Alf Leila Wa Leila
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... side of the Nile since that is where the sun goes down. No pictures are allowed in the Valley of the Kings which is a bummer but I later buy a DVD of pictures throughout Egypt which I will copy from. In the entryway, there is a model of the Valley showing how all the various graves were done throughout the valley, with many of the tombs having corridors that come within feet of each other. (This is how they ...
... on the bus ride back to the ship.) That's why
several lines also offer Luxor and the Valley of the Kings as an
overnight option from Safaga. Experiencing Luxor's bounty can easily
fill two days or more.
At early morning cruise travelers will be picked up from Safaga port to travel to Luxor with an Egyptologist tour Guide to wonder comfortably around Valley of the kings where the royal tombs of Egypt's famous Pharaohs like Ramasses and Tut-ankh-amun ,queen ...
... they understood and they all turned to him hands raised where he was sat looking bewildered. Dan and I were left to our own devices to scrabble in the snorkelling gear box. The first reef was quite sheltered. There were loads of fish, so many brightly coloured ones you'd expect them in Finding Nemo. We swan around, at one point seeing Matthew being led underwater with a diving instructor. Afterwards we lay on the boat and lunch was called. Those Russians were very ...
... Valley of the Kings, known as the City of the Dead. Here we were able to visit three of the Royal Tombs, unfortunately there was absolutely no photography allowed within the Valley Complex, ...
... went off to see the sights of ancient Egypt while we chose to visit the more modern seaside delights of Hurghada. The Egyptian tourist industry has been hit hard by all their political troubles and the almost deserted resorts gave us a very warm ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Alf Leila Wa Leila Hurghada
Worst vacation ever!
Oh my God, how can it be rated as 4* hotel??? I'll definitely invest more time to collect information about the next hotel I plan to stay in for my next vacation. We were fooled by nice photographs and dreamy descriptions and in dire need of vacation. Now our bank account is drained, we waisted our vacation days, we risked our health, and had a miserable time all together. Most of the guests are German or Russian and you'll spend all your energy explaining and apologising if you are not. (Every day - to the same people!) Careful with the hotel shopkeepers, they are disrespectful to any female you might have at your side, regardless to the amount of clothes she wears. If she's not local - they take every right! They charge up to 20-25 times(!!!!) more than shops in town for their objects or services! I found this to be ridiculously insulting. If you show any kind of common sense by avoiding any purchase in their shops, they insult you! The hotel staff is so rude, we argued who would go to pick up the room key from the reception because we couldn't stand facing them again! The food is mediocre and always the same. Also, this is the only hotel i've seen where the serving staff actually eats at the same time and at the same table as the guests. They also shove you out of the way to collect their food. You'd do better to go to Sigala (Sheraton street) and do your shopping and eating there, but of course you'll have to bargain for everything, including the ride. Hotel staff favours high taxi prices and will tell you that one way trip to Hurghada costs 50 pounds. The truth is, you can probably have both ways for less, but we paid 50 pounds go and return. Animation staff is in dire need of re-animation, they are lifeless and don't never, ever smile. The night entertainment is so loud, it will keep you up well after midnight. Also, loud music from the pool will prevent you from taking a nap in the afternoon. Organised trips are criminaly overpriced. We also went diving and spend the first dive right under the group of peple who were snorkling. The person who took us diving didn't sign our dives in the log book, as he had no credentials whatsoever. (we found that out at the end, of course) Two days after the dive, we got rash all over the upper body and called the hotel doctor who gave me two shots and nothing for my wife. My wife's rash worsened the next day and my condition didn't improve so we went to the hospital. Of course the examination is about 50 euros each (plus the medications), but it can be much more expensive than that. However, we didn't get any precise diagnosis and medication we got didn't do anything to help us. The truth is that we were eaten by bed bugs, which our matrasses were infested with! The beds were thin matrasses on a wood board, so I'd definitely avoid it if you have any kind of back pain. I took two painkillers daily for the whole duration of vacation. Also, at least three times, we came back from the beach to find no towels in our room and had to wait for over an hour to have some brought to us. Also, you have to collect lunch cupons if you'll have your lunch at the beach. However, they FAIL to tell you that you can eat your lunch (with the presentation of that coupon)at a great bouffet provided by 5* Dana Beach Resort hotel, so if you don't have this precious information, you'll probably eat disgusting dry dough (they called it pizza) and sticky pasta right at the beach - like we did! All inslusive is not a word that should be used for the service you get there, they always find ways to charge you extra stuff! Everybody there presume tourists are loaded with money and expect to be rewarded for disrespectful behaviur. We were honestly outraged by it all and would definitely recommend avoiding this hotel, because they just don't care at all for their gests. I think that they would prefer it if people could just send them the money they've put aside for their vacation and not bother them by actually showing up and expecting something for it.
