We travelled end of Apr- beginning of May for 1 week and booked a standard twin room. We had a lovely huge room on the ground floor with french doors to a patio area facing the pool so it made it very easy to reach the pool area each day. The hotel is very impressive with a grand reception area and nice restaurants. The staff are terrific and really make an effort with you. I did have a bit of hassle by the pool by one or two guys who realised I was single but they eventually got the message to leave me alone.
We didnt go for entertainment and were generally back in our room chilling and watching films on tv out by 9-10pm so I cant comment on that. We didnt visit the Long Bar other than for the reps brief on the first morning but it looked drab and dark so not somewhere I would have wanted to visit. It was also on the 4th floor. Other than that bar which didnt open until the evening, there was only the reception area to drink in or the pool bar. The pool bar was the best and the service was fab. The reception area and balcony overlooking the pool tended to have quite slow service and we didnt work out where the waiter was getting the drinks from until towards the end of the week otherwise we would have gone and ordered our own. All the drinks were fine and I liked most of the cocktails but they werent as good as other hotels.
2 main criticisms: the hotel shop is a disgrace. We were ripped off and conned into buying 6 postcards, 2 fridge magnets, a keyring, some aloe vera gel and a bar of chocolate for over £35. There was no bartering and we were made to feel quite bad. We avoided it after that. The shop had no prices on anything and was quite intimidating with the guys in there trying to talk to you then when you try and ask the price of things they make you feel bad. I suppose an element of this is to be expected in African countries but it lets the rest of the staff and the hotel down. The second complaint is similar and relates to the spa. We were bothered on our first day and last day about booking spa treatments. Once we had booked a back massage each for £25 each they left us alone but when we tried to book a pedicure they wanted over £5 more than the brochure ie £60!!! The brochure said E55. Really horrible staff in the spa behind the desk, quite unfriendly and not willing to charge you the right price. When we paid for the massages they tried to get us to book another massage for £250 each!!!The 2 ladies who did our massages were lovely and it was a good massage but I would avoid that place unless you want to get ripped off or dont mind paying huge prices for simple treatments that would be £15 at home. Harrods spa dont charge anywhere near that for a pedicure!
Good points - there is no fighting with Germans for sunbeds. There are plenty around the pool and they are v comfy. I heard different stories about fighting for the double bed cabanas on the beach but we didnt use them.
It is relaxing and quite, no kids is awesome.
Rooms are lovely and always restocked with water and fresh towels. The beds are extra hard though! The TV shows lots of English films so flick through all the channels even if theyre not 'English'.
Tips - take small note Egyptian pounds. If you tip the staff in GBP they have to ask Brits to change it up into notes for them. There is a great ATM mcahine in the hotel that will change pounds up for you into small notes so you dont need to get currnecy before you go. The rate is 9,25 to the pound.
Take water on board the plane and prepare for an uncomfortable flight. Its not as bad as some people make it out to be but it is not comfortable and there is no entertainment for 5 hours 5 mins and they dont even give you a glass of water. Tea/coffee is £2.30.
Unfortunately, I got very ill on my 5th day at the hotel and think it was through washing my toothbrush with the water. Please dont do this - use the bottled water. I am still bad now, 5 days after my return and it got a lot worse before it got better.
We went on 2 trips - one called Dinner and Stars and one called Mahmya Island snorkelling. Both were great fun and highly recommended. Brilliant guide William and a fun day out. Well worth the money. You can ride a camel in the desert and meet Bedouin people.
Overall a nice hotel and lovely pool but I wont go back to Egypt after being so ill with the water.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in extensive landscaped grounds, this luxury hotel leads you from pool to beach to sea in one beautiful vista. With Sensimar Premier's unique Ultra All Inclusive standards, you can dine in one of seven different restaurants, enjoy a relaxing drink in numerous bars or swim and play in a choice of pools or on the private beach. Each evening entertainment is offered or spend some quality time in the hotel's spa facilities. This is affordable luxury in a superb Red Sea setting ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Premier Le Reve Hotel And Spa
- Premier Le Reve Hotel Hurghada