Sunrise Select Garden Beach Resort & Spa
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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 ...
Released from quarantine this morning and able to go for a proper, though restricted diet, breakfast. We thought about taking a one day local sightseeing tour but decided instead to take it easy for the day and rest up for our next expedition tomorrow in Jordan. ...
... boat, Marlin, along a wobbly plank. It was overrun by Russians. One of them was wearing a captain's hat with no sense of irony. Another was wearing a floppy purple paisley print hat. He was male. El Capitaino's wife fainted during the diving briefing. Some other guy sat through the entire Russian diving briefing until revealing at the end that he didn't speak Russian, only English. I think it may have been the part where the instructor asked everyone to raise their ...
... matter; there were no bandits and the checkpoints still were not working. We got back to the ship past the captain’s deadline by ten minutes, but even so we were not the last bus back; David was counting, and he said we were number nine of the fifteen. He knew I would be late back, so he made dinner reservations in the Canaletto (the Italian restaurant on the ship) and we ate there, then went early to bed because of the expedition to Petra the next ...
... strict Muslim country and without it we would be breaking the law. We have to show this wherever we go.
We get an option of rooms. One with single twin beds and view of the pool, or one with a King sized bed without a view...I think you can guess which one we choose. We ended up with a pool view anyway. The room is large, has a nice sized bathroom and a hairdryer. Always a good sign. We have a small patio area outside the room, which is on the ground floor, where we ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sunrise Select Garden Beach Resort & Spa Hurghada
Firstly the only reason i booked this hotel for me and my girlfriend in was because of the reviews on this page. So we went there in november last year expecting one of the 'best holidays ive ever had' and was soreley dissapointed. Firstly there is no way this is a 5*, this is a 3 * plus. The lobby looks good but the rooms are as basic as they come. Of the two pools, only one is heated and in november the water in the other pool was very cold. There is a large selection of food on offer, but its mainly tasteless, and you will be craving to eat out on the second week. Most annoyingly of all, one of the staff managed to get my girlfriends number on the premise of "i need you to translate texts to my czech girlfriend" as my girlfriend is slovak. And since we have left, he just bombards my girl with texts saying how beautiful my girlfriend is and all sorts! Yeah thanks!. Oh the beach isnt good either, the sand is like shingle and the man made beach doesnt have that 'clear red sea' that you hear about. Oh and the food at the beach isnt very good either. The food in the italian restaurant isnt very good at all, but the oriental restaurant was the worst, absolutely awful. Believe me I am bemused by how the other posts on here say this place is really good. Oh and there are hardly and brits here also, but once you find some it becomes a relief as this place is 90% Russians and germans.
We have just returned after spending Christmas and New Year here. We had a fantastic time and would definately go again. Hotel is big, very clean, lots of pools and pool bar's. The Hotel rooms are extremely clean and well cared for by the 'boys'. Only tip once a week otherwise they expect it everyday and tend to hang around a bit. The beach is great, although man made you cope, so much nicer to relax here than by the pools. Food quite varied really, if you are ok with food and don't mind trying different things you are ok, if you are meat and two veg person you will eat bread and rice for two weeks!!! They basically cater for the Russians. Lots of Russians here, they are not nice people but you just ignore them. Believe me it's easy! Go on organized trips only, you can order a taxi from the Hotel which will drop you off in town if you want to go shopping, normally at a relatives shop! be careful again you will be ripped off if you are not careful. Wherever you go, you will get hassle from the local's, all they are interested in is your money. Don't be afraid to say no and walk off, they will soon be picking on someone else. Ladies - if like us you fancy a girlie holiday, you need to watch the fella's, if they think they have a chance with you they are all over you like a rash, and it can be frightening depending where you are. Be careful and don't get yourselves into any 'situations'. This is not a place to walk out and have a walk at night time to the local bars, there aren't any. But you don't need to go anywhere, it's all paid for at the Hotel so why move? Be careful of trips on boats organised to 'suit your needs' you will be ripped off!! Try your rep first with all trips, I would rather pay a bit more and be safe than go hunting for 'cheaper' deals. Euro's, dollars, Egyptian and English pounds all acceptable. They seem to like the Euro, all trips were priced in Euro. The 'iffy' side to this holiday, the food a little because we are fussy eaters, and the begging!!! The good side - all except the above!! It really was a fantastic, relaxing holiday. Enjoy yourselves.
Best value for money
i was there in dec2005 with my family.i think this is simply the best holidays me and my kids have had.i have stayed at a lot of resorts but i havent seen better hospitality then this.just one advice dont buy your excursions from your tour operator it is much cheaper in hurghada
i stayed at this hotel with my boyfriend in December of this year, and all i can say if you want a very safe, fun, luxurious hotel this is it. i was slightly concerned before i went about the holiday but as soon as i saw our room i was happy. the rooms are great, ours had two double beds, a tv with english film channels a huge en-suit, a lounge area and a great balcony. it was great. the cleaners are fantastic- cant help you enough they even folder all our clothes and tidied them away for us- definetly deserve a big tip.
A fantastic hotel that exceeded expectations. Rooms are spacious with good, quiet aircon and good sized ensuite.
The hotel was better than I expected, even for a 5 star. The food was varied and plentiful. Of a few hundred guests only 12 were British - I viewed this as a good thing - the vast majority were German and Russian. Being in the minority was not a problem - all the staff speak at least some English as they are taught it at school. It seemed a novelty to the staff to have english guests and may even have earned us a little extra attention!
Was a little nervous at spending a whole week at an All Inclusive Resort as I am very fussy with my food, but to my delight, the whole food issue was NOT an issue! Although the foods were not typically English, some things were quite continental as a lot of Germans there, but there was always something available that I liked.
This was an excellent hotel. We were there January 7th 2005 for two weeks. The weather was really good average temp of 25 degrees. The food was really good with 3 reataurants to choose from especially the bread which is baked fresh in the hotel everyday. I can honestly say that since coming back to England bread will never be as good as we had there! The cocktails in the bar were really good although the service could be quite slow during there busys time in the evening usually around meal times. Hurghada new town and the old town are interesting experiences, everybody wants to sell you something and be prepared to barter big time!
We arrived Chrismas Eve and left on the 7th Jan. This is a very comfortable hotel with generally a high standard of service. The waiting staff were all very friendly and they do seem to take a shine to the English. You may find your drink takes a while to come in the lobby bar but this was only occasional. There was a very good choice of food and plenty of it; our only criticism was that because of the size of the hotel the main buffet restaurant does somewhat take on the atmosphere of a works canteen so the Oriental and Italian restaurants do provide a welcome alternative. The swimming pools were extremely good and immaculately maintained - but an impossible temperature to get into at this time of year! The beach was OK, typical Egypt, with plenty of sunbeds, windbreaks (essential) and parasols. There are some quiet bits on the edges but stick in the middle and you will be blasted with loud, annoying, awful and unnecessary Europop - maybe popular with some other nations but our attempts to get as far away from it as possible caused great amusement to the beach attendants. We have stayed in Luxor and Sharm-el-Sheik before and this has been the best Egyptian hotel yet - so, be warned, if you think Hurghada airport is basic, it is positive luxury compared to the other two!!
Very nice hotel, rooms big enough and well equiped, grounds and pools lovely, although to cold to swim in,beach was well layed out with sun beds but overall the beach was disappointing.
Service was hit and miss, although the staff were very freindly, good restaurants but dont expect your food hot unless you keep complaining!
if you are looking for a get away to the sun for a week , staying in very nice accomodation with good food and drink then this place I recommend
Just hope you dont get delayed at Hurghada airport, not the best of places infact its awfull, not recommended!