18 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Nicew little beach...but!
"It has been my custom over the last few years that whenever I visit my apartment in Hurghada, I book two or three days in an all inclusive hotel so that I can have some entertainment, talk to people and have some reasonable food and drink. Sadly the SAFIR Hotel failed to meet the lowest of my expectations.
Three room rates were shown on the internet; sea view, garden view and annex. I booked through Travel Republic who had two rates, the sea view being Â£1.50 per night dearer than the garden view. I assumed at this that the garden view would be one of the ground floor rooms near the main buildingâ¦ I was wrong! I was taken across the road to room 402 in the annex even having protested that I did not wish to go in the annex. Reception stated all garden view are annex â hard luck if you have a ground floor room near the main building and expect to see the sea! To change rooms to the main building would incur a charge of $25 per night. So I reluctantly accepted room 402, ground floor annexâ¦ but then my bed was only 15metres from a main, noisy road with coaches and taxis all through the night (with the obligatory horn sounding) result was little sleep.
The morning saw me cross the road for an adequate yet uninspired breakfast. Then to the unpopulated beach area, which was quite nicely presented. The sea was to cool for me but had my children been with me they would have been to the boomed rope in a few strokes and disappointed. Lunch was at the pool bar, the advertised buffet in the restaurant did not exist, all on offer was a meat/onion fry with fries and salad. Afternoon tea with cakes and cookies was a flask of tea/coffee (no milk) and one single piece of marbled cake! Dinner buffet in the âShades of Blueâ restaurant was a few âbain marieâ with meat dish, fried fish, mixed veg, rice and potatoes with salad and soup â completely lacking any inspiration in display or presentation. However, the fish was quite eatable.
Drinks from the poolside bar were served in 200ml white plastic cups (school days!) and in the Jimmyâs Bar the largest glass was a 200ml highball â so a long, cool Sakara Beer was impossibleâ¦
The first floor âPiano Barâ was not open, neither was the âRendezvous Barâ and Disco. The Fish Restaurant was closed as were the three retail outlets of the six units in the arcade (three empty).
There was no entertainment at all â sorry, a TV in Jimmyâs Bar with an unintelligible music channel blaring out, and few people to speak to!
It appeared that there were no more than 20 rooms occupied in the main block of perhaps 200 rooms. The management were not of a mind to relocate me, so I had no choice but to forfeit my room for the second night and return to my quiet apartment. The shame is it could be a good hotel but sadly failing â would I recommend this to anybody? Not before any of the 150 other hotels in and around Hurghada.
- Travel date: Sun 4th of March 2012
Feel so humiliated
for the view,swimming pool was amazimg actually when i saw the pictures on net i decided to book but pictures are not the same like reality so here is the reality:
i am writing this cause it is your right to know Egypt is much better than that i had been all around but i never seen such a baaaad hotel and staff and Food
Well lets start with the first Day where we informed the hotel that we will check in after dinner time so make a set menue to be delivered in our rooms guess what was served AS A DINNER 2 cheese sandwiches with a cake with the worest bad quality ever however dinner dont include this sh... and it was supposed to be same items from the open dinner
Next day i had to wake up since 7am cause the cleaning people was just bangind all doors and loud voices and hell of noises i could not believe how rude they were
we went to the breakfast which is something perfect it is a hell of 3 things to choose from Eggs bad cheese and egyptian beans so where is the rest !!!!!!! however even this was so baaaaaaad in taste my stomach was really hurting!!!!!
Well go to the dinner which is one kind of pasta and rice and bief and rotten fish oh to be honest there were good mashed potato and the beef was mmm less than average but OK
well the beach was not bad too and drinks was fair they just need to clean the glass and dishes!!! ohh and never try to have cubed ice it smelled like sh....
The room standard i would rate for 2 star hotel plus no maintenance so you can imagin how bad is the holes in the walls specially the bathroom
Finally we go for the management i believe they manage this hotel with a bunch of crappp and rude this is the most suitable word as no privacy people are following you and staring where ever you go and i felt even they were listning to us from behind the door which made me feelt hurrassed soooooooo much
I talked to management and i was about to call police but then they kept saying sorry and i was staying for 3 days so i just left the hotel and went to another place
After all what i said if you want to try just take this advice Never leave expensive things in your room and ask for cleaning when you are not there
Oh forgot to mention that the recieptionest keept calling on my room in funny egyptian words then when i phoned back he said sorry i thought you need something
Well i am working in Egypt since a year now and i have been to amazing places but not this Safir was the worest place ever to be in within any country everrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!"
