Hilton Hurghada Plaza
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Great staff at the Hilton Plaza
We enjoyed our Christmas and New Year stay at the Hilton Plaza. It's a nice hotel - although its five star rating in some holiday brochures may lead you to think that it is much more luxurious than it is.
If you are going there, make sure you fly into Hurghada - and not travel overland from Luxor. Having not read the small print of our booking, we hadn't expected a seven and a half hour bus ride (in a secure convoy) through the desert.
The hotel is not in the smartest part of town. There is a lot of development going on - as there is throughout the whole of Hurghada. However, unlike the Hilton at the other end of the resort you can walk to shops, bars and restaurants - about 1km away.
The hotel has an excellent pool, but relatively few places to sit around as they got taken early in the day. There was plenty of room on the beach though, and very attentive staff. It seems to be a windy part of the world, so we needed the heavy-duty wind breaks that were available.
The front of the hotel is a smallish sandy bay; very safe but not so good for spotting fish.
Every member of staff was excellent and efficient - and very charming. They don't earn much, so regular tipping goes down very well.
The guests were mainly Russians, with just a few Brits, French and Italians making up the numbers.
The food was of high quality, but always buffet style for dinner. Most tables are for four and, as a couple, we were usually placed on the banquettes. You are directly alongside other diners and it can feel a bit like a cafeteria experience. You don't linger as you may in a restaurant. We ate out a few nights instead.
Prices of food and drink in the hotal are very reasonable.
In summary, this is a very nice hotel and we enjoyed our stay, but not so sure about its five stars.
We cannot fault this hotel, where all the staff are always smiling and keen to help. The standard rooms are spacious with good bathroom facilities and the view from the balcony over the superb pool, gardens and hotel's own beach was beautiful. We did not opt for the available upgrade offered on arrival as it really wasn't necessary. All of the hotel was always spotlessly clean. We booked very last minute (2 days before!) but there were no hitches whatsoever.
The choice for breakfast was vast - both hot and cold buffet selections and the quality was good. The Italian restaurant was also good but we would recommend the a la carte menu rather than the dinner buffet. We had lunch at the beach restaurant and at the pool bar - both were cheap and the food was excellent. Room service is also cheap with a very wide choice.
The Libra rep was informative without being pushy and we would definitely recommend the excursions to Luxor and Mahmya Island (two totally different worlds and experiences). We had the same Tour Guide for both trips and he was excellent - very informative and went out of his way to be helpful.
Eating out and shopping in Sekala (the 'new' downtown) was surprisingly cheap, as were the taxis/minibuses there and back. Be sure to agree the fare beforehand though as the drivers have numerous ways of trying to charge more (e.g. we had "the fare we agreed was per person, not for both of you" or, "the fare we agreed was in English pounds, not Egyptian"). L20 Egyptian/£2 English is normally the going rate; increasing a little if returning late at night. The hotel does run a limited minibus service in the early evening.
Generally, the Egyptians seemed to love the English and were always welcoming. Tipping little and often seemed to be the way of things and was always appreciated. We would recommend all aspects of our holiday, and can't wait to go back.
If you paid cheap, its fine... otherwise prepare to be disappointed
As we paid under £300 for a week B&B at the Hilton it was ideal. However I would have been disappointed if I had paid more.
We had a mouse in the room and as a result were upgraded to a nicer room (which was quite a difference!) with king size bed, and complimentary fruit basket.
The staff are generally polite, however I did unfortuntely have an argument with the onsite shop chap when the new swimming goggles broke, so stick your ground and do not accept any attempts at 'repairing' something as it will come back to you in a much worse state.
The beach is always busy with terribly annoying (and bad) loud music in the morning so do not expect relaxation, however the pool side is lovely. If you want piece and quiet do not get room that is close to the beach.
The beach hut restaurant (under lagoona) has a lovely mezza selection, otherwise hotel food isn't anything to shout about, so get out of hotel and down past hrd rock.
Be careful if you go out on Quad bikes, I had a bad accident and they clearly didn't know what to do, and you also do not wear hats. I would NOT recommend this for children. Secondly, pay a little more for scuba diving if you can as you get much nicer boat and food!!
Fantastic sea view But!
Hilton Plaza has a fantastic sea view for main building rooms. The main restaurant is poor (both variety and quality wise) and small compare with the size of the hotel. The kitchen in general is disappointing (room service & a la carte). The rooms are average (compared with 4 stars standard). The beach is nice but the beach restaurant (cafe) is very poor. Entertainment and recreation facilities are below average. The swimming pool with a nice pool bar is (OK). If you are seeking nice sea view then it is a perfect choice But!
