I did a great deal of research before booking this apartment - it sounded great and the owner was helpful with the information they provided... but there were many many more downsides compared to positives. Firstly, it is NOT 10 - 15 minutes from Hurghada, its actually far closer to El Gouna and at least 25 minutes to Hurghada. It is on a building site - LITERALLY...... it is stuck out in the middle of no where surrounded by other unfinished buildings and is only partially complete, many of the apartments are unfinished. Ours was beautifully furnished and had everything you would want, but it really wasn't somewhere we wanted to stay during the day and to be honest as two female travellers we felt slightly unsafe there on our own...We decided to use the airport transfer service (which was expensive), the driver did not make himself known to us on arrival so I had to call the owners. Upon realising how remote we were we decided to ask if we could then use him to drive us around whilst we were there. Not a good idea as it happens. We are familiar with the concept of "Egyptian time" but were not expecting him to be two hours late picking us up on one occasion, for him to leave us sitting in the back of the car outside a busy bus depot with the engine running, windows open and keys in the ignition for 10 minutes whilst he popped over the road at 1am to get himself something to eat (!), nor did we expect him to just switch him phone off so we couldn't contact him the following morning!!! All in all, whilst we loved Hurghada, the beaches and the people, the place was not what we were hoping for. Maybe in another 5 years and they have actually completed it and the surrounding buildings it may be better???
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