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I arrived just after sunset. Flying over the desert was an experience. I have flown over parts of Egypt before, but never exactly landed there. Hurghada is a tourists spot that attracts Europeans such as Germans, Russians and British. I spent 4 nights in a lovely resort that was all-inclusive. Everything was included in the price, therefore i did not have to ...
... allowed to get in without covering your head. Then we shop around in New Marina. There are more shops and better restaurants or bars than the old town. On returning to the hotel, we tried our first time taking the micro-bus. We asked a local people about how it works. It costs only 1 Egyptian pound for anywhere you go. Get on the bus and paid 1 Egyptian pound and then called to stop when you have arrived your hotel. Enjoy Hurgahda!
... failed to mention is that invariably the men who approached us would start out by speaking in Russian before seeing our blank looks. They would then switch to German, and once that failed, they'd resort to English. It was pretty amazing to think about, the fluidity of their speech as well as their ability to speak so many languages.
There were lots of other tourists making their way up and down the lane, posing to have their pictures taken with camels. ...
... It was somewhat unsettling.However, we later learned there was more than adequate security but it wasn't visible.
Eighteen busses were lined up to take us to Luxor, about 125 miles away from the port. Two burly men confiscated the front seats on each bus. The bulges under their suit coats gave us the comfort we needed to drive inland.
... was not waning and pictures now show the masses euphoric and the atmosphere is electric. Countdown to the end of the regime I think and just shows people power. I hope that significant changes and improvements happen soon. I really wish I was there oh, to be part of history in the making. I think we should go and celebrate if and when it happens. This will be an amazing time for Egypt.
Mubarak has just spoken live on State TV and he has not stepped ...
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My boyfriend and I stayed with Mark Warner at the above hotel. It was amazing and worth every penny.
I went with my girlfriend to the hotel with Mark Warner. The Mark Warner staff were good with the transfer and welcome meeting. The dinghies and windsurf equipment exceeded my expectations, there are better dinghies than in the brochure (including a high performance Laser Vago which I wasnt expecting) and the windsurf kit is far better than stated in the brochure.
I wouldn't stay here again
My boyfriend and i stayed at the intercontinental in Hurghada last autumn. I have to say that it did not live up to its 5 star claim.
Firstly the room allocated was below average. The bathroom was not clean, and the there were split floor tiles. We originally requested a sea front room and paid extra for it... but when they gave us another room, it was facing the car park. We finally settled reluctantly on the 4th room given - and we are not picky by nature!!!
The hotel facilities was fine, but the staff were not efficient. Room service took almost an hour for some drinks. The food menus were very basic, and expensive for what they were.
We had a fantastic holiday overall, but the hotel itself was little more than 3 star quality.
Let me begin by thanking Mark Warner for a lovely time in Abu Soma. At the same time however I must confess that I would probably not go again. Why is this?
Like other reviewers we were at the Abu Soma with Mark Warner ( two adults and two children). As usual the Mark Warner staff and facilties were excellent , However , much of the Club atmosphere and intimacy of traditional MarkWarner holidays was absent from this resort.
Although I fully believe that Mark Warner is a great company to travel with I would strongly recommend anyone thinking of travelling with them to select one of their other resorts. Most of the problems seem to be out of Mark Warner's control and in support of them I can honestly say that the staff tried their best to make the experience a pleasant one. However there are a number of problems with the resort, hotel and it's staff:
My friend and I have just returned from one week at Abu Soma with Mark Warner. Upon arrival in Egypt, and again at the resort, we were greeted by numerous Egyptian and English staff, all eager to make us feel welcome, and explain where things were - great when you're feeling disorientated after a long flight (and, for us, a four hour delay).
We stayed at the Abu Soma Intercontinental with Mark Warner holidays (an activities based holiday company mostly catering for people from the UK) from 22 to 29 April 2005.
we was stayiing 14 days in abu soma in april with 2 children. the hotel is very excellent and have a magnific pool and beach. food in the à la Carte Restaurants was good and a really good standart for egypt! breaktfast and buffet only standart for 5 star restaurant. sometimes the quality could be better.