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Three Corners Rihana Resort
Ranked #6 of 18 Hotels in El Gouna
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scarborough uk
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“totaly chilled out”
Reviewed 14 December 2008

We have just returned from a fortnight at the Rihana and had a great time. We wanted a chill out 2 weeks and found the hotel perfect for that. 2 weeks of sun and peace. The hotel was fine, very clean rooms, the food was good with a 7 day menue, Lagoon beach perfect and the local beer very palitable : ) and the staff very friendly. To be honest I cannt comment much on days out as we didnt do any, considered luxor/ valley of kings but decided it was a very long day out. 4 in morning till midnight according to people we spoke to. El Gouna town, downtown and Abu Tig marina in a comfortable after dinner walk distance and non of the traders type hassle you get in most arabian destinations. We went with Thomas Cook and found the rep to be very helpfull. My case went walkabout but the assistance I recieved was good, ( thank you ) and the elusive case was delivered to me next day. All in all we realy enjoyed the holiday and returned to the UK feeling relaxed and refreshed. Not the resort if you want action packed holidays but there is plenty to do if you want it. Special mention to SAMY at lagoon bar,a top class bar man. For any smokers .... fags at local supermarket are cheap. L&M 470 egt £ and UK brands like lambert & B about 170 egt£ for a 200 carton, and cheaper than airport.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — beds not the best for comfort
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 December 2008

Just arrived back in the cold U.K after a fab week at the 3 Corners Rihanna, with temperatures not dipping below 27c. Having read some of the "negative" reviews we were a bit apprensive before we went, but we didn't need to be. This place is fab and well worth the All inclusive package we paid. With food and drink (and cocktails) on tap, you really don't need to worry about anything else. With big drink measures from 10am till midnight and 3 course meals all day long you really don't have a care in the world. The rooms are very spacious with a seperate kitchen area, min-bar(expensive so don't use it) comfy beds and a nice balcany area. The Cleaners come in every morning at 9am and are very good, tip them 50 egypt pounds (£7) and they really goto town, they make swans from the towels and even put flower petals all over our bed one morning, lovely touch. The staff only get 14p an hour so do tip them cos they do work 13hour days. The whole hotel is very clean and they take regular temperature and quality sample of the pools, food etc. The beach bar is nice and the bar-b-q lunches are great. I can imagine though if i was there for 2 weeks the food would get repetitive but with the dine around scheme(you can use it 3 times in a 7day period, just ask the scary mad guest relations lady) you get money off meals out at other hotels and even down on the marina which is great(some mad massive boats down there) there is a free bus to the beach and buses to the marina etc for 80p a day so you can get around
Its strikes me that the wingers that have reviewed before are moaning because thats the type of people they are. The english are definatly in the minority in this hotel, lots of belgians,dutch, germans(watch your towels) and norweigans for some reason. The english are the only polite people there and the waiters/cleaners love us because we are the only one's that tip AND say Please and thankyou which goes a long way, believe me!!! overall a fab holiday and we would defo go back in the next year or so!!!!

  • Liked — Spacious and very clean
  • Disliked — nothing at all
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 November 2008

