Marriott Hurghada Hotel
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Very relaxing!from Carlinder
The hotel room was very clean, beds were very comfortable and had a sea view with a balcony which was standard.
Breakfast was served between 6am and 11am. There was quite a wide range of food available, fresh pancakes, omellettes, and a lot of continental breakfast such as cheese, meats etc. Juice was very fresh and service is excellent. Toaster didn't work though, had to put bread through 3 to 4 times to even get it a little bit brown.
The pool is quite big, with a childrens pool at the side. Water was warm. There are plenty of sun loungers by the pool and at the private beach so there is no need to hurry down to save a bed. Towels are given by the pool which was very handy.
Whilst in Hurghada we went to Tuscany Restaurant which is in the Marriott resort. This restaurant is absolutely gorgeous and the food is superb. Prices are not that bad for the food - drinks are generally very expensive throughout the whole of the Marriott. For a bottle of the local Egyptian wine, in Marriott it was £16.00, in Hard Rock Cafe it was £8.00! Just be careful when receiving your bill from Marriott. They add service charge on, Chick Charge, Taxes, check charges and E.N.T Charges. This bumps up the price of food and drinks purchased in the resort. I would highly reccommend going to the local shop to buy drinks for the daytime and drinks at night time whilst in your room.
Entertainment in the hotel is good. The Animation Team love to get everyone up though to dance, and if you don't they try even harder!!
Another area to try is the Sinbad area which is on Sheraton Road. There are lots of nice restaurants, shops, and a couple of bars. The Garden Thai is a very lush restaurant. We had the whole place to ourselves and the service and food is excellent. Prices are very reasonable.
There is also a shuttle bus that runs from the hotel at 8pm (free of charge) that goes to the Old Town of Hurghada. It was an eye opener and wasn't really for myself, mum or my younger sister as we got hassled so much by the locals. We ate in a restaurant called Scruples and I have to say it was the worst restaurant I have ever been to in my life. The staff were welcoming, but food and cocktails were appauling. In the Thomas Cook handbook which is located in the hotel, it says this restaurant is very good!!
We never went back into the Old Town of Hurghada!
The shop in Marriott is very reasonably priced. Internet and phones in the resort are very expensive though. For 30 minutes on the net it is about £3.50. Again service charges and tax are added on extra! Phone cards can be purchased from the little shop across the road from the hotel. They would charge 16 egyptian pounds which is about £1.60 but you only get 3 minutes for this price, and then you need to keep putting in new cards to carry on the phone call.
We went on a day trip to Maymaha Island. It takes 50 minutes on the boat which was very pleasant. We even saw a couple of dolphins! The island is like Bedrock - in the Flintstones. It was a good day out although we did exactly the same as what we did all week and that was sunbathe. There are no sun lounges though, only hard mats that are on the sand which are quite uncomfortable on your back. Make sure you take your own towels with you and plenty of water. Had the choice of going snorkelling but didnt. Lots of jelly fish in the sea which put a lot of people off. Food was buffet style and reasonable.
Weather was really hot for the whole week - 28 to 30 degrees every day. Some days had slight bit of wind others none at all.
Overall the hotel was lovely, service was fantastic and weather perfect. Definitely stay in Hurghada again but to go All Inclusive.
Exceptionally impressedfrom JayD2006
Good room, okay breakfastfrom RandR-London
Smart, well placed and good foodfrom ukdave-ta
Airport: Looked pretty new with granite/marble everywhere (it's very cheap in Egypt apparently, hence it's everywhere). Clean, and we were in and out very quickly. Don't bother with a trolley as you don't have to walk far to your transport.
