I chose the hotel according to the principle: first line, sandy beach, 4 *, not expensive.
The first time was in Egypt (went to rest with my teenage son). Liked the hotel.
Cozy room. Everything is acceptable, despite the fact that it was built in 1995 and the reconstruction was a long time ago. Bathroom is clean. The beds and linens are comfortable too. There is a working TV with the most popular TV channels (probably every country). True, the Internet is only near the reception. But we bought a 60 GB "Orange" SIM card at the airport (more than enough for two) and were with the Internet in restaurants and on the beach.
The staff cleaned the room every other day. So it was always clean. Water was brought to the room every day. Everything that we left in plain sight in the room, everything was intact and in its place. All staff are friendly and courteous. Asking for help is answered politely and helpfully.
The food is varied and delicious. And the pastries and buns are just amazing.
Swimming pools for every taste. My son enjoys swimming and going to the gym. Both were accessible and comfortable.
They walked on the beach and offered tattoo, massage, etc. services. And I would not say that they get it, as it was written in one of the reviews below about the strong intrusiveness of the service offer. You can still read a book.
And the most important thing for which I went was a sandy beach and clear sea. Special footwear is not required. Depth on the shoulders already after 6-7 meters. And a nice bonus - a stone cape, on which corals grow and outlandish fish swim. Swimming with a mask and seeing everything with your own eyes is fantastic.
The area is also quite cozy and calm.
Every evening animation in the amphitheater or near the pool. Music is not annoying. Closed balcony doors muffle the sound. So you can relax in peace and at a party.
I rested the way I wanted. The photo and description of the hotel match.
The beach here is very cool, with a gentle sunset and corals. Corals are at a shallow depth within the beach, which is very convenient, because you can not step on them with your feet. There are many fish, to their surprise they saw a small moray eel, a large sea turtle, a stingray.
The only negative from the beach - the old sunbeds (20 years), some reinforced, and those that it is divided into 2 parts, one of which was given to surfers and entertainment.
There is a marine entertainment station and a surfing area next to the hotel.
The hotel is a bunch of small two-story houses. The first days I wandered several times, because the signs are very incomprehensible and illogical.
Wi-Fi, as everywhere, works only at the reception.
Drinks and water are only available at the reception.
There is a bar with different drinks nearby, but you have to go there, which is not convenient when you are sitting on the Internet.
The rooms are not very new, but everything is comfortable, on site and without breakdowns. Although the closet door broke during our vacation, the staff spent 3 days repairing it. As soon as they complained about the guide - everything was done at once. We had a family room with two TVs, which was not very convenient, because the TVs responded to the same remote control: you switch in yourself, switch in the nursery, turn off in yourself, and the children turn on.
Food. It has a high-quality water purification system, so the food here does not have the unique taste of Egyptian hotels. All breakfasts are the same. But lunch and evening are a themed menu every day and it's cool and delicious. The choice of dishes here is not as large as in 5-star hotels, which many of the holidaymakers complained about.
But the food here is really tasty, you can eat a leather dish, instead of choosing for hours from a pile of rubbish. By the way, pancakes for breakfast here are the most delicious in all of Hurghada.
The only thing missing was nutella for the kids.
He was not allowed to take the food himself, forcing the staff. It turned out to be convenient, because the food was not scattered, and they put as much as they wanted on the plate.
The a la carte restaurant is not impressive, except for the Moroccan one - it's just a bomb: the design, serving and taste - just great.
The hotel area is compact and comfortable, no need to spend hours hiking to the beach or restaurant.
If you lose something, you will not find it. In all the hotels, everything was searched quickly, and here the children ruined a few speeches and all ...There is no bureau of finds.
There are a lot of shops with a variety of goods on the territory of the hotel, so there is no great need to go to the city.
But what struck me unpleasantly is the pharmacy, where prices are 5-10 times higher than in the city.
Animation at zero. Animators change into different outfits every night, but their parties are monotonous and 10 years old or less.
Children's discos are the same thing every day.
There were few staff, apparently due to kovid.
Staff attitude. For tips, all the doors open to you here, the staff in the restaurants become very friendly and even provide you with what is not in the general menu.
There were many locals among the vacationers and the attitude of the staff was very different. To the locals - anything. For others - not always, but quite often a contemptuous attitude. I especially encountered this in a restaurant when a pastry chef refused to give cookies, arguing that it was not enough, but before that the Egyptians imposed even on top. It's good that the cook came to his senses quickly and I didn't have to regret it.
And there was a case in the gym when I was asked to go out because I was in flip-flops and without sneakers, but the locals were not affected.
In general, we knew where we were going and chose this hotel solely for the classy beach, which lived up to all our expectations.
They were not hungry either.
We didn't pay any more attention to everything else.
The main criteria for choosing the SEA is an excellent beach for both children and adults.
