Siva Grand Beach Hotel

, Hurghada, Egypt
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Siva Grand Beach Hotel

, Hurghada
5 star

Rooms: 555

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10/10
Everything is great!!
Submitted by: Thomas in 10/07/06
  • Age Group:
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
All the service and the staff were ecxellent. We didn't do a thing at all. They came up to us and asked what we want to drink and other things. The only thing we had to do was get our food. But if you went up to get a drink they would tell you to sit down and they would bring it to you! The rooms are very nice aswell. The beds were comfy and it is quite big. The staff were all very kind aswell, always asking how you are as you walk past or if they walk past you. It was just completey great!!!
10/10
Fabulous
Submitted by: Sandra in 31/05/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Sun Seeker
My partner and I went to Siva for our second week after a week travelling down the Nile. Having had a suite on the Nile boat we were even more impressed with the Junior Suite we got at the Siva. Very clean, excellent bed, bathroom and wardrobe space, and seating area inside and outside on the balcony. Had a go at a Try Dive with the onsite Scuba rep and we ended up doing our PADI qualification for 4 days with Euro-divers. As a result we were out of the hotel most of the day but at night could come back and relax in great surroundings with plenty of space, good food and plenty of it and a great movie channel showing english speaking films in the room as we were exhausted! When not diving and crashing early, we enjoyed strolling around the gardens and beach, and having a drink and a giggle at the resident singer "Santana" at the beach bar. Entertainment goes on past midnight upstairs but we never made it that far.
Yes there are alot of Germans but really the place is so big that you only need to mix if you really want to.
We enjoyed it so much we booked up for 2 weeks at the Siva in Sept 06 and shall again be going diving with Euro-divers but getting more time to enjoy the facilities at the Siva.
10/10
The Ecxellence
Submitted by: The Stimpsons in 09/05/06
  • Age Group: Under 18
  • From: Haiti
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Great Price, Great Food, Great Drinks, Personal Waiter, Good Water Sports for kids and adults, Nice Daytrips, Lovely weather, Great Rooms,Own cleaner(man).
10/10
Brilliant!!!
Submitted by: Georgia in 27/03/06
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
Went here aug/sept 2005, loved it! we did the 1 week cruise down the nile, was excellent, was a one time thing though, once you have seen it i found u never needed to see it again. Extremely hot weather, im even considering oging back this year.
9/10
Our honeymoon
Submitted by: Bob Yetman in 26/03/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
The Siva Grand Beach

After reading ‘feedback' on line we were apprehensive to say the least! However this apprehension was totally unjustified.

In General

Although a large complex it was still very open and un-crowded, there were no queues at the bars/restaurants and the staff were fantastic. One of the comments I read stated the staff were always after ‘Bahkshish', (Tips) we found this totally false. The hotel has a policy for the staff to not ask for gratuities. Having said that, if you look at the average wage for a waiter/house keeper being 200 Egyptian Pounds (£20) per month, tips are vital. I tipped our cleaner weekly and I can not fault his service.

Food

Although not spectacular I can find no faults, the selection was very good with everything from sea bass to hot dogs. Lunch is best at the ‘Oasis' (Buffet) or burgers at the ‘Grill House' by the pool. There are a total of 3 main restaurants (All help yourself buffet style), one grill and a ‘crepe/ice-cream' bar. If you check out the map/time-table that you get on arrival you can eat from 07:00 till midnight with no gaps. (Burp!)

The Room

We had a ‘Junior Suite' on the second floor overlooking the pool and a sea view. What can I say? The bed was about 7 feet by 7 I lost my wife twice!! The usual things like the plastic balcony furniture, dressing table, bedside table and occasional table, however there is also a rattan 3 piece suite. There is a 3 mirrored door built in wardrobe including an electronic safe, plenty of hanger and shelf space. The bathroom is ‘big enough' with a small bath/shower, loo and wash-hand basin. A previous guest commented on the grouting, duh! This is Egypt not England. Both the bath-room and the room were kept spotless by ‘Badawi' our house keeper.

The Pool Area

A large freeform pool that's not too deep (Max 1.9mtr) and a separate kid's pool. Both are heated in fact they are warm enough to shave in! There is a swim up bar (Free), plenty of sun beds in and out of the shade with large towels and mattresses supplied. The only time we felt cold was when we got out of the pool and got the chill of the wind.

