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MARINA LODGE AT PORT GHALIB - MARSA ALAM 4*

Rooms: 201 inc 98 twin rooms, two junior suites, two special needs rooms, nine deluxe rooms with an oriental seating area plus family rooms (connecting adjacent rooms) and Senior suites which include a living room and a panoramic view. 

Room Facilities: Fully adjustable air conditioning, private bathroom/shower room, private balcony or patio with garden view or port view, satellite TV – stations include Italian, German, French & English, hairdryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, direct dial telephone/internet - elec current vltg / 110-240.

Location: Next to Port Ghalib marina; about 5 minutes from Marsa Alam airport and approximately
60km north of Marsa Alam town.  There is a shuttle boat (water taxi) which takes guests free of charge to and from Port Ghalib marina and shops which lie across the bay.   

Hotel Facilities: Restaurant, diving school, glass bottom boat from in front of the hotel, Convention Centre service with capacity for up to 60 people, secretarial service, fax services, photocopy services computer outlets, wedding license, disabled access, disabled rooms with full access to all outlets, disabled toilets.  We understand there is a 24 hour room service which is an unusual luxury for an Egyptian four star hotel.  

But no ATM, no bank and we are not sure if there is a hairdresser or beautician.  However you can find ATM machines in Port Ghalib near by.  

Booking a Room:

You can book a room at Marina Lodge at Port Ghalib 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, as of 20th April 2017, the hotel had achieved a respectable ranking of 17th out of 71 hotels in the region, which while no change on December 2016 (17th of 74 hotels) is a huge leap from its earlier rank of 38th out of 71 hotels in December 2012.

84 per cent of reviewers described the resort as either "very good" or "excellent" (+12% since December 2012) and just 7 per cent rated it as either "poor" or "terrible" (-7% since December 2012).  However neither rating showed any significant change compared to December 2016 when the resort also scored a combined 84 per cent rating for the "very good" and "excellent" categories with 7% rating it as either "poor" or "terrible".


On holidaycheck.de, as of 20th April 2017, the resort scored better in most categories than in December 2012, although with slight declines in three categories since December 2016. The hotel itself achieved a good ranking of 4.4 out of six stars (up from 4.3 in December 2012) with the highest grades for rooms at 4.9 (unchanged) and service at 4.7 (a leap up from 4.2) and slightly lower scores for sport and entertainment at 4.3 (up from 4.0), gastronomy at 4.2 (up fro 4.1) and location at 4.2 (down from 4.4).  The complete results for December 2012, December 2016 and April 2017 are given in the table below. 

     Dec 2012   Dec 2016    April 2017 
  hotel         4.3       4.4        4.4 
  rooms        4.9       5.0        4.9
  service        4.2       4.7        4.7
  sport        4.0       4.4        4.3
  food        4.1       4.3        4.2
  location        4.4       4.2        4.2

As of 20th April 2017, 76 per cent or reviewers said they would recommend the hotel compared with just 72% in December 2012 and 77% in Deceber 2016.


OVERALL

"It was my first time to visit Port Ghalib..... The food is ok, rooms are clean, the staff are great specially the animation team.... It's really a good place for relaxation. The Nubian style (of architecture) was amazing. Thanks a lot for my best holiday in Egypt."
( TripAdvisor.com Sara 20 February 2017 ) 

"While neither impressed nor disappointed, this hotel is reasonably good value for a short term stay. As noted by another reviewer, the food is OK  - but like everything these days it depends on what you are used to and expect at a foreign resort. On the very plus side is the fact that Emperor Divers have an extremely well run dive operation on site." 
( TripAdvisor.com 55nrdtofly December 2016 )

"Real good value in a very pleasant hotel. Service was excellent, the rooms were really good and the buffet food was very tasty and the coffee was excellent. Really loved the whole experience. Port Ghalib is brilliant."
( TripAdvisor.com Annie 23 November 2016 ) 


