Radisson Blu Resort, El Quseir

El Quseir Safaga Road, El Quseir 84712 Egypt
5 star hotel

Overview

Ratings summary

Brilliant
1196
Good
697
Average
193
Poor
68
Awful
38

Rating by feature

  • 5 room
  • 5 pool
  • 5 beach
  • 5 service
  • 5 value
  • 5 food
  • 5 cleanliness
  • 5 location
 

12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

Brill

5
Brilliant
by

"This place is absoloutley brilliant for kids and adults inside the hotel but outside its very quiet but thats only because its a new resort in about 5 years time when a lot has been built there it will be like any other resort youve been before.The food is awesome the pool is clean the rooms are lovley and clean just everything is clean."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Thu 17th of July 2008

Reef Often Closed

4
Good
by

"Just got back from a weeks stay (which was plenty as there is nothing to do there) This was not a problem for us as that is one half of why we chose this lovely hotel.

The other reason was for the snorkelling which unfortunatley didnt really happen. As the resort faces north, it suffers from high winds which means bigger waves. The reef was close 5 of the 7 days we were there.

Other than that it is a fantastic place, no doubt about that. Service was amazing, cleanliness excellent, overall brilliant place. Just not good for snorkelling.

The life guard told me in the summer the reef is nearly always open but the temperatures get up to 40C!! at this time.

Enjoy!"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sat 10th of May 2008

Great Hotel

5
Brilliant
by

"Me and my wife spent last week at the Radisson El Quseir, we are really satisfied. The check in was really smooth, they give us a room with two single beds, after a little complain we got a room with a queen bed, but with a bad view, as we were fully prepaid no more changes were possible and we accepted that one ( # 2001 ).
The place is very nice, beach is a little windy but with nice umbrellas and windshields. Three swimming pools and a nice SPA are in the hotel. Three bars were available, best one ZAR BAR with a nice atmosphere, but average cocktails. The best experience was the food, we were on half board and we found everything delicious and with a lot of choice, we liked the buffet so much that we never tried the others 2 restaurants Olives and Mosaic for a la carte dinner. Also we never got sick or had any health problem .
Overall an excellent accommodation in a great place, we will return as soon as we can."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Tue 11th of March 2008

The perfect hotel for a Christmas break . . .

5
Brilliant
by

"I booked this on the Internet via TravelRepublic but liaised directly with the Radisson who kindly arranged cheaper airport transfer (half the price using a taxi via them instead of a standard booking online). The Radisson was also good enough to e-mail through a selection of photographs so I could see exactly where I was staying.

This is a spotlessly clean hotel, with very polite staff and excellent facilities. My room was a decent size, and the bed was very comfortable! The beach and pools were also clean and great for lounging around and doing nothing.

Nothing was too much trouble . . . The food was good and very fairly priced, although a bit more choice in the a la carte restaurants would have been nice. If you're after busy night life this probably isn't the place for you -- but for peace and quiet and wonderful service, this Radisson can't be faulted. The only minor niggle was the very slow wifi internet service. However, connexion was free, so I'm not really complaining.

There wasn't really any need to take Egyptian pounds as everywhere in the hotel, and El Quseir, took dollars, UK pounds and euro."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Thu 10th of January 2008

Summer Holiday in Winter

5
Brilliant
by

"Booked with Saga and had the good fortune that my daughter and her partner decided they would like to come too. They booked on line through another agent. We all got what we were after - temps around 22, diving (snorkelling only for me) and a peaceful, lazy holiday by the sea.

The hotel was well laid out with a good standard of food, helpful and willing staff, and total and absolute cleanliness.

Not a lot to see round about but got as far as the Nile Valley and Luxor through the travel agent.

Two downsides;
One, in view of the isolation the hotel ought to put on more in the evenings. There was one show on Saturday night and an indifferent singer in the bar during the week. It was not enough. Two, there was quite a bit of wind, usual in Dec, Jan, Feb apparently, so the red flag was up quite a lot.

All in all a good hotel and good value for money."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Fri 28th of December 2007

Nice Hotel with a few flaws

4
Good
by

"We stayed here for two weeks and would return to it again.

As has been said it is a bit isolated and the next town is, shall we say, "a bit rough at the edges"... Tourists are still a novelty for the people there and they haven't grasped the idea that we don't really care for the"in your face, hard sell approach".

The weather was a bit windy while we were there, so we only managed to get into the sea using the dock a few times when the yellow flag was up, even then it was a tad dodgy timing your entrance, or exit according to the waves, but worth it when you were in. Dolphins are occasinal visitors and my wife even saw a Whale Shark from the dock, snorkeling over the flat section of the reef at high tide is good for seeing smaller fish and the odd moray or ray, bathing shoes are recommended if you aren't wearing flippers.

