The best Hurghada hotels. The pearl of Egypt is in your hands.

Hurghada is a resort town stretching along the Coast of the Red Sea in Egypt. The city attracts divers from all over the world, thanks to the many places for diving. Equipment rental is available in the Sakkala area. Also in Hurghada there are many restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The old city of El Dahar is famous for its coffee shops and markets.

Sunrise Grand Select Crystal Bay Resort

The resort is located on a private beach and lagoon along the Red Sea. Hurghada International Airport is a 15-minute drive away, while Senzo Shopping Centre is a 15-minute walk away. Proximity to the highway means easy access to a range of attractions, including El Dahar Old Town and Hurghada city centre, which are a 25-minute drive away. The surrounding area is mostly filled with other resorts.

Sunrise Grand Select Crystal Bay Resort is beautifully manicured and surrounded by three-storey buildings, lush greenery and vibrant colours. A swimming pool for children and adults, daily entertainment and a wide range of facilities make this resort suitable for both families and couples. Despite the many features, the hotel remains quiet and peaceful.

Spacious rooms with modern interiors, white wood furniture, patterned bedding, wrought-iron accents and small old-fashioned artwork. Rooms have furnished outdoor spaces, and some have sea views or shared private pools. Standard amenities include air conditioning, a seating area, a mini fridge, a safe, bathrobes and slippers, as well as free Wi-Fi. The modern bathrooms combine beige tiles with blue, showers and separate bathtubs, as well as a hairdryer, magnifying mirror and toiletries.

The private beach and lagoon have cabanas with awnings and shady sun loungers. Several swimming pools are located around the hotel grounds, the largest is equipped with heating and bridges and an adults-only section. There is also a separate children’s pool, hot tub and spacious sun loungers. For guests over the age of 16, there is an elegant spa and wellness centre with a wide range of treatments, a sauna, a hot tub and a steam bath. The gym is equipped with modern equipment, and fitness classes are sometimes held on schedule.

The hotel has a children’s club and a playground for the little ones. There are daily shows and live music events, as well as weekly “fruit festivals” where guests can enjoy cocktails.

Six restaurants and seven bars offer guests a variety of dining options. Free breakfast is included in the room rate at Rainbow International Restaurant, which serves buffet meals throughout the day. The à la carte restaurants serve seafood, Mediterranean and Indian dishes, while Roots Diet and Light Concept serves a variety of healthy dishes. Half-board and all-inclusive meals are available. Please note that the à la carte restaurants require reservations. Guests can order dinner at the nearby Sunrise Garden Beach Resort, although there is a quota and seats fill up quickly. With seven bars, travelers won’t have to go far for a cocktail.




Albatros Palace Resort

Albatros Palace Resort enjoys a small secluded location away from Hurghada. However, it is located right on the beach, although guests should note that the beach right in front of the hotel is not suitable for swimming, as it is too shallow and rocky. The hotel has built a pier going further into the sea, from where guests can swim.

This huge beach resort includes everything families need for a fun and relaxing beach holiday. Sea views and Arabic architecture make this resort look like a palace. Arabic themes can be traced everywhere, and impressive décor reigns in the common areas. Guests are welcomed in a large open lobby with high patterned ceilings, arches, an extravagant central chandelier and comfortable sofas. The hotel grounds are huge: 621 guest rooms in a U-shaped building around a large outdoor pool located in the center. There are many outdoor dining and seating areas shaded by palm trees and umbrellas.

Rooms at Albatros Palace Resort feature Arabic-style décor. There are only three room options: Standard, Family and Suite. The décor of all rooms is the same: decorative lamps and mirrors, accent carpets, white bed linen with patterned stripes, dark curtains and works of art on the walls. All rooms have air conditioning, TV, minibar, electric kettle, desk, safe, telephone and free Wi-Fi, a furnished balcony with views of the resort or the sea, and suites have a spa bath on the balcony. The bathrooms are fitted with a shower. Magnifying mirrors, a hairdryer and shared toiletries are provided.

