18 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
dont get caught
"we had a fantasic, stay at the fayrouz plaza and it was our 2nd stay within the group of hotels , we asked for a sea view and a quiet room, and thats just what we got, right on the beach, the veiw was fantasic, room was cleaned everyday and the room and hotel was spotlessly clean, the food varied a little each day was not bad at all ,if you go hungry its your own fault, i would give the food a 7 out of ten, you could get drinks of any sort from the various bars from 10 am til midnight. the staff are all very nice and make you very welcome, we read some reports befor we went and it almost put us off i am glad it didnt, the hotel has a gr8 pool and the animation team work hard to keep u entertained both day and night, there was entertainment by them every night and twice a week a belly dancer or local act, however on the balcony terrace every night there is a singer , a very bad one, who seems to think he is a star!!!!! would love to see what simon scowle would say about him. it was that bad my ears hurt.
there is very little to do , which was what we wanted, not really a place for kids, the sea is not suitable for swimming unless u are into snokling. there are a few shops within the hotel , a chemist, hair studio, and two or three holiday crap type shops .
BE CAREFULL OF THE YOUNG MAN WHO WEARS AN ORANGE SHIRT FROM THE HAIR STUDIO, HE COMES ROUND ASKING YOU TO HAVE YOUR HAIR DONE ETC , AS AN ALMOST BALD GUY I WAS TOLD IT WOUND BE 7/8 EURO TO HAVE MY HEAD SHAVED , WHEN I HAD IT DONE IT WAS 26 EURO, WHEN I COMPLAINED TO HIM HE JUST LAUGHED AT ME, AND SAID I WAS A RICH ENGLISH MAN WHO COULD WELL AFFORD IT!!!!!. apart from that it was a fantastic holiday and i cant wait to visit againalso check out the resurant that u have to pay for the food was amazing , we went 3 times (about Â£25 for the two of you) worth every penny"
- Travel date: Sat 4th of July 2009
Had a fantastic time during our week at...
"Had a fantastic time during our week at the three corners resort. Staff exceedingly helpful and very polite. Would recommend super safari trip, look out for Jupiter, four of its moons that were visible during our stay! Also watch out for shooting stars during August! The resort has a gorgeous pool and the beach is literally on the doorstep. Saw some beautiful sunsets and moon rises. Overall a very enjoyable holiday, would definatley return!"
- Travel date: Mon 25th of August 2008
it waz our ever first holiday and it waz...
"it waz our ever first holiday and it waz absolutly fantastic l really enjoyed it soon az we got back we booked it the next day to the same resort and l rate it 10 out of 10 the staff and food was fantastic definatrly a fantastic choice and would recomend any one to go there."
- Travel date: Thu 12th of June 2008
Just returned from Three Corners Fayrouz...
"Just returned from Three Corners Fayrouz. The hotel is now nearly finished. Work has now restarted on the jetty, there is good access down to the beach and the pool is now heated. The rooms are spacious with a/c and a free saftey deposit box but no drawer space.
The breakfasts are excellent with lots of breads, danish pastries etc. and chefs cooking eggs and omlettes to order. For lunch and dinner the food is very samey with only one choice of meat, fish and chicken a meal and the portions given from the show cooking (usually two out of the three) are very small. There are lots of salad items and vegetables and the soups are very good.
The main problem at the moment is that the main entertainment bar is not finished and does not look likely to be so in the near future. The entertainment Karaoke, Bingo, Quizzes etc. is held in the main lobby bar and is very loud. There was belly dancing/whirling dervish shows on four times during our two weeks and although they were very good we found 4 times a bit excessive. The sound system is not good and we could not make out most of what was being said. At this present time there is nowhere else to go in the hotel to get out of the way of the entertainment so you either listen to it or go back to your room!
Eventually this hotel will be excellent. There is a lot of hard work gone into the landscaping etc. The plus side is that the staff are fantastic and nothing is too much trouble for them "
- Travel date: Sat 8th of March 2008
We had a fantastic 2 week stay at the th...
"We had a fantastic 2 week stay at the three corners. The children enjoyed the kids club and mini disco, however would have been nice to have longer for the mini club disco.