Food and drinks were fine, we could always find something to eat at the buffet, and they were not begrudging when it came to serving you with beer (Sakara Draft, not too bad), wine, or the AI cocktails (the Planters Punch was good). On Sundays there is a Seafood barbeque at the Diving Centre which costs an extra €20 per person, but is well worth it, as you get all the lobster and shrimps you can eat.

A couple of things annoyed me. There are not enough sun beds and umbrellas on the beach or at the pool. I loathe the towel game, but was forced to play it here, if you haven't reserved your seat by 7 in the morning you are out of luck. An other thing that got on my nerves was the "Entertainment", the singer is the worst thing that ever picked up a mike.

The clientele was mostly German and Italian, with a few Brits. Some Russians appeared at the end of our stay and managed to confirm my overall opinion of them, Hopefully Raddison will not be selling a great number of rooms to the eastern hordes."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Mon 8th of October 2007

Beautiful, but disappointing

3
Average
by

"This hotel is a beautiful place to stay. It'll be even more lovely in a year or two when the shrubbery and plants have grown. But it's so isolated. We went for two weeks, (big mistake) for sun and snorkelling, and hopefully some diving. I also wanted some shopping!!!
The first problem we found was that the coral reef prevented us from walking into the sea. There is an area where it's "OK" to walk on the reef but as the sea was rough because of the wind, it was difficult. Also, it was so shallow that wearing fins for snorkelling just wasn't on as you couldn't avoid hitting the coral with them. I managed to get sea urchin spines in my knee while just floating with a snorkel! The whole time we were there the red flag was up, so no sea swimming. And the idea of walking on the coral to get out there is appalling.

There are loads of good sunbeds, both on the beach, and around the excellent pools, and the windbreaks are really efficient. So if you want to lie in the sun, it's all there for you.

There's a diving centre attached to the hotel, but it's rather pricey compared to other centres we've used on the Red Sea. They ask for a medical certificate before you can dive, which you must get from the hotel doctor - about £20. They don't appear to do dive packages, you hire everything individually, and this is why it works out dear. Anyway, because I developed a cold 5 days into the holiday, I didn't get any diving done either.

Shopping. Well, Hurghada is an hour & half away and costs about £70 taxi. We did take the tour operators trip on one day, but didn't get to see much of the shopping side of town. It didn't look that good anyway. There are a couple of overpriced boutiques at the hotel, but they're no fun, they don't haggle. El Quseir, the town down the road, is not what I expected. There's not a great deal to see, despite what the Rough Guide says, and I felt uncomfortable there. The few shops are tourist tat bazaars, and they do hassle you. We planned to stay the whole afternoon, but after one hour had had enough and phoned the taxi to go back.

The thing we found most annoying at Radisson SAS, is that although it's a 5 star hotel, there's no banking facility. They won't accept travellers cheques OR Egyptian currency. We had both. So we ended up putting everything onto credit card, which they charged us in US dollars. We managed to run up a bill for about £400. And we weren't extravagant. To change our travellers cheques meant taking the taxi to El Quseir, which cost around £8. We were really annoyed about this, and feel that it's poor when in an such an isolated place. Also felt let down that our tour operator didn't warn us.

The room we had was a standard room. Yet it was spacious and comfortable. Lovely big bathroom and walk in shower. Comfy bed. A good sized balcony and pleasant outlook. We were lucky as we did get a bit of sun on one corner of our balcony, but most of the balconies, don't get any at all. One niggle. There were huge mirrors in the bathroom and dressing areas, but no power socket near them. Nowhere to plug in your hairstyler that's anywhere near a mirror ladies. After creating a fuss they did find an extension socket for me which solved the problem, but what an oversight!
The air con in the room wasn't very efficient. Although it was cold outside at night, the room was quite warm. Leaving the balcony door open during the night resulted in a couple of Mozzie bites.

I used the gym, which is very nice, but 2 pieces of equipment were broken, but not placed 'out of use'. And there was never any water in the dispenser. I had to go to the spa to ask for some.

Food in the hotel was good, especially during our first week. It seemed to go downhill a bit during our second week - not so much choice, and running out of some choices of main course part way through the evening. But I would say it was one of the best hotel buffets I've come across. We ate in both of the a la carte restaurants, and especially enjoyed the Mosaic.

