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Bogus reveiws

Hi all

I have been looking at the reviews of the Continental Resort and note that most of the reviews this year appear to be posted by the hotel and its staff. Most travellers on TA have been to a number of countries and it is very suspicious when you see so many posters who have either not been outside Egypt or have visited Egypt from a country where exit visas do not exist!

Mr Vincent, i will be at your hotel on the 22nd July and believe me I will give a full and expurgated review of you facilities, Warts and all

If I am wrong then I am sure that TA contributors will let me know their view of this Resort.

I await (but not holding my breath)

alanj9

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Sorry peeps, my log in failed. This is my correct profile

Regards

Al

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Go Al!!!!

Must admit they do look pretty dubious!! Apart from a smattering of british reviews, the others are all 1 review only and one profiler with 3 reviews are all in the surrounding area?? Perhaps that hotel worker who has been on since 2006 has worked at the other hotels in the past??? I mean 3 reviews in 5 years, no questions in all that time, no forum input and no personal profile???? Hmmmmm

S S W

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Hi SS

I thought I was being paranoid! However, it is exactly those "british" Reviews that are suspicious How come John has been to this resort 7 times and this is the first review or comment. What about ms whats-her-name from Worcester Too good to be true but I'm cool about it. Seen this sort of thing before and go with an open mind. If it is a good hotel then I will be pleased but if they are guilding the lily then they are in 4 a bit of bovver.

The only way resorts can get up the list is by the volume and rating of reviews. A hotel can be good but not feature because no one bothers to review it. Hence my rather cynical view of the practice that some hotels take to get their hotel higher up the list.

6 weeks to go and looking forward to it even more I've sussed out the way of things

Big Al

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Hey alanj9

Just thought I would let you know that I will be going back to CR shortly as I loved it when I was there for New Year, the decor was lovely... check on the hotels reviews as I posted a pic of my bedroom... it was so nice with a fantastic sea view... the only thing at the time that I could see was there was some construction work going on around a part of the pool area... Hopefully that will be completed now.. I will post again on my return... This hotel did not have that many English people when I visited there were many German, French etc... like many of the other hotels... it is situated approx 10 walk from Hard Rock Cafe... it is quite quiet at this end of town but there are shops opposite and taxi's on hand... I found the food OK and some dishes were actually quite nice and did not get a gippy tummy (which was real good) they have a built in kettle with nice cups etc in the bedrooms... I had a approx 32" flat screen tv in my room... I was so surprised... because it was alot better than I thought it would be... the staff were very helpful and friendly... they have a little riding school that I think is part of the hotel... The casino was closed...

Hope this reassures you... for me to be going back well that should hopefully put your mind at rest... I will take some pics and write a review on my return... It will be interesting as I doubt if the hotel will be fully staffed so we shall see what it is like this time around... I think if some more English people tried this hotel they would go back because it is much better than alot of other hotels I have previously stayed at...

Will give you an update soon....

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Hi Mizzthang

Thank you for your response to my post. I'm glad to see that there are some genuine posts for this hotel and I was able to pick most of them out (posters who have added comment over time and visited more than one country!) I have no doubt that this hotel will be good and how good is subjective but my point of posting originally was to highlight that this practice is going on in respect of this hotel and for prtential guests to be aware. I know TC are pushing this resort and I would hate to think that some people may be misled by these bogus reports and reviews. Like many resorts in Egypt the predominant guests are usually Russian, Italian east european and other mediteranian countries. Unless you are a diver or into Egyptology Egypt is not high on the British holiday list. A pity because despite the obvious drawbacks (hustlers,food and hygiene issues) the Egyptian people are wonderful and the climate is spectacular.

When are you returning?

Al

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Oh dear, Check out the latest "new" review. Doorsey66 might be genuine but very suspicious

Al

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Hey Al, I return next week on the 24th June so not long now... will update you on my return... I honestly think it is a good 4 star.... maybe not what we would class as a 5 star, but as I said I really liked it... The staff did not bug you for tips either... I have stayed in the Marriott which I really liked also (they do not bug you for tips there either) I think usually the higher the Star the better the staff seem to behave... I have stayed in Luxor some years back at a cheaper Hotel... and the staff would not stop hounding us for money... it drove me crazy.. At CR I have not tried the massages or anything like that... but may try having a massage this time and have a go in the gym. They have a little island you can walk over too... the ground is a little rough but I found it was quite peaceful... The hotel is set back off the road and has a long driveway with guards at the gates which have barriers across... The hotel grounds are lovely.... I have a few video clips of people doing some of the water activities... Go and judge for yourself... What I found quite funny on my last trip we were the last to be collected by coach on return to the airport and a few people on the coach said to me gosh it looks really nice there at least you have nice gardens (I did laugh quietly to myself because I think they stayed somewhere grotty) lol

When you go please let me know what you think (oh yes the last time I went there were only 3 of us as English people that arrived on 31st December) but as the week went on I saw I would say approx 10 - 15 people that were english, when I heard english accents I made sure I said hello, the hotel put on a real nice New Year Party with lots of nice food and dancing I really had a fantastic time there... sorry to go on and on... lol

All the best :0)

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Hey alandj9, just to let you know I have put up another review about Continental Resort, I returned home on 2nd July.. I hope it will be helpful and your stay will be enjoyable... I have also added some more pics.. I was limited to how many pics I could add..

All the best

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Hi Mizz

Thank you for your review. Very illuminating! I will be talking with Thomas Cook about the construction and All Inclusive issues. Watch this space!!!!

I do hope despite the issues you had a good time. The whole point about the original post was to highlight what I believe to be suspect reviews for hotels in Hurghada. The Continental seems to be no different from any other. Your honest and unbiased review, based on previous experience at this hotel is greatly appreciated and I do hope that the practice of "bigging up" the facilities stop and more realistic reviews are posted in future.

I will post Thomas Cook's response later

Re3gards

Al

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