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The one to remember!!! (...and to repeat) :)
This was our first vacation in Egypt, but definitely will not be the last one. :) Before our arrival, we had different expectations from this vacation - we expected lying on the beach for the whole day, reading a book, and swimming. As we are young, we had some concerns about how will our day will look like, especially as we came in November, and sun goes down around 4:30 pm. We thought we will be bored and with not much to do. What it ends up being is something completely different! :) From all the great parts of this hotel that made our experience so good, I have to emphasize what affected us the most, and that are the people working there - from the reception, waiters in restaurant, housekeeping to the amazing animation team, everyone made us feel so welcome and happy. Starting from the venue itself, we took the sea view room which was on the 3rd floor (actually it is 2nd floor, as the ground floor is the 1st), with the king-size bed - very nice. You have a nice balcony with table and 2 chairs (we did not use it much as we did not have time, but if you want to enjoy in drinking tea there in morning it is really nice. Bathroom is also nice and clean; our had a bathtub. You get clean towels if you wish everyday (we choose to ask for it every second or third day), you have their shampoo and shower gel if you wish, but we used ours anyway. For the girls - if you have higher needs for drying your hair and you need a good blow-drier - advice is to bring your own, as the one in hotel is very low powered. You also get the bottle of water each day (we used it for drinking and brushing our teeth) Food is really good also, we were told there is almost no chance to avoid stomach issues in Egypt because of the food and water, but for 10 days we did not have issues. Although we avoided most of the salads we thought that might be washed with tapped water. But we also know other people eate that as well and had no isseues. But we also bought the Antial medicine for the stomach on our first day as prevention, and we took 2 pills each day - one in the morning after breakfast and one in the evening after dinner. You can buy it in the pharmacy just outside of the hotel (we paid it around 4 euros). For all inclusive package, besides all meals and snack included, in also includes drinks during meals, but also in the coffee houses on the beach - some regular drinks like cappuccino, espresso, coca cola, water, beer, etc is also included in the price. You have additional drinks that you need to pay for but most of our needs we could cover with the drinks that were included in the price. The beach itself is also pretty good. It was one of the reasons we choose this hotel in the beginning and it showed to be very good. You can get into deeper water pretty fast. For us if we came to the beach until 10 am we could easily find a spot but after that might be hard - you would maybe need to find a sunbed by the pool instead which also fine. Water in the pool is pretty warm, and the sea a bit lower, but good for swimming. There is a gym in the hotel that is included in all inclusive package and can serve you well during vacation ( mostly the equipment is for arms and back and less for legs). There is table tennis room and billiards room also, but not included in the price (should be around 5 additional euro for one hour), which we expected to be free. You also have a spa center for extra charge (steam room for around 10 euro), but this we did not use. As mentioned before, our holiday ended up being the most active one so far, and thanks to the amazing team for animation. From the morning till the end of the day the kept us busy will all kind of fun activities during the day - morning yoga, belly dance lessons, aqua gym, bocce game, to waterpolo and volleyball games, and in the evening animation team show that was happening every night. Of course, you can make your vacation as you wish - you can choose not to be involved in any of these activities and just enjoy in great beach or pool, or you can choose to participate and have a lot of fun! All of the guys from Animation team will make sure you have an amazing day with them :) All of them - Fox, Obama, Lysan, Tommy, Luma, Zizu, Mamado, Anna are so full of positive energy, smiling all the time, taking with guest, and really passing a great energy to everyone. We will miss them the most! There are many other details to write, but it general - you will not regret if you choose this hotel. We already miss them. :)
First time here - definitely not the last
Going through the feedbacks is very exhausting thing so I will try to summarize complete experience in few categories. ( + ) positive ( - ) could be improved Reception: ( + ) Great staff, speaking English very well. They were there for all our requests and if something was not possible they were trying their best to support with some alternatives. Lot pf experience behind them, so they already know what your troubles could be even before you ask them. Be always polite and they will do whatever they can to support you. Rooms: ( + ) We’ve been in 3 rooms in total, and all of them are big, bright and clean. New bottle of water every day in a room, kingsize bed very comfortable, mini bar usual. ( - ) If you pay sea-view rooms (as they are more expensive), ensure you have rooms centrally located in a building and looking directly to the sea and between 3rd and 5th floor, otherwise room is the same as any other in hotel so don’t pay more. Meals: ( + ) Many different options. We’ve been told that we should not eat anything washed with tap water, but as most of people we spent time there eat everything and they haven’t