To ease the boredom we walked up to the Movenpick, about a km away. But they wouldn't let us in. Obviously looked like undercover terrorists. If we'd had our passports, we think they would have done. We went to Luxor for two days and that was a fab change of scene. It is exhausting though. You have to leave at 5.45 to drive north (Luxor is south west) to meet up with the convoy at Safaga. Then it's about 5 hours to Luxor, another 7 hours guided sightseeing and then all you're fit for is collapsing into bed. Next morning it's more temples. But I wouldn't have missed it. I got fed up with being hassled by touts in the tombs though and lost my cool after being grabbed by one guy. If European blokes did that to a muslim woman, there'd be an uproar. Yet they didn't see anything wrong in touching me! I object to it and let them know.

So overall. Our room was comfortable and kept spotlessly clean. As was the whole public area. The service all around the hotel was first class, and the staff so helpful and pleasant. We don't regret taking this holiday, the warm sun was lovely and so welcome. But we were just bored stiff and felt captive. No, we won't be returning to this hotel."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Tue 20th of February 2007

Lovely prison

4
Good
by

"This is a nice hotel with accommodation and food of a high standard.
However, there is absolutely nothing to do, which is fine if you just want to sunbathe and do nothing at all. We wanted to chill out but were bored after 3 days and would have been comatose if we had booked for 2 weeks.
It is windy here in February, too cold to sit at the swim-up pool bar and is not warm once the sun goes down. There is a sauna and spa facility but it is not very enticing and you have to pay extra to use it. (We were half board, I do not know if its included in the all inclusive package) We only used it once.
Whilst the bar prices etc do not seem too expensive we did rack up over £300 of bills between two of us in the week so all inclusive may be a good option.
The hotel is in the middle of nowhere surrounded by high walls with security guards at the entrance and at each end on the beach.
You can't swim at the beach unless you have jelly shoes because the coral reef comes right in too the watersedge and there is no depth until it dives away about 50 yards out . They are still building a pier (as in a previous review) but it looks to be for boats whereas you need a pontoon for swimming from. Nevertheless, the pools are nice but a bit of a hike up from the beach.
One of the reviews says the Movenpick is next door and it is, 1 mile away and they won't let you in even if you offer to eat there.
The local town is a taxi ride away. Take my advice and don't bother as its a complete dump and you are hassled beyond belief by bazzar owners wanting to sell you tut. Fortunately we found our taxi office and asked them to take us back earlier than the pre-arranged time.
Out of boredom we did a day trip to Luxor. We were told that we could not hire a car and drive there directly from El Quseir because the police would turn us back at the first roadblock. There are police roadblocks every few miles and you realise that you are in a very restricted country or one where the terrorist threat is much greater than we realise
While Luxor is a nice place with very interesting historical attractions it is too long a journey for your bus to meet up with a police convoy 50 miles north and then travel accross to the Nile and back down to Luxor. It was a 17 hour day.
This was our second visit to Egypt and we won't be coming back, anyway certainly not to a tourist area because of the constant hassle from locals wanting money or to 'give' and sell you things."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Fri 16th of February 2007

New Hotel needs refining

3
Average
by

"Went to the Raddison on 8th November. Hotel is only 11 months old, very well laid out, the gardens will be spectacular in a couple of years time. We went all inclusive which was very good, the food was varied with plenty of choice including wine with lunch and dinner, which again was very good for Egyot, The rooms are spacious and the bathroom is very good with large walk in shower and good mirror for us ladies. The poolside was good with plenty of beds, and shade plus towels.

The negatives of the hotel are that the bedrooms could do with more lighting. The staff are helpful but need more training especially in the restaurant. The pools are not heated until the end of November so were very cold, we did not go in, which was a shame as they are well laid out, with a swim up bar. The jetty was being built still, so we could not get out past the reef for snorkelling, but did snorkel in the shallow lagoons which was not too bad.

The weather was warm but very windy, which we were not told about. Apparently along this side of the red sea it is windy from November until February. This spoilt it for us, as some days you had to sit in the hotel as it was blowing a gale. The wind also caused the sea to be very rough, which again did not help if you wanted to snorkel.

I would go back to the hotel, but not in November, perhaps September when the weather is not so windy."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Wed 22nd of November 2006

A nice surprise!

