This holiday was booked with onthe beach.com,so flights were with easyjet..so lets say no more than that. No in flight entertainment and running late as usual.
Hurghada is a jungle,you must at all costs get your visas at the bank which is on the left as you go in. There will be lots of people trying to get them for you and will have your name on a board when you go in,these are like ticket touts who will bump up the price of your visas,we paid 66 pounds for 6 of us.
This was very quick and efficient,the staff are friendly and speak very good English. We filled in forms for the people staying in each room and pasports were taken as per usual and we could collect them half an hour later which was no problem. We were then taken to see our rooms which were next door to each other as requested. Luggage arrived a few minutes later as they drive it round (no elevators).
The rooms are more than adequate and clean,bathroom with shower etc. No tea and coffee facilities (which could improve them further) but they do 24 hr drinks in lobby reception.Room was cleaned daily and towels were changed if you left them in the shower. We did tip our maid who will be a male and he did make us towel shapes etc.and left extra water in the fridge. He will also bring you clean pool towels when you ring reception..so you do not need to take any towels.
The staff are always friendly and willing to help especially Mohammed and Alladin in the reception bar(yes we did tip them , but this pays off as most of the guests are eastern european and push in and are very rude so if they saw you coming they would get your drinks for you and they do work hard).There was a couple of staff members who were rude and ignorant of women and they worked in the Tagine restaurant so we just ate and left but overall they were good.
All of them are clean.They have an activity pool where music and games are played etc.but there are more than enough pools to choose from and plenty of sunbeds,we never struggled to get any even though we were in the school holidays even at 9.30 am you could find beds.Slides are good and only open at regular intervals and there are no lifeguards about so be careful. Pool area floors get v hot and you need to wear pool shoes or flip flops everywhere you walk.
This hotel is in between the Vista and the Albatross you can eat at any of their restaurants any time,but the al a carte resaurants had to be booked a day in advance at the Albatross reception and that was easy enough. There are 3 of these Italian,Tagine(local cuisine) and chinese. Food was ok at these restaurants but not top notch. I have had better in other countries,but it makes a nice change from the buffet restaurant. There is also pizza and chips available most of the day and afternoon tea in reception and lunch in the buffet restaurant and ice cream for about 8 hours...basically you cannot grow hungry. Some of our group did have bad stomachs some were worse than others but you do have to check meat is cooked thoroughly and no ice and try to avoid salads etc.as they wash this with tap water. Basic knowledge really.
You can pretty much drink all day. Husband said the beer was good and not watered down as we have encountered before in other countries. Red wine was also v good . Cocktails are also available in your all inclusive and many spirits. My only complaint is ther is no diet coke anywhere and the other stuff is very sugary so I drank water or soda water which is all self service.
My husband ,2 sons and brother in law did the quad biking trip as two of us were ill that day. They said it was a good trip but would not do the whole day next time as it was very busy and the camels and horses did not look like they loved all the riding around. They did visit the bedouin village and had food etc.
This is ok but be warned it is geared towards our eastern europeans and not for the English,but it was ok.
Overall as a last minute booking and only for a week is was a good holiday and the sun is hot everyday which is what you want and we are firm believers in a holiday is what you make of it.Would I go back? Probably not but only because this is not geared up for the English and my children needed some company which is essential when on holiday. This is a nice hotel and the staff are great if you want to get away and bot talk to anybody else.
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- Also Known As:
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