned but many small things are broken. Exeptionally nice garden and poolarea! A bit too few sun beds by the heated pool in the winter. At our visit 1 pool was 16 degrees, 1 was 28 degrees, 1 pool closed for construction and kids pool closed. Lovely beach towels and a bag to borrow is included in the room.
Minibar is not expensive, it is rather more expensive to buy a beer at the bar and bring to the room than to take one from the minibar. Room is cleaned, new towels and refilled minibar every day if wanted,oterwise just tell your room mantainence guy or put the "do not disturbe" at the door if you dont want service every day. Laundry service. Security box free of charge at the room.

Half board - 3 restaurants are included, but be aware that you have to pay for drinks and in the restaurant mediterraneo only a few selected meals are included in half board (no meat), check the last page in the menu! one have to pay for the rest. Food is mainly tasteless but plenty to choose from at the buffet at breakfast and dinner, so no need to go hungry.

One have to cross the road and go thru Grand Hotel to get to the ocean. Sunbeds and umbrellas are free of charge but "bellboys" will take your bags and towels for you and show you to a sun bed and expect a tip for it.

Room Tip: choose room wit view over garden and pool area
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank tigermorran
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Address: Red Sea / Corniche Road, Hurghada, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Hurghada
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#39 Top resorts Hotel in Hurghada
#48 Romantic Hotel in Hurghada
Price Range: $67 - $160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 828
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Everything at the Grand Resort is on an impressive scale. Lying right on the tourist promenade, at the very heart of the modern resort area of Hurghada, it boasts generously-sized rooms and an innovative figure of eight layout that allows one side of the hotel to cater for those seeking lively entertainment and music while the other offers tranquillity for those who simply want to relax and unwind. ... more   less 
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