Staff all very friendy and kind, complex very clean & tidy!!!!
Only complaint Showers.... Would have been nice to have consistent HOT water or COLD!!! (didnt seem to ever be consistent) Did log complaint.
Room service 100% always left v clean.
Overall we would certainly return to the 3 corners again!!!!
- Travel date: Wed 27th of February 2008
This review is from 4 friends who have h...
"This review is from 4 friends who have have spent 2 weeks in this resort in Jan this year. The hotel is lovely and very clean We were all pleased with the selection of food, which was plentiful, hot and a good choice, catered for vetegarian and vegans could manage. Staff were very friendly. The "animation" (entertainment) tried very hard, but the evening entertainment thankfully did not last long, was quiet cheesy, and difficult to undersatnd what was being said as the mike was not clear and spoken in french/belgian/germans.
Some facililties that were in the brochure description were not yet finished, eg Gym/sauna/ Belgian restruant. The pool was beautiful, but too cold to go in. Warning - the hotel does not change travelers cheques and the cash machine does not always work. Port Gelib, is a good 30 min walk either along the road or over rough ground/building areas. There are only 3 coffee/resurturants open and 2 hotels. The rest is nearly finished, but building work is everywhere.
You will need water shoes to go in the sea as it is mostly coral. Unfortunately the hotel does not have a jetty, like other in the area and we were very concerned that we were damaging coral and could not avoid steping on brittle stars which were everywhere. It was a long walk out to the reef but well worth it. The snorkelling was brilliant and we were lucky to see a turtle.
Three of our group are divers and we did go to the dive centre attached to the hotel, but they did not seem interested and their rates were quite high. However we did have 5 days great diving with Emperor divers, which are based in the Coral Diving Hotel, which is about 15 minutes walk, but they do have a bus which picks you up from your hotel.
Despite the negatives we agree it was very good value and a peaceful relaxing holiday."
- Travel date: Mon 25th of February 2008
We were told we would staying at another...
"We were told we would staying at another hotel and were then sent tho this one. On first impression the marble hallway was impressive but once you looked about you realised it is quite a limited hotel.
The one pool has been broken for months which no real plans to fix it. It was so cold it would not even be a good idea even if it had been hot. The jacuzzi was not cleaned out once in my entire two week stay and had a line of scum at the top of it.
There is still construction work going on in the hotel. There is no spa/sauna/beauty centre at all. The only entertainment is the animation team, one member called Tarek is actually hired by the hotel to woo women for the purposes of repeat business. This ran into trouble when three different women he slept with came back in one week.
If you have the misfortune to fall ill, the hotel will charge you somewhere around Â£500 half for them and half for the hospital docter. You will be told to claim it back on insurance when you get home. This was charged to a couple who had bad food poisoning caused by a chef who had poor hygiene.
I read half good reviews before i went but this is a truer picture of the place. Also there is nothing to do for a 100 mile radius as the local town is el quesir which is two streets of men shouting "sex lady" at you. The supposed local entertainment of Port Ghalib was not finished yet. There is one costa coffee. You will be over charged. Do yourself a favour: go anywhere else.
- Travel date: Sun 17th of February 2008
Just Got Back
"Just returned back from THE THREE CORNERS with my wife, on our two week stay.
We were quite concerned about the comments posted before we arrived at the CORNERS, but we had a fantasic time.
Still a lot of work to be done but it does not effect the holiday overall. the service, food and cleansiness was excellent.
The room no.5021 over looking gardens, to the left pool and sea views. Large and comfortable room with a 5ft bed. No kettle but that is normal now, limited t. v. channels.
Pool cold, not heated for our stay but there is a hot pool or tub.
Beach is cleaned every day with excellent facilities.
Entertainment below standard, but these are the areas that are not open yet, the trixie club nearly finnished when we left (for the kids) ship like building near the beach."
- Travel date: Thu 7th of February 2008
Clean, exellent staff - will be fab in a Year
"The Hotel is remote but has its own beach, its a 20-30 minute walk from Port Galhib (which is still in the process of being built but has a Pizza Hut, Costa and a Baskin robins, you can already see it will be lovley when finished.)
