Booked this hotel through Hotels4u for half term. Had to pinch myself when the price came in at well under £500 for a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 kids) for 9 nights including transfers and tickets for the Fantasia Show in a sister hotel. I was worried that some error had been made right up until arrival!
The hotel is one of several Pickalbatros hotels in Hurghada. The hotel has an impressive lobby decorated in a Moroccan style. The reception staff lack enthusiasm but are efficient and the check in process was pretty painless. We had to wait a short while for our room but by the time we had our breakfast our bags had been taken upto our room. We did not have one of the premium rooms facing the hotel pool and can't say we were disadvantaged in any way. Our view was of the neighbouring Beach Albatros Hotel's pool instead! The standard room was large with a King sized bed, a comfortable double sofa-bed, ample storage, decent sized bathroom with walk in shower. The free digital safe was a real bonus - large enough to fit a notebook or i-pad.There's a small flat screen TV with enough English channels. The mini-bar is filled with bottle water daily. The rooms aren't luxuriously decorated and could do with updating, especially the tiling in the bathroom but they are extremely clean.This reflects the hotel as a whole which is constantly being cleaned and maintained. The complex is huge and if you can get a room which is halfway down either 'wing' then you should be equidistant to the main hotel with the restaurants at one end and the beach at the other. The corridors which are tiled can get a little noisy at night but it has usually quietened down by midnight.
The pools are beautiful and clean but too cool to swim in at this time of year. Only the children's pool was heated with plenty of gentle slides and fountains, my kids loved it.
There is ample choice of food in all the restaurants, it's all a bit bewildering at first but you soon get to know which are your favourites. I'd recommend having lunch at the beach restaurant or food court (where you can also pick up freshly cooked crepes throughout the day). Our favourites restaurants were the Mediterranean (which also includes some Egyptian dishes) and the Moroccan (better than food I've had in Morocco!). The kids couldn't get enough of the freshly baked pizzas in the Italian restaurant. The waiters work tirelessly and cheerfully and none demand tips. While we were there there was a Valentine's Day banquet with an amazing display. Breakfasts are a bit repetitive however. Didn't have any problem with the other guests, Eastern European or otherwise!
This was a very child friendly hotel - there is kids club which is within the food court and you can register the children.They are not far from the sunloungers and you can pop-in and check on them whenever you like. It is run by the animation team members who are around the hotel all day long. There is a great mini-disco every evening at 8.30.
Scattered throughout the hotel are numerous bars, cafes, a shisha corner and a terrace where there is a different live singer every night (of variable quality).
We went on a 1 day excursion to Luxor which is a long day but highly recommended - the hotel will give you a little packed breakfast to take with you if you tell them the night before, dinner is still available in one of the restaurants when you get back. We also went to the Fantasia show at the Alf Leila Waleila, the hotel arranges a minibus transfer. The kids found it pretty entertaining, the whirling dervishes were very good.
Wi-Fi is available at the hotel but you have to buy an access card and reception is only good in the interior part of the hotel. 1 hour costs 5 euros which I thought was expensive. The guy selling the cards will lend you one of his lap-tops if you ask.
We enjoyed our stay very much but I'm sure the bargain price has had some impact on my impression of the place, although if I'd paid twice as much, I can't say I'd be particularly disappointed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built on 72,000 sqm, the Albatros Palace Resort delivers a beautiful beach side oasis with a wide variety of activities and attractions. The distinction of this luxurious 5-star resort lies in its great architecture, warm hospitality, finest in accommodation, dining and facilities. It is only 15 minutes from Hurghada Airport and 20 minutes from the city center. Albatros Palace Resort ensures guest comfort in every way and provides rooms and suites designed with a true sense of luxury. At this all inclusive resort, there are more opportunities for fun and adventure than you will have time to indulge in with just one visit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albatros Palace Hurghada
- Albatros Palace Hotel Hurghada