Panorama Bungalows Resort El Gouna
19 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
great hotel shame about the food
"have just returned from a great holiday at panorama bungalows in El Gouna, Egypt. we stayed in a lovely beach bungalow which had steps down from the deck into the lagoon which you could swim in, the deck also had rocking chairs which was a nice touch.the hotel is in a great position great views, great pool area although the pool was rather cloudy but the pool guy made up for it, for Â£1 a day he would keep you a bed.english people were definately in the minority with large numbers of russian,czech & polish guests.the only real problem though was the food, we were all inclusive but hardly had any meals in the hotel.breakfast was ok with pancakes and croissants along with all the usual fruit,cerealetc. lunch was at the beach bar and was nearly always the same rice kebab meat and some sort of meat type dish which i didn't trust because they were never hot.we lived on bread buns and chips.the evening meals were the worst, lukewarm soup,the usual choice of chicken or beef in sauce,rice potatoes none of which were ever hot.plenty of salad fruit and cakes though.quite often when you made a cup of tea or coffee the water wasn't even hot! luckily the food in the restaurants was good and very cheap.if you could go to this hotel on a self catering or bed and breakfast basis i wouldn't hesitate to go back but unfortunately the food was so bad none of the english guests said they would go back."
- Travel date: Sat 4th of August 2007
Fantastic Holiday !!
"After reading a review about this hotel on this website after I had booked our holiday (El Gouna resort) I was a little worried about what to expect. We arrived at 4am due to having been delayed for 7 hours at Gatwick. I phoned the hotel when we landed at Hurghada to let them know we were on our way and got a very charming receptionist who said he looked forward to seeing us. When we arrived we were exhausted (having been up for 24 hours by then) but the welcome we got at the hotel from the receptionist made us forget immediately of what we had been through. There was fresh juice waiting and they obliged willingly when we asked for an alcoholic drink. They showed us to our room which was enormous (an entrance foyer, walk in wardrobe, huge bedroom area and lovely balcony overlooking the bungalows). We had a wonderful time at the hotel, the whole place was spotlessly clean, the decor lovely, the pool area and surrounding area very attractive with gardens and palm trees. You could not fault the staff, who were tripping over themselves to serve you, very friendly and loved to chat to the English as their main tourists tend to be Russian, Polish, Czech and German and they all seem to want to improve their English! The only slight downside to the hotel was the food. The variety was not good. On some occasions at lunchtime there was not even a meat dish, just a potato dish, always rice (all the time!) and a veg dish. The salads were ok. The best thing about the food were the homemade breads and cakes, fresh every day. Ok though, if you like bread and cakes!!!! The food could really be improved and is the only thing which lets the hotel down. Of course, I do not have any other hotels to compare this one with in the Red Sea as this was a first visit to this area, but I have travelled extensively over the years including egyptian cities and this one does rate very high. Please be aware of the guys that bother you around the pool who try to sell you products in the health club and beauty salon. They are on commission only and are very pushy. A tip though - if you want a massage or your nails done dont be afraid to haggle, I got a good deal for two and half hours pampering! There are a few shops on the hotel grounds which is good as the shops downtown are more expensive. However, be aware of the guy in the shisha shop - he is very pushy and when you tell him you dont want something he gets very funny with you. he lures you in the shop, dresses you up, makes you smoke the pipe and takes pictures (all usual for Egypt) but we ended up disliking him a lot and mentioned this to the hotel. You could do a lot worse than this place!"
- Travel date: Sun 1st of July 2007
Beware of the FOOD
"Seriously how many nights do you want to eat spaghetti!!!!
The rooms were pretty (we had a bungalow) but dont be fooled by the pictures you cant actually swim in it :-(
I went with my best friend and we both felt quite hassled as 2 young girls by the staff.
We had a nice trip to Mahmaya beach which i would recommend and we ended up eating in a nice traditional restaurant across the water in town called Hedra.
I was dissapointed that the snorkelling was bad for the red sea (have visited taba and sharm previously) i was saddned their were so many jet skiiers ruining the coral and it did not seem that safe to go into the sea sometimes.
Hurgharda town is a DUMP so dont even waste your time going into it. However there s a fun club on the beach called Mangroovy which my friend and i loved.
I would 100% not reccomend for any young or old people as you will be guarnteed to get a tummy bug.
However We paid around Â£400 HB so to be fair what do you expect for that price? There are better places in Egypt to go such as Sharm or Taba Heights."
- Travel date: Sun 22nd of April 2007
Inexpensive, Quiet, Clean, great location... BUT....
