Sonesta Pharaoh Beach Resort Hurghada
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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 ...
... 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 ...
... their way out each day, all doing the same thing! Our boat had about 30 people on it. The boat guide went around asking everyone where they were from (he could speak Russian and English as well, so did his talk in 3 languages). When we said NZ, he had no idea where that was and then asked us if we spoke English! Not sure what language he thought we were communicating in while we had this conversation, maybe our accents ...
... through sinuous highway carved between canyon like mountains of sandstone and rocks. Suddenly, after 2 hours or so, the terrain flattens out and irrigation canals appear on both sides of the highway supplying water to farmers alongside to grow wheat, alphapha, sugar cane, fruits and vegetables. Mostly unfinished farmers’ houses are tax free until completely finished, so houses are never finished, leaving ...
... but I thought she may explode from the flash.
She was looking at the ground as her man guided her to a sit in the lobby, "Now stay here, I be right back." I could not stop staring. But, I had to as we were shown our room, and what a treat that was. The room was camp-like with beds that sloped from under slats, outlets that didn't work, missing lightbulbs and the real doozy - the bathroom. Black mold covered the shower curtain ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Swimming pool
Historical Traveler Reviews Sonesta Pharaoh Beach Resort Hurghada
Wir buchten eine Reise nach Ägypten. Erst waren wir drei Tage lang im Melia Pharoah, den drei Nächte in Kairo, dann noch eine Nacht im Melia. Ich kann dieses Hotel auf jeden Fall empfehlen. Die ersten drei Tage waren wir in einem Bungalow, sehr geräumig & und mit allem, was man brauchte, ausgestattet (nicht wirklich luxuriös), aber es war eine Erleichterung, so viel Raum zu haben. Das Reinigungspersonal war sehr freundlich und verdiente sich sein Trinkgeld. Wir hatten Halbpension und das war gut (würde nie Vollpension buchen). Man kann zusätzlich im A la Carte Restaurant Essen, aber das Essen am Buffet war generell sehr gut und vielfältig (das Frühstück war besonders gut). Die andere Nacht waren wir im Hauptgebäude, kleineres Zimmer aber für eine Nacht ging das in Ordnung. Alles in allem hatten wir hier einen superben Aufenthalt.
My beautiful (... she may read this!) girlfriend and I went to the melia pharaoh at the end of May, partly on the back of good reviews on here. We were a little disappointed, so thought we'd put an alternative perspective to the praise it's largely been getting.
My wife, 4 yr old and I, stayed at the Melia Pharoah for a week in april this year. The hotel is marketed as a 5 star and probably when brand new it was. It is now a little less than that due to age of the fabrication but don't be put off - maintenance is being done on a constant basis and virtually all of the hotel is very presentable. I'm probably being over picky!! The staff are fantastic - so friendly and accommodating - apart from reception who are normal reception people if you get my meaning. The restaurant is fine but gets a little samey by the end of the week and the beach restaurant does a good seafood buffet once a week - we didn't venture into the a la carte restaurant - because we're too lazy, the prices are fine. For those of you with toddlers or 4 yr olds, the pool is great for safety as it has a 10 inch deep lazy river running around it for them to play in right at the foot of your sunbed which we found invaluable. Regardless of the season, there is always swimming in the indoor pool which is a greta bath!!
3 nights and 2 full days was too short a time to stay in this excellent hotel. We had just completed a Nile Cruise and needed to relax, the Melia is the perfect place to do so. The grounds are spacious and well kept, the pool is enormous and everything is well-maintained.
Everything as expected!
We booked a combined trip to Egypt. First stayed 3 nights in Melia Pharoah, then 3 nights in Cairo, then 1 more night in Melia. I can definitely recommend the hotel. The first 3 nights we stayed at a bungalow, really spacious & equipped with all your need (not necesarrily luxuroius), but all the space is a relief. Cleaning personnel very friendly & well worth a tip. We were on half board which was good (wudn't stay full board). There is a possibility to dine a la carte against supplement, but food from buffet was generally good and diverse (especially loved the breakfast). The other night we stayed in the main building, smaller room, but better few ok for 1 night. All in all had a superb stay here.
