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Marriott Taba Heights not 5*
I can not place a full review at the moment due to legal action that I am taking against Peltours, but what I can say is that the Marriott Beach resort Hotel is not and does not market itself as a 5* Hotel.
The Marriott at Taba Heights only claims to have 4 awards (not 4*) and they have been awarded by the Marriott International Organisation itself.
Peltours would appear to be the only tour operator that markets the Hotel as a 5* Hotel, which would mean that it's only in Peltours opinion that it's a 5* Hotel.
I am fairly well travelled and have stayed in 5* Hotels including 5* Marriott Hotels and in my opinion the Marriott at Taba Heights is at worst 3* and at best 4*.
The food in the restaurant`s in the Marriott, Taba Heights is really good it has a mix of continental and North African, and whilst staying there i didn`t hear one complant about stomach trouble by anyone else either. We even saw the manager`s come down and test the food so you can try anything you want in this buffet style restaurant with this peice of mind.
Nearly put off by some of the reviews......
We have just returned from a week in late April at the Marriott Beach Resort. Before we went we read some of the reviews and almost cancelled the trip as we were put off by the number of people who complained about the food and tummy bugs.
If you are looking for a relaxing SPRING beach holiday then look no further. The Marriott is very clean and the rooms are huge. Most of them have a small balcony with a garden. Although the area surrounding the resort is still being developed and a new big hotel is being built next door, we were not at all disturbed by the building work. The hotel is set in lovely gardens and has a private beach (with a separate area for people who don't want to be disturbed!) and was empty every day. It was 37 degrees and sunny every day. It can get quite windy but we didn't find it a problem.
The area is good for snorkelling (100 yds off the beach in quite shallow water are several very nice reefs) but do take some footwear for the sea as it is a bit rocky at the very beginning. Other than that, the beach is sandy and very clean. The loungers are free as are the towels from the hotel. The dive shop at the end of the beach has a small selection of shoes/flip flops you can wear in the sea if you forget.
The dive operation was very well run. Being April, it was very quiet and on some days we shared the big dive boat with only two other people. It is 60 euros for a whole day on the boat with 2 dives and a 20 euro supplement if you want to do a thrid dive. In the summer, the boat takes up to 20 people so it looks like Spring is the time to go - although the water was a chilly 21 degrees!! We were skeptical about having lunch on the boat but it was perfectly fine and no-one we know was ill whilst we were there.
The food in the main restaurant has come in for a lot of criticism on some of the reviews. We found that the restaurant itself was very clean and the staff are very helpful. There is a buffet each night, which is a bit boring but there is a big selection of food and it is ok. It's not gourmet food but it is tasty and the pastry selection (at breakfast and dinner) is amazing! Neither of us had even the slightest stomach upset and believe that if you take basic precautions you will be fine. We drank about 3 litres of bottled water a day and the Peltours rep assured us that the hotel staff wash the salad and prepare the ice with purified water.
Do take medicine/first aid kit etc. They do have a doctor at the hotel 24hrs a day but there is no chemist.
The hotel is not 5 star by "London" standards. It is, however, a great bargain and extremely good value for money. As a package holiday it is definately top of the range.
There is absolutely nothing to do in Taba which suited us perfectly. If you want to get away from it all, lie on the beach and snorkel in the day and relax with a quiet drink/meal in the evening, you really cannot go wrong. Please bear in mind that we visited the Marriott in the spring, out of season, so it was only half full. In the high season it may be a very different story.
a great place for that price
i travelled during october 2004, marriott was not my destination i was staying in nwebiaa 70 km south. we decided to visit taba for one day and enjoy the luxury hotels in taba heights. We went to the marriott and it was 90-100% occupied, we were amazed with the quality and the landscape. the pool area is the most attractive place i have everseen with the water park their - a small one - . all of asudden we decided to stay for one night and we checked in in asea view room very spacious full of amenties and extraordinary big king bed. The baby bed was excellent too . for the food and restaurants we really liked the buffet and for the staff they were perfect. taba ias a relaxing destination when u want to relaxe pay it a visit.
the holiday may cheap but it will end up costing
Stayed at the Marriott last year and expected to review 5* service as advertised. Be warned this hotel will leave you wishing you had gone to the Hyatt.
In short, the restuarant is not a restaurant, it is a self service buffet that is crowded and will mean you drink from cans and will not receive your drink until you have finished your food and even then the local wine is poor and the beer so over priced.
Our room was wrong when we got there and received limited support in gettin it sorted. Having booked a sea view double you don't expect to be put in a ground floor twin and told sorry we are booked for the full 2 weeks that is it!
Needless to say when we refused to move from reception until the room was sorted we eventually got a result, only to get the room and when inspecting it, it had one of the cupboard doors handing off and the shaving point hanging out of the wall with exposed wires everywhere.
The pool was also dirty and the facilities poorly maintained, one of the seats at the pool bar had come off and was just in the water and the hammocks were all broken!
The saving grace was the watersports centre down the road and the italian restaurant in the hotel where you could finally get some service and decent wine but at a premium price.
Water is also a massive con. 5* hotel I expect water to be provided not have to buy it, in 2 weeks my partner and I ended up spending over £100 on water!
