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Three Corners Rihana Resort
Ranked #2 of 18 Hotels in El Gouna
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“nice hotel. be careful of food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2009

Stayed at the rihana three corners for two weeks, had read some bad reviews but was to late to change our plans.

The hotel was ok, nice size rooms, they were cleaned daliy and towels bed linen changed often. pools were nice always clean and the staff were very helpful. In the resturant there was hand sanitisers on the wall and we used them at every meal.

My two children aged 10 and 3 did go to the trixie kids club and has a fantastic time, although i wouldnt recommend leaving young kids that might wander off as at times the kids were left on there own for short periods of time. When our kids were there we hung around on the sun loungers by the lagoon so we could see our kids at all times.

The hotel is situated in quite a nice location, walking distance to the shops and marina and right on the lagoon. you can get to the beach by a shuttle bus that runs every hour and that is free but to be honest the beach has nothing to offer that the lagoon doesnt.

We all had a fantastic time for the first week weather was about 23 to 25 degrees nice for sunbathing. The nights were a little chilly but nothing a jumper or jacket couldnt fix. Then I got sick, bad case of diarrhea, at first i thought it was just a stomach bug but two packs of immodium, peptel bismol and a pack of the local Antinal did nothing to sort it out. After returning home both my kids and husband all had the same. After a trip to the doctors all of us are now on a course of antibiotics for shigellosis which our doctor has informed us you get from contaminated food or water. As we all only ate at the buffet resturant and drank at the bars in the hotel we now for a fact that that is were we got it from.

So all in all we had a great holiday but would be very careful about eating, drinking and taking a dip in the pool.

  • Liked — good location, friendly staff
  • Disliked — Diarrhea.
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2009

7th visit in 10 years...
Considering the great value for money this is still one of the best places to go during the grey and cold European winter. Being from Belgium we always feel very welcome by the Belgian management but the Egyptian staff are very well trained in making your stay comfortable. We found that rooms had freshed up since last time and were still very clean. Be aware of mosquitos at night and take repellent with you. Peanuts bar has lost it's charm moving the bar outdoors in a plastic surrounded patio. We found the lounge bar at the sunset pool much cosier. About the food. This was the first time we had fresh Red Sea fish (2x) for diner. Exellent. For Egyptian standards food is fresh, healthy and there's plenty to choose from. Problem with these buffets are that you have to much choice. If you take a diffrent platter or combination every day it never get's borred. We will be back.

  • Stayed January 2009
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2009

We are two oldies in our early 60`s from the UK and follow the sun in the winter months.

We have stayed in 3 Corners Kiroseiz previously and were generally pleased which is why we chose The Rihana on our second trip to Egypt.

Before I comment on the Rihana I must say to anyone who has not visited Egypt that we find Egyptians to be a very kind, polite and pleasant people be they old, middle aged or young. If the people of the U.K had a similar disposition to the Egyptians it would be wonderful. Just think no chavs !!!

I will keep this review brief but if anyone would like to PM me I will happy to reply.

Hotel pemises...
generally okay and in a reasonable state of repair.

Food...
Generally ok / good. One must remember that the clients at this hotel are in this order
Belgian
Dutch
German
U.K
Swedes
Finns
others,
and as such the Chef has to cater for many and varied tastes.

We were served amongst other things roast duck, turkey, quale, and various red sea fish. The soups were very good but the salads were rarely varied. Breakfasts were the same as most other international hotels...... eggs, ommelettes, pancakes with lemon / treacle / chocolate etc.

We alway found something to our taste but one must remember you will not find food exactly like the one finds at home. One does need to adapt from time to time.

The Bedroom.
Plenty of space. Large bathroom with shower only. Large patio with chairs area overlooking a beautiful blue lagoon. T.V various channels but only BBC World in English.

Staff.
Friendly especially if one takes time to speak to them even if it`s only`good morning`

Hotel trips...
The monday evening Bedouine (spelling?) is extremely good and well worth 15 Euros per person

Hygiene.
Good. On entrance to the dining room one is required to rub ones hands with anti bacterial gel. Room cleaning good.

Entertainment.
Good. The animation team presented Can CAN , Mama Mia, River dance and other pices in the theatre all of which were very enjoyable.

Location.
Man made and known locally as little Venice go there and see why.

Would we go there again.... yes
Were we satisfied with the hotel service ... yes
Was it value for money ... yes we think so we paid £1080 for two weeks with Thomas Cook. Don`t ask about the leg room on Thomas Cook airlines it is absolutely dreadful. Book with somene else.