The Beach

Coral and shell beach with approx 200 sun-beds with either ½ moon wind breaks or straw parasols again very clean, The beach area is right in front of the ‘Oasis' restaurant so its handy for food and drinks. The hotel rules state you can't go down early in the morning and reserve a bed, Ha!! As 80% of the guests a German, what do you think? I went down at nine o'clock one morning and found every sun-bed with a wind-break had towels on them. I waited for a few hours and some beds had not been used by 11! There is Aerobics daily, a beach football pitch, volley ball and ‘Boccia' (A bit like the French Boule)

Entertainment

There is a show in reception every night, these tend to be revues of well known shows i.e. Lion king, Blues Brothers etc. Although not 100% professional the enthusiasm was fantastic. Prior to the show the kids are entertained by the staff with games and dancing for about 1 hour which they seemed to enjoy. There are also theme nights, for example on Mondays there is the ‘Oriental Night' with belly dancers, Whirling Dervishes etc. this costs £6 but it is good fun (Food & Booze inc) Daily by the pool you have ‘Pool Aerobics' and also the chance to try SCUBA diving for free. To book the ‘Special' nights you can see any of the guys in beige shirts that walk around everywhere, they are friendly and not pushy, (Ask for Adel, he is very helpful).

Trips

To be honest we wanted a quiet time and didn't expect to take any trips but in the end we went to Luxor. It cost £100 per person but it was worth it. From the whole of the Red Sea Resorts Hotels (7 in all) there was only my wife and I and two others so we had a 9 seater mini bus and an English(ish) speaking guide to ourselves. An early start at 5am, (Don't forget to order a breakfast box) then a 40 min dive to the convoy reception point (Yes convoy! Three times a day from Hurghada to Luxor, approx 100 buses and mini busses with three armed police and army vehicle). The run through the dessert was interesting! If you think the drivers on the M25 are bad you ain't seen nothing yet!! Once there the tour starts immediately, you will see everything and it's great. Accommodation overnight is in A French hotel (The Mecure) Lounge and reception is great however the rooms are ‘Crap' very basic but for one night it was worth it.

Hurghada Itself

This consists of only one main street with plenty of shops/Bank/Restaurants. Good shopping but you must haggle. One embarrassing experience I had was when I was buying stuff to take back (Souvenirs etc) the cost came to what I thought was £160, I spent the next 10 mins haggling it down to about £120 only to discover he was talking 160 Egyptian, I could have got stung really badly. I was going to give him £120 when the real cost was £12. I bet he is still kicking himself. If you turn left out of the resort there are shops for about 500m there is also a Egyptian duty free shop, there you can buy all the booze and cigs you need, beware however if you buy non-Egyptian you will need your passport and you are limited to amounts, having said that local booze and cigs are OK both in taste and cost, EG 1ltr Vodka (40%) cost 7€ 200 L&M ciggies will cost the same.

Summary
On a 1-100 scale
Food 75
Room 99
Pool 99
Beach 80
Trip 80
Town 60 (only because of a strange smell and my wife felt a little uncomfortable at night)

Yes there were a lot of Germans but that didn't really detract from the holiday, lets be serious, we've all been embarrassed by ‘Brits' on holiday at some time. You get good and bad everywhere!

On the whole a great resort and the staff were fantastic. Yes I would and probably come again and again and again.
10/10
Amazing
Submitted by: Kathleen in 01/01/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Staff were very helpful and curtious. Animation team (entertainment) were fantastic to say the least and definately added to the outcome of this review. I will be returning without a doubt.
10/10
Amazin
Submitted by: Annie in 27/12/05
  • Age Group: Under 18
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
I loved it soo much and now looking for a good deal to come back again!
7/10
Good hotel..but
Submitted by: Brian & Yvonne in 25/09/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Egypt
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
I will be perfectly honest, the hotel is immaculate, the staff friendly (as long as you are tipping) and the rooms excellent. However on most night we found the food was mostly aimed at the (majority) German visitors. We also found the food to be cold and many people complained to the rep about this. You are also seated by the waiters in the restaurants in tables set for four, if you are a couple looking for a quiet meal forget it because they will seat another couple at your table without asking. We ate 3 evening meals at tables with Germans, we couldn't even talk to them and it made things very awkward and lessened the enjoyment of the meals. Overall though a good hotel and a very good holiday.
10/10
Plenty of things to do
Submitted by: Mcneills in 19/09/05
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
One of the best hotels we have been to, plenty of things to do, food nice, people very friendly hotel beautiful and clean
10/10
Our Best Holiday
Submitted by: The McNeills in 22/09/05
  • Age Group:
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
It was our first time in Egypt, first impressions when we arrived at the hotel were this hotel was gorgeous, and it was. The rooms are very big, we had a family room which we shared with our 10 year old boy, and we didn't feel cramped at all. The food was really excellent as well, different choices every night. Pool area very good as well, it had plenty of water sports for the kids, ranging from water football, water hockey, which my son really enjoyed. The staff was really friendly; we had our own special waiter who even gave you your drinks before we even sat down. Loads of shops and places to eat outside the hotel. Very cheap to eat out, we went to Italian restaurant the three of us. We had three big pizzas, Italian ice cream lots to drink, and the price didn't go over £20 POUNDS. The trips are worth going on as well, we all went a trip into Cairo to visit the pyramids, and I recommend that's the one thing if you go to Egypt you must visit there. We loved the Siva beach hotel so much that we are planning our trip now to go back there next year. We went there the 9th of Sep 2005 for one, next year we are going for 2 weeks.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Siva Grand Beach Hotel

