IF YOU PLAN ON HAVING A GOOD HOLIDAY PLEASE READ THIS FIRST THEN BOOK SOMEWHERE ELSE........
My Girlfriend and I decided to go away for Christmas and new year and booked three weeks at Sand Beach ha ha ha...... we booked all inclusive ha ha ha ..... we arrived 2 hours late and were given a room that most people would not leave a dog in so were offered another bigger room that looked slightly better although it was dark. food in the restaurant had finished but they had saved us a plate of un-chewable beef/camel, a hugh lump of rice, some salad that looked as though it had been through a blender and some cold hard potatoes yum yum.... just what you need after a 20 hour journey.....
After a lay in we decided to give breakfast a miss.... wise move as when i got up the bed collapsed leaving rusty nails sticking into the matress and a nasty bruise on my arm. on closer inspection we found bare wires hanging out of the wall behind the bed, a large lump of plaster was hanging off the wall the plug in the hand basin didn't work and the room was filthy. The fridge was broken inside and rusty outside. after kicking up a fuss a team of workmen arrived and nailed the bed back together sorted the plug out pushed the wires back in the wall and covered them with mastic knocked the falling plaster off and painted the wall beneath...... I've stayed in some poor rooms over the years but this was along the lines of a hostel for the homeless.
After 3 days of the same food (see above) we decided to give the restaurant a miss and eat the snacks that came with the all inclusive..... problem was there were non..... all inclusive in Egypt means you get 3 meals a day but non of the snacks that we were told were included in the price of the holiday. after a heated argument with the management and our travel rep ha ha and threats of moving hotels we were allowed snacks at the pool bar between 2 and 5..... we suffered these for 3 days but got sick of cold chips raw chicken and stale bread and salad and decided to eat out for the rest of the holiday. Drinks were included if you could attract the attention of one of the bar staff that found it hard to seperate serving drinks from trying to con people into buying expensive fake perfume and rubbish silver jewelery from one of their many brothers/cousins etc etc. Though on the whole drinks were not bad and you got larger than average measures but in plastic cups as all the glasses went to the paying russians.
90% of the staff were rude and bad mannered offering litte or nothing in the way of customer care, most prefering to spend their time smoking talking to the russian and german guests or just ignoring everybody.
The hotel itself should have been knocked down years ago The brochure boasts 3 pools but all had broken tiles missing drain covers, dead insects and general litter floating in or littering the bottom. all in all if you want to swim in it get your tetanus jabs up to date. The beach is made from builders shingle though the sea is very clean and good for snorkeling. Sunbathing is a nightmare as you are constantly pestered by the many salesmen trawling the beach area selling everything from coloured sand to a full body massage...... believe me they are worse than time share salesmen. The whole place it set up to cater for mainly russian and german guests and in the 3 weeks we were there we only saw 10 other english people and they all felt the same as we did.
Hurghada itself is a dirty smelly mixture of not so good hotels and slums. The national sport of most Egyptian men in Hurghada is ripping off tourists and slobbering over anyone female. you will get nothing for nothing and the best way to avoid being draged into the thousands of shops all selling the same tat is to just keep walking and dont speak dont shake hands with anyone cos thats how they get you in their shops........ be as rude as them its sounds harsh but it works
There are a few good points.... We found 2 excellent restaurants one called Mafia (an Italian) and the other an argentinian steak house both serve piping hot yummy food at good prices. £17 for two 2 course meals with sides and beer. you can find them either side of the Shedwan beach hotel which if you turn right out of sand beach and walk for about 10 mins past the shops and papas bar... though seeing the Shedwan makes you realise just what sand beach lacks.... The snorkelling trips to Giftun Island are good value at £11 each for a full day with a reasonable lunch. Avoid the paradise island trip as its just giftun island without the snorkelling The super safari although good value is not for anyone with a bad back (but they wont tell you that) they just want your money. If its too late for you to cancel your holiday and you got no choice but to go your only true egyptian friend will be a lovely guy called Zak..... he's got a stall on the right hand side of the hotel as you go towards the pool trust him he will help you not rob you he saved us lots of money he was the highlight of our holiday.
I've been as honest as i can and my advice would be go to Sharm-el-sheik not Hurghada
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