Mövenpick Resort Hurghada
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... with the usual bunch of insomnia masochists. We attended 3 lectures this morning. The first was by the aviation lecturer Ian Smith on Aden and South Arabia. He had worked in the area as a flight engineer in the years preceding the British withdrawal in 1967 and was able to show us photographs taken at that time of some of the places we had visited. Of particular interest was Dubai where 40 years ago there was very little. The British left Aden after what some describe as the ...
... food, drinks or snacks. I highly recommend doing a half-day tour into the desert. A white jeep picked me up, like on a safari, and we drove 30 minutes out of town to a secluded area. I was lucky to have just the guide, a german and myself on the tour. We had a 5 minute tutorial on how to ride quad bikes, then we were off. I was well prepared, and bought jeans, ...
El Gouna is a paradise for beach holiday along the red sea coast. You can even rent an apartment here for permanent home. It consists of 20 islands surrounded by picturesque lagoons and Arabic style architectures. You could easily access here by Go bus from Cairo or Hurghada.
The stay in our hotel, Arena Inn, is unforgettable. Due to low season now, it costs only USD33/night. After having a big ...
Our snorkeling tour started at 8:15a.m., we were transferred to the port for the our big boat. After collecting our masks and fins, we joined our group size of about 20. Most of the tourists can speak Arabic. Only 4 of us, two Chinese, 1 UK, 1 German speak English. Our tour guide is very professional which he made sure everyone is happy with the tour. First, we landed on the Giftun / paradise Island, beautiful crystal water and golden sand. ...
... I like to cook and so we went in an Egyptian spice shop. The shop keeper is so enthusiastic in explaining every spice in his shop. He also told us the recent politics issue they had in their country and the reason why they don’t like America. They wanted to control their own country by themselves. The tourism industry is getting worse by the news. It is safe to travel ...
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Bin erst gestern aus dem Inter-Continental zurück gekommen. Ich würde es als ein freundliches Hotel bezeichnen weil das Personal sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit war. Hotel und die Zimmer sind komfortabel und sehr gepflegt. Das Frühstück ist gut, gute Auswahl. Abendessen ist fad und an den meisten Abenden gab es dasselbe und es war oft kalt. Mit Sicherheit kein 5-Sterne Hotel, eher ein 3-Sterne Hotel.
We spent a week here in May and found it disappointing.Weather great, lovely pool and beach so what was wrong?
Having read other reviews we chose this hotel so as to be able to walk out into the local area. Although this was possible - recommend BIg Brother bar just down the road - it was not an enjoyable walk because of all the building work and lack of pavements. So we took taxis into town each night to eat as we found the hotel very expensive compared to what was available locally ( the hotel price of a small beer was 5 times the price of a large beer of the same brand!). We accept that we pay more to eat in the hotel but found that the restaurants, apart from the half-board people eating in the buffet, were all empty - and who wants to eat in an empty restaurant with no atmosphere?
We asked for a change of room on our first morning as we had a room overlooking the pool and beach - a lovely room but no good for sleeping as the entertainment is from 7.30 - 11.30 and, because the building is curved, the sound is trapped and magnified. We were given a 'quiet' room on the side of the hotel near the villas with a lovely view of the marina.
Entertainments staff worked very hard trying to get people interested who obviously wanted to relax and music around the pool definitely lasted for longer than the advertised times.
Every day people came round the pool and beach areas trying to sell massages and trips etc.
We had spent a week in Cairo and on the Nile which had been absolutely fantastic but all that sightseeing was tiring, so Hurghada was our week of 'r & r' but we sometimes found it difficult to 'escape' - not what we wanted from an hotel.
We have read reviews from other TA members about standard of 5 star hotels in Egypt not being up to European standards and, although agreeing in the case of this hotel, we would have to disagree - see our reviews of Le Meridien Pyramids and Oberoi Philae cruise.
Luxury Hotel - Egyptian Style
My wife and I stayed at the Intercontintal, Hurghada between 11th-18th November 2005.
- Extremely cheap for a luxury hotel. We paid the equivalent of £35 per room per night.
- Above average sized rooms all with sea view
- Al Dente Restaurant - excellent food and service at very reasonable prices (although expensive for Egypt). By far the best meal we had during our stay.
- Numerous, well maintained facilities including a very large pool and gym.
- Well maintained although small beach. The windbreaks ensure privacy and no overcrowding.
- Overall service was very good only spoilt by a miserable waiter at the poolside restaurant and concierge who were not particularly helpful, though always friendly.
- Activity co-ordinators were good humoured and friendly although sometimes too loud and insistant on participation.
- Safety was extremely good. High priority is obviously given to the security of the hotel and safety of the guests.
- Location is poor and very isolated. A 15 minute taxi is required to Hurghada town centre.
- Staff generally seemed motivated by tips rather than providing good service.
- Despite being Platinum Ambassador members of Intercontinental Hotels Group we were only upgraded to an Ambassador room despite suites constantly being vacant.
- Although the rooms all have sea view, our balcony did not get any sun as it was NE facing.
- Breakfast was of average quality although provided plenty of choice
- Food at the poolside restaurant was of mixed quality. We had to send food back twice as it was cold but it was replaced without question.
- We were constantly pestered by reps trying to sell trips and massages whilst relaxing around the pool and beach.