The hotel is still being finished there is no building work more outfitting to Bars and resturants and does not interupt your stay. The Hotel is at the moment having a 'soft opening' and they are constantly trying to improve things. The Staff are really friendly and helpful. The Animation team are constantly on the go. Don';t do the british thing and not join in as its fun and youy may meet some great people.
We booked our holiday for a relaxing time and we did excatly that. We took a six year old girl who loved the childrens pool and evening entertainment. The staff really make an effort with children - maybe this a trend we can bring to the uk.
Take the time to have a massage they are resonably priced and well worth the money.
This will be a great resort when finished and will probably be way out of my price range."
- Travel date: Wed 23rd of January 2008
"I reviewed this hotel in September 2008, when my family (2 girls 6 4 ) stayed there. I was measured then and will be now. there are some excellent pluses - it is excellent value, staff are almost all wonderful (extremely friendly, genuinely warm, quite the nicest hotel I've stayed in for quality of staff), unrivalled for cost if you are a family of 4 staying in one room (as essentially your childrne stay free). The food is good with lots of choice therooms are quite spacious and nice. general build quality of hotel and structure, such as toilets and floors is very ncice. However, all the the areas that were unfinished in september 2008 are still unfinished - despite them still advertising in brochures and the website that they are completed. Noteably the kids club is a spare guest room, main pool is NOT heated 9bloody cold at this time year), Pascal's restaurant not open, no gym and health club, Peanuts bar where evening entertainment could be offered more comfortably and most importantly (to me) the pontoon out into the lagoon to facilitate safe and "greener" diving is not completed. the management gave various reasons but it seems to me that they are waiting for further money from guests.
If I were you i would not book or visit this hotel until reviews start confirming that the other advertised services are available. why should we pay 100% of the cost for 70% of facilities"
- Travel date: Sun 13th of January 2008
sand, sand and more sand
"Just returned from a Christmas and New Year break at the Three Corners Hotel in Marsa Alam Egypt, it was not as I expected, but as it was well underpriced for this time of year, I found out the reason why.
It is advertised as surrounded by 150 shops/ cafes/restaurants BUT they have yet to be built.
The hotel is in the middle of nowhere so if you fancy a stroll outside of the complex there is nothing but sand.
Ladies need to take a wrap as evenings can be quite cool.
The hotel is still under construction, but I must add none of the continuing work affected me or other holiday makers.
This hotel is not for anyone with any mobility issues, there are a few flimsy wooden ramps about, but they are mainly for moving food and drinks about from one part of the hotel to another.
There are steep steps to the reception area but the hand rails only go part of the way, the pool does not have any proper steps so you have to get in via a slope, or a step ladder which again is of no use to people with mobility problems.
This is a place to go if you like lots and lots of kids as well as your own because there is always lots of animation/ games and music going on around the pool so you do not have to be dull, but if its sleeping, reading and sun seeking you want, go to the beach.
In the reception area they have a library of books in every language and also lots of board games.
We arrived with travellers cheques but no Egyptian currency, which was unfortunate as the hotel has no facilities for changing travellerâs cheques, if it were not for the A.T.M machine which only worked intermittently, cash could have been a problem. The hotel will order a taxi to take you to a bank with an ATM with a charge.
The front desk never had any small denomination notes, and these seem generally in short supply, the only way I could get any change for tips is when I complained to the guest relations, and she sorted it out immediately.
We had a really nice room (1104) it overlooked the sea and the pool; we got the sun on the balcony from six on the morning until two in the afternoon.
Some of the rooms have adjoining doors, beware there is no sound proofing.
There are no tea making facilities in the rooms, neither is there any shampoo/soap/conditioner but there is a liquid soap dispenser.
At certain times the water pressure is very low making it hard to shower, as the shower will suddenly stop.
The mattresses are really hard and I heard lots of people complaining.
The housekeeping kept us laughing by leaving elephants/ crocodiles/ snakes/ and hearts made from the towels.
On arrival you are given two bottles of water which you have to fill when empty from designated stations, but if you tip the housekeeping on the first day you will never be without water.
There is no jetty as yet so itâs a long paddle in the sea before you can get to swimming depth; there are lots of coral and jellyfish, so beach shoes are needed.