We stayed at the Three Corners Rihana resort for 2 weeks in October 2008 - a fabulous relaxing holiday, excellent resort, helpful and polite staff and scorching weather!
As with all the good Egyptian hotels this one is clean (if a little tired in places), efficient (by Egyptian standards), with nicely laid out grounds and very friendly staff. It is a Belgian owned hotel chain (the current owner resides at this hotel) catering to a cosmopolitan mix of nationalities with very few Russians.
You have to accept that 4 stars in Egypt don't match 4 stars at home and that at any hotel buffet food can become a little monotonous. If you need a change there are two on-site a la carte restaurants (Dolce Vita and Chez Pascal) offering inexpensive (the hotel credits you with 40LE per adult off the menu prices) alternative dining. 3 courses for two in the Dolce Vita (drinks are still included on All Inclusive) would cost between 200 - 350LE, £22 - £38.
There are 3 pools (2 are heated) and a lagoon beach with a nearby (free bus) sea beach and free towels (via towel cards) are provided and can be changed as you wish. There is also a well-being centre offering sauna, jacuzzi and massages - the masseurs are women for women and men for men. There are also two diving centres within the resort.
The rooms are spacious with a TV, fridge, air con and safety deposit box, all having either a terrace or balcony.
My 9 year old daughter would recommend the kids club based on the friendly team there.
Remember the staff earn very little so a small tip here and there goes along way. If you make an effort the staff will normally reciprocate and this certainly adds to a good holiday experience.
You can visit anywhere in El Gouna via Tok Tok for about £1 and I would recommend at least one visit to the beautiful marina. There are plenty of restaurants here (some can be visited using the Dine Around facility whereby the hotel offers a credit against the food bill) and a few shops. It is a tasteful and well designed area that is safe and hassle free to visit.
There is also a small shopping arcade and market 250m from the hotel entrance which has a pharmacy, bank, restaurants and bars. Again, friendly and safe to visit day or evening.
I would not say it's the best hotel but it is easy to like, offers a relaxing environment (in which there are plently of activities to take part in) and dishes up all the ingredients you need to make it a good holiday.

  • Liked — Location, friendly staff, great weather, relaxed atmosphere
  • Disliked — No dislikes
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2008

We´ve just come back from El Gouna. The Three Corners Rihana Resort is booked as the
4-star de luxe category but the hotel is far below that level.
We´ve had a great, clean family room with the see view. The location of the hotel is perfect and the kids had a great time in Trixie Club. The pools and the beach are clean and the service around is good.

It´s the all-in resort but what you can get even by paying is ridicules. There is no other coffee than powder solved with water, different kind of soda and the juice is also the kind you mix with water. The restaurant opens late as well as the start of entertainment.
Terrible food, a lot of cheep variants of (sweet)bread, pancakes, rice, potatoes, pasta etc. But there is only ONE kind of ham for breakfast. In nineteen days we´ve been there it was always the same kind of fish, never chicken breasts but chicken wings. Food is half cooked and without any taste.
Plates are damaged and never enough and the same story with glasses, improper cutlery etc.
There is numerous personnel walking around in the restaurant but the buffet plates are often empty. Management of the hotel is also walking around without even greeting the guests and not even thinking of asking how guests experience their stay in the hotel.
You have to ask waiters and cooks to bring some extra ham, brown bread or to give you an extra piece of meat. It´s really humiliating and feels like begging. But actually we´ve paid for the all-in in a four star hotel and expected the same quality we´ve had in four star hotels all over the world.

  • Liked — Trixie Club
  • Disliked — Restsaurant/Food
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2008

