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... Although their sales pitches don't work on us, the endless hassle is understandable. Since 2011 Egypt’s political scene has been, to put it lightly, in turmoil. This has caused a 37% decrease in tourism from since 2010 and for a 13 billion dollar a year industry (on paper, the storeowners are feeling the pinch. The plus side is we’re seeing Egyptian temples without hoards of other tourists.
We had the option of happy hour extending far in to the wee hours of the morning or getting up early to go snorkelling in the Red Sea. We chose the latter, and it was AMAZING! The water was crystal clear… we had a guide take us and three awesome Aussies out for a look around… The ...
... drink at an air-conditioned restaurant called Starfish just down the street, off we went again to see if we'd have any luck at a different store for souvenirs to bring home with us. This next shopping experience was much better and went pretty much according to plan. I knew the protocol, so just had to see it through to the end. This is how it went:
We entered a store filled with stuff and were greeted by the proprietor and his trusty sidekick helper. ...
... I think if we planned another trip we would either start or end in Luxor, stay four or five days, and take one of the Nile boats then tackle the pyramids. Luxor I'd put up there on the list of important tourist sites with Petra and Ephesus. And before I left home, I would study all of them.
Our next port is Aqaba, Jordan, and Petra.
... counted the number of cruise boats moored along the Nile. There are usually a few but today we saw dozens well over 50 and more likely to be nearer 100 lined up with no sign of any passengers. They look like ghosts ships and Luxor is becoming a ghost town…This is the price of the riots in Cairo. Sharma and Hurghada still seem to be open for business, and so is Luxor…there has been no trouble here…but tourists have been warned off and the ...
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Having already spent a week cruising the Nile in luxury we were transferred to Hurghada for our second week...
Before I get into any detail let me say that I had a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing holiday at the Conrad despite the fact that I said 3 years ago I wouldn't want to go to the red sea for 2 weeks as there wouldn't be enough to do outside of the hotel.
Just got back from a week at The Conrad Hurghada in October. I want to start by saying that every single review I read about the Red Sea resorts before I went, had some comment to make about the food and stomach problems. You really need to understand where you are travelling to, and the extreme temperatures you will experience. It has nothing to do with the food as such; it is all down to the extreme variety of changes your body is experiencing. It is good common sense to take the appropriate medication and work on the assumption it will happen. It happens to me every time I travel to a "hot" country, and this was no different, however I was better in 24 hours, and my husband also got a bad tummy and he was also better in 24 hours. Any chemist will advise you what to take and when. By taking this medication with you, you can be better really quickly and it doesn't affect your holiday at all. The other main complaint appears to be the food - why? You are in Egypt. If you want good food go to America, or the Caribbean. Egypt does not produce, or have access to many of the foods you get in other holiday destinations, so to complain about the food is extremely unjustified.
As i walked into the reception area of the hotel i was very impressed with the design, layout etc. Maybe this could be a 5 star. We were then shown to our room and all that changed. It was definatley NOT 5 star standard. But we had just arrived and was obviously comparing this hotel/complex to other 5 star resorts we have visited all over the world. The room was a 3 star plus, at a push.
Acabamos de regresar de nuestro viaje de luna de miel en Egipto. Ha sido precioso, ha valido realmente la pena todo (El crucero por el Nilo, la estancia en el Cairo), todo muy bien, excepto nuestra estancia en el Hotel Conrad de Hurghada. Estuvimos allí cuatro días (11/09/06 al 15/09/06) en régimen de todo incluído, y sin duda nos estropeó nuestra visita al Mar Rojo. Nada que ver con el resto de hoteles en que estuvimos en Egipto. A lo sumo el Conrad de Hurghada se puede catalogar como un tres estrellas muy malo. Tanto por las deficientes instalaciones (la playa privada del hotel en realidad es una caleta artificial interior muy lejos de la línea de costa, lo que hace que el agua está muy estancada y en realidad es una ciénaga, por lo que vimos del resto de hoteles, la playa del conrad es de las peores de la zona, otros hoteles (el propio Hilton), tienen la playa en la línea de mar); como sobre todo y especialmente por la mala calidad de todos los servicios (limpieza de habitaciones, lavandería, restaurante, bar, trato y atención al cliente) y especialmente del servicio de todo incluído, que en realidad se ajustaba más a un "nada incluído". El trato al cliente en general iba desde la indiferencia hasta la impertinencia. En cuanto a las bebidas incluídas, realmente vergonzoso, en primer lugar las bebidas frías te las servían casi calientes, la supuesta coca-cola no era tal, era horrible, y además veías como iban rellenando botellas de 2 litros y después te la servían en un vaso (la coca-cola de barra de los burgers rebajdada con agua es diez veces mejor que la del Conrad). Los vasos por ejemplo, estaban mugrosos que daba pena (en una ocasión al pedir un vaso, el camarero cogió un vaso sucio, lo pasó por agua del grifo, y me lo entregó igual de sucio y se quedó tan ancho. Las bebidas calientes (té, café) te las escatimaban como podían (o la tetera se ha estropeado o se ha terminado el café, etc.., etc..), aparte de que eran horrorosas de malas. Bueno, en definitiva, después de haber visto las instalaciones exteriores de los hoteles vecinos, y de los comentarios con otros compañeros que estuvieron (encantados y muy a gusto) en otros hoteles de la zona, les recomiendo por favor que si van a hurghada, no vayan al Conrad, de verdan elijan otro hotel, seguro que los hay mucho mejores que el Conrad, un hotel horrible.
Myself, husband and 3 year old returned from a two week holiday at Conrad on 16th July 2006. On arrival, from the outside I was rather disappointed. We had been advised it was the best hotel to go to, yet in the dark it seemed bland compared to the other hotels we had passed on the way. Things improved once we got inside though. We were greeted well and offered food, despite it being nearly 1am (after flight delay). The room was clean and comfortable and everything worked! We found the pillows like breeze blocks but after mentioning it to reception we received an assortment of 5 more much softer ones by the time we had got back to the room. Linen and towels were changed daily and the maid service was very accomodating and came back later if you wanted a lay in! Evening entertainment was rather poor and started quite late for 1 hour. As we hadnt really gone for the entertainment this wasnt an issue for us. Kids club didnt seem to exist but one day close to the end of the holiday my daughter was asked to join - there was only her and one other much older Egyptian child there and then it was only on for an hour. It seemed quite secure etc but didnt seem to be open again for the rest of the holiday. The kids disco was half an hour and not always at the advertised time. It seemed okay although my daughter wasnt too fussed, more to do with the children not speaking English than anything else. She had a great holiday but is quite used to holidays not geared towards children. Overall I wouldnt advise anyone with children expecting entertainment to choose this hotel . Childrens pool was good and hotel seemed quite safety aware.
Bad food excellent location
i went there with my wife and one year kid , the hotel is not luxurious but acceptable the beach is gr8 the poissidon restaurant is gr8 too but the dinner and breakfast buffets is a disaster .
staff was freindly and rooms location on the beach were beautiful
the conrad resort is an excellent hotel. the hotel has a beautiful garden and a small, but nice, private beach. the rooms are clean and large. the staff is very friendly and willing to do anything for you. the only thing i didn't liked is that it's not located close to the center of hurghada. but there are plenty of busses and taxis that can take you there for a reasonable price.