Hotel: A 5-10 minute journey from the airport by coach and we arrived at the hotel. The hotel entrance has a metal detector and usually two security guards. We found this security set-up to be similar in other hotels in the area - security and police presence is clearly there for tourists benefit. We were assigned our room and immediately asked if we wanted to upgrade with a fee of USD20 per night (not sure if that was PPPN). We declined as we didn't think it was worth it. Upon getting to our room we didn't particularly like the view so asked the Bell Boy if we could move. He said he would check it out and had us moved to a bigger room in a slightly better location - we gave him 3 or 4 GBP for the service as a tip (included bringing up our luggage). The room is spacious, has excellent beds (2*queen/king sized). The TV was OK with a few English channels. There were a couple of excellent movie channels which we found good. No BBC World, but there was Euro News and CNN - also one Music channel. We arrived late and headed down to the main restaurant where we were greeted by courteous staff, all of whom had only a very basic grasp of English. Eventually they established we wanted to pay for dinner even though we were B&B. We were led to a table and tucked into the delicious buffet - just the ticket after a cramped 5 hour flight. From this first meal it was clear that drinks were expensive, about 16LE ( 1.60GBP) for a can of Pepsi or about 30LE for a beer (excluding tax). Skipping onto the rest of the food/drink during our stay, breakfast was good with a fairly wide range buffet - omelette's and eggs are cooked in front of you and we would recommend these. The juices were a bit sweet and cheap and cheerful, but everything else was good. When sunbathing during the day we took advantage of the 'to-your-sun-lounger' service and enjoyed the somewhat limited lunch menu. All food was reasonable priced and very tasty. I would recommend bringing your own drink down in the morning if you want to save money for drinks
during the day. Spaghetti Bolognese for lunch was about 28LE if I recall correctly.
Sun: At this time of year the Sun is not overly strong, and even at the height of the day providing you have sun screen on there should be no problems with sun burn. The Sun was low and noticeable cooler by around 4.15pm, and was gone by 5pm. As such you'll need to be up early to enjoy the most of the Sun.
Sports at the hotel are pretty limited. We brought our own tennis gear so we could use the courts, however it was expensive at about 40LE per half hour (~65LE for 1hr), although this does include floodlights if required – it was dark by 5pm. The court is concrete and in my opinion unlike any surface I have ever played on (tarmac/clay). The net was in a poor state of repair. We didn't play again. There is a beach volleyball court which I'd recommend checking out as it is semi-organised in the afternoons. We didn't use the pool, but it looked well maintained and is ideal for a family area.
Nationality of tourists: We reckon about 70% Russian, 20 German, 10% English. This goes for the hotel guests and the people you find in Sekala (the town area).
Eating out: There is a great restaurant called 'Bulls' about 30 seconds walk from the hotel (you pass it on the way in). They have very reasonably priced food (1GBP for a substantial sandwich). I would HIGHLY recommend the Fajitas if you like them as it was simply sublime. As for eating in Sekala - DO NOT eat at the Spaghetti Steak house. The food is appalling - just don't go in - trust us. An excellent fish restaurant called El Jokr and has outstanding service and incredible cuisine. We ate like champions for GB£8 per head. McDonalds and KFC in case you need something Western ASAP!
Restaurants and bars: Papa's which is near the front of the 'strip' (the strip being the main road which is basically Sekala (where all the shops and eateries are) is the best bar. Next door is a good Pizza place. Some eateries don't serve alcohol by the way. There were a few quiet bars, but don’t expect to see any lager culture – booze is made available for the tourists, but I suspect most drinking goes on in the hotels. There are two Ministry of Sound places, one a club, one a bar. Worth checking out as they are on the beach, and both are very smart establishments.
Day trips: We took two day trips, one to Luxor and one snorkeling. Luxor starts at 5.30am to join the police escorted convoy. Well worth going to see the tombs and to cross the Nile etc. And experience the mental driving of coach drivers. Snorkeling trip is highly recommended as otherwise you are unlikely to see much from the hotel area.
Tipping: You are expected to tip everywhere; 1LE notes are good for this (10p). You'll learn over a few days where and when to.
Shopping in Sekala: Dominated by 'Bazaars', hundreds of the same style of shop selling the same old junk. You'll go in one and won't go in another. Take advice from your rep on how to handle people trying to pull you into their shops, telling you stories about their English friends, they want to show you pics - just to get you into their shops - it's always the same story. You will get hassled, and the local tat merchants are very persistent. Stay calm, be polite but firm, and be on your way. After meeting some reps, we were told that the law is with the tourist 100% so if you have any problems with people hassling you or pulling you into shops do find the nearest police officer - they are usually not far away.
Conclusion: The hotel was good and we enjoyed out stay. All staff are friendly, especially the restaurant/beach staff. Good food, outrageous drinks prices. Great beach and the sea was fantastic.
Thanks to Mahmood, Wahid, Said, Mohammed, Akram, and Moustafa. If you see them say hi.
David and Adam.
