Hotel La Perla
15 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Tatty with Lack of Facilities
"Since discovering TripAdvisor a year ago, I always consult reviews before booking a hotel. I have 4 star tastes but only a lower 3 star budget these days and so I really need to find affordable quality.
Every other time I have gone on TripAdvisor, I have been very happy. I must admit that I got to feeling quite smug about the whole thing - pitying those not in the know about how they have to take a gamble on what they read in the brochures.
I guess that I should have realized that one time my luck was going to run out. And it did with La Perla.
We weren't due to stay here anyway. We had booked and paid the deposit on a more expensive 4 star hotel with better reviews, but the travel agent messed it up and told us the next day that it was fully booked. I decided to take a chance on La Perla as the reviews were generally positive.
This was a mistake.
The hotel is one of the oldest in Hughada. And it shows.
There are signs of neglect everywhere. The place needs a complete refurbishment badly as it looks tatty in the extreme.
What was worse though was the complete lack of facilities in the room. My girlfriend was mortified that there was no hairdryer; I was annoyed that there were only 5 channels on the TV and none of those were tuned in properly, and no remote control.
We had one of those tiny bars of hotel soaps for the whole 9 days we were there. A bathroom door that shut properly, let alone locked, would have been nice too.
Using the water was always a random experience as every time you turned on the taps/faucets you never know what was going to happen. Some times nothing would come out at all; at other times you got scalding hot from both the warm and cold taps.
Cleanliness was average. When a room is that old, it's hard to keep it spotless, but at least they tried.
The first day I thought that the food was pretty good as long as you got there within half an hour of them bringing it out. However, we soon discovered that the chef's repertoire only covered 8 recipes of which 6 were available on any one day and so it got very boring very quickly and so we ended up eating out mostly just to avoid it.
The staff were friendly but incompetent. If Mr Bean worked there, he would win the employee of the month award every month.
On the plus side, the location was pretty good, being right in the centre of 'Greater Hurghada' meaning that nowhere was too far to travel. The area was also nice and quiet.
I hadn't checked the map properly - I thought that it was on the beach but it wasn't, although they have an arrangement with another hotel just a couple of minutes' walk away so it was not a huge problem.
The bad definitely outweighed the good though. My girlfriend was even less impressed with the place than I was and was moaning about it, which put me in a bad mood and this spiralled out of control until we reached the stage when we spent most of the 9 days not talking to one another. It was the worst holiday I can remember, partly due to La Perla, which is a shame as I was pleasantly surprised by Hurghada in general and would definitely go back again, but definitely to a different hotel next time."
- Travel date: Fri 19th of October 2007
love he resort
"this is not a 4 star luxury hotel more 2 stars the bedrooms are very tired and not comfortable. the food was adequate. very disappointed with overall holiday as this hotel has great potential and if it were not for the staff i would have booked out We booked all inclusive only too discover that we were being charged for teas /coffee soft drinks on our arrival. but this changed by way of protesting to the hotel management after 3 days. the pool areas are by far the best of the hotel. The reception area was where most of the guests complained of being bitten by mossies .I would go back to sharm but book into a named 5 star hotel closer to Naama Bay.The service we recieved from the staff was exceptional and this is where I would put the 4 stars"
- Travel date: Sat 2nd of June 2007
Really good hotel, nice place to visit
"La Perla was overall a fantastic place to stay whilst on holiday in Hurghada. It had everything you need from a hotel. It was clean and tidy, comfortable and had tremendous staff. The room had a nice balcony, and air con inside which was a life saver. The poolside bar offered some decent food, and there was an Italian and Chinese restaurant attached to the hotel that were of a very high standard and reasonably priced. So if you donât want to venture too far away from the hotel in the evenings there are places to dine within the immediate complex. If you want sample other places away from you hotel, then it is easy to get a taxi into the new town where there are a variety of different places to eat. Ask at the hotel how much it should be to get a taxi into the new town, when I was there I think they said 8-10 Egyptian pounds â I generally paid about 10 I think. I think people will always find things that they enjoy when theyâre away, so Iâll just give general pointers of things to watch out for.
Make sure you haggle with the taxi drivers before you get in â they will ask for a ridiculous price to start with âjust say no, and offer a couple of pounds less than what the hotel staff advised, and you should get the taxi for a reasonable price eventually. Be careful though, one taxi driver agreed to charge 15 pound to take us to the old town. When we were half way there he wanted the money, so we gave him 15 pounds. He then said no, we agreed 15 euros. Which works out at something ridiculous in Egyptian money. He threatened to stop and make us get out â we were somewhere in between old and new town! Just be stern, and stand your ground without being confrontational, and if needs be threaten to call the tourist police and they will stand down. Another thing to watch out for is the boys collecting in the back. We had one who had david blaine type hands, and switched the 5 pound note we gave him for a 5 piatsa note, and asked for more money. Again, just stand your ground if this happensâ¦it may be handy to hold the note in front so both you and he can see it, and confirm what youâre giving him. Some Egyptians will try to rush and fluster you so they can pull a fast one.