The facilities here are family-oriented. Each of the six restaurants specialises in a variety of dishes, including Mediterranean, Asian, Oriental, German, Italian and Mexican cuisine. The eight bars also vary in theme and atmosphere, ranging from the exquisite Oriental Palace Bar to the healthy Mocambo Café. For those who want to have fun all night long, there is a bar Le Pasha and a disco. All restaurants and bars, with the exception of the hookah in Afanden, are included in the all-inclusive rate.

The outdoor pool is very large, with a place for children’s bathing and water slides. It offers a medium-sized fitness centre with exercise equipment, and a spa with massage treatments, a sauna and a steam bath. The animation team entertains guests throughout the day with activities such as volleyball, belly dancing training, billiards games and evening entertainment shows suitable for all ages. There is also a dedicated kids’ club with a playground and organised activities.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, although guests complain of poor signaling in the rooms. Other facilities offered at the property include a games room, souvenir shops, concierge and ticket service, currency exchange and airport transfers at an additional cost.




Jaz Aquamarine Resort

Located just off the highway, the huge Jaz Aquamarine hotel is one of the many coastal sites on the Red Sea. Apart from a few shops and fast food restaurants, there is nothing remarkable in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. Most guests do not leave the resort.

The standard and family rooms are spacious and clean, with updated furniture. White tile floors, simple wooden furniture and gray-blue colors of the walls create coziness. Some rooms have soft armchair sofas. The suites are decorated in lighter colours and have an additional separate living and sleeping areas. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a small TV. All rooms have beautiful spacious balconies with views of the garden, pool or sea. Several family rooms have direct access to the pool. The bathrooms are simpler than the rooms, with marble sinks and large mirrors.

The facilities here are almost overwhelmingly extensive and family-oriented. Topaz and Four Corners restaurants offer themed buffets, four other restaurants offer Japanese, Middle Eastern, Italian and seafood-oriented menus. Three poolside snack bars and a food court on the beach serve light snacks. Al Ayam Café serves traditional shisha. In-room dining is available at an additional cost.

The resort has 18 impeccably manicured swimming pools, heated in winter. A private beach with hot tubs, camel rides and beach volleyball is another advantage. Water sports, windsurfing and tennis are available at an additional cost. The hotel has a gym and a spa at the neighbouring hotel. Children’s dance parties, live shows, as well as a recreation area for teenagers with PlayStation consoles increase the status of this hotel for a family holiday. The Fantasia disco offers nighttime activity, although its music can disturb the adjacent rooms, and drinks after midnight are additional.




Fort Arabesque Resort, Spa & Villas

One of the oldest hotels in the area, Fort Arabesque is decorated with Egyptian tapestries, arched windows, carved chairs and a massive copper chandelier giving the reception a majestic look. Simple gray sofas stand in front of a carved wooden bookcase, and large windows let in bright light. The hotel offers stunning views of Makadi Bay.

The standard and family rooms are spacious and clean. Standard rooms have balconies or terraces with beautiful sea views, and the terraces of the family rooms on the ground floor overlook the garden. The functional bathrooms feature small sinks and walk-in showers with handheld showerheads. Toiletries and a hairdryer are provided.

The more spacious superior rooms and duplex suites with sea views are more modern, feature sleemer black furnishings, flat-screen TVs and large walk-in showers. Suites offer discounts at selected restaurants and spas.

All rooms have air conditioning, a safe and a minibar, as well as free fruit baskets. It offers luxurious villas with free Wi-Fi and direct access to the shared pool.

The main east and west wing restaurants offer a large buffet for all three meals. The pavilion serves delicious à la carte Mediterranean, Italian and Australian cuisine. The beachfront restaurant and bar, located right on the sand, serves snacks and drinks throughout the day. The Windbreaker, Arina, Sunset and swim-up bars have outdoor seating with stunning views.

The private beach is particularly gorgeous, with a lovely coral reef and tropical fish. For an additional fee, guests can order sun loungers, coolers and refreshing drinks.