On the beach there are quad bikes/camel rides/horses/ pony and trap and a diving club so there is a lot to do.
The beach bar is the only place that you can have ice cream which is served between 3-4 pm. Also the beach bar is the only place that you can get afternoon tea and cake and that is served between 4-5. The beach is probably not accessible by wheel chair, and is tricky if you having any lesser mobility problems.
The beach bar turns into the a la carte restaurant on an evening and you have to pay, it is overpriced and the menu is small and never varied. The venue itself is very pleasant so itâs worth doing once, although the actual meal is subject to variation from the menu.
If you wish to buy a bottle of wine it is outrageously priced at Â£13 English pounds for a bottle of Egyptian wine (Obylisk), which went up to Â£30 English pounds for New Years Eve (we did not pay that). In the airport the same wine is priced Â£2.50, and that is probably a fair price.
The food was good but very repetitive, at lunch time they have only one small chip fryer which is not enough to cater for dozens of people. Breakfast tends to cater to Continental taste rather than the Brit need for a fry-up.
The different breads are delicious.
The cocktails are made differently by every waiter so you always get a surprise.
All the staff/management/chefs worked their fingers to the bone on Christmas Eve and New Yearâs Eve, they put on a great display of food and table decorations everything looked spectacular, the only thing that I thought spoiled it was a few guests turned up in old shorts, tee shirts, and trainers and although they can wear whatever they like on their holidays they did look foolish.
The consensus is that this will be a great hotel when itâs finished, but you will also see a great change in the price range.
The transfer time is only 10/ 15 minutes from the airport."
- Travel date: Thu 10th of January 2008
An Impression of the NEW Three Corners Hotel/Resort - Marsa Alam
"We have recently stayed at the Three Corners Hotel (Marsa Alam)for both Christmas and New Year - 2007/08.
The Hotel is only a 10/15 minute transfer from the airport. Aircraft arriving/departing from the small airport are NOT an issue. What IS an issue, is that the Hotel is situated in the middle-of-nowhere. There is simply nowhere to go - the Hotel is your home for the duration of your stay. You have been warned.!!
Quadbikes, Camel or Horse riding and a Dive Centre are conveniently situated on the beach by the Hotel. The Quadbikes being excellent value for money.
At present, the brand new Belgium-owned Hotel is far from complete. Whilst not inconvenienced by actual building works in the grounds - internally, by way of bars, restaurants and large function rooms - there remains much to do.
Rooms in a bungalow-type confirguration of 8/10 individual rooms, are spacious, clean and effectively air-conditioned. Showers are the walk-in type. Much use is made of Solar panels for hot water
BEWARE - party-doors are NOT soundproof - If there happens to be a 'frisky' couple next door - EVERY sound, breath, scream and gasp can be heard..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not for the feint-hearted.
The lobby has a small bar, and a totally inadequate number of seats for more than 30/40 guests.
The staff are helpful - but spoilt by a small number of waiters who can become over-familiar.
THE HOTEL COMPLEX IS NOT DISABLED-FRIENDLY. There are steps everywhere, with the pool AND THE BEACH out-of-bounds - except for those who are young and fit. There are NO steps into the pool, and only TWO ladders - both of which are situated in the deep part. In the shallow end, if you have a leg/knee or hip injury, then you will experience great difficulty getting both in, and out of the pool. Even the pool tiles are slippy underfoot.!!!
AVOID school holidays if you are looking for peace and quiet. The Hotel is market heavily in Belgium as 'child-friendly'. This of course means a large number of young children are running around - usually out of control, as a large number of parents absolve all responsibility for control of their offspring.!! If you like to encounter youngsters running around the restaurant screaming, shouting and whizzing along on their 'heelies' - then you have found the perfect Hotel.
The food is excellent, with a wide choice of dishes. The RANGE of food is somewhat limited, but nevertheless very good.
For those looking for a quiet time around the pool, forget it.! So-called 'music' is imposed from 1000hrs until late afternoon. A siesta is out of the question.
Finally, there is almost a contant breeze/wind. Sometimes the wind can be so strong - making windbreaks out of sunbeds, is the only choice, if you wish to sunbathe."
- Travel date: Thu 3rd of January 2008