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“Very good Egiptian standard.” 4 of 5 stars
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Elphistone Resort
Ranked #34 of 74 Hotels in Marsa Alam
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Czestochowa, Poland
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25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Very good Egiptian standard.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Elphistone Resort was our fourth hotel we've visited in Egypt and the first one in Marsa Alam (previous three times we visited Sharm el Sheikh). Comparing all hotels previously visited we can easily rate it as a very good hotel, of course regarding Egyptian standards that are rather different then European.
The strongest side of this hotel was food. Elphistone is visited mainly by Italian tourist, so the food is focused on Italian style like pastas, pizza, etc. (they have an Italian Chef in a restaurant). Of course there are also dishes typical for Egypt and local sea food. Through the day you can eat many sorts of snacks and drinks prepared for you at the poll bar. Generally, as for the food mostly served in all Egyptian hotels, food served in Elphistone was a level higher then others (those we visited).
Hotel is located directly by the beach and has it own hotel private sandy beach with palm umbrellas and sun chairs. There is another beach option, because hotel has other beach located few kilometres from the hotel. That one also has umbrellas and sun chairs, but also you can find there a jetty, from which you can access the neighbouring reef.
Hotel rooms are standard for Egypt, rather large, nicely decorated with personal air-conditioning and balcony. Everything was very clean.
If you are a sport fan you can find many attractions there. Animation crew is very good and the hotel infrastructure provides: grass football field, beach volley, cross bow shooting range, etc. There are also two swimming pools, but only one of them had heated water.
We spent there one very relaxing and quiet week. If you are looking a place to relax and chill out, you can easily choose this hotel. However you should notice, that Marsa Alam is a very windy place (it definitely confirmed during our stay). Other thing is, that outside the hotel all you can find is a sand and dust... no civilisation. So walking trips outside the hotel are rather risky.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank paradigm_pl
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Rome, Italy
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90 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Had to spent a week there because one of my relatives got a seasonal job there so I visited out of curiosity. I am not into all inclusive cheap resorts in general, leave aside when they are close to a pointless sea (no direct access to deep sea) and in a sloppy-looking place. Food is a nightmare - bad prepared, poorly presented, no taste. I, just like many others guests, felt stomach sick despite not having touched vegetables and tap water (not even to brush my teeth). The resorts offers all sorts of annoying entertainments - the staff are individually nice and fun guys, working hard to please all customers but the outcome of their little shows and games is poor, offensive (e.g. frequent homophobic/racist jokes) and very cheap. Still, the average customers appear to appreciate it and I guess the staff just do what their typical customers like - which is sad and scary anyway. Rooms are decent though not exactly clean and most of them are located far from the dining room, beach and swimming pools. Local staff are always checking you out weirdly (particularly if you are a woman) and they do not feel shame in complimenting you or knocking at your door with all sorts of excuses. In fairness, after having made it clear that I would have complained about it, nobody approched me again. Check in and check out were both painful - on check out, the guy tried to charge me twice for the room. Lukely, I had the receipt and the director helped me out in clarifying things. Veratuor assistants, Ilaria and Elena, were the two only professional staff - helpful, kind, flexible and easy-going. The beauty centre is really nice. Excursions offered by the resort are good - I went to Luxor and even though is really demanding in one day, it is worth. Do not buy souvenirs, at the hotel or outside - not worth and the negotiation pantomime is just annoying after a while, Outside the resort there's nothing: NOTHING. Beautiful beaches can be reached in some 5 minutes through a free shuttle service provided by the resort, which is good. For the rest, real nothing. I would recommend to go elsewhere in Egypt. If you have to go to Marsa Alam, this very resort is not the way to go!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Carla C
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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

If you go to Marsa Alam I would very highly suggest you stay at the El Phistone resort. It is located due west of El Phistone island (fantastic for scuba) and south of Abu Dabab and Marsa Mubarak bays -- both excellent places to scuba, swim, and snorkel. All rooms in the El PHistone are large with balconies and ocean/beach/pool views. All of the amenities are present but the best 2 things are the food and the service. The service from the highest to the lowest levels are very helpful, kind and multi lingual. The food is served buffet style but the chiefs make a wide, exotic, and very tasty array of food. I haven't enjoyed buffet food this much in years. The El Phistone is owned and operated by an Italian company -- and the service, quality, amenities, and food strongly reflect this.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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9 Thank Erin N
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Cairo, Egypt
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

i have been to the resort a couple of times and every time the quality of food and service amazes me. What's amazing there is that i felt that i was every staff member's priority and the friendly environment made me feel just like back home. Me and my family needed a getaway and that was the perfect destination with its beautiful scenery and clean rooms. The staff were very friendly and polite, the food was very delicious and the waiters were very keen to serve different varieties of food. I advice anyone who wants to have a peaceful vacation, to experience Marsa Alam Elphistone Resort, you will never regret it.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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9 Thank Sam J
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Rome, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

This hotel is practically like my second home! I always go their and I for sure recommend this considering the great hospitality, cleanliness, food, entertainment, breath taking view from the room.Even the staff were all polite and friendly as well as professional, could not have asked for better, beautiful surroundings and great choice of food/bars

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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7 Thank Laura V
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Giza, Egypt
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

It was really nice vacation, so nice hotel and excellent services, the room, food, coffee, night club, sea and the services , every thing was really nice and so lovely ppl, also its near from the air port , the hotel was calm , i recommend all my friends to have a vacation there and i'll visit it again soon.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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6 Thank Kareem O
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Kiev, Ukraine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

third time to visit Marsa Alam ELphistone Resort is for me better beautiful landscape rooms all nice sea view . rastaurant is very good food friendly staff and proficainal service .
beach launch is good. i like animation
perefer to have oriantel show once for disco
i will come back with my barenth next time

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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7 Thank nour92
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Property: Elphistone Resort
Address: 25km north Marsa Alam city, Marsa Alam, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Marsa Alam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#17 Top resorts Hotel in Marsa Alam
#22 Spa Hotel in Marsa Alam
#26 Luxury Hotel in Marsa Alam
#29 On the Beach Hotel in Marsa Alam
#32 Family Hotel in Marsa Alam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Elphistone Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 270
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel has WIFI internet all a round for Extra Charge.The hotel has Taxi against Charge, Four Swimming Pools , one of them Relax,Spa center with Gym Free and Massage,Jacuzzi, Sauna,Steam and Hammam for Extra Charge also Billiard Table against Charge in addition to Facilities Such as Football Play ground, Tennis Court,Beach Volley,Tennis Table are Free of Charge. The Hotel got a discotheque and 2 Restaurant,one of them called Sea Gull for Fish Market only at Dinner,we have 2 International teams,also am theater for the evening shows. As well as Fully equipped diving center with qualified instructors. Courses (PADI-ISDA), Diving and Snorkeling. ... more   less 
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