This is going a bit negative here, and I donât want it to, but I will just list a couple of other things, that are merely trifle inconveniences rather than negatives.
-You will be hassled into shops in the main town. Just give a polite no thank you and keep walking. They may well follow you, and ask things like where are you from etc, or say they donât want to sell, just be a friend. Again say no thank you and keep going. Donât stop and answer their questions! Youâll be roped into going in the shop somehow!
-You have to pay to get onto the beach belonging to La perla, and cannot take your own water with you.
-The pool can be shady in the afternoons, so if you plan on using the pool and beach, do the pool in the morning.
These are the only things that I found a bit annoying. Overall it was a fantastic holiday. I recommend an island boat trip where you can snorkel over reefs as well as lie on beautiful white beaches. A trip to the old town is ok, although I wouldnât say it is a must see. The aquarium is very cheap, and ok to waste 15 mins, but you see most of the things when youâre snorkling anyway. Sheesha is a nice novelty thing to try even if you are a non smoker. It is nothing dodgy as some people think, just flavoured tobacco - try apple or mint. The smoke is not harsh because it has been cooled by the water.
There is a club on the beach which is worth a visit if you want a nightclub type thing, and a couple of Irish bars which are quite lively.
I think to sum it up, itâs a great place, great hotel, and well worth a holiday. Just be careful you donât get âhadâ, the locals will try things on all the time â be sure of yourself and youâll be fine."
- Travel date: Wed 16th of May 2007
"The La Perla Hotel is excellent. We got a bargain deal here in 2005 and ended up being given a very large double room with terrace/balcony which nearly matched the actual hotel room in size! From our room we had views of the pool and beautiful gardens. Air con was good as temperatures were extremely high. It was a short walk to the hotels private beach which a small fee was paid for access. The beach was very clean with white sands and clear waters. From the hotel you could pick up cheap 'taxi' tranfers to the main street of the area where there are numerous restaurants/bars/belly dancing rooms/shops and clubs. Everything is catered for here! You will be hassled walking down the streets and I advice women cover up, but if you are polite and say 'no thank you' you are usually left alone straight away. Be careful being asked into shops and offered a drink (it is thought rude to refuse?!) but once inside it can be difficult to leave without purchasing something - remember to haggle and get the prices way down if there is something you like! The La Perla hotel has several resturants incluing a Pizza place and Chinese restuarant both of which were of high quality. The staff were excellent, very helpful and pleasant, offering advice on taxi prices (the taxi drivers often try to rip you off-always agree a price before starting the journey), one memebr of hotel staff even offering to give us a tour of the local town and make sure we paid the correct prices for local goods. All in all an excellent break, made perfect by the hotel, its location and staff! Highly recommended!"
- Travel date: Sun 29th of April 2007
It was really nice
"I went to this hotel with my grown up son, but was soon on my own as he went travelling around Egypt.
It was so safe, and with its friendly atmosphere I was soon joined by new friends. The Hotel has the advantage of being a 2 egyptian pound bus trip to the town centre or the other direction takes you to a brand new resort with superb beaches and parades of shops all in the vicinty of 5 star hotels such as the Marriot. Food was really pleasant and some nights entertainment was provided in the bar. The hotel is very reasonably priced and very clean. I would definately return there.
- Travel date: Tue 20th of February 2007
Very good Holiday
"This was our first visit to Egypt. The hotel was average, nothing fancy or special about it APART from the staff! they were all very friendly, helpful and approachable. The rooms were cleaned every day and the fab cleaners(men) left us something different to look at each day, flowers by the bed and petals on the towels in the bathroom and each day they made something out of the towels and left it on the bed, we had a swan, a cobra, a flower and even a baby! They came every day and asked if the room was ok. We stayed half board but would suggest that you stay B&B coz the food was a bit samey. We had a good laugh with the waiters tho and they spoke good English to us and mostly understood what we were saying.All in all a great place to stay.A+++++"
- Travel date: Wed 14th of December 2005
What a place!!!
"My fiance and myself booked to stay at La Perla as it was a great price!!! We were a bit surprised at the location and the unfinished look of the rooms. Do not expect luxury you will not get it. You are not by the beach but the pool area is lovely. The food is good (the buffet food is 'interesting') but I would suggest not booking half board as there are some lovely restaurants close by and very cheap to eat out, a meal for 2 with drinks is about Â£12. This is a budget hotel but your room will be cleaned every day! All I will say is that the staff make your holiday very special indeed. Nothing is too much trouble for them. We had a surprise enagement party thrown for us by the manager, Ashraf, with traditional band, belly dancing and a huge cake! In the end we did not want to leave. We have made so many new friends and can't wait to go back and see them all. Well worth a visit......but don't be afraid to venture out and see the sites!!"