"The evaluation of this hotel depends on your expectations.... The rooms and lobby and so on are rather simple but very clean...  all employees are friendly and tried hard, but missing many language skills." 
( HolidayCheck.com Isabel March 2013 ) 

"Marina Lodge is a very welcoming hotel.....Thank you to all at Marina Lodge, for a wonderful stay."
( TripAdvisor.com 22 May 2012 ) 

"An amazing holiday to be recommended to all and will no doubt be back there very soon.  The diving and coral reefs are exceptional."
( TripAdvisor.com 19 May 2012 ) 

"I just got back from a great week in Port Ghalib. The hotel is perfectly placed for the Emperor (great dive team) boats......I would definitely go back."
( TripAdvisor.com 1 April 2012 ) 

"Despite the closeness to the airport it is a quiet location.  The ideal place to rest and recharge your batteries.......I would gladly go again."
( HolidayCheck.com Marcus December 2011 ) 


ON THE STAFF

"Everybody in this hotel tries his/her best to make you feel welcome. Not only with smiles but certainly in acts. Cooks, clerks, cleaning staff, porters....they all try to make you feel welcome.... The waiters saw empty glasses and without asking refreshed your drinks."
( TripAdvisor.com Luc April 2017 ) 

"I loved Marina Lodge ! It was my first time in Egypt and I enjoyed not only the snorkeling, warm weather and delicious food but what amazed me most were the people. The staff in the hotel was always very welcoming, smiley and extremely helpful." 
( TripAdvisor.com Marlene December 2016 ) 

"The animation team was very good. They stopped at every new guest, had some conversations and made everyone smile. They made a different show every night. Not world class shows, but again, that wasn't what we expected."
( TripAdvisor.com Peter 5 November 2016 ) 

"Hospitality is really big here. All the staff were attentive, helpful and super friendly... even if the English skills were sufficient only - but all our wishes were read from our eyes."
( TripAdvisor.com Joey75hh 11 July 2013 )

"The waiter was very attentive, bringing hot water for my coffee so that I could enjoy my own brew.  He also kept filling my water glass which was a nice touch."
( TripAdvisor.com 8 March 2012 ) 

"For us, the staff made our holiday, they were lovely, genuine people, and we have become friends with many of them."
( TripAdvisor.com 22 February 2012 ) 

"The staff were friendly and helpful"
( HolidayCheck.com Adrian October 2011 ) 

"All staff very friendly and attentive. Only tip I would give is not to try so hard with the entertainment - it was just nice to relax with a cool beer."
( TripAdvisor.com 1 April 2012 )


ON THE BEACH AND SEA

 "The small beach is clean with toilets and beach bar, but you have to walk 400 yards through the desert to get there or take the courtesy bus. The magnificent reef with beautiful coral and fish starts straight in front of the beach. Bring a snorkel and water shoes, fins are optional because it is that shallow and close."
( TripAdvisor.com Natascha 16 February 2017 )

"Whilst I am not a diver any more due to a damaged ear drum I still love to go snorkeling which can also be done from one of the many diving boats. The Red Sea is amazing and a great experience and the guys from the dive shop really knew where we could go to see some exciting things."
( TripAdvisor.com SirKingfisher 15 July 2013 )

"The beach lies about three minutes walk down a footpath from the hotel. There is also a free bus service available.  The sunbeds, as well as the cushions were all in good condition however if the hotel is fully occupied, there would not have been enough."
( HolidayCheck.com Sabine November 2011 ) 


ON THE ROOMS

"The rooms are spacious, tidy and the toilet is clean however you are looking for a toilet brush in vain. The rooms are with balconies with a good view over the hotel complex and, depending on the location, either a sea or harbour view.  The rooms come equipped with a television on which you can even find German channels."
( HolidayCheck.com Christine March 2013 ) 

"The room were clean and decorated with the obligatory towel sculptures......the elephant and the camel and the crocodile took the art to a new level."
( TripAdvisor.com 22 May 2012 ) 