Literally just back from a 2 week holiday to Egypt. First week was a cruise on the Nile (excellent) the second week was a week at the Three Corners Rihana,
Having read previous comments we thought about changing hotels prior to travelling. All I can say is that we are very glad we didn't. Yes - this hotel is not perfect but then again how many are?????
No problems with bad stomachs from either the Nile Cruise (lady Mary Boat with Cosmos) or the Three Corners Rihana.
The rooms are very spacious, air con, TV, big bathroom etc etc - lovely dommed ceilings - no complaints there. Our room was cleaned every day and was spotless.
As for the food - breakfast and dinner were fine because there wasn't the crowds of people. Breakfast - plenty to choose from including fruit, omletes, potatoes, bread & jam, etc etc- soft drinks all branded names, coke, fanta, sprite etc. Lunch - always a few different options - hot and cold on offer - if you go to the beach they have a barbeque every day and whilst I am not a burger person they are very good.
Down side - evening meals - more of a transport cafe - more to do with the numbers of people all wanting food at the same time.
However, they also have two resturants on site - Dolce vita (Italian) and Chez Pascale (Belgian) - we really enjoyed the Italian - whilst you had to pay for the meal you get a discount of 40 egyption pounds per person off the meal - that mean we had a fantastic lovely main meal,(both had steak) and a shared sweet for £14 english.
(usual loacl beer/wine free)
I know it goes against the grain for some people to pay for food when they are all inclusive but I would recommend the Dolce Vita to anyone and at the end of the day what is £14 for what was a beautiful meal for two.
El Gouhna is a lovely area - lagoons linked together making a very nice area to walk/bus/boat around. lovely marina near by (mega money boats). Within 400 yards of the hotel is "downtown" this is a very nice shopping area including shops, bars and resturants. We ate/drank out "downtown" a few nights of our stay an it was lovely - they have shows every other night with either local dancing/singers/belly dancing - whilst it is only to get you to spend your money on drinks it is well worth a visit.
The beach is good although you have to walk out a long way to get anywhere up to your waist in water - the fish are there and easy to see in the clear water.
I could go on and on (i have already) but I really can't tell you enough that this hotel and in particular the area is better than most people make out. We spoke to no end of people that went to Hurgarda and they felt as though they couldn't go out of their hotels - felt threatened etc etc - El Gouhna is the total opposite so if you fancy a quiet relaxing break then this is the one for you.

  • Liked — Clean and tidy - close to downtown/marina so other things to do at night.
  • Disliked — Evening meals - food fine just the number of people
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 September 2008

My wife and I have just returned from a very enjoyable and relaxing all inclusive two week holiday at the Three Corners Rihana. We traveled with Thomson and that became important when we met people during our holiday who were sadly affected by the collapse of XL.

We arrived on Friday evening just before 10pm for our two week stay. Credit where it is due the hotel kept the dining room open beyond normal 10pm close to accommodate us getting a meal.

This is a Belgian hotel and the main guests are from Belgium, Holland, Germany and France. There are English there and English is mainly used and widely spoken. If you want to watch out for other English arriving then those who have been on a trip to Luxor arrived for a one week holiday on a Monday. Note they had to get a coach from Luxor to El Gouna and do the 5 hour return coach trip to Luxor to fly back to the UK.

Back to the hotel, this Belgian owned and run hotel is very clean throughout. Credit to the team there for the work they do. Hard to single people out but Atef at the pool works tremendously hard every day to keep the main Animation pool clean.

The room cleaner was excellent. I wouldn’t normally mention a room cleaner but he kept the room perfectly clean, folded our clothes, arranged shoes and provided swan and flower shaped towels about 4 times whilst we were there. A nice touch.


It is worth noting for those staying two weeks that most things are on a weekly cycle, particularly the entertainment and the food. It appears the hotel caters mainly for those who have done a week elsewhere or are only there for a week. It is not a problem, it is nice to know what to expect in your second week but a two week cycle would have been better. The hotel is wheel chair friendly although in the “public” toilets the paper towels are high up.

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The hotel is situated about 400 yards from El Gouna “downtown” and ideal for a pleasant walk in the evening. The town has restaurants and shops as well as an English pub Boxers and another bar “Jobo’s”, in both you can watch the Premier League and Champions league (beer is cheaper in Boxers). The Rihana is on the main bus route to the Marina. Basically every open sided blue bus stopping at the hotel goes to the Marina and every bus from the Marina stops either at the Rihana or in the bus “terminus” about 200 yards from the hotel. Cost is E£5 per person for as many trips in a day as you want; there are also weekly tickets available. Buy them as you get on the bus or in the hotel.
The easy short trip to the Marina is well worth it especially if the free show they put on is going ahead. This is usually on a Monday and Friday evening in summer months. If all inclusive you can eat in the hotel and get the bus (which runs til 2am) to the Marina. You can then sit in a bar watching the show with a beer which will cost around E£44 (£5) for two 500ml bottles of Sakkara Gold. There are Jewellers shops in the Marina (and in the town) but note the gold is 18ct so more expensive than it would have been if 9ct (as we get in the UK.) T Shirts are plentiful and around E£45.