got any stomach problems I think they adapted the food to foreigners. You will be able to choose wide specter of different food, fruits, vegetables, even mix of all of these. ( + ) Food is fresh and most of it prepared in front of you by some of the chefs. During the day you have even option to have snacks in the bar outside, so you can stay on sun most of the day. ( - ) Sweets/cookies could be better. There is at least 20 different ones during every meal, but most of them are how we call them bread cookies - not so much sweet, too much of “bread” Beach: ( + ) water is very clean, and normal depth as after 3m you can start swimming already. You can even discuss with animation team to go for snorkeling around the beach where you will find a lot of fishes and nice corals. ( + ) a lot of water sports available on the beach, prices are ok. ( + ) A lot of space, doesn’t matter when you come, most probably you will find a free place. Even if you don’t, swimming pool is right next to the beach so you can leave towels there. ( + ) towels you get every day on your way to the beach and they are big and very nice ( + ) beds are very comfortable, sleeping on them is very easy ( - ) sales representatives (spa center, fish treatment, restaurant etc) could be less bothering. I know that is their job, but it’s easier to just say no then to say I will come some of the days, so they come to you every day to remind you that you promised you will come. Animation team: ( + ) Those are the best guys ever. Fox, Tomy, Lysan, Obama, Luma, Ana, Mamadu, Zizu are simply the best. Every day programs they have are: Morning stretching, Kids animation, Aqua gym in the pool/sea, Bocce, Bachata, Belly dance, Volleyball, Waterpolo. Our expectation was to swim, sleep and rest whole day, but those guys are so good, friendly that we were part of every activity every day. I fully recommend you do this because they are really doing it with so much passion and knowledge that when you come back home you will miss all those activities so much. ( + ) evening events are awesome. Every night is some different program, so I fully suggest you visit this. Feedback for hotel - provide more budget to the animation team for promotion of this events through some video in the lobby, additional posters etc. people do not know this is happening even though animation team is going around and calling everybody to visit. Sometimes people just want to see how it looks like before they come. ( + ) I can write whole day about those guys, every each one of them is special and they will do their best to make your stay unforgettable like our was. Spa&massage: ( + ) Gym is included and ok, we were using it 4 times and it covers all you need on vacation. ( - ) Table tennis, billiard, Sauna are all with extra charge and that is something which really doesn’t make sense. If hotel is afraid of huge group using those things, you can make some ordering/scheduling through reception, but not charging something what is included/free in all big hotels like Continental is. Excursions: ( - ) hotel is charging way more and you anyhow end up with the same agency you could call by yourself. ( + ) hotel is located on marine, so for most of the excursions you have to walk 10m to enter the boat which is very convenient. There are many more things I can write down, but in general this was the best vacation so far and thank you for that.
What an experience
Three weeks ago started our holiday at Continental hotel Hurghada. Guys u r the best. We have been in Hurghada for eight times now, and each time at different hotel. But let me say we r coming back to this hotel again. Starting from the front office and the reception, I'm not sure from the name but I believe his name was Rimon and how professional he is. Looking always to give the best service for everybody. The main restaurant and the food quality was one of the best we ever had, and the personal at the restaurant starting from the waiters to the f&b assistant Mr. George. What a great team. Mr. Wael, Karem, Mohamed, Abanoub, Mariem and Hani and all the team. Can't wait to see u all again. The animation team it's amazing to have such a young and professional team. Keeping everyone happy and busy ;-) . I can't forget the housekeeper Mohamed, such a trustful guy with a great customer service's personality. The lifeguards always on stand and ready for any situation, and give a great company when u need it. Wish u all the best and can't wait to see u all next year.
Terrible, truly terrible
Very rude management. Bad food. Low level of hygiene. Greedy stuff. We ran out of it and went to other Hotel. We are a couple with two kids (four and two years old), generally quiet and polite. They were bothering us all the time with diving class opportunity, parasailing, and other "not safe for kids" activities. When we said no, management got angry (wtf???)
This was my first trip to Egypt. I choose Hotel Continental and I didn’t regret not a single moment. From the moment that I entered I was most pleasantly surprised. Hotel is beautiful, very clean with beautiful sandy and palmy beach. Environment excellent, great food and friendly staff. But what makes the soul of this hotel is its animation team. Although I have stayed in many hotels, my first impression of this hotel was awesome because of them. Wonderful people with endless energy that making you feel so comfortable and welcome and make each of your day special. I mentioned Islam and Fox who succed to take on my fit even me and all other great boys and girls like Laysan, Obama, Zizu... Thank you guys for having us and for making our holiday in Egypt so memorable. I send you lot of kisses and hugs from Belgrade!
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