Beach Albatros Hotel
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Good hotel but would not recommend!!
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:-
Clean and tidy however very small and instead of getting a double bed as requested we recieved two singles furthermore the mini-bar was empty and was not filled all week.
Feeding time at the zoo - several troughs filled with the same food on a daily basis, some undercooked. Some pasta and pizza cooked fresh however it worked out that at lunch we'd have a plate of meat and in the evening we'd have a plate of carbohydrate. We found ourselves queuing 10 minutes for every dish which was after 15 mins hunting for a table.
The hotel which holds 1500 people had at the time we were there 1700 guests of which 1500 of them were german. We met a total of 6 english people which were the only other english people in the resort. The pool's are overcrowded and deck chairs as rare as gold dust with the germans putting out their towels the night before. 50% of staff are polite and give a good service however the other 50% are rude and unhelpful. We distinctly got the impression that the staff prefer germans to english.
There are 4 bars in the hotel and for each one was a 10 min queue. Beer was poured into a half pint cup and once the head died down it was about half that again, local spirits were foul however we were told the wine was ok.
There is a cabaret singer by the pool who was probably the worst i heard, we filmed him to show to a friend who is completely tone deaf to prove there is a worst singer around than her. The entertainment team try hard however do all their plays in german and are on for about 1 hour.
The diving was overpacked with poor equipment courtesy of PIRATES DIVING.
The quad biking was excellent!
The trip to the town is ok.
Other than the above not much to do!
The reef in front of the hotel is spoilt and in it's dying days and the pools are freezing cold.
Nice and hot however Hurguada is very windy all year round
Avoid this hotel !!! Not a 5* resort at all and in fact rather poor all round!
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Great Hotel. Very Clean and tidy
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 !!
Nice but not 5 Star or fully inclusive.
I must agree with everything in the previous review.
Hotel staff worked very hard at trying to please and cleaners worked all day, everyday keeping all areas clean and tidy.
We had 3 rooms in the main building, two had pool and sea views the 3rd had a view from the front of the hotel which although not as nice was ok. This room did suffer from a lot of noise from the nearby outdoor arena where shows where held till around midnight. These shows are very amateurish, very loud and not that entertaining.
The rooms were clean and comfortable. Only one of our three rooms had a bath which was quite disappointing. The water in the bathrooms flows out orange with bits of grain mixed in. We didn't even wash our tooth brushes out in it!
The walls are thin so it's possible you will hear your neighbours. Two of our rooms had adjoining doors which were locked but sometimes it seemed like the people next door were actually in your room as their conversations were so clear!
Entertainment at this hotel is practically non existent. We spent a couple of nights in the Tic Tac Bar with the residential singer, he was ok for an hour or so then we'd had enough. The Bar on the ground floor had the kids entertainment, all was in Russian or German. Later there was a disco with English, Russian and German chart music.
Hardly any Brit's staying at this hotel, mainly Russian, German or local's.
The first couple of days while relaxing and soaking up the sun we got constantly interrupted, even hassled to sign up for boat trips, theme nights, restaurant bookings, massages, beauty treatments, hair dressers, wind surfing, volley ball and Henna tattoo's! It seemed like you just got rid of one and the next one was at the foot of your sun bed. After repeating NO several times they got the message and steered clear of us towards the end of our holiday.
We did sign up for a message which was very nice.
On the whole the majority of the hotel staff were very friendly.
The pools were wonderful but freezing! Nobody managed to venture in any further than their big toe! Such a shame.
The sea was warmer but got deep very rapidly. The man made beach had very course sand and was very uncomfortable to walk on.
We did the boat trip to Griftun Island. It leaves at 9am, after an hour it stops for some snorkelling (all equipment provided by hotel), then it goes on to the island where you spend 2 hours. The island is wonderful, clear blue warm sea and soft white sand. There is a restaurant and gift shop. Again, you get hassled by traders who boat in selling mostly jewellery. On the way back to the hotel there is another stop to do some snorkelling.
The town is quite large and has a good variety of shops where you can buy almost everything. We frequently missed the hotel shuttle bus so reception arranged for two hotel staff to drive us into town. This we found out was more expensive than using the local taxis. It can be a scary experience as there doesn't seem to be any rules for their roads! Beware on both occasions we took these hotel arranged rides to town the drivers took us down back streets to their friend's shops. Harmless people but desperate for you to spend your money in their shops. We soon learnt to walk out to the front of the hotel and wave down one of the local taxis; they're cheaper, friendlier and take you straight to wherever you want to go.
shop vendors will try very hard to get you into their shops and once inside will badger you to buy something, never pay the price they first tell you, haggle to get a bargain and don't be afraid to say "no thanks" and walk away.
We had a good time and enjoyed our time in Hurghada. As for this hotel, there were 7 of us and I'm sure that helped. If it had just been a couple of us we would have got bored quite quickly unless of course we were Russian. No offence to Russians but just felt left out and out numbered.
Not 5 star not all AI
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 will get the old favourite out of the way first. Is it five star? No is the short answer, the room's border on three to four according to where you are put.
When we arrived at the hotel we were told we were being moved and upgraded to a better hotel which turned out to be 15 mins drive away so off we went only to discover it was a large complex with a complimentary buggy ride between your room and the main hotel building. Long story short here as my partner has difficulty walking we turned this down as it was a room in an apartment block on the third floor with no lifts.
