Volume I, Number 6 December 1st, 2000
The Holiday Inn, Safaga, Egypt
By Jimmy Dunn
To me, the name Holiday Inn still invokes the classic 1942 film with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire which made this hotel chain famous. Don't worry, I'm not that old, but I am an old movie buff. And of course, I am also reminded of the moderately priced family hotels in which we often stayed while I was growing up.
There are not many Holiday Inns in Egypt, and it seems almost strange to find one in such an exotic location as Safaga. Entering Safaga, one thinks gets the image of an industrial community, and indeed, Safaga is a commercial sea port. But it is also a scuba diving resort, just far south enough from Hurghada to seem a little isolated, yet close enough to find a party if one really wishes to do so. But Safaga itself is a scuba diving and water sports center. Indeed, there is little else in the area save the drive to Hurghada.
The Holiday Inn in Safaga carries the tradition of Holiday Inns well. For the area, it is moderately priced, and caters more to families. All sorts of sports are available. Besides popular water sports such as scuba diving and windsurfing, there are tennis and basketball courts, valleyball, handball, a billiards room and table-tennis. Of course, there is also the beach, more beach, and the sparkling blue Red Sea. There is also a complete health club, with sauna, whirlpool and steambath, and a comprehensive kid's Fun Club.
Kid's Fun Club
Entertainment is daily, and throughout the day, with an animation team, a discotheque and an English style pub.
The hotel's 327 standard rooms, 2 presidential suites and 6 executive suites have all the amenities, with balconies, individual air conditioning, mini bars, direct dial telephones, satellite TV and private baths. They are all bright and modern and anyone who has stayed in Holiday Inns in the past will feel right at home.
Admittedly, places such as the Safaga Holiday Inn find a large share of German tourists, as it is a rather inexpensive choice for their beach vacations. But there are some great scuba diving sites in the area, and for those not wishing for the helter skelter of Hurghada, this is an ideal place to blow some bubbles, dance the night away and even bring along the whole family crew.
The Holiday Inn
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