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DESSOLE ALEXANDER THE GREAT - FORMERLY CATARACT RESORT - MARSA ALAM 4*

The hotel's official name has now changed to the Dessole Alexander The Great but most people still know it as the Cataract, Marsa Alam.  

Rooms
: 384

Room facilities: Air conditioning and heating, mini-bar, satellite television, direct dial telephone, microwave oven, radio, refrigerator, hair dryer, safe desk, kitchen, balcony and bathroom with bath tub and shower

Location: 30km south of Marsa Alam airport
and 31km north of Marsa Alam town.

Facilities: include open-air disco, live bands, animation shows, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, children's pool, kid's fun area, billiards table, roller skating, volleyball, 4 tennis court, bicycling, water polo, camel/horse riding and souvenir and bookshop.


Book a room:
 You can book a room at Dessole Alexander the Great Resort by emailing steven@marsaalam.com - You don't need to pay a deposit as payment can be made on arrival.  


Guest reviews on TripAdvisor.com its rating, as of 10 January, is not encouraging at 70th out of 74 hotels, which is slightly worse than its 54th position (out of 67 hotels) in July 2013.  Less than half of all reviewers (49%) rated it as either "very good" or "excellent" ( down slightly from 51 per cent in 2013) and over one third (35%) rated it as either "poor" or terrible" ( up slightly from 33 per cent in 2013 ).  Please also note that as of 10 January 2017 there have been only two reviews (both in the Russian language) during the last two years so it's possible that the hotel might be very quiet and you should check to make sure it is open if you wish to book. 

Unfortunately I wasn't able to find the current star rating for the hotel on HolidayCheck.de but I might have missed it so please update us on steven@marsaalam if you have the url of any page on the website which gives the current rating. However, as of July 2013, the hotel's average score on HolidayCheck.de was rated at an impressive 5.2 out of six stars but the last of the seven reviews had been written in October 2010 and were so old that HolidayCheck had archived them.  For what it's worth, the best scores were awarded to rooms at 5.4, food at 5.2 and sport at 5.3 with lower scores for service at 4.8 and location at 4.7.  The reviews had all been filed under the name Hotel Dessole Alexander the Great.

Generally guest reviews on TripAdvisor and HolidayCheck have been mixed but mostly positive


ON THE BEACH AND SEA


"We went twice to the reef and swam with dolphins and turtles."
( TripAdvisor.com 5 October 2011 )

"Beautiful reef..... We saw moray, turtles and manta rays."
( TripAdvisor.com 31 January 2011 ) 

"The sea compensates for any negatives with the actual hotel....it is very beautiful, you know it as soon as you walk on to the beach.....There's a jetty to dive into the blue sea beyond the reef."
( TripAdvisor.com 28 September 2010 ) 

"The sea water is the same quality as around the Maldive Islands and the reef nearby leaves nothing to be desired."
( HolidayCheck.com Martina & Uwe March 2010 ) 

"The hotel is on a great beach, a paradise for snorkelers..... On the beach there is a bar where light snacks are offered."
( HolidayCheck.com Richard March 2010 )

"The beach is very flat but the reef very steep.  At low tide the water only up to the knees.  The underwater world is fantastic. You can admire while snorkeling every day....  Beach shoes highly recommended."
( HolidayCheck.com Daniel March 2010 ) 


ON THE FOOD

"The food was quite OK"
(  TripAdvisor.com 18 May 2012 ) 

"Poor food with little variety."
( TripAdvisor.com 16 January 2012 ) 

"Food in the restaurant varied and very tasty, lots of meat, fish, pastries (you name it !) and very good beer and wine."
( TripAdvisor.com 23 September 2011 ) 

"Had to fight to find a table and the pasta was like glue."
( TripAdvisor.com 25 March 2011 ) 

"I loved the food, lots of nice salads and fish everyday and cakes (but) I could not drink the wine, red or white. It was....just cheap and nasty.  So bring your own. Very expensive to buy locally.  But the beer was great !"
( TripAdvisor.com 13 January 2011 ) 

"The restaurant is very clean, the food delicious and the staff very friendly."
( HolidayCheck.com Richard March 2010 ) 

"The selection of dishes in the restaurant was plentiful and the quality was really good."
( HolidayCheck.com Ingo March 2010 ) 


ON THE STAFF

"Friendly and helpful staff."
( TripAdvisor.com 16 January 2012 )

"My sister and I found the staff very helpful.... They go out of their way to help."
( TripAdvisor.com 21 December 2010 )  

"Staff very friendly and can't do enough for you."
( TripAdvisor.com 11 November 2010 ) 


ON THE ROOMS

"The beds are comfortable with new bed linen."
( TripAdvisor.com 21 July 2011 )

"Clean rooms, although they require refreshing."
( TripAdvisor.com 31 January 2011 )  

"All the rooms had either a balcony or a small outside terrace with furniture.  Our room was a bit dated but clean and tidy. No complaints at all."
( TripAdvisor.com 13 January 2011 ) 


ON THE GROUNDS AND GARDENS

"Very beautiful, lush greenery and flowers."
( TripAdvisor.com 23 September 2011 ) 


ON THE MASSAGE SERVICES

"I absolutely loved the Egyptian massage.  I have had many in my life but this was the best ever."
( TripAdvisor.com 13 January 2011 ) 


OVERALL  

"It was a wonderful holiday and I would definitely stay there again."
( TripAdvisor.com 5 October 2011 ) 

"On the whole the holiday was just perfect - the staff was not intrusive and there were absolutely no problems."
( TripAdvisor.com 21 July 2011 )  

"I have just returned.....and would certainly come back. I recommend it for people who appreciate peace."
( TripAdvisor.com 31 January 2011 ) 

"Very peaceful place. Very relaxed atmosphere. Would go there again. Great value for money."
( TripAdvisor.com 11 November 2010 ) 

"The hotel is getting old, but everything is very clean and well maintained."
( HolidayCheck.com Martina & Uwe March 2010 ) 

"Had a great one week vacation at a good price to performance ratio."
( HolidayCheck.com Ingo March 2010 ) 

"All in all, the price/performance ratio okay and I would come back to this hotel."
( HolidayCheck.com Daniel March 2010 ) 

"The nicest Egypt vacation that I've ever had !"
( HolidayCheck.com April 2006 ) 

You can book a room at the Dessole Alexander the Great Resort by  emailing steven@marsaalam.com - You don't need to pay a deposit as payment can be made on arrival.  



WEBSITE LINKS

Check out the hotel's own website. 

Check rates or book a room at the Dessole Alexander the Great Resort at Sunshine.co.uk

Read the reviews on the Dessole Alexander the Great Resort on TripAdvisor  

Read information and if posted also reviews on the Dessole Alexnader the Great Resort on HolidayCheck.de















    DESSOLE ALEXANDER THE GREAT RESORT PHOTOS



                       Dinner by candlelight



                                 Room view



        Early evening drinks overlooking the sea.



Youtube - January 2015 - 5 minutes.
Promotional film for the resort. 




This youtube video of a trip to the Cataract Hotel set to music is a classic with over 82,000 views.
Sept 2007 - 5.53 minutes.




Youtube photo slide show set to music.
February 2012 - 3.23 minutes - over 100 views.



                  Aerial view of the pool.



        Another view across the pool and hotel.



                            Great snorkeling



                         An amazing reef.



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