Went back to the original hotel and insisted we have a room here. Eventually they gave us a room five mins walk from the main building on the second floor (stairs only) with a promise to move us to a better room in a few days time. As we were now very tired we accepted this reluctantly.
The room was so small we had to park our suitcases in the bathroom and whilst it was clean there was a strong smell of damp as this was a new extension onto the hotel complex which resulted in my partner being taken into hospital for three days with bronchitis from the damp and the fumes. We were eventually moved to a more suitable room 3 days later (turned down two before agreeing on this one) and were able to unpack.
So the rooms in the main building are clean and nearly all have a sea view however hardly any have a bath and a shower as advertised, only a shower.
The rooms are basically furnished but do show signs of wear and tear and if you forget your key you can limbo under the door as there are big gaps on the doors in most of the hotel. Aircon and heating is very good as it was cold at night so you need the heating.
There is no radio, music system, video in the rooms as suggested in the hotel site information page and every one we spoke to made the same observation.
The food is nothing to write home about and if you have been to Tunisia it is very much the same and only gets a 2 star rating and whilst there is nothing for the "typical" English palette (except chips) i.e. no bacon etc, we found the food to be varied to a more European standard the only problem being it was never very hot.
The dinning room is small and only holds around three hundred despite the fact that the room caters for over two thousand which includes the bungalows which are part of the hotel complex so getting a table can be pot luck.
There are loads of different restaurants all over the hotel but only two are part of the all inclusive package (bit naughty that) and additionally you are charged for fresh orange juice even if you are on all inclusive basis.
The drinks are ok but in most cases you have to queue to get served and service is slow with only one person serving. You do get bottled water for free but it is "locally" bottled and a lot of people had bad stomachs after drinking this. Once we stopped drinking it our stomachs settled down and no more problems although the onsite doctor was doing a roaring trade all the time (be warned, you will be charged for his services but from the offset it would appear that his consultation is free) but at least you can claim it on you insurance
The Animation team try very hard and do look after the kids but the shows in the evening in the outside theatre are pretty much what you would expect and are very poor and low quality.
If you want to see one of the visiting local shows (belly dancers etc) you have to pay for this as it is part of the "theme buffets" that are laid on during the odd evenings so once again, a payable item not part of AI as implied.
There is a singer in the Tic Tac pub advertised as "a band" who sings along to some very dodgy backing tracks and additionally you have to pay for drinks in this bar so one again where ever there is entertainment (other than the Animation team) you have to pay.
WATER SPORTS ETC:
Diving and wind surfing are available but horse riding is being led on horse back for five mins along the beach, that's it. No jet ski or similar despite the hotel claiming otherwise in its publicity. Word of warning here as I was going to go Scuba Diving but after looking at the condition of the equipment and the dive boats attached to the complex I decided not to do it from here, a decision which was a wise one, when a few days later one of the dive boats sunk whilst at it's mooring on the jetty.
The hotel is located in an area that you have to get a taxi to go anywhere or the local buses and it is at least twenty mins to anywhere, having said that the taxis are really cheap (we went into the town, did some shopping for a couple of hours whilst the driver waited for us and then brought s back which cost a total of 70 Egyptian pounds) (roughly £7.00) so this was helpful.
One of the problems with this hotels location is the fact that it is very windy all the time and the beach is wall to wall with wind breaks which you are invited to pay for.
Not to many English at this hotel, mainly Germans, Russian and lot of the locals stay at this hotel but no problems
The on site shops are expensive (in relation to the prices in town) and getting out and about is a must.
There are other hotels in the area which are far superior at a lower rate which is worth considering if you have not already booked however if you have booked then do not get to concerned as a good time can be had but as long as you remember that the hotel is not what it purports to be and is really only a three star at best and all the little things that should be part of AI are not.
Would we go again, yes but not to this hotel.
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.
Great for kids
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!
We stayed in the pavillion block on an AI basis.
Good points first- the food was fine and we weren't ill. Lots of meats and fresh veg and the chefs made an effort to make something on request for veggies if there was nothing already prepared. The beach (man made) and pools were nice and there was lots to do.
Bad points- we got a great room but only after an hour of them making us trail round rubbish rooms they wanted to pan off on us. If you have booked a double room with a pool view, make sure you get it. There is a lot of work going on at the hotel. Looks like a new block is being built near the bungalows and the main building is having a refit. The noise didn't bother us but I imagine it would get on your nerves in the main building. Although the food was good, there was no table service. You had to get your own drinks (and often queue). The entertainment was a bit ropey although the staff made an effort. You are constantly harrassed to spend money- on Egyptian nights, fresh orange (otherwise its just diluted), snorkelling trips, pool table, etc which is a bit tiring. Last year we stayed in Hilton Coral Nuweiba AI which was fantastic- it was also 4* but AI was AI and the service was excellent. This hotel is 3* at best.
Diving (Pirates PADI 5*)- the instructors were good and the sites had good coral and wildlife. They didn't pack too many people on the boats and we hreally enjoyed it. On the down side- don't bother with the house reef and beware when you go to pay. They only take cash and the prices are in Euros. If you pay in Egyption Pounds (which is all you can get at the hotel) he tries to add on 10% (8LE to the Eur instead of 7) for the privilege. We held our ground and only paid 7 LE to the Eur but I know he tried this on with everyone. Also they don't have boots to hire so I had to buy for 50 Eur.
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