Albatros Dana Beach Resort in Hurghada Egypt is a perfect hotel for family or couple holidays. It is a very large complex with buildings of rooms making a circle where in the middle is a river, pools, restaurants, and bars. As the resort is very large, you can use the boat on the river that will take you from one side to the other, where the beach is, or there is one stop in the middle, where are a restaurant and pool.
The whole resort is very clean with nice gardens and trees made in different shapes and all are taken care of daily, so it looks beautiful all the time. We spent ten days in this resort, and we had a lovely holiday.
Where– Hurghada, Egypt
When– all year round
How much– depends on the season, length of stay, agency, first minute, last-minute ($250-$300 double room per night all-inclusive)
My rating– 9 out of 10
Rooms and facilities
Albatros Dana Beach is a 5* hotel, which you can see when you enter the reception. It is huge, shiny, and gives a luxurious impression. There are comfortable chairs and a sofa to sit in, there is a bar to order a drink and another bar in the back, where you can go and have your drinks. Everything was always clean by the staff members.
The rooms are very nice and modern. We had a larger room because of the child, so there was another sofa and a lot of space for the child’s crib. The bed is huge, with tables on the sides, another big table with shelves and a TV and wardrobe with a safe. The bathroom is also large with a modern and huge shower. There is also a balcony with chairs and a table and a hanger to dry your clothes.
Cleaning was done daily. However, it was not as detailed as in Albatros White Beach. Everything was clean, I couldn’t complain, but many times things were forgotten to put, like towels or shampoo. Each room also has a fridge and kettle with teas and coffees. Bottles of water were provided every day. The other rooms were the same but smaller.
Restaurants and bars
There are several bars and restaurants in this hotel. Next to the reception is an oriental restaurant La Clef de L’Orient open for dinner. There were mostly local food and sweets. One of the best restaurants in the hotel.
Under this restaurant was Le Marche restaurant open for breakfast and late dinner. We ate here only once as it was farther from our room and it was not so great.
Next to it is a Food court open for lunch and afternoon snacks. Good choice of food and snack especially for kids when they get hungry later on.
Other restaurants were situated in the middle of the resort, which was closer to the beach and our room. L’Asiatique restaurant-Asian is built in the form of a boat. It is open for dinner and the food is delicious. It was also our favorite one.
Next to it is Castello restaurant- Italian, but the food was international. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We used this for breakfast and lunch every day, once for dinner. Breakfast is great, lot of choices every day. Lunches are also good, we were never disappointed, but the food was almost every day the same, except 3 or 4 dishes changed every day. There is also a pizza station where they make you a fresh pizza.
Above this restaurant is Kaiseblick restaurant, which we haven’t been to.
There is a bar at the beach, where you can get drinks and also fast lunches like freshly made pasta, sandwiches, and fries. Also, there are sweets and fruits.
There is an amazing cafe next to the food court, called Columbus Cafe that offers delicious coffees, hot chocolate, and cakes. We didn’t try the cakes as we were always full, but we always had caramel frappuccino there. It was delicious.
There are three places where you can get ice cream from the machine, and it is a beach bar, food court, and next to Castello restaurant. We had it every day. It was yummy.
There are also bars, a Piano bar, a Sports bar, a Lobby bar, and a Castello bar. We were only once in Castello bar for a drink in the evening, so can’t judge, but I’m sure they were great.
Beach and pools
The beach is huge with a gradual entrance to the sea and a lot of sunbeds with umbrellas. Therefore, it is very good for children to play and swim. On one side there was usually low tide, so we could walk or sit on the sand close to the sea. Also, in the end, were some corals with fish, for people to snorkel. We did it a few times, but it is not very good. Small corals with few fish and big waves.
On the other side is a gorgeous pier, where we took some pictures, there are also sunbeds in case people like to stay there and stairs to go down to the water.
There are several pools in the resort. There is one close to the reception, good for swimming with a divided section for small children. It was also used for water sports and activities. Another one, which we liked more, is next to Castello restaurant. It is deeper and has a beautiful view. There is also a small pool for children and one pool with streams around, where you can just sit and enjoy the massage.
Last but not least is a kids’ pool with slides and attractions. This one we used the most.
Entertainment and customer service
The animation team is great, much better than in Albatros White beach. The main reason is a mix of locals and foreign animators. There was a mini disco for children every evening and one evening the team had costumes of Minnie, Mickey, Tweety, and other cartoon heroes. Children could take pictures with them, play, and dance. For our two and half years old daughter, it was a paradise and the best time of the whole holiday. My only suggestion is not to put the music so loud for children.
For children, there are also two big playgrounds where children can enjoy themselves.
After mini-disco there were always different kinds of a show for adults. Sometimes it was better, other time not as much. The best was the Brazilian show. They were absolutely amazing. I was looking forward to the African acrobat show, but the program was changed, so, unfortunately, didn’t see it.
On the other side at Castello bar was every night live music for people to dance or just enjoy their drinks. It was very nice. They also had a big screen where people interested in football could watch it.
There were also activities during the day, like gymnastics, water gymnastics, belly dance, volleyball, etc.
Customer service was great. All waiters, lifeguards, cleaners, reception staff were nice, friendly, and helpful. We could see that the waiters were working very hard, and still, they were under big pressure from their superiors. I’m sure it is not very good to work like this. But still, they provided excellent customer service. In Albatros White Beach the atmosphere was more relaxed and you could see it on the staff too. They were in a better mood. Unfortunately, I had one bad experience with one reception man, who talked to me in an unprofessional and inappropriate way for a 5* hotel.
There are also shops with souvenirs in the resort, but they are more expensive. Just across the street, there are many small shops with clothes, cosmetics and souvenirs and also a big store Cleopatra, where you have everything for fixed prices, so you don’t need to negotiate. And their prices are the lowest.
We had a wonderful holiday in Albatros Dana Beach resort. We relaxed, swam and enjoyed the break and this is the most important thing. The boat transport to the beach was very enjoyable and handy, so we didn’t have to walk so much. The beach and pool are wonderful. Everything was great and I do recommend visiting this hotel. The only advice I have is to change the food for lunch a bit more, food could be placed by the staff and not guests, due to the hygiene, and cleaning staff should not forget to put things needed for a room. We had a lovely time in this fantastic hotel.