Total Relaxationfrom Buds46
Food was good - dont recommend eating in the buffett restaurant if you are vegetarian as choices were very limited, although breakfast was good - alot of choices and delicious.
the beach was perfect and well looked after - the man made island created the perfect bay - can swim and snorkel around the island - plenty of sea life. We saw jelly fish, angel fish and even a lion fish.
The open air quadrangle bar was so relaxing in the evening. Hurghada as a tourist resort is still being developed - not much to do outside of the hotel. felt very intimidated by men outside shops hassling us and seeing as we didnt really want to shop, we decided to relax at the hotel.
we were pleasantly surprised to find that there were alot of locals that came to stay at the hotel as well as tourists from Dubai.
Very relaxingfrom Val_Wad
The rest of the hotel was well laid out and easy to get around - - not 'sprawling'. Although we went onto the small private beach each day (or the little island) the pool looked very inviting... but I'm a beach/sea girl really. I just had to buy a snorkel etc,though made the mistake of buying them in the hotel shop who charged me £25 for snorkel/goggles. I later bought flippers in Sekala for much,much less. There was no trouble at all finding vacant sunbeds, but probably this depends on the time of year. The beach bar staff were very attentive but not obtrusive. The sea out there is to die for, and i couldn't get enough of it. So I wasn't really bothered about trips out to be honest,and we'd only gone for a week. I did drag my husband, 'kicking and screaming' out on a boat one day. In the end he thoroughly enjoyed it. I did the snorkeling,while he just read/sunbathed. But we did see dolphins. I didnt go diving, as at my age (63) it's a bit late to start, and snorkeling round a reef seeing dinnerplate-sized angel fish and coral in a myriad of colours is stunning enough for me.Unfortunately I didnt glimpse any turtles.
We'd booked half board, so didn't really need to go out of the hotel. The food was adequate and "ok"-ish. Nothing really to complain about, but then again, nothing to write home about either. We weren't over-enamoured of the wine selection either,so didn't bother with that after the first couple of nights. I suppose we should have tried the local restaurants, but didn't get round to it .... if we go again(when...) we will definitely book B&B and go out more.
The hotel is very quiet in the evenings with very little going on. One evening there was a belly-dancing show, another evening male dancers. But we noticed that most young people went out at night into the town. This didn't bother us, as we had gone just for a quiet, relaxing time(hubby is very stressed at work) but probably wouldn't suit all. During the day there are activities run by the animation team, the main chap(don't remember his name) being a real comedian. The 'water-aerobics' class each morning was a scream! A Gin & Tonic at the beach bar just finished each day off nicely.
All in all, we were very pleased with our choice of hotel. The staff are all,without exception, courteous and very friendly. The whole place is spotless & well-kept and the room extremely comfortable. We will, I'm sure, (if I have my way) go there again.
The weather and the sea were my main criteria, and it came up trumps in those departments, so having a lovely hotel to stay in was the icing on the cake.
Great Hotel with excellent servicefrom Krizzy273
Restuarant is well run and very reasonably priced with good food, and excellent service.
Rooms are very clean and well furnished, with the hotel being in an excellent state of repair, as you would expect from any hotel in the Marriott Group.
Marriott was greatfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Good locationfrom albief
Wonderful holidayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Hurghada
taxis in hurghada When taking the blue and orange cabs always agree a price before getting in the cab and confirm that this is in Egyptian pounds not pounds sterling before setting off
Taxis Black and yellow taxis are the ones that are registered and insured, although other taxis are reasonably safe. White buses that you see around are taxis and if you have confidence get in them, they only cost 10pence between 3 people! Make sure you agree a price before you get in a registered taxi, or ask them to reveal the metre which is usually covered up with a cloth or blanket!
beach and pool lounge chairs A lots of people seem to get up early and drop their belongings and towels at their favourite spot on the beach and then disappear for 3 hours to eat or sleep or shop. They expect to resrve their spots this way I guess. If you don't get to the beacj before 10am there are no chairs left! We ended up without chairs 3 days but the hotel staff showed up very quickly with chairs for us. It's the anti-social behaviour of some of the tourists that makes vying for a beach spot a problem. A shame that a few people can ruin it for everyone.
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- Address: Sales Office Marriott Hotel, P.O.Box 33 - Hurghada - Red Sea - Egypt
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