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Reviewed 27 March 2007

Have had a great time at the Aladdin
The hotel is well above 4* aaverage, spotlessly clean, rooms really big well furnished and set out in beautiful gardens which would credit a staely home.
Lovely dinning room, food , have eaten a lot worse and some better.(they do not really cater for the Brits)most are Russians and Europeans. However waiters can,t do enough to please,exellent service
Great pool with exellent childrens pool in a separate area next to the main pool. Pool bar good.
Beach is good with easy snorkelling on the reef. Beach bar good and beach boys cant help enough. Plenty of sunbeds!!
As a person using a scooter/crutches had easy acces (except the disco) ramps everywhere BUT there are 2 steps inside the dinning room. However the waiters are very quick to help and it did NOT cause me a problem.
If you would like further info re accessability Please contact
LYNNES.JAMES@ntlworld.com

Date of stay: March 2007
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4  Thank llyndyj
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Reviewed 26 March 2007

We booked to go to the Aladdin Beach as it seemed cheap for All Inclusive and the photo's/website feedback seemed good.
When we arrived, we were disappointed that we didn't get one of the smart-looking 2nd floor rooms as ours was a bit tatty and stuck at the back of the diving tank refill station but hey ho, the weather was lovely and our 1st meal at the buffet was OK (just OK!!).
We also realised our room was smack bang behind the Russian disco when we went to bed to seriously loud music till about 1am on the 1st night - parents with Kids, beware! (And if that bl00dy 'BUMBA/SEXY' song comes out in the UK charts I'm leaving the country!!!!)
Next couple of days were nice - lovely hot weather with a cool sea breeze. Not much to do on a night and our TV reception was rubbish and we could only find Sky World or Cartoon channels in English!?
On the 3rd night, we started to feel a bit gurgly in the stomach area and by midnight this had turned into full blown sick & diarrohea. After 4 hours of constant illness we had to call the docs as we were starting to worry as severe stomach cramps accompanied the vomiting. We were collected in a taxi straight away and taken to a clean hospital next door to the hotel (sounds suspiciously convenient to us........) where we spent the next 24 hours on a drip! Thank our lucky stars for holiday insurance as the cost for our 'gastroenteritis' (or food poisoning if you're English) cost us £300 each!
We couldn't face the buffet after that so lived on Mars bars from the supermarket and the chips from the poolside bar! Typical Brits abroad or what!
Our suggestion would be to take lots of books and cards and games and use the Aladdin Beach to enjoy sun-filled relaxing days and chill out with some early nights. We used our card playing to forge Anglo-Russian relations with a lady who tried to teach us Russian 'Drag' - what a crazy game!!
The staff were cool and so were the cleaners so tipping in most cases is deserved but we never felt obliged to tip apart from the last day when the luggage guy literally waited until we gave him something.
We won't be going back here again but would try another part of Egypt if hotel had more to do and there were other restaurants around to try.

Date of stay: March 2007
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2  Thank FrequentFlier802886
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Reviewed 20 March 2007

My views are similar to the others expressed re this hotel. The bedroom was spacious, as was the balcony, bathroom a little tired and would have benefited some up-grading. Food ok, always able to find something to eat but was a little repetative. Staff excellent - we didnt tip often but still received service with a smile. Noisy music round pool drove us mad after the 3rd day but we ceased to notice overhead aircraft. Little evening entertainment that was of interest, so we watched the TV (not too happy with that).
Arranged taxi into Sekala to go to a specific address, haggled the fare then got taken to a bazaar where the driver got a % on our purchases (ha ha we didnt make any). Suddenly the driver didnt know how to find the address we asked him to take us to.
Holiday was OK but wouldn't probably go to Hurghada again.

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Reviewed 11 March 2007

We have just returned from the Aladdin Beach Resort and having read bobmac111, Portsmouth review I have to say we could have written that review ourselves! Definitely read the previous review for the tips given at the beginning.

The resort is very clean and our room was cleaned and the towels were changed every day. The room was quite large, the only thing that let it down slightly was the bathroom, which looked a little tired - but functioned fine.

You can exchange currency, everday next to reception between 8am-10am and 6pm-8pm, so take British pounds and exchange them as and when you need them.

I really liked the fact that we were given beach towel cards - so everyday could collect a clean towel and then return it at the end of the day.

The food was generally good - some days better than others - my favourite thing about the main restaurant was that chips weren't an option! We would definitely recommend eating at the pool bar during the day. (There are two menu's here - one which is priced and then a more limited all inclusive menu - but the food on there is sufficient and tastes great)

The evening entertainment is not great so after drinking in the downstairs lobby, we found ourselves watching the movie channel on the TV. I wouldn't knock this as they were relatively new films and there was very little else to do.

We too experienced rude Russians, but found that if you keep out of their way then it's not a big problem.

As for the tipping lark - what a nightmare and potential minefield! We don't mind tipping when we've received a good service but it definitely did appear that generally everyone expected to be tipped. Having been advised by a tour rep, we generally tipped about 20 LE (£2), every couple of days in the resturant, but the service in the pool bar at lunch was outstanding and we tipped the waiter there daily. Some employees at the hotel work above and beyond any expectation we had and made the holiday more enjoyable.