Why all the criticism?

from A TripAdvisor Member
Having seen a range of previous reviews, and having just returned from a week at the Siva Grand Beach early November 2005, I do wonder about people's expectations and attitudes! Okay, I won't say the place is absolutely perfect - the bathroom in our junior suite had a persistent bad smell from what was supposed to be an extractor fan, the TV channels were mainly German reflecting their overwhelming numbers staying at the hotel, and the evenings were short of any meaningful entertainment - but most other aspects of our stay were fine. As far as the food is concerned, and I am pretty fussy, there was plenty of choice in the buffet restaurants and certainly enough to suit me. And during the day there was ample opportunity to keep yourself well fed, what with grilled vege stuff on the beach, burgers etc round the pool, crepes and ice creams at the Terrace Bar, as well as the lunchtime buffet food from the restaurants/Oasis. Okay, you were offered fresh orange juice at breakfast at £2 a glass, and bottles of wine and cigarettes to buy at mealtimes, but a polite 'no thank you' was all that was needed.We never had any problems getting served with drinks,and only tipped occasionally. We found the service throughout the hotel to be absolutely fine, and the place was forever being cleaned, even sweeping up wind-blown petals on the lawns to keep the immaculately kept grounds looking good. If you are going to the Siva Grand Beach, don't expect gourmet food but equally, do not be put off - go and enjoy yourselves.

Excellent Hotel and holiday

from MM0CEZ
After reading the reviews on this site I decided that our first trip to Egypt would be to the Siva Grand Beach hotel and after arriving at the hotel I realised I had picked a good one.
The point of our holiday was for my wife to relax by the pool and for me to take a PADI Open water diving course.
The hotel was fantastic, the rooms were large, modern, well equiped and most of all clean. They were cleaned daily with fresh towels left when required.
The food was good but geared more toward the German guests, however there were always options available for the non German guests. The food was plentiful and of good quality.
I was away most of the day so I did not partake in lunch but did enjoy a hamburger or hot dog at the terrace snack bar on my return.
I found the staff to be most helpful and obliging, I think tipping has a lot to do with this, the staff wages are quite low. Tipping is a way of life, a small tip often, rather than a large tip at the end of the holiday, works wonders. Leave 5 Egyptian pounds on the pillow of your unmade bed and when you return the bed will be made the room will have been cleaned and there will probably be some little extra, a couple of bottles of water or something else in the room.
The gardens and the beach are beautiful and well cared for, if you walk through the grounds at night, you will probably be offered flowers by the gardeners or security staff, their way of looking for a tip.
The pool is large and circular with a pool bar at one end, there is also a paddling pool for the younger holiday maker, both are surrounded by parasols to keep you in the shade if necessary, be warned the pool is cold, actually colder than the sea.
All in all a great hotel and holiday.

Siva Grand was Grand !!

from Dawn2
We had a great time at the Siva Grand. The Hotel is very clean,infact,it's spotless. We did tip the waiters every couple of days,which gave us excellent service with a smile. We stayed in a Junior Suite,which had a fabulous view of the pool and beach area - fantastic !!.The room was cleaned every day. We paid for the Meze type meal in the Oasis Restaurant one night,a mere £6 each,with entertainment and great food.We also had our evening meal by the pool another night,which cost £10 each,but was worth every penny and made a nice change,as you got waiter service and unlimited bottles of wine. We did the half day boat trip,which took us to Giftun Island,crystal clear water and white sand and the snorkelling was excellent. We also took the overnight excursion to Luxor,which we are glad we did,it was a long couple of days,as we left at 5am,but was definately worth it. I would definately recommend the Siva Grand Beach.

