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Personal observations on Grand Resort
Re-visited Egypt in May-June 2006. Spent one week at the Grand Resort in Hurghada.
Previous descriptions on the hotel, its rooms, cleanliness and staff relations apply but this hotel falls far short of standards expected of Far East 5-star hotels - 3+-star is probably a more accurate rating. However, first time visitors may well be awestruck with the Arabain style of architecture and the general hotel lay-out. The hotel is huge with 830 bedrooms but none of the buildings exceed 5-storeys high. The hotel is constructed in the form of two circles so that you only ever see half of the hotel at any one time. Dining in both the main restaurants is like eating in the works canteen (partly due to the huge number of guests) and the food quality leaves a lot to be desired. Dining outside under the stars, when you can get or "arrange" a table, is magical even though it is the same food you eat. There is an excellent full-service restaurant called Maixim's Mediterranean - this has a touch of class and is worth at least one visit. As expected, beer and water in the hotel were expensive - LE25 and 12 respectively in the hotel but only LE12 and 2 in the local shops. There was no bar in bringing either into the hotel. A 2-litre bottle of coke cost LE5 (50p) in the shop. There was free use of all facilities at the Grand Hotel. Everything could be signed for, even on the beach or at the Marina bars, so there was no need to carry money. The Grand boasts the most beautiful of gardens and we were fortunate that the jacarandas and bougainvileas were in full bloom during our visit - they were stunning in their bright, magnificent colours. The beach resort at the Grand, however, is typically man-made and could be anywhere in the world. There is little of real Egypt to be seen at Hurghada - to experience this you must visit Aswan or even Luxor. Apart from snorkelling, diving, wind surfing and a trip in the viewing submarine there is more or less nothing to do, visit or experience at Hurghada. There are some pedallos and a couple of water shutes to amuse oneself, whatever your age. A ride out into the desert on a quad-bike or a (recommended to be short) ride on a camel can be done but these are things you tend to do only once and they take up only a half-day. Hurghada is definitely for water sports and sunbathing enthusiasts - if you are into this then you will enjoy yourself greatly. By the way, the Grand Resort offered 15 TV channels during our stay but only one broadcast in English and that was CNN.The majority were in Arabic and German with one Italian and one French channel.
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The Grand Resort (www.redseahotels.com) is absolutely beautiful and the staff is very accomodating. I stayed a week in July and plan to go again in '05. The package that my friend and I purchased cost us just over $400 included airfare, hotel, transfers, breakfast & dinner (this is per person). We booked our travel through a German agent (I currently live in Deutschland) and I wasn't big on packages like this, but I have since turned a new leaf (but I'm still big on being spontanious). Although most guests were German or Russian the staff was still able to answer any questions we had and give us the real story on where the "locals" hang out and eat meals. I definitely recommend this hotel. The rooms were absolutely gorgeous w/ an Arabic theme. I would definitely recommend a room w/ a pool view since Hurghada is such a new city that any other view would probably dissapoint with all the construction.
Good value for money.5 stars hotel outside of Hurghada.Arabic style with a great pool area.
5 restaurants and very nice cold beer! Large room with balcony.You have to pay extra for pool view.you should take this!
Hotel is build in arabic style.
A lot of bars and restaurants outside of the hotel.
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Grand Resort. My Partner and I decided to enjoy a last minute break and found this fantastic hotel with Direct Holidays. We were astounded that it cost less than £700 for both of us to stay at this 5 star resort in Egypt, which included the flights, onboard meal, transfer and on a half board basis!! Amazing value for money.
The flight was our first with Excel and I have to say, the plane was clean, meal great for plane food and staff were very friendly - some of the larger airlines could learn a thing or two from them. The airport in Hurghada is very basic and make sure you have your money ready to pay for your visas when you arrive as you are directed like cattle to booths that look like currency exchanges.
The transfer went without a hitch and check in at the hotel was very easy. Despite all drinks and activities being paid on your room card we were particularly suprised that no credit card was required.
Our room was great, large bed, nice bathroom (albeit the decor is getting rather tired) great patio, mini bar and TV. Hairdryer in the bathroom is fine and plenty of towels of all sizes to include beach towels.
Finding your way around the hotel owing to its sheer size can be a bit daunting to start with but you are provided with a map and soon get the hang of it. There are plenty of restaurants and it is clearly marked on your map which are the ones are included as half-board. The food is fine, but I agree with earlier comments that the meals are aimed at the lion's share oft he guests who are German. The outside stir-fry bars are great and there is a themed meal each night i.e. fish & chips, oriental, roast dinner....
The staff are great, don't get caught out tipping the room attendants at the beginning of your stay though as they usually change in the first week and the attendant during the most part of your stay will want a tip as well!
The bar staff were fantastic particularly Mimo and Ahmed. Very entertaining, made us feel extremely welcome. The cocktails are great and after the first week we discovered the ice is from mineral water - so enjoy.
The beach at The Grand Hotel is fabulous. You simply cross the road using the crossing attendant and walk through reception to the doors at the rear of the hotel. Pass the pool and walk straight down and there are around a hundred sun loungers some with shades. You get drink and food service on the beach and can charge anything to your room card despite staying at the Grand Resort.
There is a cash point at the Grand Hotel although note that sometimes it gives money and other times it will tell you your balance is insufficient and returns your card even though you have funds in your account. Rather temperamental but the guard standing by the machine usually tells you if it is working properly.
We went on 2 trips, the snorkelling (they provide life jackets for non-confident swimmers) and jeep safari. Note on the later to take warm clothes with you as the evenings when we went were cool and we were in our daytime beachwear which was insufficient for the journey home. Both were great value for money and are thoroughly recommended.