Good staff, with years of experience in THIS hotel.
If something was lost (it was forgotten on the beach, by the pool, in a restaurant), it was always at the reception.
The food, as for 4 *, is excellent, covid has made its own adjustments, of course.
The rooms are of course old and most are small, but being on the sea from 4.30 in the morning, this is of little importance (if you are not a couch potato and came to Egypt to live in a room : ))))
Who loves *Internet surfing* - buy an Egyptian card, at the exit from the airport there are several counters with different operators.
I will say this, the hotel is worthy!
NUMBER is sad. Everything in it is old. Cleaning every 2 days. I didn’t look under the sofas - I wasn’t sure that the cleanliness under them would suit me)
FOOD: cooks give out, sometimes it feels like I'm begging for a second piece of beef, although at the same time I have a completely empty plate. I just want beef and vegetables. And that's it. But the second piece - ask. The breakfast is basically scrambled eggs and pancakes, not even sausages. The falafel is overcooked, the feta is delicious. Snacks - hamburgers, french fries, pizza, ice cream. There is always a long queue for dinner. From alcohol in the restaurant, only wine is poured. The wine didn't taste good to me. ) Twice a week there were squids, once a fish dinner. Small selection of fruits. For the first time (in seven visits) in Egypt, I did not like sweets and pastries. In general, the choice is not special, but everything is really tasty (except for pastries and falafel), you will not go hungry. Didn't go to Ala Card.
ANIMATION is, - in the afternoon aqua aerobics, oriental dances, yoga, volleyball. In the evening there was a children's disco, there was live music by the pool twice (I liked it), and the standard is a fire show, etc. If your number is on the first line, you will not sleep until one in the morning. They take you to discos for $13.
STAFF. They do not understand Russian, it is better to communicate in English. Asked for an iron - brought in 10 minutes. After cleaning, a fresh sheet was laid out, but with some stains... - she asked to be replaced, the cleaner and the manager came running in 3 minutes, they made sure, they apologized for a long time - they replaced it.
The TERRITORY is beautiful, well-groomed, beautiful views of the sea. BEACH. Of the declared 700 meters, half of the beach and the entrance to the sea are closed. The second half is divided into two parts (not exactly) - most of it is for flyboarding and windsurfing, and there are less than 100 meters allowed to enter the sea. Oddly enough, no one interfered with anyone. The sand is white, the sea is beautiful, the horizon and the sea meet - and this is beauty! (for example, I will not return to Desert Rose just because there is no feeling that you are at the sea. Just a pool with sea water - there is no open sea). You will not be able to lie down and read a book in peace. Too pushy offers about excursions, spas, massages. . . All the time. Every minute. It was very annoying.
Bottom line: I take off one point for the persistence of offers on the beach, you won’t rest peacefully there, one point - EVERYTHING needs renovation, one point for sweets and pastries). If this hotel is a good price - you can go. I hope they will do a renovation there, vacationers who, like me, just want to sit on the beach looking into the distance or read a book - they will give out "flags" so that they will not be disturbed, and I am ready to pay on an equal footing with Albatrosses, etc. , but for the sake of the beach I returned to the Merkur.
The rooms are renovated (new shower and plumbing).
The interior of the hotel is stylized as Arabian tales of 1001 nights. Dear East: Marble finish combined with sumptuous chandeliers and huge copper vases. The furniture is comfortable sofas and armchairs.
The food is very tasty and fresh. Although covid-19 made adjustments to its issuance. Food fell on the plates from the staff, who put everything on. It was impossible to do it by yourself because of the protective stands. Tables, napkins were immediately wiped with an antiseptic.
The furniture in the lobby was also processed.
Very tasty fish and biscuits.
In March, oranges, guava, grapefruits, melons, bananas, pomegranates were served, and I would especially like to note the unobtrusive service of the staff. All room cleaning and animation were carried out with the wishes of the guests. With care for vacationers, I would say.
As for breakfast, which is not allowed on the day of arrival, the same thing. Such rules and check-in after 12.00, and breakfast at 10 o'clock, so what can be a claim. And the excuse that they say you have children is nonsense. They themselves knew the rules and dragged the children, and then it is pointless to swear. Although, of course, the hotel could make concessions, but guys, this is Egypt))) Yes, and the hotel is from the budget category! Regarding the food for such a level of the hotel and for the price, everything here is even very good! There are budget fives where the food is much worse. In general, pay more and get more! And you can even complain about the VIP five! In general, food is all individually, but personally I put the hotel five plus. The food here is very good.
A big plus of this hotel is the family rooms. Very favorable for the price. You get practically a two-room suite with a separate, albeit small, room for children, and even with a door. And this is at a very low cost. So if you are relaxing with children, it will be both profitable and convenient. The beach is also a big plus for families with children. A good rather gentle and most importantly sandy entrance to the water will be a huge plus. It is also very convenient that the beach is close to the rooms. In general, the hotel is quite compact. And you don't have to go far.