Really great hotel
We have just returned from a one week winter break in Hurghada and had a fantastic time.
The Hilton Plaza Hotel is incredibly clean, there are always staff around the hotel cleaning and tidying and whilst it did need a lick of paint in some areas, we could not fault the cleanliness.
We upgraded our room and received two large bottles of water every day, which were very well received. A larger room with a huge balcony and wine and fruit on arrival and a free massage each. The bathrooms were clean and modern, we did find the shower pressure a little weak, but that is a personal preference.
All rooms were beach facing, which was probably a good idea as the view from the front of the hotel was a little barren.
The hotel has two main restaurants (one buffet and one Italian). We ate in both and the food was equally good. None of us got any holiday tummy! Egyptian wine is horrid and imported wine very expensive. We stuck to lager and spirits (but make sure you order local spirits rather than imported, and beware they are large measures).
If you want to stay in a resort only you could not fault this hotel. Sun loungers were plentiful and the beach and pool kept clean. October is a good time to go - it is out of season so the hotel did not feel over crowded and the weather was fab. However, it would be a shame not to experience Hurghada town.
Taxi's into Hurghada town are another experience altogether. We were a group of four educated adults, all in our 30's and it took all four of us, together with an action plan to deal with the taxi drivers. Their driving is very.. animated.. and agreeing a price is stressful. There were also a number of 'tricks' played on us e.g. saying we gave a 10 note instead of 100 or that we agreed prices per head and not per taxi. If you stick to your plan and argue with the drivers they do back down. Keep your senses about you and it is a good experience. Alternatively the hotel does offer a free transfer to and from the town each evening. Hurghada town is third-world but it would be a shame to miss it. Dinner for four with drinks in "China Town" only cost us about £35. The shops are open until after midnight, but the shop owners are very pushy. But what you will notice the most is that after sunset, the only women are tourist. This can feel a little threatening and I must say I held my husbands hand all the time, but in reality we did not encounter any problems.
We did the quad bike trip into the desert, sharing a quad bike per couple and had a lovely afternoon/early evening (only £20 aprox). The Bedouin camp is a little more commercialised than I would have liked (catering for the tourists - but in reality what can you expect, it is their major source of income).
The diving was good. Probably not as diverse as Sharm, but sufficient for us to have a good time (the hotel has its own dive centre) - but like all places in Egypt it is quite busy with divers. The non-diver in our group joined us a couple of times on the boat and snorkeled - she had a good time. The staff were helpful, the boat clean and modern, and the lunch simple but good and cheap at less than £2 per person.
A very laid back holiday, you can do as little or as much as you want to. I would go back, again out of season.
Hurghada Hilton Plaza
Firstly, having been to Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada, I would recommend Sharm. We found Hurghada to be very shabby with lots of run/falling down buildings (some of which we did see in Sharm - but to a lesser degree). Hurghada, at the end of the day, is a third world city which will provide you with with an insight into different cultures and experiences, however we personally prefered Sharm as a holiday desitnation.
As for the hotel itself, The Hilton Plaza hotel was of a good standard (equiverlant to an english 4 star). The staff were incredibly friendly and efficient and were always willing to go out of their way to provide excellent service. The hotel was clean and well equiped. The bedrooms were well furnished, but did not have tea and coffee facilities as standard. The pool area was very good, with a pool bar, plenty of space and loungers and the pool was cleaned to a high standard daily. Their were three restaurants to choose from. The two we used provided a good standard of food and service. The buffet style main restaurant offered a high standard and selection at very reasonable prices.
The private hotel beach was a 2 minute walk from the main pool area, through well kept gardens. The beach provided free loungers and a couple of bars. There was also a football pitch and volley ball court for those mad enough to want to play in the heat. We were rather disappointed that the beach did not offer very good snorkerling opportunities. Only one or two fish could be seen. Unlike Sharm, where jettys were provided from the beach, leading to well established coral areas, where fish were in abundance.
The day trips, quad biking in the desert, riding camels and trips to a secluded island etc.. were excellent. Well organised and very reasonable. In our opinion, the 1 day trip to Mahmya island is a "must" at around £43.00 for an adult (half price for children), with excellent snorkeling from the pictureque island and boat.
As for the city of Hurghada there are lots of shops, with rather pushy shop keepers (which does become wearing after a couple of trips). Generally shop keepers now realise that tourists to the area are going to barter.... so they start at very high prices. We often paid only 10% of the starting asking price!
If you are purely going to stay in the hotel complex and take organised day trips, this is a very good place for a holiday. If you're looking for a scenic resort, this is perhaps not the place for you.