"Hi, I just got back from a 1 week stay at Panorama. I must say that all in all i had a good time there. The hotel is actually quite nice. I booked through a travel agency, with an all-inclusive package so didnt stay in a bungalow, i had a room in one of the bigger buildings. The room was big, double bed, TV, Fridge and a large balcony with 2 chairs outside.
Everything was immaculately clean!! The location is great, just accross the lagoon from Downtown, and is a 5 minute walk away from the town centre, and the hotel provided a free of charge boat that will shuttle you accross the lagoon in about 45 seconds.... and it goes until midnight.
The staff were quite friendly, although they have a certain way about them (typically egyptian) in the way that when they are making 'Chit-Chat'... one feels like they are taking the mickey or being sarcastic or patronising.... this is by no means indicative of the staff at the hotel, but you will find this everywhere you go in egypt. They were very friendly, however as other people state on here, i did observe them paying 'More attention than they should' to the women traveling without men, or mothers with children but no man.... Sometimes they were even very flirtatious with attractive women that were with their men... hehe... one must understand though that to middle eastern men, an attractive wetsern woman is the ultimate TROPHY to have on your arm.
The hotel layout is very nice, immaculately clean, and plenty of staff around to take good care of you. The pool is very nice although it appears to be cloudy... however it is worth noteing that it is in the middle of the desert, and it is impossible to stop sand blowing in to the pool which makes it look milky. It was chlorinated however , so, at least anti bacterial.
The food was ok, and certainly much better that at the '3 corners rihana' where i stayed last year. At the 3 corners, at one point, about 40 guests got food poisoning, although teh management denied it was from the hotels kitchen.
The Panorama food is a little bland, and not very immaginative, but it matches any other all inclusive hotel that i have stayed in. And i did not get sick all week, so, they must be doing something correctly! lol
One thing that was odd, is that my safe box in my room... was not actually bolted to anything..... so... when the engineer came to put new batteries in it, i had picked it up from the wardrome shelf... and put it on the desk next to the TV.... lololol.... when i asked what stops people just picking up the safe and walking away with it.... the answer was "Dont worry sir... its ok, nobody will take your safe box!".... I had to laugh!
Anyway, will upload lots of pictuires soon. Hope the post is usefull"
- Travel date: Fri 13th of April 2007
Great for a cheap break:-)
"We stayed at the Panorama Hotel in August 2005.We had a great hoilday although I do think it could of been better!!The Hotel is lovely the security was a little over the top but to be expected.
We stayed in a hotel room rather than a bungalow but this was very very clean and we had a fantastic maid who came in every day, and we were all in but if you are going to stay there I would advise half board as the food was not that fantastic!Although the dining room was a very friendly place it mostly caters for the Germans!!!!And there is a lot of them around so be sure to make friends with the pool guy and he will reserve your pool place for you(For free!!!!!)He likes the english!!You can get a boat over to the town but theres not much there but the food is a lot better and the boat is free...Great holiday Would recommend if your on a cheap getaway:-)ps Please dont even brush your teeth with the water always buy bottled water and it only costs about 10p!!!!!"
- Travel date: Wed 27th of December 2006
What a Shame
"Having just returned to El gouna having been in the uk for 2 cold weeks I was looking forward to staying at this lovely Hotel, how dissapointing it was. I have been to nearly all the hotels in this resort and this hotel was the only one to let the standard down of this idealic resort the Panorama . The most upsetting thing about it is it seems so uneccessary, it is situated in one of the most superb positions with lovely grounds and beachs on the lagoon. The staff were very mixed, some very pleasant and some very rude, unusual for El Gouna, the food generaly was inedible, varying from completely unappetising to down right horrible, the restuarant is in dire need of a refit and some sort of uplift as it was very depressing.
We stayed in a water front bungalow and it was beautiful, the room was spotless, the 2 single beds large and comfortable and the veranda over hanging the lagoon stunning This not being my first visit to El Gouna will not deter me from returning again in January, I will definetly not be staying in the Panorama and would not reccommend it to anyone, unless of course you were not going to eat at all. El Gouna itself is stunning, a fantastic golf course and all watersports, great restuarants around the Marina (just as well), transport is cheap Â£1.50 for a weeks bus pass for the town, which includes the use of the shuttle boats."
