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El Samaka Beach Hotel
Ranked #210 of 221 Hotels in Hurghada
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“Hotel with a private beach”
Reviewed October 17, 2010

We were lucky as we got a room 50 from the sea. Beautiful sea view. Hotel has also a nice garden with birds that make nice sound.
I like snorkeling and I didn't have to travel far from hotel to do that every time - in few minutes after I left my room I was in the sea to see colorful corals and fish. Better snorkeling of course is deeper in the sea, but you must take a boat for that.
Food was typical for hotels in this area. It was not allowed to bring food and drinks from the street, but after few days the guard recognizes you and it is possible to come to an agreement.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 28, 2010

Ok, firstly, we WANTED a cheap and cheerful holiday, and booked with a little less thought that what we should have.
The hotel itself is 2 star at best if comparing to a typical UK hotel, so do not be fooled by 3* rating.
The hotel itself offers very little in the form of entertainment/excursions and what they do have is poor/overpriced.

I am not going to rant and rave about the bad things, as like the titls suggests, "we got what we paid for"
Weather and beach is great. Boat trips are good, Snorkelling is great (not hotel)
Food is dire, hotel staff are useless, we were the only English speaking couple, and the Russian are certainly....lets say "odd"

Would never go back here, and probably not to Egypt to be honest, but i am sure there are fantastic places to go, this is just my opinion!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed July 5, 2010

As others already explained:
Rooms - very poor, dirty, linens in gray colour, furniture - more than 30 years old;
Bathrooms - average size, but dirty and badly maintained
Restaurant – split in 2 parts one for 4 star hotel El Samaka Comfort and the other for El Samaka beach which is the 3 star hotel. The food is very poor. Not many vegetables and fruits. Main courses were mainly with rise and potatoes. Since my stay there I am not a big fan of rise…. Had to eat rise for a whole week…
Reception – very impolite! We had a booking for a trip to Cairo. The same night the clock was changing. The receptionist didn’t take into account that fact and woke us up 1 hour earlier. As we had to wait more then 1 hour for the bus to come and asked for coffee, but it was refused.
We paid about 400 EUR for a HB week. The Russians were paying half price for All inclusive!!!
Avoid this hotel at all price!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2010

Very nice hotel with good food, beach and swimming pool

Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Russia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2009

I spent in El Samaka beach 12 days. Firslty, there are 2 hotels within the same building: a 4 star el samaka comfort and a 3 star el samaka beach. They share the same dinning area, the same beach and the same swimming pool. Moreover just opposite both hotels there is hotel Desert Inn that shares the same beach with those 2 hotels. Some of the clients of El Samaka beach are living in 1 floor bungalos, where I was actually living. It was not that horrible. The meal was the same every day. For breakfast-omelet, potatoes, sausages, pancakes, cornflakes, cheese and bakery. For supper and dinner fish, meat, chicken, rice, potatoes were served. There was lack of fresh vegetables, only tomatoes and cucumbers as well as lack of fresh fruit. As for drinks, you have to sign for everything what you are drinking (probably, for control because some of guests have not all inclusive package). The swimming pool is a bit small but I didn't use it because I like sea and honestly I've been there only twice when our animation team invited to aqua excircises. The beach is OK. There is lagoon, where you can swim with a matrass, as well as direct entry to the sea. The only thing is that it was very windy everyday that is why those people who like to swim a lot would experience some difficulties with waves. Everyday there is animation perfomances, like fire show or show with snakes, Mr or Ms hotel. The thing there is that maybe 96% of all tourists in the hotel are Russians that is why probably, for foreigners that would be a bit boring. Consequently, the hotel is OK for those who are planning to stay there about 4 hours per day-for meal, sleep and animation. Late in the evening you can go a) go to metro club (free entrance for girls with 1 drink) which is just incide the hotel, d) go to HardRock Cafe, which is opposite the hotel c) go to the center of Hurghada that will cost you 2 dollars. Please, decide the price with a taxi driver before you get into a car! otherwise you'll be in a trouble. Paradiso club was nice, b.t.w. As for excursions, I write now for Russians and others, who come here with travel agencies-don't buy excursions from your agents because they are 3 times more expensive!!! Next to the hardRock cafe there is an agency Shanin Tours where you can find anything you want. I went to Cairo, to Luxor, Paradise Island, safari and diving with them and do not regret at al. For those who are searching for extreme they should try safari on a scooter. I took for 5 hours and that costed me 25$. That was really very interesting ,when during the night on a high speed you are crossing the desert! What else can I say... People, who are going alone, in particular girls-don;t be afraid! Of course there is too much attention for singles but as soon as you say No and do not insult Egyptians you'll be fine. Once again, if you are looking for a budget vacation and not planning to stay the whole day in the hotel, El Samaka is OK, you don't even have to look at El Samaka Comfort. Have a nice trip! It won't be that scary!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
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Alex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2009

No room service, smiley restaurant, bad and old fashion toilets, narrow beach, none professional staff. They claim that they are four stars for Alsamaka comfort but they hardly reach 1 star!! telephones are not working in the hotel!!

Compared to other hotels in price and in service can be considered one of the worst hotels in Hurghada and that is what Hurghada residents confirmed but we knew this after registration. I will never come to this hotel again!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
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Delhi
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2008

TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, DISGUSTING........Thus hotel is for the serious and hard core budget traveler. If you enjoy the company of the cold and unfriendly eastern Europeans, especially the Russians then this dirt hole will suite your pocket.

Stayed December 2007
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Property: El Samaka Beach Hotel
Address: Sheraton Road, Hurghada, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Hurghada
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Ranked #210 of 221 Hotels in Hurghada
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Hotel Class:3 star — El Samaka Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 190
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