I don't have much to say about the animation. Firstly, the hotel is family, and even now, with a general crisis, the presence of animation is generally good. There are hotels where it does not exist at all. Well, of course, it’s a little inconvenient that there is nowhere to get out of the hotel anywhere near. But the taxi is everything. Yes, and except for excursions and shopping, it makes no sense to leave here. For youth recreation, it is better to immediately choose another hotel. Personally, we took only one tour Super Utopia, we all really liked it. The organization is excellent. The price is great. But we bought oils at a local store.
In general, we were very satisfied with our holiday. Great vacation for little money. Well, if someone wants more, then the choice of hotels is huge, but the prices will be an order of magnitude higher!
The air temperature was +23... +25C, water +24C. In the evening, of course, +16... +18C. At night it dropped to +13C. For a couple of days a slight breeze blew, which drove the wave a little and made the water ripple.
But behind the screens it was comfortable. The beach is sandy with a smooth entry, you can do without coral slippers. There were always enough sunbeds for everyone. The animators worked great all day and evening, there were various entertainments on the beach (dancing, music, learning different dances, yoga, bocce, volleyball, etc. ). But I hardly participated, having fun with gin and tonic (before dinner) and tequila after it. The food was good, there were occasionally shrimp, squid, quail, some kind of fish stewed and fried. Always in assortment chicken, veal, beef in all manifestations. Lamb once, kebab several times. Various fresh vegetables (good tomatoes, cucumbers), canned (I liked green olives), salads. I won’t talk about the sweet table - everything is very beautiful and, probably, tasty (if not for my diabetes ... ). Fruits: delicious oranges, grapefruits, dates, pomegranates, persimmons for breakfast early in the morning, but small and hard. Melons are green and not tasty.
Were free in three a la carte restaurants: Asian, Egyptian, Italian. Before going to these restaurants, just in case, they made the first dinner in the main restaurant. And they were definitely right once - in Asian everything was very sharp. I only managed to eat tiger shrimp out of the soup, a couple of pieces of chicken, a fried banana and ice cream. The waiter was very sympathetic to us; -) and poured water into the glasses. The other two restaurants have quite normal food.
We went on a sightseeing tour of Hurghada (mosque, marina, Nefertiti perfume / oil shop, supermarket with fixed prices). We regretted that we lost almost a day (from 9:00 to 14:30). We only had time to swim in the pool at sunset (water + 30C). Also for the whole day we went on an excursion to El Gouna (Egyptian Venice, taken from a hotel guide, bargaining for $ 50 per person). I don't regret it, quite the contrary. We rode boats along the canals, walked along one of the islands, sat in a cafe (for a fee).
We had a delicious lunch with seafood on the yacht. They swam as best they could in the open sea (fins, masks, vests and even wetsuits are given for an additional fee). The water is clear, corals and fish are visible. They promised to swim with dolphins, but probably the latter would swim with us and didn’t even want to see us. We took a ride in a bathyscaphe - a lot of dead corals, but there were also beautiful, living ones. Ride on the "banana" and "tablet". We returned to the hotel around 17:00 (we left at 8:00).
Every evening there was a show in the lobby (the amphitheater was under renovation). But it's even better - closer to the speakers. Animators danced as the opening act. The main performance by invited artists: the singer sang well, I liked the dance shows of the pharaohs (cool costumes) and Brazilian dances. There was also a competition for the title of "Mr. Merkur Hurghada". Funny. The Ukrainian guy won (and we helped him a little by dancing in his team).
And do not leave the door to the room open even at the request of the attendants (they always have their own universal keys).
The rest is wonderful, but 7 days is not enough!
P. S. Wi-Fi is only available at the reception and is very poor! ! ! Buy SIM cards from a local operator at the exit at the airport (for example, Orange 10GB $9 on your passport).
Number. Beautiful, comfortable, everything you need for a comfortable stay is there. If only there was an iron)). The cleaner conscientiously cleaned, leaving hearts with petals). For number 5.
The territory is compact, clear, easy to navigate, lawns, bushes, flowers, well-groomed. The pools are not interesting, but they look good from the outside. The food is good, the choice is sufficient and deliciously prepared. Meat dishes of several types, fish, side dishes, soups, raw and stewed/baked vegetables, pastries, sweets, fruits. Everything is standard, no frills, but we liked it.
Cola sprite drinks, instant juices, alcohol, tea/coffee. During the day, we watched the animation, although we did not participate, in the evening we often entertained ourselves, went to the city, were on excursions.
In general, the hotel made a very good impression, a good measured rest, attentive and helpful staff, gorgeous sea, yes, you can also ride horses. But the price, as for me, is a little too high, for the next year, if we manage to catch a good one, we will come again with pleasure.