We had our honeymoon here in September 2004 and i will have nothing bad to say about it at all! We had no expectations at all when we booked the holiday and we were so impressed with the hotel and resort that we went back in March 2005.
We upgaded our room at a small cost but this gave us a larger balcony, tea and coffee facilities and a larger apartment. The room was very clean and the balcany had a fantastic view of the sea and the grounds.
The breakfast buffet was the same everyday with small variations but we still managed to have something different every day for 2 weeks with out getting bored of it. The tea and coffee was filled up as soon as you end one cup, and dirty plates cleared away immediatly. We found that we would eat so much at breakfast we didn't need to eat until the evening!
The pool was lovely and refreshing during the day where temperatures were very hot. We never had to fight over loungers and we never had to 'reserve' any with our towels. The towels were always clean and fresh. The pool bar was great to swim up to and we would sometimes order a snack which would come quickly. The only compliant is that the bar staff only had one CD which they played non stop!!
The beach - WOW! it was clean, water was great and we saw fish in the shallow bits. We would snorkel to the rocks where the water was clear and we saw loads of different coloured fish that would swim right up to you. We also saw many crabs and birds as well. Again, never had a problem getting loungers regardless of what time of day we went. We would often go to the pool in the morning and beach in the afternoon and never had problems.
The resturants - the italian was amazing and we went a few times to sample all parts of the menu. Service was fast, we even had our own guitar player singing songs to us. The grill resturant on the beach was good to where they cook the meat to suit your tastes.
Try the room service - it was cheaper, quicker and you don't have to get out of bed!
Yes, it was windy at night but it didn't bother us as we weren't trying to sunbath! It was nice to cool down at the end of the day anyway.
Went on a couple of excursions - the desert trip and the snorkling. Tip - if you go on a snorkling trip then take your own equipment. The cost of the trip includes the hire of the equipment but their's is useless. They gave me a snorkel that allowed water into my breathing tube! I'm not a good swimmer and i only discovered this halfway between boat and shore. saw many fish though and would go again.
We tipped the waiters and the room attendant. We made a mistake on the first night by tipping the man who carried our luggage with $10 which i think is about a weeks wage for them! (i hadn't got used to the exchange rate!). After that they couldn't do enough for us. Wonder why?
The town of hurghada is small but with a few shops although they are mostly the same. Picked up a few bargains but was hassled all the time so we gave up in the end. There is a MacDonalds there which we tried on the last night. It tasted better than it does at home!
All in all this was the best holiday we have ever had. The hotel was just amazing and we have no complaints.We would recommend it to anyone and we would most certainly go back (again).
Its a Great hotel
I am really fussy - and I could not fault this Hotel. Technically a Hilton 'Resort' it was built in 1997 and has a very airy spacious feel. It was one of those places that when you arrive you feel that you chose well.
The rooms are very clean and have views over the very well kept gardens - which are very green and well watered. The bathrooms are typical Hilton and you might have stayed in one in Chicago, Bracknell or wherever the Hilton francise makes its mark.
The restaurant is buffet style and I would normally shrink away from such a mundane tableau - but I have to say that it was at least as good as anywhere I have stayed ( true the orange juice was not had squezed like at the Sonesta in Luxor)
The Beach is really nice- never had a prob with getting a (free) set of loungers. Beer is about 18 E pounds less that 2 uk pounds.
The sunday night buffet in the beach restaurant was lots of fun.
Seriously - this is a very nice , very well run hotel. A british 4 star and for this part of the world you will have to have a full set of LV baggage to even think of criticising it ( the real stuff not the fakes!)
Good and not so good
we were there in august and although this is a good hotel it was a bit disappointing. Service was good, but the hotel wasn't too clean. especially the main restaurant was disappointing but that wasn't the staaf's fault. the hotel was filled with arabian guests who had lots of children with them and who were quite annoying. they really messed up the buffet and so. but the staff even admitted the service was better in the winter time because only european and american people visit that time of the year. but luckily there was the small italian restaurant. That made everything good.
A good hotel with very friendly personnel, especialy the catering related workers, who made us feel welcome at all times. Attractive outdoor swimming pool even though not suffciently heated (we were there in the beginning of March). Very pleasant private beach with the coral reef at just a 5-minute boat trip. The rooms are okay with excellent views of the RED SEA and the reefs. Try the room service which was really cheap and efficient. The food is not grand however it was fresh, well cooked and variable. Best asset of the hotel: the personnel - waiters, room attendants, and the very amusing hairdresser and shop asistants. Very good massages too! Worst thing of Hurghada: the wind. We had six days of wind unfortunately - maybe we chose thw wrong time to go there (March).
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