If you are looking for a relaxing holiday, do not stay here..
If you are looking for a relaxing holiday, do not stay at this hotel. After spending a 3 days in Alf Leila, my boyfried and I were ready to come home. The hotel itself looks good and is very clean. We stayed as all inclusive guests which only included beer and local wine (stay away from the wine this as it is truley disgusting!). We were only allowed to get one drink per person - not even my boyfriend could get a drink for himself and for me at the bar for both of us. This was a big inconvenience and baffling as we paid for all inclusive! We thought that this was some strange hotel rule, until seeing all the other guests going to the bar and ordering 3 or 4 per person. As the only English people in this hotel, we were treated dreadfully - completely different from the many Germans and Dutch that swarmed the hotel. The food was OK, if you like to eat the same thing for breakfast, lunch and dinner - but great for loosing weight! If you want to fight for your food then go to the inclusive restaurant as you have to spend at least half and hour fighting off the shop keepers who are rude and extrelmely disrespecful to Western Women. Totally vile, who intruded on my holiday.
For the whole week away, we were hassled by hotel staff and any other people outside the hotel that wanted you to spend money. If you say no politely they do not get the message, and when they do they treat you very rudely. For western women I would suggest that you cover your whole body up as the men working in the shops in the hotel will try and look up your skirt and touch you.
If you are silly enough to spend the extra money on themed eating nights at the hotel - be warned you will be able to get the same food in your all inclusive restaurant.
If you are looking to relax on the beach or by the pool, again you are hassled, they will come and move your legs off your sunbed and sit down uninvited and will then proceed to hassle you to spend money on something you don't actually want.
The entertainment in the hotel is disappointing and repetitive and very noisy. We were in bed by 10pm each night to get away from it.
I have never been so disappointed in all my life. I have never spent so much money on a weeks break and regretted it. I have never gone to another country and wanted to be back in England so much!
The Awful truth about 1001 nights!
Just returned and felt compelled to write a review of the nightmare called Alf liela wa liela!
Disney does Alladin is best to describe the look of the hotel which is the only good thing about the place.
This hotel would be very good if you're 5 yrs old, fluent in German, dont mind terrible food/service and dont need to sleep at nights!
They have a Fantasia show which starts at 2245hrs and goes on past midnight at a horrendous volume. It sounded as tho it would be a good show to watch but not to listen to every night whilst trying to sleep.
The food is very limited and caters predominantly for the the german guests (which was everyone except us). Hygiene standards were poor and the restaurant was crawling with flies. Waiting staff were unhelpfull and most could only speak arabic or german.
All inclusive deal only meant food and limited drinks, for example, orange juice at breakfast is an extra £1 per glass.
Every meal time is a fight to get to the restaurant as you have to run the gauntlet of shop keepers trying to sell things and letch at your wife/girlfriend or daughter. This is not what you want on the way to breakfast at 7am.
The only bar in the hotel does not have a comfortable seating area and there is nowhere to sit if you wish to escape the karaoke or bingo
We endured 2 nights before requesting to move hotels.
