My sister and I had been to Hurghada twice before to the Regina Hotel in the centre of Hurghada.
Although a lovely hotel and staff it was full of very rude Russians, My sister booked this one thinking it was also in Hurghada but, in fact, it is 7klms out of town and what a difference. This hotel is one of three complex and what a lovely, clean and friendly hotel. The majority of holidaymakers are Russian but these were of a higher standard than previously witnessed. Most were polite with only a few rogue ones. The whole hotel complex was very clean and the staff very friendly. Rooms were comfortable and clean and we went on a snorkelling trip that we had done before to Sharm el Naga which is well worth doing. You only need to snorkel in shallow water to see an amazing array of tropical fish. There are beds and shades on the beach to relax on afterwards and lunch is included in the price of £30. There are other trips to go on like island trips, Luxor other snorkelling sites etc at reasonable prices. The restaurant was large, airy and clean and there was a large variety of food and, as English, we found again that we were very popular. You do need to be aware though that as the hotel is mainly Russian, the food is geared towards their tastes which are not similar to ours, Having said that, there was plenty of fresh fruit,salad,wonderful bread and various meats. The chicken and lamb koftas are really nice and there is a seafood barbecue night and there are even chips and freshly cooked 'crisps' for those feeling homesick. You are free to wander between the three hotels and drink at any. If you want to have your evening meal in one of the other hotels, you just need to book it at reception but we found, speaking to others that ours was the best of the three. There is a row of shops on the premises near reception and we found them very friendly, not pushy and very good value for money. Having got the shuttle bus into Hurghada twice, we found it dirty, shopkeepers very pushy and higher prices so you had to haggle for a price near to what you pay at the hotel. We decided to buy from our local shops as it was a much nicer experience. You are expected to tip at the Hotel because the wages are so low over there and you don't need to give much. We gave our regular bartender (mohamed mostafa) who was lovely, £5 between us both (thats 50 egyptian pounds), £10 in the restaurant box as we were served by many waiters during the week. £2 to the porter who transported our luggage to our bungalow, Now we come to the cleaners, the only fly in the ointment. They started pushing for a tip halfway through the week and we only tip at the end. As two of them appeared to be cleaning our room, we decided on £5 each on the grounds that they did the room every day and well. Next day, one said to my sister that he cleaned our room and had taken the whole £10. Later that day, there was a knock on the door and the other cleaner was there with two more men saying that the other had taken his money and these two also cleaned the room and asked for more money. I declined in a very 'firm' way and ordered him off. I think they saw us as a 'soft touch' and tried it on. They did not try again and, if they had, I would have threatened the Manager knowing that this would be the last thing they wanted. We did put in the comments that we thought they should have a tip box for the cleaners as there are so many and you can't be sure who does what, Having said this, this was nothing to do with the Hotel staff and I have nothing but praise for the whole holiday and we are definitely going back to that hotel next year for one of our week long holiday. If you want to ask any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will answer whatever you need to know.
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