- Travel date: Thu 16th of November 2006
Fawlty Towers with fantastic staff
"We stayed at the Panorama Hotel during October half term week.When we arrived we were absolutely appalled. This was sold as a four star hotel, yet the room was extremely basic (we stayed in water bungalow over the lagoon which was in a good position but very disappointing) the bathroom was primitive, with a rusty pole holding the shower curtain up, extremely poor workmanship on tiling, rusty soap holder in shower and a really bad smell in the bathroom that was permanent. On the deck, which could have been very nice with a little effort, there was a planter filled with dead plants-nice touch.
We asked for two gin and tonics at the bar and the drinks were so bad we couldn't drink them. The only thing that we found tasted okay was the beer.
At breakfast all the table cloths were dirty, looking like they had not been changed from the night before, the crockery was dirty, the tables and chairs literally on their last legs-one day I saw a woman sit down to breakfast and the chair broke as she sat in it. When I asked for clean cups the waiter took two off the table behind us to give to me, and replaced them with our dirty ones! We did not eat any evening meals in the hotel even though we were all inclusive as it was truly unpleasant. We only had lunch in the hotel on our last day, the food was very poor. All around the hotel the furnishings and decor were shabby-holes in the ceiling where the light fittings hung down etc.
The hotel staff were the saving grace. They were absolutely lovely, friendly and could not do enough to help. They had a great sense of humour and really made the holiday.
Be sure to get the boat to Zeytuna beach. The boat goes from the hotel at 9.00am then every half hour in the morning and every hour in the afternoon. It is free and good fun-the beach is only 5 minutes boat ride away. It is also nice to walk there through the Hillside Villas area. We tipped the man who works at the Panorama section of the beach with 5 egyptian pounds on our first day, and when we arrived there a bit after 9 one day as we had walked, he saved some sun beds for us. We also tipped the beach bar waiter the same and he brought drinks over to us constantly during the day-well worth it. You can only get soft drinks at the beach on the all inclusive package. You can also have lunch there which is light buffet style but is okay. The sea was quite cold but crystal clear. We loved the beach for watching the kite surfing.
The hotel also runs a boat across the lagoon every couple of minutes-go to Downtown, Tamr Henna Square, for some really nice restaurants and bars. We had a very good meal at Jobos and it was a very reasonable price. The boat ride is free.
Abu Tig marina is a must see, to look at the huge boats owned by the wealthy. There are some fantastic restaurants around the marina and the atmosphere there is really good. We loved the Tandoor indian restaurant and the Captains Inn. We ate at the Spaghetteria once but the service was incredibly slow and the food nothing special. We had our first go on a shisha pipe for one egyptian pound at the Captains Inn and it was well worth it.
If you want to get to the marina from the hotel, take the Tuk Tuk, a moped with a body on it that seats two people in the back.It is 5 egyptian pound per person (50p) to go anywhere in El Gouna. It's great fun and a really cheap way of getting around. If you need one just ask at hotel reception and they will call one for you or walk into Tamr Henna Square to the Tuk Tuk office and ask in there. At the marina, if you wait at the place you were dropped off, one will be along after a few minutes. Alternatively you can by a boat and bus pass for the whole week for a couple of Â£.
El Gouna is a fantastic resort, we fell in love with it and will definitely be returning. You are not hassled as you are in other Egyptian resorts and there is a feeling of absolute safety everywhere in the resort.
The weather was hot-about 80 degrees-and it very rarely rains there.
I would not recommend the Panorama Hotel unless you go expecting two star not four. The best hotels in the resort are, Club Med, Steigenberger, Sheraton, Movenpick. Having looked at the villas and apartments in the resort it would be worthwhile considering renting one and buying your flights separately (xl.com fly at good rates, as do My Travel and B.A.) as there are so many restaurants to visit. We certainly do not advise going all inclusive to the Panorama Hotel.
All in all, this hotel is Fawlty Towers but with an exceptional staff team. We cannot speak highly enough of them."
- Travel date: Wed 1st of November 2006
Beware the Food
"If you stay here in a "beach" bungalow, you will wake in the morning to one of the most beautiful views. With steps down to the water it looks idylic - but, the water is shallow, and it is a man made lagoon, which makes the water appear cloudy. The only other good things about this resort, are the rooms are kept immaculately clean, and as it is All Inc - the drinks are free. The food is appalling, the glasses you get are always wet - so you end up with sickness & diarohea. The only time I was not ill was on the 2 day trip to Luxor! We did complain at the time, through our representative - and the hotel retaliated by showing us their hygiene certification, very odd. What we asked for was that the food be hot, and edible. El Gouna itself is lovely - some great snorkelling if you get a boat trip, plenty of beach space, and not the usual "hassle" of Egypt, as it is a gated resort."
