In February of 2013 I stayed for a week with All Inclusive at Le Pacha Resort, Hurghada, Egypt.
Check in/out went smoothly.
Clean and well-maintained garden in the middle of the resort.
According to the resort, the toilet was disinfected. On my arrival, I saw dry feces in the toilet, this is not a pleasant welcoming scene at a supposedly 4 * resort after flying six hours. I used a strong disinfectant to wash the lavatory.
The room was far from a 4 * standard and there were mould in the bathroom walls.
Animation was in Russian and aimed at the Russian clientele. They were nice, specially the foreign actors.
Clean but freezing swimming pool. Nobody could use it because of the cold water. I never managed to understand the philosophy of having a very clean swimming pool when nobody could use it anyway…… So why cleaning it every day??!!?? And for who??
The weather was warm for a few hours during the day but got pretty cold in the evenings, so you must have some Winter cloths with you, specially for the evenings. It didn't rain while I was there.
The resort’s own beach is narrow, you can’t go for a walk by the beach and it is overfilled with beach chairs. Not very romantic!
The beaches of the Red Sea are not as clean as often claimed. If you look carefully, you’ll find all kinds of garbage in the water.
The All Inclusive food was utterly disgusting, to put it mildly. Full of salt and cheap oil. The meat served was of the cheapest and lowest quality. I don’t think such meat would be allowed to be sold in EU (definitely not in Sweden)….
The All Inclusive drinks are made in Egypt, they tasted like the anti-freeze you put in your car during the Winter season, they were disgusting. Their wine, beer and whisky are not drinkable, the resort’s pubs expect the guests to buy imported alcohol instead. Drinking water was not easy to find in the resort, they were placed in very few places and you have to walk a bit to reach those places. There was often a queue to get drinking water and you have to bring your own bottle to fill it with water, it took some time for the bottle to get filled.
The glasses used to serve drinks were not washed like it is done in EU, they just quickly and
carelessly rinse a small part of the glass with only cold water and rub it with their dirty hand and then dry it with a filthy clothe. You don’t have to look very hard to see all the dry dirt on the glass. It was not unusual to see dry food in the “clean” dishes. The dining guests had to look for a clean dish, knife, fork, cup, glass…..
I liked the egg station during breakfast, omelet was fried on the spot and to your liking. This was the only thing I could eat from the All Inclusive food without getting sick or diarrhea.
The bread was not freshly baked. No ice cream for desert, the deserts were tasteless and there were only 2 sorts of fresh fruit, mainly orange and small, dry, rotten and tasteless Egyptian banana.
Aggressive, rude and pushy salesmen, both inside and outside of the resort, even in the dining room. They come out of nowhere and stick their printed materials in your face while eating dinner, that was extremely ill-behaved, no manners what so ever. In Sweden, such behavior lead to immediate sacking, but it seem to be a common behavior in Egypt. Even when you politely say no, more than 30 times, they continue nagging about the garbage they want to sell. Anyway, these salesmen are very unpleasant to deal with, they can and will potentially spoil your lunch and dinner, which actually happened several times to me.
There are two Egyptian salesmen sitting in the lobby near the reception. They sell trips and other things. They will show you written references in different languages from so called satisfied previous customers. Do not take them seriously, they are way more expensive and have no insurance. If you want to buy their services, get yourself a very good insurance from your own country first. The traffic in Egypt is intensive and dangerous, traffic rules are absent. Do not venture out without a good insurance already paid for in your own country.
The cleaning staff stare at you and keep following you to the toilet, i'm not sure why, maybe they expect some tip, but i'm not sure.
Too many constantly drunk Russians and people from the former Soviet Union. They were singing and shouting at one o’clock in the morning like English football hooligans.
The Internet was extremely slow, useless, only available in the reception area. The connection got cut off all the time and was turned off at 23:00. So you can’t use the Internet after 23:00!!! Strange…..
More than 99% of the resort employees are Egyptian males. There were almost no Egyptian females in the resort or even in the public places in Hurghada. This is because of Egyptian custom where it is unacceptable for a female to work. I saw only one Egyptian female employee in the resort working at the spa and very few at the airport. It was rather a surrealistic experience to only see males for a whole week.
The resort classify itself as 4 *, I would give it -2 * and i'm being generous about it.
A good number of the staff spend a substantial amount of their working time hitting indiscriminately on European women hoping to marry them in order to get EU citizenship so that they can leave Egypt for a better life in EU.
Late in the evenings, almost at the same time, a pungent smell of sewage spreads all over the resort. It was difficult to find the source, I doubt if it was unique to the resort, i'm more inclined to think the smell spreads all over Hurghada, which mean you can’t avoid it. It was virtually impossible to sleep at nights with open windows because of this pungent smell.
Avoid walking too close to the shops, the owner of the shop sometime come from behind, push you in the shop and close the door. Then a group of men try to intimidate you into buying fake products you don’t need at a high price. If you refuse to buy, they start shouting and swearing at you in Arabic. Note, there is no refund system in Egypt. If you open or touch anything, you have to pay for it, that is why experienced tourists never go into the Egyptian shops.
Egypt is the worst place I visited after travelling for 42 years and I will never go to Egypt again. There are way way better holiday destinations like Portugal, Greece, countries around the Persian Gulf, Thailand, Malaysia….. There is no intelligent reason to fly all the way to Egypt only to get constantly pestered by aggressive salesmen that are all over the place, including the resort’s beach, pulling your leg and arm to wake you up all the time when you are trying to relax, in order to sell you junk. And by the way, these salesmen are employed by the resort!
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