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Siva Grand Beach Hotel
Ranked #62 of 229 Hotels in Hurghada
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Heathrow, Middlesex
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“Christmas break!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

Lovely hotel, large (heated ) swimming pool plenty of sun beds and leads straight onto the beach where all the sun beds are saved by about 6am. Only a handful of English out there, according to the locals the English have stayed away this year so it is about 90% Germans and a smattering of other Europeans. Its fine if you are happy with your own company but if you like to chat to others this is not the place to visit.
The Staff were lovely (except reception staff who are useless and don't do anything to resolve any issues, then blame others, also have bad manners and can be rude) All inclusive drinks were good for non branded and selection of cocktails as well.
Two main restaurants serving the same buffet food which had plenty of choice so no problems there. Also the Oasis Bar near the beach was another buffet at lunchtimes and open selected evenings on AI but you had to book the day before. Burgers around the pool at lunch time were also nice as were the pizzas late afternoon. Or for the sweeter tooth waffles and ice cream.
More restaurants outside the front of the hotel gave you a 20% discount but they were not cheap for Egypt so did not bother as we were only there for a week.
Entertainment of some description every night in the main entrance/reception of the hotel other than that not a lot else to do.
The only entertainment we saw during the day was aqua aerobics in the pool lunchtime, nothing else at all which I feel was very poor as it was Christmas.
They celebrate Christmas on the 24th and the Gala dinner was £40 each and you got hassled every day to book it, we didn't bother and the main restaurant food was excellent as usual. They also booked all the tables in the bar/reception area for guests who paid for non inclusive drinks which is bad as there was nowhere to sit really unless you did and they wanted you to spend a minimum of £15 a head as week(they started by saying £30). From Christmas day they started to hassle about booking the New Year Gala and also the massage team kept on trying to sell you packages on the beach and around the pool but the prices are way too high and I can get cheaper at home.
Lovely pier at the left side of the beach with an all inclusive drinks bar. They also served fish but it was extra so gave it a miss but it did smell and look good.
The water was warmish and very shallow so safe for kids. Dissappointed no fish to speak of and after going to Sharm expected more. Went on the Paradise trip which was a boat trip to Paradise Island and you stopped on the way to snorkel, it was quite rough so snorkelling was really difficult and for the fish and corals that you got to see it really was not worth the effort. The island was lovely though and after we had lunch we fell asleep on the beach! Warning though getting on and off the boat is tricky so this trip is not for everyone and there is no way anyone not steady on their feet would manage it.
There is a guy who offers boat trips parasailing etc on the beach and is quite cheap he is in a hut on the right hand side so go see him before you book anything else.
My kids age 19 & 20 went on the Badawya super safari trip which they really enjoyed, 4x4 quads camels spider cars in the dessert, I stayed at the hotel with my Mum otherwise I would have gone on this one as well. Quite expensive though at £55 a head.
Hotel grounds were immaculate and I did enjoy a morning cappuccino at the small terrace bar before the others were up.
The weather was pleasant to very warm, low to mid 20's. Sun rise was around 6.30 I think and set early around 4 because of the mountains. Chilly in the evenings this time of year so recommend a jumper of jacket if you venture out especially when it was windy.
Would I recommend this hotel? Yes and no. Could not fault the food bars pool location on the beach but what let it down for me was atmosphere, I like something going on in the day, water polo, music, volley ball boulles or anything to break the monotony of just sitting around. However if you like to sunbathe all day with your headphones on or nose in a book then this hotel could be for you. If you want to see the Red Sea fish form the shore on a boat or snorkelling or diving, then do NOT go here but take a visit to Sharm el Sheik you will not be disappointed.
Sadly Cairo is still a no go area with Red Sea Holidays but Luxor had just reopened.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014 via mobile

Excellent value for money
Beach . Very good needs raking more often
Food. Good never go Hungary
Rooms. Plenty of space & kept clean daily
Pool area . Clean & tidy .plenty of beds
Gardens. Well managed & pretty

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Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013

Booked via Red Sea Holidays at the last minute so was pleasantly surprised by the hotel.

Food is all buffet style, which was great for us. The pool was inviting and warm, plenty of sunloungers and drinks continuously offered (all inclusive).