- Travel date: Sat 24th of October 2009
i went on a solo holiday and stayed at t...
"i went on a solo holiday and stayed at the Savior hotel hotel itself was very clean and tidy and most of the staff were very nice except the staff in the restaurant who could be a bit rude at times food was the same each night which consisted of beef or fish that became boring although at the pool at lunch time their was a choice of kebab,toasted sandwiches, and pizzas. I did find out that a telephone call from my daughter that was very urgent did not get passed to me until three days later even though i had visited the reception desk it was not passed onto me and only found out when a note was put under my door from the rep.also u could not use the phones to call home from Ur room as indicated in the broucher. I also found that any shops were quite a long walk away not good in that heat but u could get a taxi(talking of getting a taxi be careful) the one we hired to take us ti El Gouna started to fall asleep as he was driving and it wasn't much better on the way back!!!! But saying that if it is peace and quite u r looking for this is the Hotel for u"
- Travel date: Sun 6th of July 2008
My first trip to Hurgarda was 15 years a...
"My first trip to Hurgarda was 15 years ago, then, no more than an unspoilt fishing village with a couple of very basic hotels and frequented by the divers (myself included). As far as i remember Emperor Diving the only PADI school then. Now, all these years later I return to find a totally different city.. some good some not so good.......... the Safir being very good.
The hotel is quite basic but is offset by being in a quite area. It's totally accessable to the old town and the new town (Sekalla); pay no more than 10EP (Â£1) taxi either way and always agree on a price BEFORE you happily jump in the taxi.
We were lucky enough to be placed in a 1st floor room over the beach. The view's across the sea towards Giftun Island were totally jaw dropping especially the Sunrises/sets...
Staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful, nothing was to much trouble. (Word of warning.. beware for the food police at the front door.. no food to brought into or out of the hotel!)
Food was varied, very well prepared and presented. Catering staff were seen to follow good food handling practice. (disposable gloves were used by all staff when handling food). We used alcohol hand gel frequently, especially after handing money.. this is know to carry E coli as well as a host of other stomach turning bugs.
Would we return to the Safir.. definitely!
- Travel date: Sun 18th of May 2008
"just returned from hotel safir had a great time, fantastic location right on its own little beach. the staff are some of the best we have come across in egypt, couldn,t do enough for you. from the guys on reception to the pool guy, cleaners, waiters, all of them were fantastic. hotel is a bit quiet but we happened to like that as we had only gone for a weeks short break, however just a short walk in either direction and you could find all the nightlife and shopping you wanted . the rooms were spacious and were cleaned and towels and bed linen changed every day the food in both the main restaurant and poolside bar were great, again we could not find any fault with it"
- Travel date: Sat 9th of February 2008
I've just returned from eygyt were we st...
"I've just returned from eygyt were we stayed half board at the safir. The staff were amazing so helpfull, always there to help you, the food was lovely, and the rooms got cleaned every day, for being a 2 star hotel i was very impress with the service. We went on a boat trip and safri through our hotel and got great service again, it just shows you we don't need reps at hotels when the hotel staff spoke perfect english. We are going back next year. So if your after value for money, quiet hotel and 10 mins walk to the town centre then you will love the safir."
- Travel date: Fri 25th of January 2008
loved the staff
"We have just returned from Eygpt were we stayed in a fantastic hotel called the Safir in hurghada. We went with friends who have been to this hotel 3 times and i can see why. I have to say this was the best holiday i've had in years. The food is buffet style but got plenty and in the morning you could ask the chef for 2 fried eggs which was lush.The rooms were cleaned every day, staff are amazing nothing is to much trouble for them, and they all speak perfect english. It was the first time we never had a rep and to be honest we never missed that service at all. We went on a boat trip & Safri to the bedwin feast and both were fantastic value for money. So if your after a relaxing holiday in Egypt then i recommend the Safir, and your only 10 min walk or 2 min in taxi from the town centre were it's a lot busy. We are going back next year to see Basham, and Mohamad and the rest of the boys. So thank you to all the staff, for given us a great holiday to remember .