During the trip we took a 2 day exercusion to Cairo and stayed in the Conrad in Cairo. A proper 5* hotel and somewhere which exceeded even my best dreams.
Do not go to the Marriott in Taba heights
Nice but boring !!
We booked a last minute week holiday at this hotel within 12 hrs of going, Not knowing even exactly were Taba was ! exept somewhere in Egypt, With only a e. mail picture of the hotel to go on and a brief description, After booking we went on the reveiw pages and nearly decided not to go after all the talk of filthy hotel, awful food and tummy upsets, The ' airport' was tiny in the middle of nowhere just sand and rocks, but efficient, we drove through scenery which never changed - rocks rocks and more rocks to our hotel the Marriott, We found it to be fine, big rooms, clean and well maintained - ok not 4* but perfectly adequate, Lovely grounds full of flowers , lovely pool which thread itself through the gardens, The beach was a let down, sandy grit with big pebbles and rocks between that and the sea everywhere [ all over the sinai peninsular, not just at our hotel] so unless you were really keen to get in the sea you really wouldnt bother it would of been time consuming and very painfull on the feet, The staff were great, We just ate in the half board restaurant as the others were extra, the food was decent , not brilliant but not awful, lots of things to choose from if your adverterous or came from egypt or greece but not much in the way of englisg stuff so sticking to that as we did it got a bit repetitive, The is absoloutly nothing to do at this hotel !! no evening entertainment no daytime entertainment, so days out are a must if you arent a lie by the pool all day and go to your room early type of person, I think the whole area is just geared up to diving so if you dont dive then you are at a loss. You cant just leave the hotel for a wander about as there is nothing as far as the eye can see and you definatley wouldnt want to hire a car unless you had a death wish !! The day trip to Dahab was great, a real insight with lots of bargains if you like haggling, The other trip we did was to Eilat just over the israeli border, good if you dont mind standing in queues showing you passport about 20 times in the space of 50 yds !! and standing around, but fine once you get over the border, In all the holiday was relaxing but definatley would of died of boredom if we had stayed longer, we have heard all of the hotels with the exceptions of the ones in the south i.e sharm el shiek are just as dead, we definatley wont be going back
One of the best holidays I've been on for pure relaxation!
My partner and I have been back from Egypt only 24 hours, after having such an amazing holiday. The weather was amazing - in the 30's, with a constant breeze to keep you cool. We flew over with Astraeus and were very impressed with their level of service. We flew on one of their recently purhased Boeing 747, for which they have removed 40 seats, to give you extra leg room - was very spacious - lovely! Taba Airport is pretty much just a building at the moment, but is not busy at all, so we sped through.
On arrival at the Marriott we were very impressed - our bags were taken directly to our room, and they had kept the restaurant open late so we could have some dinner. The food there is buffet style, but of a good standard and in huge quantities! There is an Italian restaurant for which you have to pay, which we went to for our last night. It has a lovely atmosphere and good food, with very good service - but imported wine is very expensive - we tried some local wine, which was perfectly decent. Beer costs roughly £2 and was good.
When we arrived at our room we were amazed at the size and standard of the room - huge double bed, big TV, a sofa and table, lovely balcony and very nice bathroom - perfect! The balcony had gorgeous views over the pool area - and we could see the lights of Saudi Arabia and Jordan in the distance.
The next morning we were even more impressed with the hotel. In the day you could see 2 pools - one heated and one non, caves waterfalls etc - all man made but done well! The beach was long with white sand - but it is clearly man made - though a plus of this is how close to the reef you are. There are a few rocks going out to the sea before you hit sand, but we did not find them a problem, as there are stepping stones conveniently placed along the beach, which take you into the sandy parts, or you can buy sea shoes at the local shop for about £7. Snorkelling is a must - the colours and the fish are fantastic, and if you don't have your own gear, it only costs a few £ to hire them per day. One tip - if you are a snorkelling fan - walk down the beach to the Hyatt hotel - they have a jetty which drops straight onto a reef and is absolutely stunning - even if you don't want to get wet and just watch the fish! (The Hyatt hotel looked lovely as well, more lush as it has been in Taba for longer and the plants have taken over - though the all inclusive Sofitel really did look poor in comparison to the others).
There isn't much to do in the day if you do not want to pay extra for trips - but we were perfectly happy just lying back, reading books and drinking! There are a couple of themed nights for entertainment, general belly dancing etc but good fun and delicious food - though you do have to pay extra for the food - and the Sheisha!! A huge plus side of going to Egypt is the service that you receive - the Egyptians are such lovely people and always keen to help and be of service. One big thing is tipping - the service charge you get on your bill does not go to the waiters - but they are extremely grateful if you leave 5-10 egyptian pounds, which is the equivalent to 50p-£1!
We really do not have a bad word to say about this hotel or the service we received apart from one thing - time your trip well! For the first few days it was very quiet and peaceful... however in our last few days it was an Israeli bank holiday, and all I can say is suddenly our holiday wasn't as peaceful - so make sure you check the surrounding countries bank holidays before you book!
Other than that, it was a great holiday, and we will definitely be going back!
Taba Heights Marriott vs Hyatt
I have stayed at the Marriott in Taba Heights and am considering either the Sofitel or Hyatt next time, has anyone visited the others...I have 2 children 4 and 6. The marriott was perfect for them, but will try one of the others