I have just returned from the Park Inn and have mixed views on it. My room was spacious, comfortable with nice balcony and decent bathroom, all kept very clean, as was the whole hotel.
On the whole the hotel staff were helpful and very friendly, but I found the service in the hotels, two, very large restaurants poor. It is all self-service with often long queues, or worse, a scrum, - be warned, Russian guests do not believe in queuing! The dining experience was more a case of a quick, noisy ‘re-fuel’ and pretty much reminded me of the ‘school-meals’ cafeteria.
I found the food to be 'average' - sometimes good, especially the alternate night BBQ’d meats and at other times poor - especially desserts, mostly dry and stale cakes. The food was a little boring and repetitive, but certainly no need to starve and breakfast always ok. They do not serve snacks and you cannot get ice-creams or lollies etc by the pool or beach. You also have to pay $3.00 if you want a kettle and coffee in your room!
The hotel is very large and the gardens around it are lovely. The bar pool was fine and there are plenty of sun-beds , but the constant music around it was way too loud and invasive for me, as were the Russian guests who made up around 80% of guests during my stay. The smaller pool was quieter, but unfortunately the water was very cold as it was not heated, unlike the main pool.
The hotel beach is a fair walk across the road with a frequent shuttle bus. The beach itself is made up of hard gritty sand and I don’t think it was a particularly good or safe beach for children. But again, plenty of sun-beds and a small bar area, with showers.
All the time I was there the sea was too windy and choppy to go snorkelling with strong under-currents that pulled you way out. I consider myself to be a reasonably strong swimmer but I only tried it the once! I don’t know if this was a one-off, but suspect it may be a permanent feature of this particular bay? I visited a few other bays much further down the coast the same week and conditions were much safer.
The entertainment in the evenings was mostly geared up for the Russians, but even when it wasn’t it was poor - but maybe that’s just me - I don’t usually go in for hotel entertainment. Which brings me to a further problem, there is nothing to do outside of the hotel at all, unless you want to go into Nama Bay which is at least a £10.00 round taxi trip.
In conclusion, for me the major down side of this hotel besides the 'isolation' of Nabq Bay itself (nothing but hotels and very few shops) was the Russian guests. I’m aware that this sounds like a typically British racist comment, but they really were rude, ignorant, very loud and pushy - almost to the point of aggression. They make no eye contact with other guests and do not smile or return a greeting, which you soon realise is a pointless gesture anyway. It was impossible to ignore or escape them.
The other downer is that the hotel is directly under the flight-path of the airport; hence the aeroplane noise was really bad and goes on throughout the night at weekends, take good earplugs if you are a light sleeper.
This was my first holiday in Egypt, so difficult to compare, but this is definitely not a 5* and the food/restaurant service is 2*. I changed hotel for the last 2 days of my holiday to the Iberotel Fanfara and this was far superior in terms of food, beach area, customer service etc, although the bedrooms much smaller and not as good.
Were it not for the Russians, I would say this is an ok budget hotel if you get a bargain rate (which I did) and just want to relax around a pool and soak up the sun.
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