All in all we had a fantastic time at the Grand Resort. The only criticism really was that there was a distinct lack of English TV particularly for the children and the children's club was also geared up for the German kids. Also, take your own alcohol into the hotel, beer is more expensive in the hotel than outside at the bars and they don't seem to mind you having your own in your room.
Don't hesitate - go and enjoy the Grand Resort!
wow what a place!!!!
Stayed at the Grand Resort for 2 weeks from 9/6/06, travelled with husband and 2 children, had a great time, weather was fab (really really hot some days), hotel was great, staff were fantastic always on hand to help, and always plenty of waiters to get your drinks, pools were great but due to heat sometimes felt a bit cold, everyone who was part of the hotel was really friendly and made some great mates, only downside was only being able to drink their goods and not being able to bring coke or any soft drinks in from outside, cost of a can of drink was £1.20 in the hotel which was very expensive when drinking loads due to heat, (on a plus though the kids are all inclusive from 10 til 5 so can go and get their own drinks during this time), entertainment was fab they really worked hard, will definately being back to hurghada again next year and cant wait.
A fairytale palace!
me,my mum, aunty and cousin stayed at the grand resort for a price breaker holiday in october. We had not one problem.
Check in was quick and we found our room on the ground floor overlooking one of the huge pools. The rooms are amazing, so clean and huge.
The resort is huge with its own shopping mall and everything. The one thing we found was that the alcohol was not great so do try and take your own spirits for the room or whatever.
The restaurants were nice and the egyptian a la carte one near the swimming pool was the best by far. You get a five course meal and a shisha pipe per table. What an experience.
The staff are really friendly especially the waiters. Be careful though as they try to take u to the disco!or two even tried to trade me for camels!
there was one who was really slimy though and was just not amusing.
They have great shows in the lobby but i felt a bit sympathetic for the little lads doing all the aerobics.
the weather was amazin-50 degrees centigrade at the highest and never rained once!
The hard rock cafe down the road, to the right of the hotel is great value and great food for it if you ever try venturing out.
We went on two trips:
1) the desert adventure trip in the jeeps, that was amazing, spiderman who was filming was great, gives you a real look at the culture of the country and those who live in the desert. ooh and you have a camel ride which is hilariuos as i nearly fell off three times!
2) We also went snorkelling in the red sea. That was also out of this world, all the fish and the coral and the secluded beach we went to was paradise!
Also downtown Hurghada is good for groups of party goers-they have a good selction of bars and clubs.
When we were there we did not have any problems with people who run the shops tryin to drag you in or anythin and we were a groupof three women and a teenager!
I didnt want to comehome from this holiday as it was amazin! i would deff go back!
Anyone who picks faults at this resort is mad asits great value and a fairytale palace!
We stayed at the Grand Resort Hotel for 14 nights. The Hotel is lovely and very clean. The staff in the hotel were very friendly and wanted to make sure your stay was perfect. I"ll start with the room. We stayed in a junior suite which was very nice plenty of room. We overlooked the pool which was very pretty at night with all the lights. Our cleaner was brill. We had fresh towels morning and night so dont take any towels theirs no need at all. The food was ok. Plenty of it but got a bit boring after the first week as it was all the same. It was catered for the germans not english so dont expect chips or anything like that. If you have children they can eat for free at the pool bar if an adult goes to. We didnt find this out till the second week and they wont tell you openly about this but they get free food from 10 - 5 and free drinks. Worth knowing when you have kids !
If you go on any trips dont book with the hotel its so expensive. We went to a local company across the road which did the trips for half the price. They are great and were recommended by someone to us on this actual site. They are called el-joker and are situated on the left of the hotel. go out of main doors turn left. at end of mall cross the road its the first shop in a block.We went to luxor with these and cost us less than 250.00 for 2 nights for the 4 of us and that included food and entrance fees to the valley of the kings and other temples.
We also did the sea trips with them for 10.00 each. In the hotel these trips were such alot more and its just the same people who go same bus etc.
The entertainment was a bit rubbish. It was repeated every week and it only last about 1 hour. Their wasnt that much to do at night at all.
We found a good cafe to eat and drink at and was really cheap only 1.50 english to eat pizza and 40p for a drink it was on the right out of the hotel past hard rock cafe and is an outside cafe.
Most of the area was like a building site but it didnt really bother us. The people pester you all the time to go into their shop. You have to be polite but firm if you dont want to go in. If something is in a shop, half the price and thats what you should pay. They will rip you off big time if you are not aware. if you want to know anything else just e-mail me.
Where we stayed Grand Resort Hotel, like a dream
Grand Resort Taxi Transfer ?
I've just bit the bullet and have booked ourselves a 1 week break at the Grand Resort for next Feb. The tour company discounted the holiday by £60 for 2adults + 2 kids if we did'nt use their airport transfer bus.
I'm lead to believe that the Grand Resort is quite close to the Airport so a £60 charge seemed very high.
Can anyone advise what I should expect to pay a taxi to take the 4 of us from Hurghada Airport to the Grand Resort?
RE: Grand Resort Taxi Transfer ?
Hi, if you pay 10 UK Pounds from the airport to the grand resort, the taxi driver will be very happy. Only make sure you agree on the price with him before leaving.
RE: Grand Resort Taxi Transfer ?
hi, the price was really high!
you might find a really cheap taxi or even minibus from airport. If you dont feel safe enough to make it on your own i can organize transport for you and definetely it will not be 60 pounds!!!!!