Hope this review helps someone somewhere.

horace

  • Liked — hotel location
  • Disliked — lack of english t.v channels
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2009

just returned from a two week christmas and new year break with my husband ,daughter ,son-in-law and three grandchildren.
Firstly i would like to tell you the worst thing agout the holiday.At the hotel they have a childrens club called the TRIXIE CLUB you take your children and sign them in saying weather they can leave on thier own and if they have any needs.WELL my daughter took my four year old grandson who is partialy sighted (he has albinism) and wears dark glasses, she told them that he could not leave the club on his own and must wear his hat at all times in the sun, after a while she went to check on him as other children can be cruel when she got there they had no idea where he was, my daughter ran franticley around the complex to find him lost, crying and in a distressed state, all the family were left in a stressed state thinking what could have happened, thinking all the time about (maddie mc cann ). I did go and complain to the public relations person (annie ) she said she would report it to the management and she was sorry and would talk to the person in charge of the club. the person from the club came to my daughter and said SORRY IT WAS NOT MY INTENTION ON LOSING HIM( to my mind that was not good enough, so take care if you entrust your children at a club)

the staff and management were all very friendly. the lagoon area is nice and safe for the children. the rooms were ok but tired, the air conditioning was a little noisy from time to time, in my daughters room the sink was faulty so everyday someone had a go at fixing it. if you tip the cleaners when you first arrive they will make flowers and animals from your bath towels and clothing The christmas eve gala food was fantastic the chefs really worked had, the downside was everyone had to queue outside to get into the food tent and there was a lot of people shipped in from other hotels it was like going to a football match. also at the new years gala the food and the show was good, everyone got a party bag.but the everyday food was really boring so we spent a lot of money eating out in el gouna which is on par with english prices. But its really nice to be able to walk outside the complex.
in the room there is a mini bar with sweets in, it is very tempting for kids and very dear.
the hotel advertizes all day snacks, but the only snack you can have is tea ,coffee, beer and pop and from 11.30 to 5 you can have small ice creams. at the lagoon bar you can not get a spirit even it you pay. last year we stayed at another of the three corners in marsa alam that was a much better hotel But in the middle of nowhere.
we would not retun to this hotel and will think twice about putting kids in a childrens club.

  • Liked — you can walk about with no fear
  • Disliked — trixie club
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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Southampton
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2008

I've read a lot of the reviews and there does seem to be a mix of good and bad. A comment was made that those who whinged about the hotel were probably just the type of people that would do that; however, having stayed at the hotel myself and being a usually easy going person, I would say this is not necessarily the case. The fact of the matter is we did not enjoy the holiday and found the hotel to be a little tired given its young age, and lacking in facilities given the amount of accommodation. We ventured out to other hotels and to be honest, many are better (at least in appearance) than here. Now as I say, the holiday was not by any stretch of the imgination one of the best we have had, and I will attempt to put this to the back of my mind and be as reasonable and non-judgemental in my review as I can.

THE HOTEL:-
Rooms -
You have a choice of two places to stay, the Inn and the Resort. Rooms in the Resort are larger and 3* in quality . Rooms in the Inn are smaller, noisier and 2* in quality with very limited storage space, (I have based my opinion of the ratings on previous stays in Egypt, what we saw in other hotels and our experiences of staying in remote resorts in places such as Greece and Turkey).

The air conditioning system in either type of room worked extremely well but was noisy - the vibrations kept opening the wardrobe doors. Also beware of eating/drinking from the mini bar as its very expensive.

If you are travelling as a couple and are not too worried about tiled floors and fluffy towels, then the cheaper option in the Inn may be OK for you. If you are travelling as a family and or prefer something a little more 'up market' then only go for a room in the Resort.

A word of warning, there is a very large building site a mile or so from the hotel on the way to the beach and the main road to it is located at the back of this hotel (as are the Go-Kart track and paintball arena). The rooms in the hotel are not double glazed. During out stay lorries and workers started making their way to site just before sunset at around 5.30am - and they were not quiet about it. If you end up with a room over looking this road then chances are you will not need an alarm clock if you intend getting up early ( if you fancy a lie-in you might need ear plugs).

Swimming Pools:-
Three of them, all clean , well maintained and close together with plenty of sunbeds (perhaps too many - but this very much depends on how busy you like your poolside experience to be). The Dolphin pool near the Sunset Lounge is the quieter of the three and free of animation events. If your room overlooks the main pool areas you should expect some daytime noise and music, this might be relevant if you like an afternoon siesta or have young children than may need to go to bed in the afternoon.

Bars:-
Daytime you have a choice of several bars including a bar at the lagoon and another on the beach - although the latter will charge for alcoholic drinks including if you are staying on an all inclusive basis.

In the evening you have a choice of two bars and to be honest we found the choice very limiting. The Peanut Bar is quite loud and this is where you will find the entertainment, beit bingo, tombola, karaoke or a small band. Waiters will clear the tables but if you want a drink then you need to queue at the bar .

The Sunset Lounge is the complete opposite and is extremely quiet (we felt it was a little like drinking in a cricket pavillion before the teams arrive). That said, being as it is such a quiet place to be, if you fancy a game of cards or a cosy chat then it's ideal.

Neither bar is particular spacious and certainly in the Peanut Bar it could get very busy and very crowded. We would liked to have seen a third bar that had some live and atmosphere but didn't feel a tad like it came from Butlins.

