In agreement with many of the previous reviews, the staff are without exception friendly, attentive and helpful, the hotel is maintained to a very high standard and the rooms are quite spacious.The beach area is very pleasant with a small bay where the water is shallow so you are able to walk out for quite a distance - I would recommend the use of "sea shoes".
There are two main restaurants the Topaz (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Late Dinner) the other being the Four Corners (Breakfast and Dinner only). In addition there are four A la carte restaurants, all of which are excellent, La Rocca - Italian, Ginger - Asian, Sennara - Fish, Zaitouna - Lebanese, these can be booked between 10:00 and 12:00 only on the day you wish to attend - queues form early so my tip is to get there ten minutes or so before !0:00. Snacks are available at La Perla pool bar (seek out Matta a very friendly,informative, helpful guy, Paradiso beach bar and the Aquarius bar.
However, for me "the buts". The hotel is far too busy, the hotel has over 1300 rooms catering mainly for Russians and other Europeans, at my time of visit there were around 3000 plus guests. There are 18 pools varying in size and two "aqua parks" which is great for families but for couples it can be hard to find that tranquil corner. I did witness a number of people slipping, not just in the pool areas but also in the restaurants and I noticed a few with bandages etc - tread warily. The Topaz restaurant is cavernous, I likened it to Kings Cross station very loud and very busy, because of this I found it very uncomfortable to eat in there.
The negatives are down to my personal taste and preferences, I prefer a smaller, more intimate hotel, the Aquamarine for me is too noisy, too many people bustling around, and on an evening in the main bar area it was at times difficult to find a seat. However,if you don't mind crowds then for you this may be the perfect hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Iberotel Aquamarine Resort is made for those who want to spoil themselves with the prefect, relaxed, All inclusive luxurious five-star Egypt holiday. Located on the southern tip of Hurghada with its own unspoiled private beach, this impressive complex features seven restaurants. It boasts over 1,001 comfortable rooms equipped with all the latest facilities, services and amenities as well as the “Mercato” shopping complex and a conference centre for up to 1500 people. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberotel Aquamarine Hotel Hurghada