Christmas Eve gala dinner was fantastic, even if we had to leave early (9.30pm) as we had a 4am alarm call for a wonderful day trip to Luxor. The hotel gave us a breakfast for two that could have fed 6 people, no chance of going hungry on way to Luxor!

Staff were, apart from one exception on reception one day, warm and friendly, especially Ahmed Eraky who makes a mean G&T according to my other half and was incredibly cheerful and helpful at all times. The Florida non-alcoholic cocktail is also to be recommended for when by the pool.

The only thing I wasn't impressed by was the cleaner, Mahmoud, following us into our room on our last day, I gave him a tip (5 Euro) and he handed it back asking for more. That was not a pleasant thing for him to do when average salaries there are £50 a month and we weren't his only room.

Had a great time and would recommend.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013

This was my second trip to Egypt but my first to Hurghada.
Driving through the town on the coach I liked the fact that it was the kind of resort where there were plenty of things to see and do and that you could safely leave the complex. However, presumably because I am a red-head, I found that I was constantly stopped whilst out walking with my boyfriend and while I wouldn't say the 'looky looky men' were aggressive, they did make me feel very uncomfortable and so I only ventured out of the hotel grounds once.
That said, the hotel complex itself was very nice. The grounds were well kept and it was lovely to find wild love-birds around the gardens!
The rooms were clean and tidy and modern. Food was good as were the drinks. We found that the staff spoke German better than English but we were advised that a great deal of the tourists are German so that explains it - still, they speak better English than I do Egyptian!
We definitely got a very good deal for the money we paid. I rate the hotel very highly, but with regards to the resort, I would prefer to visit Marsa Alam over Hurghada in future.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