4
Good
by

"We’ve just finished our stay at Radisson SAS Resort that is very close to the Movenpick. We think is a very good resort:

-Beach: a large beach and two little bay with clear water. The reef is 50 mt from the beach and you can walk to go there even if we have been told that in one month they’re going to build a ‘passage’ with direct connection to the reef for an easier snorkelling.
-Pools: there are three pools, one for children, one with the bar inside (you can drink sitting in the water), one very large for swimming.
-Rooms: nice little buildings mainly with only one floor that look like a little village. Nice black wood furniture.
-Food: at this moment there is just one buffet restaurant open, with very different kind of cuisine in large buffet. Good quality in general, very very good the cakes.
-Diving: there is a new diving center inside the resort, with very new equipments and high level staff. Nice dives (always from the reef as is in Egypt) even if we expected more.
-SPA/Fitness: there is a small ayurvedic SPA runned by Indian people, the massages are good. There is also a private area with sauna, steam bath and hydromassage (small additional charge). There is a nice gym with very good machines, a tennis court and football/basket/volley court.

The resort is really beautiful and at the moment not totally open and so no totally full. We had a wonderful holiday with very kind staff and high quality accommodation. We would absolutely recommend it and come back."

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  • Travel date: Fri 28th of April 2006

Oustanding beach resort - wonderful service.

5
Brilliant
by

"Service is outstanding, polite, friendly, helpful and all staff we found genuine , always smiling and went out of their way to help. Location is a self contained resort ( high security wall 17 hectares) but area really safe anyway. We found about half amile of clean uncrowded coral sand , more than ample thatched beach parasols and loungers ( with woven wind breaks )and it never felt crowded at any time ( nor did the pools . There were conveniently spaced small beach bars. The coral reef shelf was exposed at low tide you shouldn't walk on but when the tide us in the water is crystal clear, safe and ideal for snorkelling and rich in marine life . It was like swimming in an aquarium. A long wooden Jetty enables you to get to reef edge , especially for diving where it drops to 50m. A lifeguard in there all day and this is where the swimming safety flag is flown .
All around is beautifully garden landscaped accommodation with date palms, flowers, flowering shrubs a huge fish pond. there are three beautiful big adult pools and a covered shaded kiddy pool . You don't need to pack beach towels – they have a separate system from the white room towels - simple towel card system with light brown towels. Our rooms were modern, beautifully furnished , clean with everything you need thrown in including free wi-fi. The house cleaner was meticulous. We found the food amazing, all fresh and beautifully presented and using locally sourced produce and wide range and variety of choice everyday. I-they even had their own bakery chefs on the premises .I heard they have forty professional chefs and the catering staff clearly all take food safety and hygiene very seriously and , unique for the area, they have a dedicated medically trained professional monitoring this constantly. . We had no dodgy tummy issues and bottled wster is widely available and free.
We went all inclusive so all drinks free. Bars are modern , nice and spotlessly clean and there are different eating areas from cafeteria to separate restaurants with more traditional ambience and decor . Shops on site for clothes, high quality souvenirs and essentials – the friendly shopkeepers don't hassle you. Accommodation is in three different traditional styles in harmony with each other and spaced out in garden areas - rooms facing the sea are a little extra. Satelitte TV, fridge, free wi-fi, hairdryer, free dressing gown and slippers ample towels, all toiletries and secure easy to set digital safe in spacious wardrobes. We had modern wet room showers and en suite toilet. All rooms seem to have their own balcony with table and chairs to sit out on but also have really efficient air conditioning . They seem to have thought of everything. The entire resort is well lit all night and widespread use of energy saving bulbs I noticed.
A previous review is I believe wrong – the reef is never closed, the tide is simply in or out and it is quite safe to snorkel over the reef shelf in the shallows even if it is windy because the winds are invariably on shore . There are, I also discovered, no plans now or in the future to add more rooms because this would damage the feeling of relaxing spaciousness although in a currently large empty space just to the right of the main gates they will build another open air theatre so that noise from entertainment does not disturb people in their rooms are wanting ro asimply relax in the evenings.
Currently the resort accommodates 500 ( has 250 staff ) The hotel is clearly very environmentally responsible and the vast majority of employees are local people from the town of El Quseir . They train them, send them to college so engagement of staff is second to none. from my experience . A small army of maintenance staff keep the place in tip top shape and really clean and fresh. (By the way it is no longer SAS Radison I think it is now part of another quality group still under Radisson Blu nameThe resort founder / owner I learn is a Swede and developed the resort to create a tourist industry to support the local town where people generally not well off at all.
I stayed two weeks and acted as carer for my elderly Mum - she was royally treated on this her tenth visit, my first. I too felt like a VIP. I needed to stay on site therefore and didn't sample excursions but the hotel offers guests desert camel riding and quad biking and other trips of cultural and historical interest. On site there is a Rejuvenation Spa and beauty salon ; also doctor on call 24/7 . There are a number of children's play areas with permanent wooden play structures and safe with sand floors. There is a volley ball court on beach, tennis courts and small farm just inside the main gates. All in all it was the best holiday I have ever had and cannot recommend it more.
"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Wed 8th of October 2014

Rating breakdown

  • 5 Location
  • 5 Beach
  • 5 Room
  • 5 Pool
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Value
  • 5 Food
  • 5 Cleanliness

Oustanding beach resort - wonderful service.