- Travel date: Fri 20th of October 2006
Gorgeous but food lets it down!!
"Hi, me and my boyfriend stopped at the panorama Egypt, july 06. We had an amazing holiday and went on some amazing trips. The food definatly lets the place down.... BIG TIME!!!! There is a resturant across the island called th Highlander, and hardly any one used it, the food there was brilliant, it is included in your all inclusive but you have to buy drinks, but extremely cheap!!!
We went all inclusiva and we were ill on day 2. We didnt realy use it at all, the best meal was prob breckfast, and that wasnt great. The people there are very friendly especially the boat man.
Our room was always clean and tidy, done every day and he was friendly enough too. OUr air con leaked the whole holiday, we did tell them, they came up 3 times but it never really made any difference to what they did. It didnt bother us too much.
The hotel is really nice, clean, friendly staff and they love the english.
Not really a young holiday, im 18 and my boyfriend is 21, we managedto find a foam party club thing, OW MY GOSH, it was awfull. THe nightlife is very quite but nice to go out for a meal and a couple of drinks in the localbars. If there are alot of blonde girls in your group, bewear they come across as basically being very -----, but thats what they are like, they are lovely people but love young blonde girls. (it bugged my boyfriend a little i think)
Egypt is very cheap, so if your not impressed with the food, ont worry food is very cheap.... eg 1 pizza, garlic bread, chips, 2 bers, 2 cokes was about Â£8.50 so we found it very cheap!!
Overall panorama was gorge, but the food was pants!! xx"
- Travel date: Thu 28th of September 2006
Must try harder
"We have just returned from 2 weeks at the panorama bungalows. We had a lovely waterfront bunglow with steps into the lagoon.
Almost everybody we spoke to were,or had been ill, us included. The poolside bar glass washing is a bit slapdash. No bottled water is provided free even for all inclusive guests. Wine is only available with evening meals.The food is limited and repetitive (we are seasoned egypt travellers) There is an Omelette/pasta bar available in the restaurant. You can use the highlander restaurant on the other side of the lagoon for free, although drinks are chargeable.The majority of the staff are typical friendly helpful Egyptians and good fun. The majority of the guests were eastern european i.e czech, polish etc, as were the 'entertainment/animation' team. The poolside entertainment etc was on the whole very poor, Rap R&B or europop being played , not very good for a relaxing family holiday.Tipping goes a long way and is a must to 'smooth out' the holiday. No problem with sun beds if you follow the above rule.
El Gouna will be a great resort, but at the moment it lacks atmosphere and visitors! But compared to Hurghada you could be in another country. The bars and marinas are very quiet. A ride in a Tok Tok is a must. As a base it's quite good with (long) day trips to Luxor and Cairo available."
- Travel date: Fri 4th of August 2006
Superb hotel.....no bad reviews should be written!
"This is a fabulous hotel with great staff, lovely views, nice rooms, great tasty food and so much more. Easy check in, large room with walk in wardrobe but moved to bungalow as wanted ground floor room, fabulous! Ayman at pool great and helpful, towels on subbed each day, favorite spot always. Mahommed at pool bar offered prompt service and even brought drinks to us at sunbed. Restaurant food great choice and always very tasty. Huge choice, never went hungry. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all,very good. Stayed In lots of all inclusive in Egypt but this hotel the best. Restaurant quite bright and could do with updating but food made up for it. Reception, bar and lounge area could do with repaint and Some more seating but huge area outside to sit (not In December though when chilly evening), but fan in day with sunshine. El Gouna is beautiful, lovely lagoons, crystal clear sea, nice beach, stunning scenery. Downtown is five minutes walk, cobbled streets, bars and restaurants and shops. Good choice, no hassle, bliss! Knocks spots off Nama bay sharm! Went on dolphin boat trip on rib, fantastic two hour trip! This hotel is lovely, can't wait to go back end of April. Thanks again hotel panorama El Gouna. "
- Travel date: Sun 24th of January 2016
i think the other reviews stayed somewhere else This place is brilliant
"We have just returned from an 11 night stay over Christmas, the food was better than outstanding especially on the Christmas eve gala evening, every one was taking pictures of the presentation and it tasted as good as it looked
the staff are all lovely so friendly very helpful
the pool was cold but immaculate never cloudy and the jacuzzi nice and warm
the gardens are very well kept every one works so hard
downtown is also so clean, the marina's breathtaking
thanks to all the TukTuk drivers cheap way to travel
we will be back in March
Thank you all for a great holiday. "
- Travel date: Sat 3rd of January 2015