This was myself and my Mum's first time to Egypt and we will certainly be going back in the near future! We stayed at the Siva Grand Beach Hotel, Hurghada from 13th to the 20th December 2013 as an all-inclusive holiday for just over £600 for the both of us, and that included 20kg luggage, transfers, late check-out room, the lot.
Hurghada is a touristy town, which has a McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut and some cute little cafes as well as many many shops to buy souvenirs and good fake copies of expensive brands in. It was rather quiet whilst we were there but it was low season.
Our first impression of the Siva Grand Beach Hotel was breath-taking...it was truly stunning. The entrance area and the lobby was amazing and so in the spirit of Christmas..but Egyptian style as the minute you walked in the first thing you saw was not the huge Christmas tree but the Santa riding on a camel which was very amusing. The decorations were beautiful and made us feel right in the Christmas spirit despite being miles away from home. Towards the end of our stay, a Christmas market was brought out and set up selling the cutest festive treats...however we felt that some were a little overpriced. However we did buy two beautiful Egyptian dresses for just £9 each and can recommend these to anyone looking for a souvenir.
In regards to our room, we had one issue as described below, but it was quickly resolved by the lovely staff on Reception particularly Mohamed Ali, who gave us a free upgrade to a better room on the third floor. It was so lovely...traditional Egyptian decor which we thought was lovely but may not be to everyone's taste. We had an amazing view of the pool and the beach, and it was so peaceful and quiet. The bathroom mirror was huge so is perfect for girls (or guys for that matter) who like to spend a while getting ready (like me!). The room was very spacious and kept very clean by our lovely cleaner Mohamed who came every day without fail. Just be careful in regards the mini-bar as everything is at an extra cost (and the items are quite expensive!) and is not included in the all-inclusive package. However, free litre or 1.5L bottles of water were placed fresh every morning in the room, which was a lovely touch as it meant that we did not have to get some ourselves and have to keep carrying them back to our room.
The weather was lovely (warmer than England), but it was fairly cold...the first thing that me and my Mum did was go out down the street to see if we could buy jumpers because we were totally unprepared for cold weather. However, this was the coldest winter that Egypt had had and a storm had just passed before we got there so caused bad weather for the first two days of our holiday, but after that, the sun came out for longer and the temperature steadily increased. It was roasting the day we left! If you are wanting to go to Egypt in the winter, I recommend you take a jumper and a couple of pairs of jeans as it did get rather cold when the wind came (which was a lot!), and particularly in the evening. We also found it warmer to be down on the beach than in the hotel grounds, which doesn't sound like the right way round, but trust me, it is :-)
Our Red Sea Holiday Reps were Waseem and Ali. They were brilliant...really friendly, and very funny giving us advice like if you wanted to cross the road, then you must close your eyes, pray and then run. They were always at the hotel when they said they would be and were very helpful with all the information they gave us, particularly about how to deal with the Egyptian shopkeepers and the camel-keepers which is to not get sucked in my them...and do not get tricked into getting onto a camel when the owners say it is free...they will make the camel get up with you on it and charge you £20 English pounds to let you down. Regarding trips, I do recommend booking the trips before you come. Our rep Waseem said that it was much better to book the excursions with him and that it was bad to do it before we came. He was prepared for us to lose 100% of what we paid when we enquired to our travel agent back home about cancelling them as he had told us to do. However, we stuck with the trips we had booked before we went away and according to people who had gone on the trips with Red Sea, we had been on the better trip by far and they were much cheaper to book back home or with the company we booked it with. We did two excursions, one Jeep Safari or Super Safari, and a Four Islands Boat Trip. Both were fantastic, and I really recommend both of them because they are a once in a lifetime experience. We even bought the personal DVDs of our trip (which were only £14 on the Safari and £19.50 on the Boat Trip) because we had had such a great time and wanted to be able to watch it again. Our travel agent booked our excursions through www.attractionworld.com and we definitely recommend this agency as both the trips were fabulous! The guides and the helpers on the tours were wonderful, really helpful and made us feel really involved and really welcome. There were few English people on our trips, but the guides made sure that we were always part of the group. The people we went on Safari with were also very lovely and made us feel very welcome too. If you can get a guy called Emad as your tour leader then you are in good hands. He was brilliant, and really lovely. We had a little bit of trouble with some people on our boat, and he really stuck up for us which was really kind of him.
We did go on one trip with Red Sea and that was the Christmas Shopping Trip, which was awful. If you are going to Hurghaha with Red Sea in the festive period, do not go on this trip. Trust me, it's not good. However, our rep Ali brightened the day up with his amusing remarks and facial expressions.
The food at the hotel was good. We personally had no problem with it. There was always something we liked and it was great to try some new things. There was a big selection to choose from, and that included the drinks...both hot drinks and fresh juices were available, and this was not just in the restaurants but all over the hotel - you could just help yourselves. The presentation of the food was amazing and there was always a live cooking booth in each of the restaurants, Shams, Amar and the Oasis at all three meals. Omelettes and eggs in the morning, pasta, stir fry etc for lunch and a meat/fish grill at the dinner times. There was also a salad bar and very many beautiful looking deserts to choose from if you were not already full from the mains! A lot of effort was made with the food and it was worth it as there was a lovely selection including some Egyptian traditions, which was great to be able to try. There are also pastries, ice-cream, waffle, crepes, pizza, pool grill and beach grill stations available at different times during the day. They cook roasted vegetables down on the beach which means that you can relax all day long and don't have to worry about getting up to go to get food. The pool bar also does great fries...they were so nice! Drinks are also brought to you by the staff which is also very lovely. Our drinks were always remembered and brought to us when we were spotted by the staff down on the beach. The hotel also did themed evenings which were a good addition to the all inclusive programme. You had to book your place on them one day in advance, and give them your room number. These themed evenings were down in the Oasis Restaurant which was a lovely, and quaint place, beautifully decorated. On Sunday, it was an American Evening, and then on Tuesday it was Oriental and Asian. These evenings were both included in the all-inclusive programme however the Siva Special Night on Thursday was an extra charge (and a fairly expensive one at that!). We did not go to this, so cannot say if it was good or not. The other two were good and made a change to having dinner in the hotel restaurants so were a good idea of the hotel.