- Travel date: Sun 18th of September 2005
La Perla Hotel - Hurghada
"Very nice hotel, friendly staff always happy to help!! The staff really do make this hotel a special place..The resort has alot of building works going on but overall I personally thought it was very nice"
- Travel date: Tue 13th of September 2005
A very special place - Hotel La Perla
"We have just returned from a 2 week holiday in Hurghada. We stayed at Hotel La Perla.
This is a budget hotel, the rooms are basic but exceptionally clean all ensuite and some with adjoining doors (if thats what you need)
The food is excellant, we stayed half board so we ate there most nights.
They also have a Pizza restaurant, which is always busy and mainly by outside users and the locals (always a good sign). There is also a Chinese restaurant and a bakery, both we used regularly and I cannot fault them, both absolutely excellant.
But the La Perlas ace card is there staff. friendly,happy and nothing is too much trouble.
I would reccommend anyone stay here, you will be well looked after.
We have come home having made new friends and can't wait to go back."
- Travel date: Sun 24th of July 2005
Fair hotel Excellent Staff
"I visited La Perla hotel in January staying for 3 weeks. The hotel itself was in a very convenient location, and although extremelly basic was a good base to start out from.
approx a three minute walk from the beach and five minutes from the shops and restauraunts (including pizza hut, KFC and McDonalds which are all of better standard than there UK counterparts).
If you plan to stay in then this is not the hotel for you, but if you plan to be out and return only to eat (themed nights on food are run as a buffet service chinese mexican egyption etc) and sleep then I can recommend this hotel as long as you have insect repellent or close the doors at night as we found out in the first week.
The staff are extremelly friendly and will try there hardest to accomadate you cofortably (the chef will even prepare you a meal at 3.00am)
Since returning to the uk I have received postcards from the security staff and manager of the hotel telling me that they hoped I enjoyed my stay and thanks to them I did.
The hotel facilitys are very basic and could be compared to a travelodge in the UK. A tv is available in each room although this only has one English channel. As well as a fridge and en suite shower room every room has a balcony although the views aren't great as Hurghada is such a developing town, and La perla is slightly inland (building sites are everywhere). although this did not cause myself any problems I wouldn't consider me to all that fussy. For the most part I can honestly say this was the best holiday I have ever had thanks to the Hotel staff, and excellent location of the not so modern hotel, One day I will return."
- Travel date: Tue 5th of April 2005
Awful La Pela
"A very disappointing holiday. The hotel had no facilites or entertainment as described, it was completely dead. The food was mostly unedible with hardly any choice. I spotted a cockroach on the so called buffet table. The room was very basic, hygiene needs to be improved.
My room was at the back of the hotel it was very noisy and the view was of a building site
and dust and sand. The swimming pool was dirty it got so bad it was unusable.
The hotel is run rentirely by men, showing a lack of respect for women; yet expected to cater to female guest.
The men working at the hotel were very disrespectful to the women guest and spent most of the time staring and making inappropriate comments. We had very little privacy. The security and desk staff were ripping the clients off by bumping up the taxi fares so they got a commission. This is just a brief version. I would never stay at this hotel again, it is very poor value. The beach was not connected to the hotel, it was 10-15 minutes away. The hotel is unusuitable for a disabled person and its in the middle of nowhere.
The best part of the holiday was discovering the little advertised massage salon run by Ali a perfessionally trained massage therapist. He was very caring, respectful and sympathetic of both elderly and other clients. I am disable and his therapies including his amazing lymphatic drainage treatment did wonders for me, i was totally energised.
If you want a quiet holiday with no activities, eating out every night and good massage therapies to get you in shape this might be the place for you. Ali is highly recommended."
- Travel date: Wed 24th of June 2009
"The hotel was clean, the plumbing worked, the staff were friendly. That's the good points dealt with. The location was poor - in a sort of no man's land between the town and the pleasant resort area. To walk anywhere you had to pick your way along rubble strewn pavements where building sites spilled over on to them.
I have stayed in hotels in Turkey and Tunisia where people have complained about the food and I have considered the food to be fine, so I don't think I am a picky eater. I certainly do not expect English food when I am abroad. Most of the clientele in this hotel were Russian/East European but looking at their faces wrinkling with disgust left me in no doubt that they hated the food as well. Breakfast was uneatable- rock hard boiled eggs/rosti/bean stew/damp toast/stale buns/"butter" like lard - need I go on? After three days we gave up and paid Â£4 each for breakfast at the bakery down the road. Evening meal:- Day 1 Rubbery fish, Day 2 Liver, Day 3 Rubbery meat, Day 4 Rubbery fish, Day 5 Liver, Day 6 Rubbery meat, Day 7 Rubbery fish."
- Travel date: Fri 24th of April 2009