Pool – Animation pool
Entertainment from 10am to 4pm daily. This involves the Animation (Entertainment) team organising activities. Usually the hotel club dance (Hey hey hey it’s a sunny holiday) is at noon. The dance is normally after involving as many people as possible in the water aerobics which start at 11-30 am. The music was loud in the first week but reduced to pleasant levels in the second. The music is a bit Eurovision at times but you get used to it. The schedule of events with announcements has a feel of Hi Di Hi but actually after a while you relax with it. If you take part then it becomes fun.
The pool does benefit from the comfiest chairs anywhere I have stayed. A two inch thick mattress on top of the wooden bed is very comfy. Towels need to be collected down by the lagoon beach (Approx 100 yds). The animators offer such things as water polo and even belly dancing lessons.
There is a bar near the pool, it has a nice courtyard but there is no pool bar, which is a little disappointing. Drinks are available from 10am to 10pm there. Water comes from a dispenser and it is useful to take an empty bottle from your room to fill up rather than the plastic cups provided.
Ice cream is included, usually three flavours between 11am and 5pm. Careful, they are very officious and don’t provide it outside those hours. Once in the queue, they served the guy in front of me and stopped with me saying it was exactly 5pm (it was exactly 5pm), refusing to supply any ice cream! It cost them a tip at that bar.

There is a seven day cycle so on Wednesday it is Olympic day in the Animation pool. It is funny to watch. You will see a theme with this but two teams competing but no real winner, it isnt about that, it’s about enjoyment. At the end they get as many people together as possible and finish with the club dance.


Room- Clean and air con was very efficient. Comfy double bed, shower with curtain, all fine. We were a bit naughty a couple of times in the evening taking off the key tab to keep the air-con going so it was cool when we got back.

Entertainment-
I have to say that Ilyes the chief Animator is fantastic and so enthusiastic. The evening entertainment is on the 7 day cycle and generally takes place at the stage next to the Plaza restaurant. The animation team work hard and always have a smile. Particularly look out for Chico who has a good sense of humour.
Peanuts bar is a challenge to non smokers. Part under cover it is the main bar in the evening but it seemed like all the other guests smoke. There are drinks queues at times.
I would have liked to have spent more time there but smokers waving cigarettes over their shoulders hence in my face is difficult. Smokers will enjoy it of course.
They do a Karaoke evening. This is a must because frankly the singing is hopeless, often unknown (to English) songs in a foreign language but always entertaining. Please don’t enter thinking it is a competition because as with the general theme it is about enjoyment. So at the end the singers with the most supporters in the bar are selected to create rivalry. Of course when everyone is standing up it’s off on Hey hey hey sunny holiday.

Food- 7 day cycle but is wholesome. It is a lot of Beef, rice and pasta mixed with potatoes. There is very little chicken and no burgers. The Asian evening has very little exotic. For those wanting pork, forget it, there are no pork sausages or bacon during your time here. Watch for the timing of dinner in the Sunny restaurant, info says 12 noon, in room TV says 12-30 and it actually opens at 12-15 to allow for staff training.

Let me be clear there is absolutely no problem with the food. I had no problem whatsoever. It lacks variety and they don’t know how to make spicy food (e.g. the Chilli) but it is pleasant, plentiful and filling. The dining areas are very clean but the Sunny restaurant has more of a café feel. A hint here is that the Plaza restaurant is a bit nicer than the Sunny when it opens at 7pm in the evening.
Dine around is worth doing a couple of times, you will pay about £25 extra for two to have a steak in Chez Pascal which is highly recommended.

