I just got back from a week in Marsa Alam, and thought I would write a few lines about my exprience with the hotel. To be honest, I was a bit apprehensive after reading some of the reviews, but I had a great week, and already miss it! I've travelled a lot, and am not picky at all, but I believe you should always get what you pay for. And that's what you get at the Dreams Beach. It was quite a cheap last minute, but I was extremely pleased with everything.
**CHECK IN: That was the only part I was very disapointed, not to say angry. Our group got to the hotel around 5am, after a nearly 5 hours flight, and we were told we couldn't check in before 10am. I was extremely tired, had worked the whole day prior the flight, was wearing trousers and it wasn't pleasant at over 32C, was hungry (and we were not allowed to have breakfast that day, having to wait until 12:30 when lunch would be served). I had to sleep in an armchair at the reception, and at 9:30, after having asked twice, I was given the key to the room.
**ROOMS: The room was spacious, well decorated, A/C, hair drier, TV (although only 2 English channels, but it didn't matter much to me). The toilet smelled a bit funny, but again, it didn't bother me much.
**RESTAURANT: All the meals are served at the main restaurant (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), although you can have dinner once a week at the Italian resturant, but you have to book it a day in advance, and the booking has to be made between 12-2pm. I didn't go, so can't comment on the experience. The Noa's restaurant is not included, and they serve seafood for what I believe was EUR10, but during the week I was there, I didn't see anyone going there, not sure if it was closed or people just didn't bother.
**BARS: You can have your drinks at the lobby bar or at the swimming pool. The guys working there are great, I can not thank them enough for the great service. Although it was quite busy, service was quick. You are not supposed to take acrilic glasses to the swimming pool, only simple plastic ones, but not once I was given a plastic cup. Perhaps because I always had a smile on my face, and didn't save on 'thank you' and 'please'. The variety of drinks was scarce, only local spirits (rum, gin, brandy), which you could mix with Coke, Fanta, Sprite or Tonic. Beer was also served, and wine only at the restaurant and the lobby bar. No cocktails, nothing special. Pretty simple. But I guess you really get what you pay for. I didn't go there to get wasted, so for me it served the purpose. Bottled water was not given, but you could refil your bottles at any restaurant. Fresh juice was also not on offer, you had to pay EUR2 for a glass, but nobody pushed me to have it (as in some other reviews).
**OTHER GUESTS: The week I was there, you could say 50% of guests were Russians (nothing against any nationality, but man, those people there were rude and loud!! I felt sorry for the staff, having to deal with such rude guests....), the other half a mix of Germans and Czechs. And that was it. Although the staff told me they get many guests from Italy and England from time to time.
**SUN BEDS: the hotel can accomodate about 400 guests I would say, but they have probably 40 'sunbrellas', although staff will bring you chairs. Throughout the swimming pool area you see signs that you are not allowed to reserve the sun beds before 8am, but I was waking up around 6am every day, and you could see many sun beds already reserved with a towel. The sun beds at the beach are very worn out, but it didn't stop me from having a good time at the beach.
**BEACH: you can't really swim there, you have to go to the pier, because of the corals, but I'm not a big fan of ocean, so just sitting at the shallow part was enough for me.
**THE STAFF: I couldn't be more pleased with the staff. The first time they met you could be a bit annoying. I'm a woman and was travelling alone, and apparently they don't understand the fact that a married woman could be travelling without her husband, and it got a bit annoying having to explain all the time that my husband couldn't go and I needed the break!! But after the 3 main questions (Are you single? Where is your husband? How old are you?), they were very friendly, respectful, and nothing was too much trouble if you needed anything. Obviously they expected tips, but I was tipping mainly the guys at the bar, and everybody was very friendly.
All in all, I had a great week. Would I go back? Not really. But not becaude of the hotel, but because of the area. It's in the middl of nowhere, nothing to do besides being in the hotel, not possible to go for long walks in the beach or outside the hotel.
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