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The less said about the coach journey the better!! Four hours at night on a remote (ish) Egyptian road is not for the faint hearted. Dodgy overtaking, driving on the wrong side of the road and that game where you try to get as close to the vehicle in front as possible at high speed, to name but a few. Oh, did I mention all our dive gear tied to the roof with a piece of string? Well, we and our kit got to our destination in one piece, although nerves a little bit ...
... is now much hotter and will take a bit of getting used to, especially after two days in the air conditioned cabin. Will venture out to some of the parts of the ship that we have not yet visited this trip, while things are quiet and most people are off on ...
I eventually resigned to the fact that Jordan was financially unrealistic, so I put a plan in place to extend my time in Hurghada. What a brilliant decision actually. I found a fantastic CSer who works at one of the top seven star resorts on the coast. He invited me to hang out at the resort all day, enjoy the amenities of the spa and then hooked me up with a colleague who hosted me for the night. ...
... George Hotel. It is a five star hotel adjacent to the Nile River. At the large Marina near the hotel, we saw many deserted River Cruisers. These boats normally provide a five to ten day cruise along the river to Cairo from Luxor with stops in between, or vice versa. The small traditional sailboats, Dhows, with the large triangular sails were nearby. Except ...
... was great we could stay at the hotel beach all day.
I would recommend this place if you ever want to stay in that region of Egypt. As for the region, don't expect to see any pyramids around, there are non. Those are in another part of the country and as for culture you can see some stuff in Luxor which I have another entry for.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Alf Leila Wa Leila Hurghada
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 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.
Just returned and felt compelled to write a review of the nightmare called Alf liela wa liela!
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.
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!
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.
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!!!
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......