Prior to booking, we read all the reviews on Trip Advisor and also those made on the holiday company website (www.travelrepublic.co.uk) so felt we had done our homework and went with an open mind. Having just got back this morning, we feel some of the negative comments made are very unfair as this is a lovely hotel in a great setting with very good food.
The hotel was spotlessly clean everywhere, even the toilets around the pool area (which is more than can be said for the Ladies loos at the airport!). The double room we were allocated had a small balcony with 2 chairs, and was very clean. It was well equipped with a fridge (supplied with 2 bottles of water), a tv, a hairdryer, a safe, shower gel in a dispenser.
We found the food to be very good indeed and there was no evidence of any upset stomachs. As well as the dining hall, you could eat on the outside terrace which we did every meal as it was superb to look over Naama Bay. Meals were self service buffet style. Breakfast offered a choice of cereal, eggs cooked to order, sausages, boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, beans, cold meats and cheeses and bread (including sliced bread and a toaster). Every lunch time and every night there was a couple of choices of soup, plenty of salad, a selection of vegetables, pasta cooked to order, rice, potatoes or chips (only a few times) and a choice of two or three courses which over the week we were there included chicken in various sauces and the occasional shepherds pie, meat pie, chilli, beefburger, pizza all of which were very nice indeed. (Having just re-read this, the description may make the food sound more English in style than it was.) There was also a range of sweets and ice cream on a couple of occasions. We both enjoyed all three meals so much that unfortunately we put on weight!
There are two swimming pools, both very clean and one is heated. There were plenty of free sunbeds around both pools at any time of day, there was never any need to reserve one for use later on as has been the case just about anywhere we have ever been.
There is a beach in Naama Bay, but we only went to Hadaba Beach, which is where the coral reef is for snorkelling. Hadaba is approx 10-15 minute free coach ride away and there are about 100 steps from the road down to the beach, but it is definitely worth the trip - it is a lovely beach with plenty of free sun beds (take some water with you though, there are no shops). The sea is warm and the fish/coral reef are amazing. There is a free hourly bus for the return journey, but we usually caught a taxi back, it was about
Travel operator: www.travelrepublic.co.uk
On arrival we were greeted by a helpful porter who was keen to take the weight of out cases from us. The check in process was quick and easy and the reception staff were helpful.
We were shown to our room which was located on the second floor at the back of the hotel overlooking the pool. The room was clean, fresh and spacious with air conditioning. There were two single beds but after a bit of furniture re-arranging we had a make-shift double bed. We were extremely impressed.
After settling in and unpacking we ventured to the only restaurant located on the second floor near to the reception area. We were keen for a nice meal accompanied with a nice glass of chilled wine. Oh dear, were we disappointed!!!! There was a small table situated opposite the entrance to the restaurant with a few half empty bottles of beer, bottles of local spirits and a carbonated drinks dispenser to which you helped yourself. The glasses were the size of thimbles and the only purpose the waiters served was to clear the plates away the minute you put your knife and fork down or snatch your glass away if you took your eyes of it.
I'm not a fan of people that moan about foreign food not being like English food when they go away - after all what do you expect when you're over 3000 miles away from home! Having said that the much of the food was quite bland. The biggest gripe was the lack of selection. There were around 5 hot dishes to choose from with the addition of the fresh pasta station and the salad counter. Very disappointing. And to top it off wine was not part of the all inclusive facilities! There was an additional charge - even for the local produce!! Scandalous!!
Having said all of that breakfast was better and we managed to find something for lunch but generally we ventured out in the evenings for a tastey meal in the hustle and bustle of Naama Bay.
The main bar area was by the poolside and was only open from 10am - 11pm. All drinks were served in paper cups which again was very disappointing.
The location of the hotel was great - 115 steps from the hotel doorway to the main strip of Namma bay - perfect for shopping and eating and drinking out!
A word of warning though, the steps are quite steep and very uneven - not ideal for disabled access or families with pushchairs. Having said that the hotel does provide a bus to the centre throughout the day and a couple of times at night.
The hotel entertainment was poor and not really our cup of tea.
This hotel is rated as a 4* hotel. Our opinion is that the all inclusive facilities let the standard of the hotel down and as a result of this we would only rate it as a 3*.
I would hesitate to stay here again.
Putting our gripes about the food and drink to one side our holiday was fantastic and i would not hesitate to return to Egypt in the future.
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