Overall we would recommend the hotel but it is worth bearing in mind that luxury hotels in Egypt are of lower standards to those in other parts of the world, however, if you are looking for a relaxing getaway or enjoy watersports, the Intercontinental Hurghada would be a good and very reasonably priced choice. One final tip - do not book as part of a package holiday. By booking flights and accommodation seperately we cut the cost by more than 50%.
Very best Hotel, very poor kitchen
Stayed 11 day's at the hotel.
Rooms, swimming pool, etc: everything extremely clean and maintained!
Personel are all most friendly and helpfull.
Very large pool
Had a very nice vacation in a top-resort.
Only the evening food is a problem.
Little taste, no variation and almost all food is cold.
A problem managment will have to solve soon!!!!!!
Just got back yesterday from Intercontinental. I would call it the friendly hotel, because staff is very very friendly and helpfull. Hotel and rooms are comfortable en kept very clean. Breakfast is good, lot,s of choice. Dinner is without taste and many evenings the same and often cold. Sure not 5 stars, but rather 3 stars.
Don't go if you like an early night....
This hotel was pretty average compared to other hotels of equivalent standard we have stayed in within Egypt.
As we were diving everyday, we were waking at 6.30am. The hotel has night time entertainment at the front of the building until 11.45pm every night. It always involved VERY loud music! we were on the 4th floor but it sounded like it was inside our room it was that loud! As such, I wouldn't stay there again as we didn't get enough sleep. I wouldn't advise going there with young children or if you like to start early.
We were disappointed at the food in the hotel, breakfast was ok but the restaurants evening buffet were disappointing (and relatively expensive compared to, say, The Hard Rock cafe down the road (good food if you like burgers or club sarnies!)).
Room was clean and staff were very friendly and helpful.
Hotel is a few miles from the main resort.
If you're going to Egypt for a relaxing sit by the pool sort of holiday, I would recommend the Marriott in Taba Heights. There's not much else there and the diving's not as good as Sharm or Hurghada but it costs about the same (or a bit less and is much nicer). Also, Sonesta Beach in Sharm is nice.
Having read previous negative reports on the Inter Continental, Hurhada, we have just returned from a 2 week holiday and were pleasantly suprised, by the hotel standards.
Rooms - spacious, cleaned daily, well furnished and nice sea views
Food - Main buffet restaurant varied & plentiful, Captain's Bar and Terrace was of good value, Al Dente Restaurant, al a carte menu reasonably priced, well presented and good food. Fish Market restaurant was a disappointment, although the food was well presented it was cold and not good value. Various lunch time snacks for pizza, pasta, burgers & fish etc, well presented again, good value for money.
Pool - good size, clean and seperate childrens pool & life guard present.
Beach - quite small but ample sun beds, sun brolleys and shelter from the sea breeze.
Staff - this is where the Inter Continental excels, all staff polite, helpful, friendly & nothing is too much trouble.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed this hotel despite our apprehensions of other negative hotel reports.
My girlfriend and I are from the UK and stayed at the Intercontinental in the last week of June/first week of July '05.
We had a wonderful time. We stayed for 2 weeks and didn't want to come home. The hotel is excellent and has very good facilities. It's lustre isn't as polished as a European 5 star, say, but it is very comfortable and clean, the rooms are spacious, well equipped and comfortable and the service is excellent and very friendly.
The beach and pool are excellent and if you are sporty (as we are) you can fill your boots playing water polo, beach volleyball and beach football (organised every day).
The 3 Mohameds at the local windsurf shop are brilliant and became true friends. They will get you on a board in no time. Just wait for a really windy day for them to show off their skills!
The 1 limiting factor was the food in the evening. It was good enough but lacked a little variety and imagination. The breakfast buffet is very good, though and sets you up for a busy day in the sun!
The weather was absolutely stunning - mid 30s and cloudless every day. It really is guarenteed out there. I also found the heat more bearable than the Med in June.
All in all we will definitely go back just as soon as we can!
What A Place!!
The Intercontinental Hurghada is a fantastic hotel, we visited in July 04 and we still talk about it.
On arrival we were given a complementary fruit drink whilst checking in and a bell boy carried our bags to our lower floor room.
The rooms are very spacious with an impressive marble bathroom, SAT-TV, mini-bar, sitting area and terrace.
The buffet breakfast is grate with loads of choice fresh fruit to pancakes and an omelette bar where a chef will cook your omelette in front of you.
The two a la carte restaurants are both exceptionally good, the sea food restaurant is especially worth a visit its right on the sea front and has a terraced area so you can eat your meal looking out over the red sea. We never ate at the buffet so can't comment.
The pool is very clean and the beach is first-class if not a little small, also we never found it difficult to get sun lounges.
Although the facilities at the Intercontinental are excellent what really made the holiday was the staff, everybody bends over backwards to make you holiday enjoyable, nothing is too much trouble and is done with a smile.
All in all I simply cannot think of anything to fault this hotel on, a grate place to spend your holiday.
I went there in June, and we had to change twice from room, as there was a big electricity generator very noisy in th bottom of the hotel. The bed in rooms are great but the shower and cleanless not so good. The minibar was half broken, the television runs but some of the services like the bills on the television doesn't work. We could'nt also close the window that gives on the terrace. The buffet in the main restaurant is really not famous and far away from a french quality. But the Italian restaurant (with extra charge) is really much better. The external bar is nice with the music in the evening. The beach was nice but the water is really not very clean and there is nothing to see underwater (sometimes some fishes but not gret variety). as the corals are all deads. In fact I prefered really the sofitel in hurghada.