I have seen a lot of mixed reviews, so am gonna set two things straight first.
One, before we start, let's put things into perspective. We booked for 2 adults and one 9 year old from 5th to the 19th August flying direct by Monarch and staying in a family room overlooking the Aqua park. In total, we paid £2,670. £1,590 was for the pleasure if flying Monarch, meaning the actual hotel cost £1,080. Let's break that down further shall we? £1,080 in total, that's £540 each week = £180 per person per week. £180. For that you get:
* family room ( 2 rooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 TV's, loads of space and 2 balconies)
* all inclusive food and drinks - breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, dinner
* free wifi (slow, but free)
* very big aqua park and 7 swimming pools
All that for £180 each per week. I challenge you to find anywhere with guaranteed sun I a large resort that offers a large accommodation with all that and all meals and drinks for less than £180 a week. Break it down further and you get about £26 per day.
Number two: star ratings outside of the UK and USA are open to a little poetic licence. That said I have found that in most cases, the star rating is matching what they offer and IS NOT A REFLECTION OF QUALITY. So technically, a four star should have at least one elevator and rooms service, but to be fair, check out what the hotel DOES offer and it pretty impressive - especially for £180 per week. So, maybe a three and a half star.
Now, a lot of reviewers have said that the hotel is dated and in need of refurbishment and not good
Enough compared to the other nice new hotels in the area. OK, fair enough, it IS dated, needs some painting, main fence and new furniture etc, but remember this, you get what you pay for, and most who book this hotel, are doing it for the low price and and the aqua park. The other hotels they compare it too are a LOT more expensive, so you have to take their reviews with a touch of salt. In most cases, they are paying for coach, and expecting first class. We got what we expected.
All the staff bar one idiot in the canteen were great. You pay a small tip of 20 Egyptian pounds a week, and you get extra service in your room or your sun loungers reserved for you. Be courteous and friendly to them, and you get the same in return.
There were a lot of Egyptians when we went, and yes they could be bad at queuing and took a lot of food etc, but hey, you are on holiday so chill out.
The grounds to the hotel are HUGE and to be fair, very well maintained and tidy, but the pools do need a good clean out. The best rooms are those opposite the aqua park as it is close to the Dolphin restaurant and reception, or alternatively the first large pool. There is a bank of rooms the other side of the park, and these look like a nightmare as they are a long way from everything else.
The one major downside is the food. Eating on holiday should be a pleasure as it is so rushed at home. But at Park inn, it is a functional activity. Doesn't matter which restaurant you use, they are all very basic with old tables, chairs with nails sticking out of them, worn glasses and crockery and the lesser spotted salt. The food is edible and seemed OK, but it is very basic and uninviting. A real let down, and the best advise is to go when they first open to make sure you get a table so you don't have to fight for one, and then to get it cleaned etc. if you like food, either pay more for a better hotel or go to park inn and factor in the cost of eating out.
Which leads me on to a subject that few reviewers seem to comment on. There are logos of big hotels in the same area, but the only shops are a collection of the same supermarkets, tat resellers, a bank and a pharmacy. If you want to be around a main busy area, go to Naama bay. A 80 EP return taxi will get you to the local Hard Rock Cafe / Starbucks / McDonald's / KFC. 150 will get you to soho square for a very nice area but expensive shops and restaurants. 200 EP will get you to Naama bay with a host of shops and restaurants. You need to bear these costs in mind if you want to eat out I do something in the evening.
We recommend Hard Rock Cafe in Nabq (new), and the China house in name bay.
An alternative is to have McDonald's or KFC delivered for an additional 70p if you like that sort of thing.
Oh before I forget, a lot of reviewers have mentioned getting sick. So, for those that do not travel often to these counties, you need to follow the following simple rules:
1) use bottled water at all times - even for brushing teeth and making tea
2) always wash your hands before eating
3) avoid ice in your drinks as these are use tap water
4) avoid salads as again these are washed in tap water
5) do to let the water from swimming pools or showers get in your mouth.
Do this, and you'll be fine.
Anything else? Oh, the wifi is free and in the lobby and is hammered so either enjoy your holiday and use your phone for games or get there early morning. If you have to :-)
Enjoy your cheap holiday, and relax. Or spend more for luxury.
I have stayed at better, but not for the price. Fuss pots and those of high expectations stay away.
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