On the whole the drinks available were fine,. The beer was pleasant but the red wine took a couple of glasses to get used too ; however, regardless of your choice of tipple you were not restricted to quantity. Getting served was not for the most part, an issue in any of the bars.

The Restaurants:-
I'm afraid our opinion of the resturants is not good, and based on discussions with other guests, we were not alone in our thinking. To be honest, and while I said I would try not to be judgemental, I have to add that of all the places we have stayed over the years, this hotel was by far the worst for food. We found the experience to be similar to eating in an old motorway service area rather than having a nice dinner out. The variety of dishes was limited (especially if you ate after 8pm), bland in taste and repetitive. Although we had booked all inclusive we decided we would rather eat out either Downtown or in the Marina, and pay from £15 to £28 a head for a couple of drinks and a starter and main course. You should be aware that eating out in El Gouna is not cheap. What we paid to eat in a restaurant there was more in comparison to eating out in a similar style restaurant where we live. During our stay we ate out 6 times, and one night when the food in the hotel was particularly bad, we decided to settle on a take away snack from the supermarket.

EL GOUNA AND BEACHES:-
As above, El Gouna is not cheap by any means, to give you an idea I would say think 'London prices'. If you plan on dining and or drinking out then take plenty of cash and budget the same as you would for a night out in your home town (if not more).

If you plan on a shopping spree you would be wise to look at options for getting to Hurghada where you will find a bigger selection of shops and goods at far cheaper prices (but comparable in quality).

Keep in mind that El Gouna is manmade, still under construction around the Marina and Mangroovy Beach and built on what was previously desert. Do not expect fluffy white sand - the main source of beach and road material here is a hard, 'clay-like' desert sand, which when compacted forms a solid surface. You may find you need to scrub your shoes to get them clean as the sand has tendancy to 'stick' to footwear. On the subject of footwear, pavements where they exist are not nice even places to walk and you'll come across many a pothole and broken paving slab. If you venture out keep to a low heel or flat shoe and save the heels for inside the hotel complex.

If you decide to use the hotel's beach there is a free shuttle bus to take you there but it only runs once an hour. While we were there because of the busy road, lack of footpath and very large building site that you have to go through to get to the beach, walking was not really an option. If you miss the bus don't worry as the Tuk-Tuks are plentiful, fun and cheap and well worth giving a go. As above, both the beach and lagoons areas are covered with the aforementioned dark, desert sand. Because of its location at the back of a building site and the hard surface, nicknamed Mangroovy Beach 'the dirt car park'.

So there you have it. Would we recommend this hotel to a friend or relative? Sorry but no. The holiday was not by any means a disaster but at the same time neither did we enjoy it. Everyone has their own likes and dislikes and what is right for one person is hell on earth for another - and this was our 'Hell Gouna'. Compared to other hotels in Hurghada and El Gouna, this hotel does not in our opinion represent good value for money.

  • Liked — Close to Downtown and the Marina
  • Disliked — Tired in appearance and maintenance. Lacking in facilities and poor food in the restaurants
  • Stayed November 2008
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Eccleshall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2008

My husband and I stayed here for a week (w/c 28th Nov 2008) and have to say we had a really lovely and chilled out week!

We stayed at the Three Corners Ocean View back in March this year (please see my review) and we both definately preferred the Rihana.

The main reasons were:

1. Quality of the room was billiant. Our room overlooked the lagoon which was very pretty and quiet.

2. There are three lovely pools to suit all. Two are heated and are the 'busy' pools where all the poolside entertainment and sports are undertaken and the third pool is the quiet pool (has two slides) but is unheated so hence plenty of sunbeds!

3. The evening entertainment was a whole lot better, but there is a lovely Sunset Lounge open each evening which is a great place to have a quiet drink or play one of the many board games provided!

4. The quality of the food is probably on par with the TCOV, and yes, it can be repretitive only if you decide to have the same dish each night!

5. It's within 3 - 4 minutes walk of Downtown where there are some great pubs (including an English and Irish bar), supermarket, banks, pharmacy, restaurants (no McDonalds or KFC - thank goodness!)

6.The general layout and gardens are better and prettier.

As mentioned by other reviews there is an excellent Dine and Around Scheme, which we used three times. In the hotel,as with the TCOV, there is an Italian and and Belgium restaurant which are both very good. We also ate at 'Bleu Bleu' down in the Marina and is excellent!

This time of the year, the temp was between 25 - 30 and at night was about 16 - 19, so its worth putting a light jacket in.

An advantage of going to either Three Corner hotels, your AI band will allow you to go and have a drink to see both hotels. This is what we did back in March and is why chose this lovely hotel this time.

The only complaint I can give was that the time went too quickly and we were soon back to cold and frosty England!

Have a great time!

  • Liked — Everything!
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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scarborough uk
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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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
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in El Gouna
#2 Luxury 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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