The activity opportunities for the daytime were also plentiful and although we didn't see a lot of them taking place over our first few days, we did see some of them towards the end. There are a list of activities on one of the noticeboards in the lobby or just outside in the Le Terrace Bar. There were many to choose from such as Radio, Aerobics, Water Polo, VolleyBall on the beach, Water Aerobics and so on. Myself and a friend had a go at the Volleyball, and although the guy in charge was great and made us feel really involved, our German team-mates and rivals were very competitive and played around us rather than with us.The evening entertainment was good...we had an Egyptian singer, a belly-dancer twice, a karaoke twice (which us British lot had a brilliant sing song with...even though 'Hey Baby' was killed by a bunch of Germans, but they just didn't know the tune!), and an entertainment show that involved forms of circus tricks throughout the week. Most of the entertainment was very Egyptian themed which was great as it meant we got a flavour of the culture which was a good experience.
Despite being all inclusive, we ate out on our last night at one of the hotel's Ala Carte restaurants. I am not sure of the name, but it is the Pizzeria and is about a two minute walk to the right as you come out of the hotel.The setting and the decor was beautiful in the Pizzeria and was a really lovely place to have dinner. Siva has a few Ala Carte restaurants which include the Pizzeria, a Thai Garden and two more, as well as having a Sports Bar where you can catch up with the latest UK sport and have a relaxing drink away from the business of the hotel lobby area. The Pizzeria was delicious...it should be given a try, even if you are all inclusive. Both the pizza and the pasta dishes were beautiful and very cheap! It cost about £3.30 for a pasta dish and not much more for a full pizza. Plus, because we were staying at the Siva Hotel, we got 20% off our bill.
Last but not least, the staff. I really can't say how lovely, how friendly, how helpful, and how kind all of them were and how much they made us laugh, smile and enjoy our holiday even more. Wherever you went, if you passed a member of staff, they would always have a smile, say hello, ask if everything was okay and ask you how you were before wishing you a good day. They are all so hard-working and do the hotel proud...what a brilliant bunch of workers! I would just particularly like to point out the staff in the Shams Restaurant and how wonderful they were. From day one (we ate there pretty much every day), they made us feel so welcome, and constantly ensured we had a smile on our face. I have attached a picture of most of them and all the ones that made our holiday so fab with this review. All of them were so friendly and very excited at us being British as as soon as they found out that we were, phrases such as "Lovely Jubbly", "Marvellous" and "Asda Price" were constantly spoken by them all, which was very amusing. We had great fun teaching them new British and English phrases (including some Cockney Rhyming Slang) and learning out what they already knew, which was extensive...particularly Medhat (nicknamed Lovely Jubbly) who seemed to know every English phrase going! He would always have one along with a smile to greet us every time we ate in the restaurant - very funny! Khames was a close second though! These two were our main waiters and they were brilliant! Always sharp to clear our tables, as were all of the waiters and we could always have a good chat with them all. So Lovely Jubbly. I was also quite poorly when I was away, and when I failed to turn up to dinner one night, Reda (picture below), lovely lovely Reda, one of the managers and managing supervisors in the Shams Restaurant sent my Mum back with a pot of hot water, a cup and saucer and a dozen Anise teabags, with the order to me to drink it because it would make me feel better. And it did! And then he never failed to ask how I was doing after that and he always came over and had a chat with me and my Mum which was really lovely. He also nicked us some more teabags before we went so we have brought home probably about 50 teabags! It was also my Mum's 50th birthday while we were away and I wanted to organise a little surprise something for her. Mohamed Ali, again, on Reception was very helpful, and organised (with the restaurant manager) a table for her and the group of English people we had met, a cake and a big sing song from all the waiters over in Shams, free of charge which was very kind. However, we did not make it as we were held up in a restaurant outside the hotel, so when I got back they had already packed away and the group of English people we had organised it with had already eaten the cake and had a jokey celebration without us. When talking to them about it after, I was pointed in the direction of the guy-Moustafa Mohamed (picture below)-that had organised it all to apologise, and he was very lovely about the whole situation and very comforting as I was quite upset. He had the whole thing re-organised for the next morning, and told me not to worry and that it was no problem, they could do it again...and when we arrived! There was a big table with rose petals scattered all over. There was a big fig and peach sponge cake and a big sing song from all the waiters. Thank you so much Moustafa! My Mum was so surprised and it was a brilliant brilliant breakfast and that was all down to the loveliness of the Restaurant staff in Shams. I would like to say a massive thank you to all of them for being so welcoming, so polite, providing such good service and being so friendly to both me and my Mum. They really made our stay a good one. I would also like to say that the staff at all the bars were also great, particularly Amgad and Ahmed (picture below) in the upstairs bar who were equally lovely and very funny, and always had a smile, and a welcome for us, and the Cocktail guy (who I don't know the name of-sorry!) who made some fantastic cocktails. There was also a very lovely tall guy (picture below as I do no know his name) who was very friendly and we had a lot of funny chats with him too - he was very welcoming. Also to all the waiters downstairs who were all lovely and did a great job when the hotel was so busy...our waiter was Mostafa (picture below) mostly...who we found to be very amusing. The service was a little slow at times, but that was probably because it was so busy. The staff really do do the hotel proud as they make it such a wonderful place and they certainly contributed to how much of a marvellous holiday me and my mum had so thank you.
If I was to suggest an improvement the hotel, I would say that it is in need of some refurbishment...it is beginning to look a bit tired. The hotel and the beach are stunning and all of it's grounds are stunning but some areas need some work to improve. Also, some more seats in the lobby area would be great as it was extremely difficult to get seats most nights. And, the wifi needs sorting out. Free wifi is advertised in the brochure except that we were lucky if we could get a connection. My Mum's phone was about the only one that could connect out of the group of English people we met there and even that took about half an hour and a lot of disconnecting and re-connecting to get it to work.
However, overall we had a really really lovely holiday-we didn't want to go home! We would definitely go back again and take some friends with us...in fact we'll be counting down the days!

