Disappointing isn't the word, the pics looked great, the reality was something else altogether!
reception was shabby with a derelict 'river' running through it, a la carte restaurants and most bars were closed. I'm not big on entertainment at resorts, but they didn't even have the bar open in the area????
Public area toilets were on a scale with the trainspotting toilet scene.
Sister hotels were shut down.
Food was bland and virtually the same each day. I like experiencing other cultures but even the Egyptian guests were complaining about the hotel.
After a free late check out I was asked by the reception to write down our problems on a blank piece of paper and also the fact of the free check out - no way, so here I am warning others! Don't go unless you're expecting/paying 2 star rates.
It's only redeeming feature is the beach and some of the staff, though even some of those had an odd customer service attitude to Western Europeans. Don't be conned into getting a taxi or as they call it a limousine either - it's the bell boy's own scam to get sterling/dollars at inflated prices. Walk to the end of the drive and hail one to make your escape.
Most the Brits we talked to hated it and many were paying an extra 300-400 pounds to move to a different hotel.
Thank goodness for the sun and beach!
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