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SOLITAIRE RESORT ( formerly Best Western Solitaire and Sol Y Mar Solitaire )

Rooms: 127 including 9 suites.

Room facilities: smoking rooms, shower/tub combination, sofa bed, in-room safe, private bathroom, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, minibar, housekeeping, air conditioning, wheelchair accessible, cable/satellite TV, direct-dial phone, window opens, sewing kit, child care (in room), surcharge, welcome amenities, blackout drapes, extra towels/bedding in room, bidet

Location: 30 minutes drive (38km) south of Marsa Alam airport and 24km north of the town of Marsa Alam

Facilities: Restaurant(s), Barbecue grill(s), Swimming pool - outdoor, Spa services on site, Fireplace in lobby, Concierge services, Medical assistance available, Computer rental, Picnic area, Room service (24 hours), Laundry facilities, Spa Tub, Fitness equipment, Marina on site, Hair salon, Nightclub, Air-conditioned public areas, Shopping on site, Express check-in, Steam room, Patio, Hot tub, Massage-treatment room, Breakfast services, Babysitting or child care, Currency exchange, Supervised child care/activities, Safe-deposit box, Coffee shop or cafe, Poolside bar, Parking (secure), Meeting room (small groups), Beauty services, Complimentary breakfast, Bar/lounge, Gift shop or newsstand, Security guard, Health club, Private beach, Sauna, Express check-out, Shoe shine, Parking (Complimentary), Airport transportation (fees apply) 


You can book a room at Solitaire Resort by phoning Steven on +201010454598 or by emailing him at - You don't need to pay a deposit as payment can be made on arrival.


On TripAdvisor, as of 25 May 2019, there had been no new reviews on TripAdvisor during the last year and while the ranking changed marginally, down from 47th out of 68 in February 2018 hotels to 48th out of 69 hotels, the percentage of reviewers rating the hotel as either 'very good' or 'excellent' remained, unsurprisingly, precisely the same as in February 2018 at 64.5% while 24.2% rated it as 'poor' or 'terrible' ( unchanged on 2018 ), but up slightly from 22% in July 2013. The results for the last four times we checked the TripAdvisor figures are given in the table below but please bear in mind that prior to 2018, figures were rounded to the nearest percentage point.

Date Jul  2013  Jan 2017  Feb 2018  May
ranking 47th/66  51st/74  47th/68  48th/69 
% "very good"
or "excellent" 
  51%    64%   64.5%    64.5%
% "poor" or "terrible"   22%   24%   24.2%   24.2%

On Holidaycheck, when checked on 25 May 2019, there was only one recent review ( posted in January 2019 ) which was bad and this is the only reason why the resort had a dismal rating of just 1.0 out of 6 stars, down from 5.3 stars in February 2018. Because there was only one recent review, we won't make any comments on changes in particular categories, but you can still see the full results for the last four times we checked the figures in the table below. Ratings previous to 2019 were calculated on the average of a number of reviews. 

As of 25 May 2019, the one reviewer didn't recommend the hotel which meant a 0% recommendation rate, compared to a 100% in February 2018. 

 Date  Jul 2013  Jan 2017  Feb 2018  May 2019 
 hotel    4.4     5.1     5.3     1.0
 service    4.5     5.4     5.8     1.0
 rooms    4.9     5.5     5.5     1.0
 gastronomy    3.9     5.3     5.8     1.0
 sport & ent.    4.5     5.2     6.0     1.0
 location    4.3     4.6     4.3     3.0

Overall the reviews  on TripAdvisor and HolidayCheck have been generally positive - 


"The hotel is very comfortable with rooms as bungalows. Ours overlooking the pool and it was possible to go swimming direct from the veranda... pleasing pool bar. The main advantage of this hotel is the sea, a wide variety of marine life, greater even than on excursions. Swam with dolphins off the pier...."
( Nasteknka 19 June 2017 - Approximate translation from original ).

 "The hotel grounds are very clean and comfortable. The hotel staff are very attentive and friendly. The food is tasty and varied. THe rooms are clean and comfortable. There is TV, fridge, safe and wifi. The beach is very nice and clean... I recommend to all who like a beach holiday away from the bustle of the city."
( Olga 29 January 2016 )

"I can say that the food is very good. The staff is excellent and the resort is very clean and very green.  I will come once again and bring my kids this time."

( 29 May 2012 ) ) 

"We had a really relaxing week, plenty of rest and tranquility."
( 28 May 2012 ) 

"Good place if you want to relax, very quiet"
( 18 May 2012 ) 

"For us the three weeks were wonderful, relaxing and we felt very good."
( Elisabeth January 2012 )

"A great holiday without the hustle and bustle."
( Dietmar January 2012 ) 

"Pure relaxation...  Will definitely go back there."
( Thea December 2011 ) 


"The main positive element is the access to the reef, simply fantastic and the 50 metre jetty allows access very easily. Also at the end of the jetty there is always a lifeguard."
(  Andrea P. 16 June 2013 ) 

"The beach is really nice, and as there is no hotel right next door, there is quite a stretch of beach available. There is also a jetty where you can swim and snorkel from. You can't really swim from the shoreline as there is a lot of coral, which is protected. So you can only go to swim or diver from the end of the jetty."
( Yasmin A. 8 January 2013 )