Very disappointed

from A TripAdvisor Member
After a fantastic first week on a Nile Cruise, being spoilt and pampered by the boat staff, this was a very big let down.
Well what can I say?! I have just returned from the Siva Grand Beach and I won't be going back.
I went with my husband and parents and we all feel the same. The staff in The Terrace bar were ignorant and down right rude. My husband and Father found it very difficult to get served by the bar staff. After a few hours, we realised the reason for this was that they don't have breasts!!
It's the only all inclusive holiday that any of us have been on where the staff are constantly trying to sell you things. There was always somebody bothering us with a trolley full of wine and cigarettes for sale. It didn't seem to matter that we were sat down eating at the time. It's just constant hastle. Orange, pineapple and mango juice were available at breakfast, but again there was always a waiter pestering us to buy orange from his tray. Why??? It was so off putting. I found myself being polite to begin with, but a girl can only take so much.
The food. Oh my gosh, it was so awful. We stocked up at lunch time at the pool bar with french fries and bread rolls. Then at about 5pm at The Terrace with pancakes, which were delicious. The pool snack bar has about 10 tables there, but there are never enough seats, and the waiting staff are of no use to anyone really, they just walk away and ignore you. There was always alot of people waiting to sit down and eat there. The brochure says that there are 2 buffet style restaurants. This is true, but they both serve exactly the same food. The only nice thing I had to eat was Mousaka. It was lovely. Thats served on a tuesday by the way.
It's not hard to get a sunbed on the beach, but if you want one near the front by the sea, be up early (6ish). I don't have to tell you the reason for this do I? I will do though, it's German Syndrome!!!
We stayed in a bungalow.Our room was very clean but the ouside stairs and hallway were very dirty and dusty and also very dark. So watch where you are walking.
Outside the hotel was beautiful, but didn't feel like Egypt at all. Basically it could of been anywhere.
If you are wanting a quiet friendly based relaxing holiday, The Siva Grand Beach is not the place to go. Good luck if you are going though!!!

a very comfortable hotel

from RAC8
Like everybody else who has been reading the mixed reviews on this hotel we wondered what to expect. We stayed there in september 05 with Direct holidays.as it turned out there was no need to worry. The hotel is extremely clean, the beach and pool are excellent, there are plenty of sunbeds and the all inclusive deal is well worth it. The food is quite good but sometimes not as hot as it should be. but there are always two chefs stood there so you can ask them to warm it up. The rooms are very good with the biggest beds we have seen, the only thing to watch out for is a lack of a balcony with some rooms. They claim all rooms have a balcony but our first rooms balcony was a guard on the window. When we came back from cairo they changed us to an excellent room virtually on the beach. The worst bit about the hotel is the entertainment, sometimes it was so bad you could laugh at it, but occasionally it was worse. Hurghada has very little nightlife, just a lot of shops selling the same souveneirs. overall it is a good choice of hotel for a relaxing break.

The Best

from A TripAdvisor Member
We were very nervous about our holiday in Egypt but staying at the Siva put our minds at rest. Check in was a little slow but soon we were in our 'junior suite' a huge room with lounge furniture and a balcony with sofa and chair and table. We found the food excellent and readily available. Being friendly with staff was a boost to the already excellent service. We did not tip till we were leaving so our service was not dependent on that. Super pool, entertainment a touch wacky, plenty to do, trips a little pricey. Book them independently,we did and saved a lot of money. Already booked for Easter 2006

A Wonderful Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Grand Siva Beach Hotel was exceptionally clean, and beautifully presented. The rooms were immaculate, and the people were helpful to the last. The hotel security was superb, and one can feel that children and possessions are safe here.
The beach was clean, and on one day the hotel sent out a team of men to lift large rocks from the sea bed to ensure we didn't hurt our feet on them. There were always enough sunbeds, towels are changed daily, and the sea was warm and as clear and clean as you could possibly want.
The snorkelling was excellent, (both from the beach and the island half day trip), the submarine trip was superb, the scuba trip was well done and worth the money.
The area is a complete buliding site, with shops and hotels being built up all around, but you wouldn't need to know about this if you stayed in the hotel. The shops nearby sell jewellery, t-shirts and bottles for perfume oils. You must haggle, it's expected and even the children got quite good at it. Tip the waiter that looks after you well, and the guy that does your room. The equivalent of 50p is extremely well received, so don't go mad.
Travelling on public transport was a bit of a problem - we heard horror stories so didn't try it ourselves. The shops take Euros, Egyptian pounds and dollars I think. The hotel exchange rate was better than we got in England at the time.
Watch out for fresh fruit juices - they are not included and cost about £2 each glass, but they don't tell you that, they hand them out ot you at the breakfast table then ask for you to sign for it.
The kids' shows were ok, but repeated each week. Remember to take cards or games to play of an evening.
It's a very German hotel, but the Egyptians prefer the English, or so it seemed.
We all had dreadful stomach bugs over there, unusually for us, so if I went again I'd take a bag full of medicines. But what a super place to recover in!
All in all, it was a lovely place to spend a holiday, and we're thinking of trying a different part of the Red Sea next year.

