Travel Blogs from Hurghada
Last night we had "Oriental" food at Omar's. This is the only restaurant at the Sofitel where you must make reservations in advance. When we went to make reservations at the "Chinese" restaurant they looked at us as if we had 3 eyes. Then we corrected ourselves and said the oriental restaurant. Reservations were promptly made. We still don't …
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 ...
... in it when fully occupied and there were no more than 50 people when we were here. I have been in Egypt for over a week now and I have learned not to expect much from accommodation. I was happy just to get
away from the people. We were hoping for a bit more as far food, accommodation and service, but the current Egypt hospitality standards and attitude are not good enough. We had the opportunity here to do some ...
... 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 ...
... lunches for us to eat on the way; we had been worried about losing the time for lunch (about seven of the eleven hours on the tour was for driving from place to place), so that was a good thing. I later heard someone on one of the other tours complaining about the amount of time spent on lunch instead of seeing the sights, but I didn’t say anything to him about our experience; I figured it would just be rubbing salt in the wound. We drove by ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mercure Hurghada
I spent a week in the Sofitel Hurghada. Though you should not expect the level of a regular Sofitel, it's a very good value for money if you take the All-In package. In the end, you don't pay the price of a regular Sofitel either!
Just arrived home from a week at the Sofitel Hurghada. If you want to go for a week away from it all then this is the place for you as there's very little to do and you are a long way from the town.
The first Sofitel hotel was opened in Strasbourg, France in 1964. Now Sofitel, part of the hotel brand of Accor, has 180 hotels in 53 countries around the world. They employ approximately 12,500 people in different countries around the world. The one that I am going to review is the one in Hurghada, Egypt and it is built on forty hectares in the Arabian desert and has the luxury of its own private beach by the very clear and lively Red Sea. It is 450 kms south of Cairo and 280 kms north of Luxor. It has 312 rooms and four villas and we stayed there for two glorious weeks over the Christmas period of 2004 and we loved it, the staff at the hotel were extremely friendly and helpful. We booked to go six months in advance and arranged everything with Portland Direct, who are part of the Thomson holiday giants, and payed for it through their website at portland-direct. The price was around four hundred and sixty pounds each, flying out from Gatwick on a very crisp and cold early Tuesday morning, and this was for bed and breakfast, and it was not much cheaper for our daughter who was eleven at the time, although fair enough it did cover Christmas and this was a bit special.
My partner and I just got back from a week at the Hurghada Sofitel (Jan 2006) and we're disappointed to say the very least. We have both stayed at Sofitel's around the globe and this one does not match their other hotels. Although the grounds are beautiful, the pool and beach and clean with comfortable lounge chairs there are a few faults that will deter us from staying at this resort again. We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis - this was a decent meal with eggs, sausages and all the breakfast pastries you could eat. A few times we paid the exorbitant price for lunch and dinner at the resort and it was nearly inedible - and we are not a picky eaters! Alcoholic drinks were extremely expensive (for Egypt): beer $3-4 USD, sprits $7 USD not to mention the non alcoholic ones: bottle of water $2 USD, pop $2 USD. Getting to town takes about 10 minutes and a haggle with the taxi driver - we finally figured out to walk to the front gate to hail our own as Sofitel rips you off. Their shuttle is not free and twice and much as a couple should pay. In town, there are some half decent restaurants to eat in and a number of places to drink at reasonable prices - beer/drink: $1-2 USD. Town is where you'll find your first convenience and grocery store; however, be warned, do not dare bring any food/drink items back to the hotel (without hiding them!) It's Sofitel's policy that no outside food or drink are allowed. The rooms are tired but decent; although, I would barley rate their rooms at a 3 star let alone a 4 and absolute cleanliness is in question. Overall, we continually felt ripped off and constrained by the hotel. We were sold by the Sofitel name but were delivered something else mediocre.
We are seasoned travellers and read the reviews on this site prior to making our choice. Given what had been written we thought we were on a sure bet.In fact,the Hotel promises a lot but most definitely leaves you very disappointed.
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I just got back from a week at the sofitel. It has exceeded my expectations in every way! There were numerous activities free of charge throughout the day, the dinner buffet had a different theme every night and the daily shows in the open-air theatre from 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm were not only free but extremely entertaining. The dive center in the hotel was professionally run and reasonably priced. Would stay there again for sure.
Stayed here for 1 week with my husband and kids. Rooms are OK, nothing special. The food, presentation, environment and staff are above average. for Egypt it is excellent. The staff is very friendly and well trained. Be aware, the drink prices are very high.....and the egyptian wine is undrinkable. A good bottle of wine will cost $50.00. The beach is large compared to the other hotels....pool could be bigger. The hotel offers activites throuout the day including water aerobics, archery, belly dancing, and kids activities. We spent 2 nights at the Hilton Resort when we came back from a nile cruise and I could not believe the difference. Although Hilton resort had nicer rooms, the food, staff , environment was similar to Holiday Inn. I enjoyed my stay at the SOFITEL and would go again.
Have just returned from a week at the Sofitel in Hurghada with my husband. What a wonderful place. This is their low season so the hotel was not anywhere near full, so it was quiet but that just added to the pleasure. The softest pool towels I have ever experienced!!!! The cleanliness was to an extremely high standard and all the staff went out of their way to help without being intrusive. The Sofitel has wonderful grounds and is set on a beautiful clean beach. Food was superb, with plenty of choice. Taxis into Hurghada from the hotel were very reasonable, and they come back and collect you when you are ready - round trip max £6!! Just go, you will love it.
Great place to stay!!
We have just returned from two weeks in Hurghada, staying at the Sofitel hotel Hurghada which was a really great place. The rooms were bright and spotless, with the added bonus of room service which offered a good range of food if you didn't want to go anywhere! Food generally was really good and all the staff were friendly and obliging. Beach was good with plenty of sports activities and sunbeds, and the snorkelling was excellent. Shows every evening were entertaining. Taxis to downtown hurghada were cheap and readily available. Exursions arranged through our portland rep were fantastic and very well organised. Would certainly reccomend staying at the sofitel as it has pretty much everything you are likely to need all in one complex.
Great Quality with French food quality
I went last year to sofitel hurghada ( June 04) and it was a really good deal for my wife and myself. We made snorkeling from the beach and have seen a lot of fishes. The food was great and the shows also very nice. the bar is nice also, and disco also. The swimming pool is nice. Really nice with nice rooms and good service. I would go again.