From Ali & Joe. England. Newcastle."
- Travel date: Fri 25th of January 2008
First time in Egypt
"I stayed at this hotel 11th jan for 1 week half board and booked through On The Beach website. I travelled alone and found the hotel very quiet and good value for money. Food was varied, buffet style with plenty to go round. No tummy upsets!
Staff very friendly and spoke good English, French and German. Didnt see many English tourists, majority German and Russian, no English tour operator represented there so shop around for trips out.
Rooms cleaned every day with fresh towels. Although it has a 4 star rating I would say more like a 3 star in UK. Had heard that some better hotels in Hurghada but for a cheap week in the sun I think this was a good choice.
Lager costs 20 Egyptian Pounds, bottled water 9EP and average lunch was costing me 40EP.
Overall was very pleased!"
- Travel date: Sun 20th of January 2008
Nice hotel, quiet but 5 mins in taxi or 10 min walk to any life
"I have stayed in dozens of hotel in Egypt and the Safir I can recommend, you wont get 5 star luxury there, it is hard to find it in any hotel in Hurghada but you wont be dissapointed. Stayed twice in this hotel and can recommend it, rooms light airy and comfortable, air conditioner that works, hot water and excellent staff. Adequate breakfast with choice and an excllent Chef Mohammed who will cook you eggs anyway you want as you look over the Red Sea from the restuarnt. Nice clean private beach (a small tip goes a long way here) and some of the best employees I have found in Egypt and I have been visiting here for 15 years. On the negative there is nothing much outside the hotel you have to walk 10mins to find the nearest shop or resturant or its simply 5 mins in a taxi which costs around 50p. Animation team put on a show every night which last only an hour or so but on the positive side its quiet by midnight so you can at least sleep or head for the town.....bliss in Hurghada with most clubs blasting music out to the wee hours. Ask for a seq view room as they are better than across the road and worth paying the extra for. I would give 9/10 for this hotel."
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of January 2008
very pleasant experience
"this was a very nice hotel to stay at food lovely, interior, bedrooms and gardens. One bossy waiter was a bit of a pain other than that a nice place to stay. Spotlessly clean"
- Travel date: Wed 28th of November 2007
I myself would give the hotel 10/10 but...
"I myself would give the hotel 10/10 but with regards to the food 1/10 - we found it very hard to find food to eat every night - and if it wasnât for the pasta I think the kids would have starved!
The staff were excellent when it came to the children and with a niece with disabilities(6) they did everything they could including cooking chips twice a day for her to make sure she had something.
Our key to our room was blocked after the first week -and again on the last day at 9am even though we paid extra for a late check out. We found all staff to be very friendly. When just relaxing one day by the pool, within 1 hour we had 5 people try to sell you trips/beauty treatments etc.
My advice to you is make sure you take plenty of sun cream/wet wipes, nappies etc as the shop is very expensive.
With regards to the airport - the staff are not very friendly as when my niece was crying they pointed to a man with a gun.
Our flight over was also a problem as we paid extra for nut free meals which we didnât have - and we were then told they have never done them! Other passengers on the plane should also be ashamed of themselves as they starred and tutted about my niece crying even though you can see she has disabilities, you expect that abroad but with people from the UK, you would think they knew better.
- Travel date: Sun 29th of July 2007
A Nice " Sharm El Sheik" like place
"Date: End February - Beginning March 2007
Author: tcliapis, Stationed by that time in Helioupolis Cairo - Egypt
Hurgada and its SAFIR Hotel / Resort was a very nice few days getaway from filthy Cairo!
Hurgada is a âto be Sharm El Sheikhâ place (needing few more years though for it)!
Itâs a nice newly built (the most of it) town packed in east Europe tourists with above average resorts and condominium places also having the standard tourist shows and attractions of the region as snorkeling, scuba, aqua parks, dessert shows, nigh clubs etc.
Hurgadas SAFIR is a nice, reasonable in prices, secured, but just average (as far as buildings / equipment) resort. Though overall rating to me is of a true 4 star! Because of its punctual service and personnel effort. Resort has also a small private beach a convenient pool and a scuba agency in its premises!
So, had a grate 3 days hope out from Cairo EXPERIENCE IN THERE â¦"
- Travel date: Thu 5th of July 2007