My friend and I stayed at the Aqua Blu last week and had a great time. We had a twin room which was clean, modern and spacious. There was a problem with the shower when we arrived but that was rectified very swiftly after a call to housekeeping. In fact, any problems we had were dealt with swiftly by either reception or housekeeping. The food at the hotel was fine, just what you would expect from an All Inclusive Hotel, pasta, meat, salad and vegetables. It is not gourmet food but quite edible. The food hygiene standards seemed better than when I was in Sharm as I didn't get ill at all on this trip. In Sharm we all came down with a touch of Dehli belly. The other good thing about this hotel was that bottles of water were available whenever you wanted it – no need to queue up at a bar – just go to one of the many massive fridges that just had water in them. The only drawbacks to the room was that there was no safe. But, there is a safe deposit box in reception that you can use for about GBP10.
The entertainment on-site was good, there was a guy singing lots of Eurotrash numbers at the Albatross beach bar from say 9:00 to 11:30. You could then go to the Bridge Disco (at the front of the hotel) until 2 or 3 in the morning. Or, if you wanted to go offsite, the Hard Rock Café in New Town is a good night out.
The beach is a 5-10 minute walk away. The part where the Aqua Blu guests can go is o.k., but not the best part of the beach. There is a lovely breeze though and if you are into Kite Surfing you can get lessons on the beach.
One other thing I would mention though, make sure you agree a price with the taxi drivers before you get in and make sure you give them clear instructions on where you want to go. We asked for the Hard Rock Cafe and ended up at his mates shop. The hard Rock Cafe is based in New Town and should cost about 40 Egyptian pounds, and about 60 after midnight. I would recommend using the Taxi Service at the hotel (desk by the front of the hotel) to take you where you want to go. You can pay up front and arrange to be collected at the end of the evening.
All in all I would say this is a really good hotel. We didn't feel under pressure to leave tips but we did leave them when deserved.
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- Aqua Blu Hurghada