Excursions- There are some of the greatest available. To budget here are some prices that Thomson quote for 2008.
Cairo Day trip by air £159
Cairo overnight by road £116
Luxor 1 day by road £66 (including transfer, lunch, guides and entrance fees)
Luxor overnight £119
Luxor 1 day by air £148
Nile cruise 3 nights £235
Quad bike £39
Stars and Dinner £30
Snorkeling trip £ 48
Rock and shop £25 (usually need 6 people)

Watch out; you pay £4 per person extra from El Gouna on top of all the above


Notes- Nut allergies, watch for the peanuts in the desserts. Careful, you can’t cash or use Travellers cheques easily. There is an HSBC cash machine in reception. Smoking in reception and peanuts bar is off putting. All inclusive have white bands, all inclusive where the guest has been before have blue ones!

Overall we had a lovely relaxing holiday and would definitely go back to Three Corners Rihana.

  • Liked — Pool
  • Disliked — Smoking guests encouraged
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 September 2008

Just returned from two relaxing weeks at the Rihana.

I’ll start with the food cos that’s what everyone is worried about.

We though the food was nice, Gordon Ramsey has nothing to worry about just yet, but it tastes ok, is filling and there’s plenty of it. Not the widest variety you’ve ever seen, mainly rice and beef, but there’s plenty of stuff for any veggies out there.

The main (sunny) restaurant was a bit canteen like; There was self service beer and wine on tap as well as plenty of soft drinks. They did indeed serve spag bol every meal here, because adults were nicking it from the kids corner!

The smaller and far nicer Plaza restaurant served the same food (minus the spag bol) but in much nicer surroundings and with a table drinks service.

They did a barbeque on Wednesday nights when they set up tables outside, which was lovely.

The desserts are stuffed full of nuts, so if you have an allergy, keep away from them.

We heard a couple of people saying they thought the food was terrible, but further questioning revealed that they expected burger and chips 24/7 from an all inclusive hotel. If that’s your idea of good food, keep away from the Rihana

I have worked in the food industry for 20 years, 5 of those in food hygiene. I saw NOTHING to suggest there are food hygiene issues in this hotel. We didn’t get dodgy bellies because we drank plain bottled water till it came out of our ears.

The hotel

The hotel itself was spotlessly clean, as were the rooms. Our room cleaner was excellent and left us a number of impressive towel sculptures.

The gardens were watered with recycled water, but we only caught a whiff once, and it wasn’t that bad.

There are bars scattered around all over the place. The ones that are open during the day serve all drinks in little plastic cups so you have to keep going back for refills. The one we used got quite long queues at beer o’clock (5pm) though. There are water chillers all over the place to refill your bottles with, and you get two bottles of water left in your room each day.

There are three large swimming pools, one with slides, which were great fun even for those of us old enough to know better.

The lagoon beach looked quite shingly, we didn’t go to the sea beach but we were told it was gorgeous.

The animation staff worked their socks off to ensure you have a good time, the entertainment might not be to everyone’s taste, but you can’t say they don’t try. There were various shows in the evening, and it’s worth going to Peanuts bar just to see Ahmed and Ilyes doing “so ya so” at 11pm. They do a free boat trip round the lagoon most days at 3pm, which is worth a look.

El Gouna

El Gouna is a lovely place, but nothing like the “real” Egypt. There is very little hassle and some lovely shops and bars, but there were very few people around.

The shows at the marina are worth going to see, we thought the Monday show was better than the Friday one. The shuttle buses to the marina are cheap and very regular.

We ate out using our dine around twice, once at Chez Pascal’s (great steak) and once at Bleu Bleus in the marina, both meals were lovely.

All in all we had a fab holiday, this was our third trip to Egypt but the first to El Gouna, and we would certainly go back. If you want a quiet relaxing holiday this is the place, but if it’s a Benidorm style break you want, go somewhere else.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Three Corners Rihana Resort
Address: Tamr Henna, El Gouna, Hurghada, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Hurghada > El Gouna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#2 Top resorts Hotel in El Gouna
#5 Romantic Hotel in El Gouna
#5 Family Hotel in El Gouna
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Hotel Class:4 star — Three Corners Rihana Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 268
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