The weather was fabulous for the week we were there - but it was dark by about 5.30pm. The great thing about Hurghada is, that although it's really hot, there is always a cool breeze (sometimes wind) which means that you never feel too hot)

The only other thing I'd say about the hotel is that it's under the flight path for the airport (i think most hotels in Hurghada are!), so can seem a little noisy at first, but we found after the first few days we didn't notice it.

We booked this holiday very last minute and enjoyed it, both saying we wished we could stay longer - 10 days would probably be ideal.

PS - Advice from our tour rep - always arrange the fare before you get in the taxi and a fare from this hotel to the new town (Sakala). should cost around 20 - 30LE, however the taxi drivers will always start at 100LE. And also make sure you know what note you have given them, as they will try and say it was something smaller.

Date of stay: March 2007
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5  Thank Explorer803727
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Reviewed 4 March 2007

This was our first trip to Egypt booked on Lastminute as it was the cheapest all inclusive holiday going at the time (£268 for a week). As we had never been to Egypt I read the forums on TripAdvisor avidly. Some advice was great some not so great. Before going into our stay at the Aladdin here is a recap of the 'good tips':
1) Do not bother changing any money before you go to Egypt. The exchange rate over there is approx 10% better then here! You really do not need any Egyptian cash when you land and there are many many places to change currency over there including your hotel.
2) When you first arrive at Hurghada airport you will need to join a queue to buy your visa. The cost is on average £10 per person which can be paid in Sterling. All I can say is join the shortest queue dont bother joining the queue for your operator as they all sell the same thing!
3) Dont bother taking any american dollars for the airport on the way back. We did and found that they take all currency including Egyptian!!
Now to our stay at the Aladdin:
Overall a very clean and pleasant resort. The rooms are clean, spacious and adequate with satellite tv and bottled water provided daily in the fridge. The resort is well laid out with two pools (one heated one not) close to the beach and the excellent beach bar. Unfortunately the beach bar closes at 5pm and this is one of the failings of the Aladdin in that there is nowhere to sit outside in the evening and enjoy a drink. In the main hotel building there is an upstairs bar and games rooms and downstairs a lobby bar with a large lobby. Neither really make for a great evenings entertainment with the upstairs bar hosting the same extremely poor double act every night and the downstairs area feeling more like an airport waiting area. My partner and I are usually up late on holiday but some nights we found ourselves in bed watching the movie channel by 9 simply because the resort did not offer any entertainment (unless you count the 'disco' which we didnt!).
Meals are served buffet style in the main restaurant and lunch can be taken at the beach bar. Food quality is ok but after a while all seems to taste the same. Still for £269 it was pretty good value. If you go out for a meal we can highly recommend the Hard Rock Cafe which is only about 10mins by cab. Best not eat all day though because the portions are huge and very very cheap.
We did two trips in our week. The first was a snorkelling trip to three different snorkelling locations. We had read the the red sea was so much better then the maldives because the coral reefs were mpre colourful and the fish were 'amazing'. Mmmmm no actually. Whilst not a Maldives bore I have to say the Island we stayed on last year (Vilamendhoo) made the Red Sea look like blackpool with heat! Still it was worth doing as there is nothing worth seeing off of the Aladdins private beach.
The second trip we cannopt recommend highly enough. Billed as a quad biking safari it is a brilliant day out. Quad biking, sand sailing, go karting, camel riding and to top it all a trip out into the desert to meet some real life Bedouins. Then back to base camp for a great show and some good food. FANTASTIC!! DO IT!!
If you decide to venture into town the best way is to take the hotel shuttle bus which runs twice daily. It costs 10LE (£1) for a return trip and will drop you off at wither the old town (Dahar) or the new town (Sakala). We went into Sakala and had an interesting three hours. You WILL get hassled to go into the shops so expect it and go with the flow although it does wear you down after a while. And expect the locals to ogle your girlfriend or wife, again this can feel a little uncomfortable at times.
There are only two things about the Aladdin and Hurghada in gegneral that I did not particularly like and I am sure that some people will think I am being racist when I say them but I can assure you I am not. Firstly expect to get p'd off by Russians! I know it is probably a clash of cultures but boy are they rude! Secondly what is it with this tipping lark? I appreciate tipping may be a way of life to the locals but I object to anyone asking me for a tip. I do respect other peoples cultures but they should respect mine too and that is we tip when we feel we have been given a service worth tipping! I have read on several of the forums that the service in Egypt is outstanding. Well my comment to that is that in our experience you only get good service if you keep giving tips and on an all inclusive holiday this goes against the idea of not having to carry cash around. Once again the Maldivians win hands down. They give a first class service ALL of the time. And at the end of the stay they all received far more in tips from us than the Egyptian staff ever would with their mentality.
So overall a pleasant stay at a pleasant hotel. NOt four star but not far off it and the weather is out of this world (yes that was better then the Maldives!!).

Date of stay: February 2007
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9  Thank bobmac111
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