Marriott Hurghada Hotel

, Hurghada, Egypt
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Marriott Hurghada Hotel

5 star
Sales Office Marriott Hotel, P.O.Box 33 - Hurghada - Red Sea - Egypt Hotel Website | | 20-2-3401090
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Reviews - Marriott Hurghada Hotel

Submitted by: Bianca in 31/05/06
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Netherlands
  • Traveller type: Culture Vulture
This hotel is one of my favourites.
The staff is great.
We had a large room with sea view.
This hotel has a little island,
At night they play movies there.
The food is excellent.
Like I said . . .
This hotel is one of my favourites!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Marriott Hurghada Hotel

Very relaxing!

from Carlinder
We have just returned from a weeks stay at the Marriott Resort. The hotel was superb, staff were all very friendly and welcoming, and location was good.
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 impressed

from JayD2006
This is one of my best experience with the Egytians hotel which respects Marriott tradition. It was a relaxing stay in a charming environment. He had a seaview room very clean with all the amenities overlooking the Island and the harbor. There is a good size pool well maintained with a snack bar in one side and in the far end there is Kids' club, the kids really loved it with a lot of activities for different ages. Most of the activities can be done in this hotel, we booked a fishing trip where we had a great time, then an overboard diving trip next day. Other days we were just relaxing on the beach. The food was good with more variety and of course a lot of bread. If you like to try the food outside the hotel, get out and turn left there a beautiful alley with a lot of choices starting with the "Bulls", very good restaurant with very tasty meals. We tried Hard Rock Cafe and was good too. Bottom line if you choose to go to Hurghada, I highly recommend this hotel, it was such a good experience.

Good room, okay breakfast

from RandR-London
This is a pretty good five star resort if a little soulless. The room was good - and we had a sea view which was fun. They picked us up from the airport for free which was good. But the breakfast was a little disappointing - the orange juice was definitely not a pure juice!

Smart, well placed and good food

from ukdave-ta
We booked with Libra Holidays for 7 days, from 24th Nov 2006 to 1st Dec 2006, BB @ ~£325pp. Please find my low-waffle mini-review below!

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 Relaxation

from Buds46
Stayed here for a week in September - the hotel was lovely. Felt very pampered. Bed was the best we have had on any holiday!

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 relaxing

from Val_Wad
My husband & I have just returned, 3 weeks ago, from a week's stay at the marriot. Although he has stayed in Marriot Hotels before, it was a first for me and I must say I was quite impressed. We arrived by taxi, ahead of the Thomas Cook transfer bus(hubby doesnt like hanging about),as it is only a 15 min drive, and having smiled sweetly at the reception staff, were offered a 'Elite' room on the 6th floor.(we'd actually just booked standard) He did ask us if we wanted the 'Elite package' which included Tea/coffee making facility,but we declined as I'd brought a kettle/coffee with me. The room was lovely,good size,well furnished and a beautiful view of the pool, beach & sea, and a good-sized balcony. The bathroom was not particularly spacious, but well stocked ,well designed and spotless. We'd opted for "twin beds" rather than a double(a change for us!) but what you get is basically 2 double(4'6") beds! ..... and the beds were so000 comfortable.
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 service

from Krizzy273
This hotel is very well appointed and is excellent for adults, who like watersports or just want to relax on the beach.

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 great

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed in Hurghada Marriott lat May 2006, with my girlfriend we spent 7 nights that was really amazing, the hotel is very well located in the center of Hurghada and the nightlife area so we were walking to the down town in a minutes, the hotel's service was great, staff are so friendly and you feel at home. Rooms were nice and coze that overlooking the sparkling sea, pool, marina, and their private island and at night with the lighting it is amazing. food and beverage were good but ould be better. But in general the hotel is really one of the best hotels in Hurghada that I would love to go again and I will stay there..

Good location

from albief
Just returned from Hurghada, having stayed for a week in the Marriott Beach Resort. Both myself and my husband really enjoyed it. Nice room (paid for an upgrade) and got some other benefits e.g. free late checkout till 6pm, wine and pastries on arrival, bowl of fruit and water each day in the room etc. Buffet breakfast was very impressive and set us up for the day. Didn't eat in the hotel, but took the local bus into Sekalla each night from the big roundabout along from the hotel - took about 5 minutes and cost 1LE per person (but it's only a bus if there are already people on it, otherwise it's a taxi and costs more!) They appear every couple of minutes and run until 2am. It's possible to walk over the hill into town, but we tried it once and even at night it's too hot. Some decent restaurants/cafes in Sekalla, a 2 course meal (Iocal food) costs around LE50 for 2 people. If you want to see the local side of Hurghada and not the 'hotel strip', then this is the hotel to stay in - far enough away to be quiet, but close enough and easy enough to join in the hussle and bustle. Definately recommend it.

Wonderful holiday

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed in Marriot Beach Resort for 10 days. We had a wonderful holiday. Our room was very clean and beautiful. Just like the rest of the hotel. The view from our room on the pool and the Red See was splendid. It was quiet and peaceful. The staff is very friendly and helpful and we really felt comfortable and at home. The breakfast outside with a beautiful view and very friendly staff to help you was everyday a treat: different kind of juices, bread, fruit, yoghurt, warm dishes. The cook baking eggs and pancakes for you on request. Activities during the day were nice: arabic lessons, aquagym, beachvolley etc. We had a lot of fun together with staff and other guests. There is a diving club next to the hotel where you can book a diving course or boat trips. There are possiblities for windsurfing and waterskiing. The diner was good, every evening another theme: French, Egyptian, Italian etc. In the evening there was a shuttle bus to town. After all: excellent.

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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