A beutiful vacation
I spent 12 beautiful days in ALF LEILA WA LEILA, I would gladly recommend this hotel to everyone who want to visit Hurghada.I visited several other hotels, most of them five star hotels, but I liked this hotel the most...When u approach ALF LEILA... u get the feelin' that u are entering some other world...Everything has an arabic touch adn if u want to feel like u'r a part of Alladin's story, u should definitely visit it...I didn't take the all inclusive offert, it was breakfast and dinner included, bec I knew that I will spend most of my day time in the beach and the all inclusive was't necessary...Breakfast and dinner are excellent...there is something for everyone...different kinds of pastas, fish, meat, lots of vegetables, excellent soups, sweets, fruit....Besides if u mind something, every employee is very kind and will fulfill every wish u have....Rooms are very nice, cleaned every day, with terrace in front....There are four pools, they are very nice, but don't expect to swim so much, bec they r not very deep and they r usually used for having fun....waterpolo and stuff, or just relaxing......As usual, there is an animation team, they are not the best I have ever seen, but I loved them anyway...Two guys and one girl from Tunisia and a guy from Egypt.....They made so much fun for the kids and they included us, "the grown-ups" also and it was really cute....Depends on the night, u can expect dance competitions, best couple competitions, belly dance shows, fakir shows (waouh!!! it was a great experience to watch and be a part of this show, done by the animator called Shu-Shu.....he's the best! ), bingo nights, comic shows, etc. Hotel doesn't have it's own beach, but all the guests go to the beach of Dana's beach hotel, which is just across ALF LEILA...U have a shuttle bus to take u, but it's also close by feet (10 min)...The beach is nice, not crowded, very clean...the sea is like the swimming pool at the beginnig(bec u don't have exit to the open sea in one part), but if u skip that part adn go to the open sea, the adventure starts..The Red sea is very beautiful and when I mention this, I advise u to go scuba diving...It is definitely the greatest experience I had....Even if u r afraid a bit, like I was, forget about it and let yourself enjoy...u'll see....u will fall in love...I don't know about other offerts for scuba diving, but I went with Undersea world, I think...they are located at the end of Dana's beach....U should definitely go to the trip and visit the Paradise island...believe me, the name justifies it...it is really a paradise!Excurisons to Luxor and cairo are also a great experience, but if u really want to see what Cairo has to offer, choose to go only to cairo for about a week, because it is so hard to see everything in one or two days...That's a very impressive city!!!
Well, if I get a chance to go to Egypt again, I think that my choice will be ALF LEILA again, because of all it's charms and joys.....very nice people.....and beautiful sea!
Not for the independent traveller, fab for fans of all-inclusive holidays
The hotel itself is very nice- the rooms were lovely and cleaned every day. The location, however, was something of a disadvantage. Definitely not the place to stay if you want to go out in the town in the evenings. There are hotel buses, but these are irregular and expensive compared to the other possibility, which is to use to transport of the locals- minibuses. Don't be conned into paying ridiculous fees. We paid 5 Egyptian Pounds to be taken to the town during the day (and apparently even this is a lot more than the locals would pay for a similar journey). In the evening, between 15 (if you are good at bartering!) and 30 is reasonable. Anything more and you are being royally ripped off. A good trick is to say that it cost you 10 EP to get from town to the hotel, so you know it is cheaper.
The staff are generally helpful, but full of promises that will not be kept. They will also try to send you on expensive daytrips when these very trips may be booked for much less from other providers. There is a man called Alex who has an office along the traders gauntlet who offers trips and diving etc for half the rate your tour operator will offer it for. Probably a better bet as well because there are likely to be less ppl on them than on the massive commercial trips.
Finally, beware of the food. Everyone gets sick- its unavoidable- so I would recommend taking lots of medicine with you.
Oh, and the orange juice and cocktails (which incidentally cost a ridiculous 6€) are not included in the All-Inclusive offer.