"The beach is well kept with a comfortable jetty. It is prohibited to walk on the coral...  The reef is very beautiful with so many varieties of fish and the last day from the pier looking into the water we also saw lion fish."
( 28 May 2012 ) 

"There are so many fish, giant turtles and we were fortunate because we saw three dolphins."
( 27 May 2012 ) 

"The village owns the pier, which offers the opportunity to admire a spectacular reef and if lucky, like us, the passing by of dolphins. The beach is very wide, with sun beds, umbrellas and towels available that are change daily."
( 17 May 2012 ) 

"We were a bit dissapointed that to swim in the Sea you had to venture of the end of the pier to enter the water, but hey, that short stroll along the pier, every now and then peering over looking at all the bright coloured fish what an appetizer before you get in."
( 6 January 2008 ) 


"The rooms are tidy, adequate for a four star hotel."
( 18 May 2012 ) 

"My poolside room was large, and for the entire week's stay was kept impeccably clean by the housekeeping guys."
( 17 May 2012 ) 

"Family friendly spacious rooms... with nice terrace or balcony and normal facilties."
( Elisabeth January 2012 ) 

"Well fitted and equipped rooms. Air conditioning and heating worked perfectly.  As usual in Egypt only two German speak programmes - RTL and ZDF II. It was adequate.  Safe worked."
( Wolfgang January 2012 )

"When we entered the room.... the air conditioning was not working and the bathroom very old.... we went to the front desk at 4am and asked to change rooms... Fortunately there was still Hassan, Phone and Go's assistant, who helped us and thanks to him we changed the room and finally got a decent bathroom and air conditioning which worked."
( Trip Advisor 7 May 2012 ) 

 "Clean, spacious and reasonably comfy."
( 21 March 2008 )

"The room was fantastic....(and).....was cleaned every day with some great towel sculputres."
( 18 February 2008 )

"The Maid always cleaned the room early in the day to a high standard.........(and) astounded us every day with his 101 ways to strangle a bath towel."
 ( TripAdvisor 6 January 2008 )


"The restaurant food was also really nice, and there was always a variety of dishes to choose from. There was at least two to three common foods that were may be there everyday, but everything was always fresh.
( Yasmin A. 8 January 2013 ) 

"The food nothing special but not bad... I have heard Italian make absurd complaints, like the croissants in the morning (they were not as they wanted). I honestly believe that we can not go to a foreign country and expect to eat like in Italy and then I think to be honest the quality/price ratio was satisfactory."
( 28 May 2012 ) 

"Food is nice but the variety is poor."
( 18 May 2012 ) 

"If you are looking for a big selection you are in the wrong place here, however what is offered is of good quality. We must never forget that this is Egypt, not Europe...  however I was very satisfied with the food."
( Wolfgang January 2012 ) 

"Thank god there are a large contingent of Italians staying because there was always my favourite Spaghetti or Pasta to fall back on. I understand that some of the British guests voiced their disaproval to the management about the food and from that day forward chips became part of the menu."
( 6 January 2008 )


"The waiters in the restaurant are really friendly and helpful. Ready to take your plastes and glasses away when you have finished eating and drinking. Our waiters used to perform magic tricks for us on the table which always made dinner more fun."
( Yasmin A. 8 January 2013 ) 

 "Staff, friendly and helpful. They always paid special attention to our children."

( 11 June 2012 ) 

"High quality staff, polite and cultured with cute smiles."
( 18 May 2012 ) 

"Chefs, waiters as well as the complete staff at the hotel complex were always friendly, helpful and always working hard to satisfy the guest."
( Elisabeth January 2012 ) 

"The service was great."
( Dietmar January 2012 )

"Nice accommodating staff, spoke many languages, even a little German"
( Norbert January 2012 ) 

"Nice, competent employees"
( Joerg January 2012 ) 

"The hotel staff were very kind towards our children and also to us...........Nothing was to much trouble for (them.)"
( 21 March 2008 )

"All the entertainment is for the Italians and the entertainment staff speak little English. They didn't even have any English Karaoke songs."
( 18 February 2008 )

""The staff were extremely friendly...... the waiters seemed to like the fact that we were English."
( 9 January 2008 )

You can book a room at Solitaire Resort by phoning Steven on +2010454598 or by emailing him at - You don't need to pay a deposit as payment can be made on arrival.


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               View of the hotel and grounds.

                             Solitaire room

Another room view - usual four star set up.

                     The Solitaire Reception

            Best Western Solitaire Restaurant

                            The lobby bar

Promotional video of photos  set to music
Feb 2015 - 1.48 mins - 2+ likes - 330+ views 

Solitaire Resort in 2012  with commentary in German
Aug 2019 - 12.15 mins - 1+ likes - 4+ views 

Dolphins swimming at Solitaire's house reef
Jan 2012 - 1.33 mins - 3+ likes - 1,500+ views 

A Polish guest's narrated video guide to the resort
August 2013 - 7.07 minutes - over 3,800 views.

Six minute video tour around the hotel and beach.
October 2012 - 6.33 minutes. 

                         The hotel pool

                       football on the beach

                             Keep fit in the gym

                          Solitaire beach bar.


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