We stayed here in May 2014, and found it to be a mixed bag.
Firstly, it provides good value for money, and enjoys an excellent location. The grounds and beach are first class, and, as many on here say, the coral reef in front of the hotel is a great place to snorkel.
We booked a villa, and were upgraded to a double one on arrival. The advertised private check-in did not occur, and the guy on reception was unsmiling,curt and unwelcoming and didn't mention anything about an upgrade. However, the villa was spacious and well appointed and nicely air conditioned - which was important as it was around 36C outside every day. The mini bar was welcome too, although it was stocked with only water and soft drinks. Would putting a couple of beers in there really wreck the all-inclusive hotel budget?
The villa was really in need of a deep clean, there was a lot of grime in the place, and despite mentioning it, it remained (if the management want to verify, check out the stairway in villa 14). The area must be a very dusty one, the furniture outside our villa was covered in yellow sand-dust which marks your clothing if you sit on it. It was not cleaned during our weeks stay. Our private villa pool was cleaned daily and is a great feature for this type of accommodation.
The hotel food is perfectly acceptable for a buffet-type operation, with reasonable variety and consistent quality. The service was variable, however - from extremely friendly and attentive to entirely disinterested silence. The West Wing restaurant was far better in this respect, perhaps the Saga-effect? The Pavillion breakfast for villa-dwellers was very good, and the service here excellent.
Although the resort was about half empty, the bar service in the main bar in the East Wing (Red Rock bar) was very poor. Several times we waited about 20 minutes for a waiter to approach us for pre-dinner drinks, and on a number of occasions I went inside to get my own drinks and some for other guests sitting near us, who found that very amusing! On explaining this to the barman, he argued that he HAD been serving outside!
The al a carte restaurants made a nice change from the buffet, but had very limited dish choices. the Lebanese grill was about the pick of them - it was very good.
All in all, we had a nice week there and found it quite good value for money, but it was a curious mix of standards. Still, the beach and snorkelling made up for the deficiencies!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fort Arabesque Resort, Spa, & Villas promises tranquilityand opulence with its 444 luxurious rooms, suites, privateapartments and 14 newly built villas.Four dining venues, five swimming pools, including a children's pool(three of which are heated), a state-of-the-art gym, world class Thai managed Spa and sports facilities as well as I-Dive, a five-starIDC PADI dive center, guarantee a fun and unforgettable hotel experience.Inspired by the Sardinian roots of its architects, FortArabesque Resort & Spa combines distinctive Italianand Arabic accents in its architecture, from its imposingmedieval fort structure to its interior touches and décor,where the different shades of Egyptian cave stones fromAswan blend with the antique fine wood furnishings oforiental designs.We would like to introduce our new concept as well, which is unique in Egypt.Nestled within the Fort Arabesque resort, The Villas offer its guests luxurious accommodation, space and privacy in addition to a more personal and dedicated service. Each of the 14 Villas (8 units with 1 bedroom + 1 bathroom, 6 units with 2 bedrooms + 2 bathrooms) is tastefully decorated to reflect the mix of Arabic accents and Mediterranean influences of the Fort Arabesque Resort. All units have private garden and terrace with private access to a secluded swimming pool exclusive to The Villas. To ensure a fast and efficient service, the check-in is done through a private reception. The residents also have access to the Pavilion which is a private lounge where the villa guests can enjoy a semi-served upgraded breakfast in the morning. For lunch and dinner time the Pavilion functions as an A’la Carte Restaurant, giving the opportunity to enjoy a fine dining experience. The extra benefits of the Villa Guests include free Wi-Fi, free Gym usage and various discounts in the different outlets of the hotel.Guests at The Villas are free to use all the facilities and enjoy the same ‘all inclusive’ benefits at the resort with quick access to the main restaurant and the beach as well. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Fort Arabesque
- Fort Arabesque Makadi Bay
- Fort Arabesque Hurghada