The hotel has five swimming pools, three heated, and all have lifeguards. The pool in the west wing is for adults only. There are the usual fitness centers, the Vareena Spa, where you can book fantastic massages and body treatments at reasonable prices. The hotel also offers health and leisure activities, including water aerobics, volleyball, football, table tennis, billiards and windsurfing. Equipment rental is charged by the hour. For a more modest pastime in the garden there is a pedestrian path.

A kids’ club and outdoor park, as well as an international team of animators, hold daily live shows and offer entertainment for the whole family. There is a pharmacy and a doctor on duty, as well as souvenir and jewelry stores. The hotel has two conference rooms and a business center. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel at an additional cost. The property offers free parking.




Tropitel Sahl Hasheesh

The hotel is a 35-minute drive from Hurghada International Airport, a 45-minute drive from Secalla and El Dahar, the old city. The shuttle service to Hurghada runs three times a day, and a round-the-clock taxi is available for an additional fee. The property offers free parking.

Tropitel Sahl Hasheesh is a large resort hotel located on a private beach with a marina leading to two lagoons. The design of the resort’s public areas is elegant, as can be seen from the spacious lobby, exquisitely decorated with stained glass windows, chandeliers, seating areas with majestic white armchairs and marble floors. The rooms are modern but quite typical and devoid of decorations, like most restaurants and bars. The hotel has three swimming pools and well-kept gardens with palm trees, as well as enough amenities for guests to relax. Most of the holidaymakers are couples. Unfortunately, the resort can be crowded during peak season.

The 566 modern rooms are decorated in muted colours, with terraces and a minibar. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, wardrobes with electronic safes, a minibar, a TV and a desk. Large bathrooms have separate bathtubs and showers, wall-mounted hair dryers, magnifying mirrors and toiletries. In-room Wi-Fi is available at an additional cost. All rooms above the Deluxe category are also equipped with bathrobes and slippers. Guests of the Club Rooms are provided with a coffee tray and a bottle of wine upon arrival.

Tropitel Sahl Hasheesh is located on a private golden sand beach and a 400-metre marina leading to two natural lagoons. Since the resort is quite widely spread, buggies are provided for the transfer of guests to the beach. Guests can also take a refreshing dip in one of the resort’s three swimming pools or in the outdoor hot tub. For children there is a heated swimming pool, a club, a games room and a playground, a video game arcade and a special animation team.

The resort’s five restaurants include palm buffet restaurant and four a la carte restaurants serving Mexican, Italian, Asian and Indian cuisines. In addition, the resort has three bars: a round pool bar with a sailing roof, a beach bar, which is a few steps from the azure water, as well as a lobby bar and a terrace. The all-inclusive rate includes all buffet meals at the Palm Restaurant, as well as some other meal and beverage combinations at other venues.

Guests can enjoy a variety of water sports, as well as tennis, billiards and beach volleyball on land. For those who want to explore the ocean there is a special diving center. Overlooking one of the pools, the Tropitel Sahl Hasheesh Spa features a sauna and a wide range of health and beauty treatments. On-site facilities include a spacious fitness centre with exercise equipment, a hairdresser and beauty salon, as well as a shopping arcade with Egyptian handicrafts, jewellery and beachwear.



Old Palace Resort

The hotel occupies a beautiful coastal area near Hurghada, a resort town on the Red Sea coast of Egypt. It is located in Sahl Hashish, where several other resorts are located. Hurghada with its restaurants, cafes, markets and shops, as well as the Old Town of El Dahar are about a 40-minute drive to the north. Local attractions such as Makadi Bay Water World and Senzo Mall are around 20 minutes’ drive away. Hurghada International Airport and the port can be reached in about half an hour.

This upscale resort is located in a well-kept area with palm trees and flowering bushes, babbling fountains and chic recreation areas. An impressive entrance leads to the hotel’s spacious, elegant lobby, where the domed ceiling is framed by small arched windows, white columns rise from the sparkling cream tile floors, and the mezzanine-encircling balcony is decorated with lace decorative elements. The décor everywhere is chic and elegant, there are great places to relax outdoors. The hotel attracts both couples and families on holiday.