Thank you to all the amazing staff at the hotel that made our holiday such a wonderful one. Lovely Jubbly! Carolyn and Laura, from Derbyshire :-) x x

Room Tip: We began with a room on the first floor right next to the lobby area but had to be moved because of...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2013

just arrived back 27.12.13 aged 55 and 52.hotel ok but very outdated old furniture with high backs great for all the geriatrics to get out off. Food not too bad could find something to eat usually soup and puddings other food hit and miss hotel is full of elderly and Germans, music there was repetitive 11.00 am funeral music it was so boring here after 3 days of the same music wanted to go home, there is no life outside of the complex you can walk miles either way it is deserted no bars or cafes to have change of scenery. Beware of the pool grill bar big chef handles raw burgers and sausage with his hands.he then picks up by hand the cooked food and throws in tins or onto your plate he was disgusting. The complex overall was good, just boring, no music in terrace bar at night again like sitting in a church, waiter service good there though.as it was xmas we were constantly barracked to buy ticket for xmas eve party £100 for two people. we refused and still had a dinner in all inclusive restaurant that had same food as xmas eve menu. Evening entertainment very low key again repetitive great if you're an O.A.P.my wife and I have been many places and have never felt the need to write a comment however we would not visit hurgada again even if it were free. Not suitable for people who want a little more than just all inclusive i.e. a little night life outside of the complex would help to break the monotony of this boring place. This hotel is ideal for elderly as nearly everything closes down after 11.00 so they go to bed. If you want to hear a little xmas music and enjoy xmas spirit don't go there go somewhere else..