Sun, sea, sand - what more could you ask for! We have just returned from a week at the Melia Pharoah and loved it. The hotel was unbelieveably clean, the staff were friendly and it was so peaceful. Even when we were up at 5.30am for our Luxor trip, there were staff scrubbing and sweeping everywhere.
Just back from spending a week half board at the melia pharaoh. Although the hotel is rated 5 star, the rooms would be closer to a 4 star. Rooms immaculate and cleaned daily. 24 hour security staff patrol the complex. Staff were friendly and could not do enough to help. Food was first class.. there was a huge selection available - there was something for everyone. Pool area large and clean, gardens in the complex appeared to be constantly attended to. Towels were also provided for use by the pool and on the beach. Private beach clean with plenty of sunbeds and mattresses. There is a restaurant on the beach too with waiter service straight to your sunbed. From most parts of the complex the beach is between a 5 and 10 minute stroll but there are golf type buggies to take you to and from the beach if you dont feel like walking. Although this hotel is a bit out from a town.. a taxi there will cost around 30 to 40 egyptian pounds.. just make sure you agree a price with the taxi driver before you get in. Also for any of you who need to catch a taxi from the airport dont let taxi drivers rip you off.. they need to pay two pounds fifty in egyptian pounds to get into the airport (and not 20 pounds for the ticket as one driver tried to claim!!!!) and this will be added onto your fare.. try not to pay any more than around 45 egyptian pounds in total but again make sure you agree on a price before getting into the taxi. There is extensive building work going on right beside the hotel but it did not interfere with our holiday at all.. all rooms have a pool/sea view.
This is generally a fab hotel. Superbly clean and most of the staff are "ok". It's spacious, quiet and relaxing. No having to wake up at 7am for a sun bed!! Anytime of day there was ample room even in the school holidays. The food is not bad, although a bit bland and repetative. Surprise, surprise the only 5* I've ever been that doesn't have any chips or beans for the kids!!! It's a bit "out of the way" but the bus comes by very often taking you into town. Beware, prepare to be ripped off, they will try to charge you 20 egypian pounds each but it should only be 2!!! Haggle with them down to around 5 and it's worth it. The hotel shop is also a major rip off, they tried to charge me £25 for a bottle of Piz Buin sun lotion. Take the bus into Sakalla, it's worth the ride and perfectly safe at night if you stick to the tourist spots. It's a brilliant hotel for just relaxing in the sun, away from it all. Fab sized kids pool and quiet private beach resort. Although, very few British in this hotel and the staff are more fluent in German, Dutch, and Italian than English. Have fun, I'm sure you'll enjoy it!
Great hotel in the middle of knowhere
Great rooms (care those by the stage area will be noisy at night) I'd ask for one on the ground floor overlooking the sea. Food buffet style plenty of choice of avergae quality for 5 star hotel. Staff variable but most pretty friendly. There is nothing else within walking distance of this hotel - loads of part built properties is what surrounds it. There is no building noise so as a 'get away from it all' hotel it's great. The snorkelling from the pontoon at the hotel is fantastic (you'll pay £26 to buy a snorkel and mask). The hotel is full of Italian and Swiss guests, with very few from UK. The diving school looked OK but we didn't use it. I would go again for a relaxing break. Arrange taxi from the airport before you arrive or expect to get ripped off!
We have just returned from the Melia Pharaoh (5/3/05) after spending one week on a half board basis. The hotel is modern, with nicely laid out buildings and its own private beach. The majority of staff are welcoming, however not all! On our arrival the reception staff appeared stressed and unable to manage 20 new guests. The restaurant staff were often lacking in attention to detail with us often having to ask for items such as a cup etc. The standard of food is not good; repetitive, bland and boring sums it up. Indeed we both suffered stomach complaints and we are very careful travellers!
This hotel needs to sort its management in order for it to thrive, 5 star it certainly is not, 3 at best.