The rooms are clean and spacious. Wooden furniture is combined with a white and blue color scheme, including patterned curtains and armchairs, contrasting with white linens. The floors are tiled and the white walls are decorated with framed engravings. The junior suites have a seating and dining area. The chalet rooms feature superior décor, new furnishings and lovely wooden floors that complement the beige and pale blue colour schemes, as well as a seating area with sofas and a lovely patio.

The resort has three restaurants: the main one with cooking stations serving Asian, Middle Eastern and European cuisines, an Italian a la carte restaurant open for dinner, and a Brazilian steakhouse serving only dinner. The pool bar serves light snacks and drinks, while the lobby offers coffee and tea. In the afternoon, Shisha Corner Bar serves shisha, tea and snacks. The hotel also has a nightclub. Several dining packages are available and breakfast is included in the standard room rate for all rates.

It features a large outdoor pool surrounded by a spacious sun terrace with sun loungers shaded by parasols. It includes a separate shallow section, which is good for children, there is also a pool bar. Wellness facilities include a spa, sauna, hot tub, steam bath and hammam. There is also a fitness centre.




Sunwing Waterworld Makadi Hotel

Located on the shores of the Red Sea, Sunwing Waterworld Makadi is suitable for a family holiday on an all-inclusive basis. Decorated in a Berber style, this resort is a complex of sandstone buildings with crenellated towers, domes and arched windows. There are many large, giant water parks with slides, cozy recreation areas, restaurants and bars.

Guests here are mostly families with children attracted by the water park. However, the resort also has a lovely private beach offering a pleasant alternative to the pool.

The spacious rooms are decorated in a Moroccan style and feature furnished outdoor areas. The modern rooms are decorated in beige and sand tones and feature patterned lattices on the furniture.

One of the main features here, especially for families with children, is a large water park, around which the resort is built. There are several large outdoor pools on site, including an infinity pool and a children’s pool.

There is also a large and well-equipped fitness centre and several sports grounds, as well as several shops selling souvenirs and jewellery. The entertainment team offers a daily programme of activities and evening entertainment. Free Wi-Fi is available in some public areas, such as the lobby, but in-room use is subject to an additional fee.

The all-inclusive rate includes meals and drinks in the many restaurants serving international, Mexican and Italian cuisine.




Steigenberger Aqua Magic

Steigenberger Aqua Magic is a large, spacious, family-run resort with a lively atmosphere. It attracts mainly families and couples. Well-kept area with palm trees, an impressive facade with cream columns and marble floor is tiled. The spacious lobby, both imposing and homely, is decorated with a decorative dark wood décor that looks like a stencil. Along with the attractive, fairly wide beach, the countless pools are a major attraction.

725 bright, air-conditioned rooms with cream walls, neutral panels on the floor and large beds. Free-standing bedside tables made of dark wood, attractive armchairs with a gray-green pattern and large wardrobes. All rooms, except standard and superior, also have a decent-sized desk. Free minibars are replenished daily, but they lack alcohol.

The family suites and junior suites are complemented by simple, functional living rooms with two sofa beds. All entry-level standard rooms have attractive balconies with simple outdoor furniture and beautiful views of the pool.

The highlight of the Steigenberger Hotel is its swimming pools – there are nine in total, including adults-only rooftop pools, children’s pools, a lazy river and separate water parks for adults and children, complete with flames, slides and a ship-themed water deck. The pools and the beach have sun loungers and umbrellas.

The resort is open all inclusive, with nine restaurants and bars offering a mix of local and international buffets. Pool bars and other venues serve drinks, snacks and ice cream, and room service is available at an additional cost. Magic Sky Restaurant has a hookah bar, while Elements Nightclub offers free or discounted meals and is open until late.

Spa facilities include a range of treatments, a sauna and a steam bath, or a round-the-clock gym. On site there is a golf course, a diving and water sports centre, many sports facilities, as well as separate, well-equipped children’s and teenage clubs.



Alina Abramova

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