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2013

We booked a week in the SIVA Grand Beach from London via 'Your Holidays' (Robby)( after recommendation from Darcy) at a price of £571 for 2 persons incl 2 suitcases up to 20kg and 2 cabin bags with Thomas Cook Airways, who were excellent. Price is excluding Gatwick parking which cost us £104 and would have been only £55 if booked thru Your Holidays (please tell your clients this important fact!) We liked the Red Sea service, they met us at Hurghada airport, ( transfers included ) and we overslept the following morning, the Red Sea rep left a letter under the door of our bungalow room with his daily schedule so we could meet him. The bungalow room was large with 2 balconies. The beds were comfortable, changed regularly and room cleaned daily. Please tip the porter £2. Bathroom a bit tired, shower wonky but plenty hot water in the mornings. A bottle of water is provided every day by the cleaning staff, who are all male. The TV was a bit poorly connected but we didn't come here for telly. The Red Sea reps and the reception were english speaking and helpful. Also 2 young german women, the only female employees we saw, provide a "customer relations" service ( in english and german). They were polite and helpful, as they understand our western mentality. We were "All inclusive" guests. Anywhere we go, the bar staff approach us to see if we want drinks (they can see our yellow wrist bands) Make sure that any drinks you order are included (most are). Most of the guests are elderly german couples. A few Brits and the odd russian and egyptian made up the total. Mid december is the low season, so the hotel is only about 50% full. But it means better service and less queueing for us!! Bring sun cream of min. factor 10 as the sun will burn white skin. The pool and sea are cool but once in the water, we enjoyed the swimming. The sea near the hotel is too shallow for sharks. So you are safe!! SIVA has its own private beach. The bar staff make a big effort to be helpful and top up your drinks in the lobby area. Also, the head waiter and the supervisors ask incessantly "everything OK???" Even the bar manager walks around the seating area and meets clients. Only local wine and spirits are "all-inclusive. No bikinis in the lobby, please. Branded drinks are extra. The food was impressive. Each meal had a main meat and a fish dish. Also, pasta and speciality food (chinese, indian, Syrian) were provided in smaller quantities. A roast fish or joint is always featured. and the salads! Amazing choice of vegetables. At breakfast, the chef will cook an omelette in front of you, with chunks of peppers, cheese, onions. A bread stand is always filled with varieties of bread. Fruit selection is limited, mainly dates and apples. We liked the fish dishes, (though they never told us which type of fish). Hamburgers and hot dogs are served from a stand near the pool for all-inclusive guests. No food to be taken to your room. Room meal service is extra (see the price list) Tips are welcomed. £2 or 20 Egyptian pounds is about right for a tip

The SIVA neighbourhood is rather run-down, as the world economic crisis has hit Egypt hard. Local traders harrassed us all the time outside. SIVA hotel provides a free shuttle bus to Sikkala for shopping. Watch out for pestering traders. Haggle!! Negotiate!! Women must cover up in the streets. No cleavage. Wear dark long dresses, please. Men, a shirt and trousers or shorts. Do not go out alone. The hotel is guarded by a team of blue uniformed security staff, and armed "tourist police" patrol the streets. No signs of unrest. All was calm.

We went on a mini excursion in a clapped out glass bottom boat and saw amazing fish and swam in the warm sea water near an island. The elderly 40HP 2-stroke outboard was probably made before the retired German tourists were born!! Masks snorkels and flippers + water and Cola were included in the price of EGY£180 (£17) pp. Some boat trips cost as much as 100 Euros. SIVA evening entertainment is in the lobby, you may drink as much as you like, just ask the waiter. A (out of tune) singer with karaoke music about 3 nights a week. Belly dancing is offered, a bit tame, but good entertainment, The Whirling Dervishes, 2 young men rotating at high speed, were popular with the German tourists.

We went as a couple, during the low season, mid december. The price of the 1-week holiday was below £300 each, with transfers and luggage, flying Thomas Cook (recommended) all-inclusive, excluding Gatwick car parking, which cost us £104 because we didn't know you have to book via the internet. A waste of £50. Please Robby at 'Your holidays' tell clients about this. We think that the holiday was good value. We booked only the day before the departure, so congratulations to 'Your Holidays' & Red Sea and Thomas Cook airways, the organisation was so professional. Our first trip to Egypt. Not our last. Peter Kunzler, from Hampton, TW12 2EW.

Room Tip: Bungalow rooms are away from the noise of the main hotel.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Siva Grand Beach Hotel
Address: The Corniche, Hurghada, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Hurghada
Amenities:
Beach Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#47 Romantic Hotel in Hurghada
#49 Family Hotel in Hurghada
#50 On the Beach Hotel in Hurghada
#55 Luxury Hotel in Hurghada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Siva Grand Beach Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 550
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoying one of the very best locations in Hurghada, the Siva Grand Beach delivers tradition with a twist. Choose from generously sized junior suites in the main building or rooms in the two storey bungalows in the grounds. There are few steps and with a wide gently sloping beach and excellent children's facilities, it is a firm favourite with families. And it's within easy walking distance of a wide range of shops, restaurants and other activities too. ... more   less 
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