Friendly and relaxing
Spent two weeks here in June 2005 on an all-inclusive basis. Excellent value for money. Very clean, staff helpful and friendly. Beautiful building, very ornate furnishings and well laid out. Buffet meals with a different themed dinner every day over the fortnight. Something for everyone, especially at dinner, with freshly cooked pasta, varied meats, fish, salads and vegetables. Great selection of breads, pastries and puddings, all produced in-house. All-inclusive package covers meals and drinks - (bottled) beer, wine and soft drinks only - all of which were good. Nice touch that two bottles of cola and two bottles were provided daily in the fridge in each bedroom, also that snacks and drinks were available when visiting the beach at sister hotel (Dana Beach). Free bus available to the beach, but it is within wealking distance (10 to 15 minutes). Only down side was the entertainment, which was poor (although it must be difficult to cater for so many different nationalities); and the very limited range and quality of snaks available outwith meal times. Slight disappointment also that one of the all-inclusive bars (Morgana) was self-service and was limited to tea, coffee and soft drinks. This meant a trek through the hotel from the pool in that area when looking for anything stronger!
Not much to Hurghada itself, but still interesting to get a glimpse of local life. Cost eight pounds (sterling) return for five of us to take a taxi from the hotel.
All in all, a good place for a relaxing break, but not recommended if you want lots to do other than relaxing, reading and swimming!
Having just returned from 1001 nights Alf Leila Wa Leila(24/6 - 1/07) we felt it neccessary to write this review for future visitors.
First impressions when you enter are fantastic, very original, best described as "Walt Disney does Arabain Nights!"
Room was good plenty of space overlooking one of the 4 pools but this is where, I'm afraid, the compliments end...
Food was poor, mainly catering for the Germans who predominate this hotel.
Not a huge choice and every night it was set up outside at 7pm to be moved at 8pm into the main restaurant?
Service was poor & we waited for 15 mins to get the red wine included and in the end gave up ordering with the waiters.
As for All Inclusive this only includes Beer & Wine, soft drinks...no spirits at all!
If you're not a wine or beer drinker then you'll end up paying for your drink of choice.
Beach (Dana)was a short ride in the shuttle and don't bother taking your snorkle gear as there was nothing to see apart from Jelly Fish...
Diving with Aquarius (next to the Marriot Hotel) was superb, well organised and made the holiday.
Trip to Luxor well organised ?(they forgot to collect the British Guests the 1st day!) On our second attempt it went like clockwork but a word of warning Luxor is hotter about 47c so be prepared.
Hurghada was like one big building site (nothing like Sharm el Sheik) and the other guests who ventured down town couldn't wait to get out of there.
To sum up, great looking hotel let down by the poor staff service, food & All Inclusive package.
Would we return to Hurghada... but not for about 5 years, so hopefully it'll be finished, but we would go back to Sharm.
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Lovely and magic!
This 4 star hotel is very very romantic and magic!
You will think that you are living in a dream,in a fable!
the nearest (Dana)beach isn't so far,10 minute on foot,2 minute by free hotel bus.
The other beach,Reemyvera,is very very beautiful,with a lot of fish an coral...but you have to walk to rich the fish,but the water isn't high.
The eating is good and if you like egiptian food,you will be in paradise!
i love this hotel!!!
All Inclusive mmmmmmmm!!
I don't want to put you off going to Fantasia Hotel 1001 Nights - Alf Leila Wa Leila. But we found the all inclusive not what its cracked up to be, you have a choice between local beer & wine soft drinks, no spirits what so ever, game of pool around £3.00 an hour, table tennis first half hour free then you pay. They come around offering you fruit & fruit cocktails all extra. The brochure says the beach is 900 meters away, its just under 2 miles, it takes half hour to walk so get the free bus. Don't expect two much think of it as a half board hotel. By the way food & drink is very cheap in hurghada so get out and look around, taxi their is five pound return they wait as long as you want. That's fifty Egyptian......
By the way hotel is nice enough.
Thank you Tony & Pat