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Historical Traveler Reviews Beach Albatros Hotel Hurghada
Myself and my partner have just returned from a 1 week break. We went AI to the resort that boasts 5 stars. All in all is was a nice little break however I really would not recommend this resort to anyone planning a holiday, the reasons i will disclose below:-
We have just got back from the Primasol Beach Albatros 17/02/2006. It is immaculately presented, V- clean and tidy. The food was great with always plenty to choose from.(especially the puddings which we seemed to always have six different ones each evening) The Lunch in the resturant on the beach was particulaly good, not ususually a lunch person on hol, but this was good. Make sure you get the room you booked as we ended up with a twin bed room and a camp bed for our child when we booked a family suite. After complaining we eventually moved rooms. We were in the main building overlooking the pool and our final room was huge. The whole complex was huge with water slides and amazing pools like a tropicana(but you had to pay extra for those)The pools were freezing this time of year but the sea warm. Dont buy your trips from your travel agent as they were twice the price. We booked a quad bike dessert saffari with the man by the pool and it was brilliant only £47 for the three of us, wereas the tour op wanted £80. The paradise island trip is a must but again book with the boat men at the beach. On the down side the hotel is based for Germans but it didnt bother us that much except for the entertainment in the evening which was terrible anyway! Only 2 resturants and the beach one was A.Inclusive and only the beach bar and Lobby bar is A.I which is a bit naughty as the Tic Tac bar where the Karaoke was,was supposed to be free until midnight was wasnt. We confronted them at reception and they just said 'Things Change' Certain evenings with proper entertainment were provided with a special meal in the downstairs resturant, but you had to pay. They were always coming round trying to sell this along with fresh juice, which should really be included. Really this hotel is not a european standard 5* but probably a 3/4*. For egypt it is very clean and more than adequate. Beach towels and towels in rooms are supplied but there are no tea and coffe making facilities in the room. Take a small amount of Egyptian pounds when you go and the rest sterling and change it out there as the rate is better. They charge you £10 sterling for your visa at the airport. They seem to accept US dollars, euros, and sterling at the shops, but just as easy to change to egyptian pounds. Dont forget to haggle!! Happy Hols !!
I must agree with everything in the previous review.
Bit of a long review as a couple of people we met whilst at this hotel had read the previous reviews and said they would have liked a bit more info.
We a family of five has just spent 8 days, including the New Year at this hotel. In general we were satisfied with the hotel. The staff is very friendly and service minded. Food Ok when taking into consideration that it is prepaired and served for 1500 people. The rooms that we got, are definately not up to 5 star standard but more like 3 star. The hotel tends to be too crowded after the new annex has been opened. It was virtually impossible to get a place at the very small hotel beach and we gave up the beach option and spend our time at one of the pools. The hotel facilities are as mentioned over streched with too many people around. If you are troubled with too many [--], then don't choose this hotel. They represent the majority of the guests and tends to be a bit noisy and dominating. Sometimes it was a bit disturbing being harrassed by all kinds of vendors trying to sell massage, tours, etc. However all in all a good holiday but if you have blond and nice looking daughters in the age between 16-20, then you have to prepaire them for annoying and stupid comments from the cleaning staff.
Top hotel, top holiday
wow what a hotel great place to relax,have fun , do what ya like really we stayed in one of the new rooms it was so big and smart 10 /10 food was good and varied ,service excellent. The weather in november is fantastic we went with friends the four of us had a really great holiday and we will be going back next year,
merry christmas one and all
From jim , dawn ,karen and robbie
This hotel is franchised for the Germans but we did not feel this was a problem - if anything the Germans require good quality. Tend to put Brits in the Pavillion which is 4 star but we asked for 5 star which is the main hotel and because there were four of us we were given a top floor suite with fabulous view over red sea and pool. Food was great - loads of choice and some cooked fresh while you wait. Lunch food in beach bar exceptionally good. Entertainment every night (though tends to be in German) Staff very friendly. Go on the Quad biking trip it was great. Would definately go back again and would recommend the Beach Albatros to anyone.
We loved it!!!
We hve just returned from albatross beach and we had a fab time. The hotel was of a very high standard. Rooms were clean and spacious. We went a1 and it was worth every penny. My four year old son loved the entertainment team and was quite happy to go to the 'kinder club'. Dont recomend getting the hotel shuttle bus into hurghada as it was manic and over crowded. Much better of ordering a taxi from the hotel lobby. Agree a price before you get in the cab and check this price is for both ways and pay on return. We paid the equivilant of £10. One more tip. When you get your visa at the airport pay in dollars (15) or you could get ripped of quite heavily. Anyway we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would definately go back again. The weather was great to.
We stayed here at the same time as the other reviewer. We stayed in a family bungalow which was more like a a small two bedroomed terrace house. It was clean and comfortable, but like the other reviewer I felt that in terms of British standards it was more of a 3* than 5. We took our 3 children with us who are aged between 5 and 11. They had a fantastic time and didn't want to leave. There is a kids club, and although the kids entertainer didn't speak much English he got on well with the children and they loved him. The food was fine, we are a family of veggies and did not have to ask once for a veggie alternative, there was always plenty on offer. The diving was brilliant, we took the children on one of the boat trips with us and the crew were fantstic with them, looking after them when they went swimming in the Red Sea. We took a trip to Luxor and the guide, once again, was fantastic with the children. As to the building work it didn't interfere in anyway with the enjoyment of our stay. The staff at the hotel were great with the kids, learning their names and making a great fuss of them. Our youngest had broken his foot a couple of days before we left on holiday and they were great with him. I would say on the down side the hotel shops were very expensive, one tried to charge us £10.00 for a ruler a small, very bad picture and a keyring, we left it in the shop! There is plenty of free entertainment and if you don't want to attend an Egyptian evening there is no obligation and you can say no. We stayed for 2 weeks and had no problems at the hotel at all, I would say though that if you snorkel around the beach you will see more fish than on the snorkelling trip we took!