"The room is stunning and spacious with a lovely shower room and powerful shower.  Free safe, also mini bar.  The bed is changed daily and room cleaned."
( TripAdvisor.com 13 May 2012 ) 

"Rooms are planned in a way that you share only one wall with a neighbour and you don't hear them at all and you can't see them from your balcony.  The rooms are clean and I liked the rustic style interior.  The TV has 20 or more programs."
( TripAdvisor.com 4 April 2012 ) 

"The nicely decorated rooms are very clean and comfortable, towels changed every day, lovely walk in showers.  If there is a problem in the room it is dealt with immediately."
( TripAdvisor 22 February 2012 )


ON THE POOL

"Nice pool area with comfy sunbeds, but the pool is not heated; it was 22C - colder than the sea at 23C, and essentially making it unusable for us."
( TripAdvisor.com 7 May 2012 ) 


ON THE WATER TAXI

Linking the hotel with Port Ghalib marina

"The water taxis which used to run every 10 to 15 minutes now is down to one every hour, and if there are too many people it will leave you behind."
( TripAdvisor.com AnnieFrost 12 July 2013 )

"The water taxi schedule was a bit erratic which is why I put only four stars (out of five) for location.  I think a board with a timetable would be good."
( TripAdvisor.com 8 March 2012 ) 


ON THE FOOD

"The food in the cosy restaurant is very good. The only thing we did not like was the "German night" twice a week which they agreed to serve for German tour operator customers. There was always something nice to eat though."
( TripAdvisor.com Natascha 16 February 2017 ) 

"The food was excellent, more than enough choice. One day I was a little late for dinner and they were already cleaning up. The chef instantly offered to make me a pasta, although it was my fault for being too late...  There is always fresh fruit at breakfast, lunch and dinner. And a lot of choices. It's amazing." 
( TripAdvisor.com Lynn W 24 June 2013 )

"The food is beautifully cooked, but could do with perhaps a little more choice.  The chefs are very friendly and accommodating."
( TripAdvisor.com 13 May 2012 ) 

"The food was repetitive but tasty.....The first time after several vacations in Egypt that we had no stomach problem !"
( HolidayCheck.com Petra December 2011 ) 

"The main restaurant offers at certain times breakfast, lunch, afternoon cakes and dinner.  The meals were well prepared and varied.  Pasta dishes were prepared fresh in front of the guest. Unfortunately there was not much oriental food although a good European selection."
( HolidayCheck Sabine November 2011 ) 

"A highlight was the really good bread of all varieties, which was very surprising."
( HoliayCheck.com Adrian October 2011 ) 


You can book a room at Marina Lodge at Port Ghalib by emailing steven@marsaalam.com - You don't need to pay a deposit as payment can be made on arrival. 


WEBSITE LINKS 

Read the reviews on the Marina Lodge at TripAdvisor.com 

Read the reviews on the Marina Lodge at HolidayCheck.de

Check rates and book a room at the Marina Lodge with Emperor Divers

Read the reviews on the Marina Lodge at HolidayWatchdog.com




   


MARINA LODGE, PORT GHALIB, VIDEOS & PHOTOS



Youtube slide show with photos of the hotel
July 2014. - 2.34 mins - >3,900 views




GoPro style video of Marina Lodge holiday
Youtube - February 2017 - 6.0 minutes



Youtube slide show with photos of the hotel
March 2012 - 3.09min - over 1000 views.



Videos of Marina Lodge with music.
Youtube - May 2015 - 2.04 minutes. 



Video shots of Marina Lodge - German commentary.
Youtube - May 2014 - 2.31 minutes >3,000 views.




Marina Lodge animation team dancing.
September 2017 - 3.13 minutes. 





                       Marina Lodge Room




                         Another room view




                 Entrance to the Marina Lodge.




View across the bay towards Port Ghalib Marina which can be reached by shuttle ferry.




      Reception blends modern and oriental styles.




                                Pool view




                             The pool bar.




   View of the pool and the Marina across the bay.




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