5
Brilliant
by

"Service is outstanding, polite, friendly, helpful and all staff we found genuine , always smiling and went out of their way to help. Location is a self contained resort ( high security wall 17 hectares) but area really safe anyway. We found about half mile of clean uncrowded coral sand , more than ample thatched beach parasols and loungers ( with woven wind breaks )and it never felt crowded at any time ( nor did the pools . There were conveniently spaced small beach bars. The coral reef shelf was exposed at low tide you shouldn't walk on but when the tide us in the water is crystal clear, safe and ideal for snorkeling and rich in marine life . It was like swimming in an aquarium. A long wooden Jetty enables you to get to reef edge , especially for diving where it drops to 50m. A lifeguard in there all day and this is where the swimming safety flag is flown .
All around is beautifully garden landscaped accommodation with date palms, flowers, flowering shrubs a huge fish pond. there are three beautiful big adult pools and a covered shaded kiddy pool . You don't need to pack beach towels – they have a separate system from the white room towels - simple towel card system with light brown towels. Our rooms were modern, beautifully furnished , clean with everything you need thrown in including free WI-fi. The house cleaner was meticulous. We found the food amazing, all fresh and beautifully presented and using locally sourced produce and wide range and variety of choice everyday. I-they even had their own bakery chefs on the premises .I heard they have forty professional chefs and the catering staff clearly all take food safety and hygiene very seriously and , unique for the area, they have a dedicated medically trained professional monitoring this constantly. . We had no dodgy tummy issues and bottled water is widely available and free.
We went all inclusive so all drinks free. Bars are modern , nice and spotlessly clean and there are different eating areas from cafeteria to separate restaurants with more traditional ambiance and decor . Shops on site for clothes, high quality souvenirs and essentials – the friendly shopkeepers don't hassle you. Accommodation is in three different traditional styles in harmony with each other and spaced out in garden areas - rooms facing the sea are a little extra. Satellite TV, fridge, free WI-fi, hairdryer, free dressing gown and slippers ample towels, all toiletries and secure easy to set digital safe in spacious wardrobes. We had modern wet room showers and en suite toilet. All rooms seem to have their own balcony with table and chairs to sit out on but also have really efficient air conditioning . They seem to have thought of everything. The entire resort is well lit all night and widespread use of energy saving bulbs I noticed.
A previous review is I believe wrong – the reef is never closed, the tide is simply in or out and it is quite safe to snorkel over the reef shelf in the shallows even if it is windy because the winds are invariably on shore . There are, I also discovered, no plans now or in the future to add more rooms because this would damage the feeling of relaxing spaciousness although in a currently large empty space just to the right of the main gates they will build another open air theater so that noise from entertainment does not disturb people in their rooms are wanting ro simply relax in the evenings.
Currently the resort accommodates 500 ( has 250 staff ) The hotel is clearly very environmentally responsible and the vast majority of employees are local people from the town of El Quseir . They train them, send them to college so engagement of staff is second to none. from my experience . A small army of maintenance staff keep the place in tip top shape and really clean and fresh. (By the way it is no longer SAS Radisson I think it is now part of another quality group still under Radisson Blu name The resort founder / owner I learn is a Swede and developed the resort to create a tourist industry to support the local town where people generally not well off at all.
I stayed two weeks and acted as carer for my elderly Mum - she was royally treated on this her tenth visit, my first. I too felt like a VIP. I needed to stay on site therefore and didn't sample excursions but the hotel offers guests desert camel riding and quad biking and other trips of cultural and historical interest. On site there is a Rejuvenation Spa and beauty salon ; also doctor on call 24/7 . There are a number of children's play areas with permanent wooden play structures and safe with sand floors. There is a volley ball court on beach, tennis courts and small farm just inside the main gates. All in all it was the best holiday I have ever had and cannot recommend it more.
"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Wed 8th of October 2014

Rating breakdown

  • 5 Location
  • 5 Beach
  • 5 Room
  • 5 Pool
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Value
  • 5 Food
  • 5 Cleanliness
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    "Bring swimming shopes tp protect your feet on the beach and in the shallows where you can paddle. Bring snorkelling kit - the marine life off the beach is amazing. "

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