not so grand the siva!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Few points to consider before booking siva grand.
tip tip and tip again!! service is greatly improved once money changes hands even the pool towel man.
Majority of guests are german(yes the sunbed issue!)my first case of sunbed rage and yes they were german!
Trips are cheaper if you are german(check the notice boards) (yes the english one is nearest the floor surrounded by 19 in german).
Junior Suites? no chance double rooms with foldaway beds for kids and room furnishings are cramped out on balcony more like.
A la carte restaurant?? dont do what we did and look for it,it only exists in the brochure.
you will constantly (and i stress constantly!) be approached to book meals in the oriental restaurant or by the pool or by the beach (which incur extra charges)and also by staff with beer wine and orange juice for sale.
There is 1 pool table and 2 table tennis tables as well as the pool to occupy your kids (yes that is it?)the animation team although lovely provide very adult orientated entertainment like water aerobics and water polo (deep end),and evening shows include cabaret (the liza minelli one)and the rocky horror (not exactly for kids!)not much too keep kids occupied at all.
My advice would be too not expect so muchand ignore the brochure!
Its truthfully a nice hotel in a lovely setting very clean with a lovely beach.
but its not 4 star standard and if its your first all inclusive dont let it put you off.

Stunning hotel food not so good!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I travelled to the Siva Grand at the end of July with my husband. Your first impression as you walk into the reception is wow. The area around the hotel is still developing but the hotel itself is amazing. The rooms were lovely with amazing views over the pool and beach. The hotel is kept amazingy clean and tidy and after a few tips here and there you were looked after very well. There is a good selection of bars and places to eat during the day, catering for all needs. This ranged form bbq's serving potatoe wedges and vegetables to burger and chips. The only real problem we had while we were at the Siva Grand is the evening meals. They were very repetative and rarely warm. The food is kept warm on a pool of water which isn't enough. The only thing that was ever hot in the evening's was the soup. Everything else was either luke warm or cold. We even had to send back chicken skewers one evening as the chicken was still raw in the middle. The food during the day was lovely, we especially enjoyed the bbq which was going most of the day on the beach. The only other downside to this hotel is they cater very much for the germans. This was noticed even more as the King of Saudi Arabia died while we were away. For 4 days all the english channels on our tv were taken over by this news while the german channels remained. There were lots of activities to do during the day but most were done in german. We did enjoy our stay at the hotel but for the money we paid we expected the food to be alot better and of higher standards.

Do your homework

from Nefartiti
We have just come back from the Siva after going on a twin centre holiday, having spent the first week in Luxor. Egypt is great. Im a huge fan of the African continent. However, you must realise that this particular hotel is a huge fan of the Germans and Russians...with German being the second language of the hotel staff and their English isnt as strong. The food is repetitive and catered for our German neighbours, but try The Oasis for the Oriental Night, we enjoyed it and the food was plentiful, huge shrimps! The night wasnt too expensive either, but some staff will hassle you to spend more money on themed nights at the hotel. One member of staff took a shine to me (I travelled alone with my son) and it was hard to shake him off, but he got the hint in the end. Egyptian men can be quite persistant, so single ladies be warned! Watch out when travelling into the town of Hurghada, the buses are used by locals and should only cost between 1Egyptian pound and 1pound fifty, the drivers and their friends will try and charge you 500% more but have none of it, the Police are everywhere, so if you have any problems just approach one. The town is worth a visit, but if you dont want to be coerced into buying or even looking in a shop then be extremely firm, it feels rude, but at least that way you give the impression that youre not a pushover, it worked for me. The Red Sea itself is beautiful and full of fish swimming around your feet. I will go back to Hurghada, but not to the Siva hotel.

Top Local Tips for Hurghada

Taxis Simple, just agree a price before you travel. All taxis will give you a price before you travel or you just walk away, there is so much competition the driver will soon shout you back as they all need business. If they change the pirce on arrival, just say your getting the police and they soon behave themselves!! can't blame them for trying !! They are cheap & pleantiful.

food do not eat at the pool bar if you can get in there the best looking place is the resturant on the beach it is a pasta resturant but we could never get in there as to many germans and was not willing to wait 1 hour to be told no room as happened on three occations with us.

somewhat hot take plenty of small change only buy water from reputable shop not from street sellars be on gaurd with money when given change we went late september it was 45 in the shade most days but it was a dry heat so ok ..... but we dont think we would cope with summer months

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