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Great Hotel, wonderful location. If you can afford try and stay on the beach side.Otherwise no complaints. Great service and staff try really hard to get guests involved in fun activities.
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Just been for a week to the Marriot Mountain View this was the second time in 12months, once again brilliant the staff are marvelous we were treated like royalty with good service, clean rooms, spotless pool, cleaning all day in all the areas of hotel and pool l can certainly recommend this to anyone who likes good service with good
manners.Also the helpful advice given everyday if needed by the Recreation Manager who was always on hand, and not forgetting the excellent pool boys 10 out of 10 We will certainly be back again this year, Well done
Marriott mountain the best
we went to the marriott mountain hotel in sharm ,there is the marriott beach side across the road but we preferred the mountain side, from our arrival to our leavin the hotel and its staff were wonderful, we were well looked after, the rooms were spotless, it took a couple of days to get into the swing of things, naama bay was fab we spent a few days there as there was plenty to do, you need a taxi ti fantasia that was superb, all the different restaraunts we went to, i could,nt find anything to complain about, i shall certainly be returning to egypt many times as its so beatiful a place as are the people .
Great Place to Stay
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Marriott on the mountain side recently. The rooms are spacious, we had view of the pool and overlooking the mountains which was amazing. It is true that the cleaners leave you all designs made out of towels - in our two week stay we had a heart, swans, lily's and a boat !
The pool on the mountain side was very nice too, there was never any problems getting a lounger. It was very clean. The hotel also has it's own private beach.
The Marriott has a few restaurants, the restaurant on the beach is not very good. 'La Pengola' in the middle of the mountain side pool is ok for food, the Japanese restaurant in the Beach side is also ok but I can definitely recommend the buffet on the Beach side - great food, for a great price. It worked out to around £12.50 eat as much as you want, and it was always great food - (a must).
In regards to the local area for food, I was a little disappointed, although the service is always outstanding, the food does need bringing up to scratch. There is a Mexican restaurant at the end of Naama Bay main street which is very nice, although be aware of the constant badgering you get from the locals all wanting to ask 'one question' or 'are you English' or 'come look at the menu'. At first you don't want to offend anyone and politely say no thank you but after a few days you end up ignoring them or not wanting to look anyone in the eye. One last point, be aware of 'please can you come and sign my guestbook', we did and ended up in someone's shop, desperately trying to give us drinks and sell us perfume.
The staff at the Marriott were very nice and welcoming, and the tight security makes you feel much better in light on the recent events in the area - (you go through a metal detector and your bag will be checked every time you enter the hotel).
The entertainment was rubbish, the only highlight was the party twice a week at Harry's Pub which was quite funny, included belly dancers etc. The disco on most other nights doesn't start until 11pm - which was dead when we arrived once at 11.30pm - definitely go into Naama Bay for any entertainment.
Couple of tips, take a travel iron, and travel kettle as they are not provided. Beach and pool towels are available so you wont need to bring your own.
All in all the Marriott Hotel was a fantastic place to stay and I would definitely go back there again.
We were anxious about going here as not long after the bombings but we needn't have worried.The Hotel was lovely very good value for money,the rooms were spacious and well equiped we stayed in a room with a king size bed and a sofa bed( no complaints from our 11 and 13 year old.)
Our room overlooked the pool and the sinai mountains...stunning.
Huge pool our boys had to themselves most of the time and no problems getting a sunlounger plenty....The staff are very friendly and love children the hotel areas and rooms are kept immaculate could find no fault.
Eating out the hotel has several places to eat all of which are very good.The snorkling is excellent and the weather glorious sunshine guaranteed every day.
We would not hesitate in returning to this hotel.
Loved the Marriott Mountain
Me and my Fiance stayed at the Marriott Mountain resort in June of this year and we loved the hotel, the staff were wonderful really friendly and would do anything to help you. On the first day our air conditioning was not working properly and within 5 minutes of reporting it there was someone in our room sorting the problem out. The breckfast was average, lots of variety but lots of flies which was slightly unpleasent on the sliced meats which wernt covered up. The room was lovely nice and spacious with a lovely balcony over looking the pool, the rooms where cleaned every day and I have to mention our excellent cleaner Mohammed, he was brilliant he made or room look lovely every day, he would make things out of the towels like swans, flowers, he laid fresh flowers all over the bed and really did alot more than he had to, he was brilliant and a lovely man. The swimming pool in the Mountain resort is lovely much nicer than the beach resorts pool we thought, it was alot bigger and had a really nice pool bar.
The food in the hotel was fantastic, we ordered room service on more than one occassion and had a outstanding meal every time. We were also shocked at how cheap the room service was for example it was about £3.00 for a grilled seabass with rice and vegetables (bargain). The mini bar was also quite cheap for water, but the cans of coke and 7up were a bit pricey at about £1.20 per can.
Everyone says that the beech resort is the obvious resort to go for but I would disagree, the Mountain resort is lovely and the pool is far nicer and alot more peaceful, it has a lovely bakery outside the main entrance that serves rolls and very fattening looking cream cakes and pastries, although it doesnt have a gym and gift shop I would definately go for the Mountain resort over the beach resort.
We had no problems using the facilities in the Beach resort, the gym was well equiped and a decent size and the staff as always were very helpful, they also have a beauty salon and a massage service.
The only bad thing I have to say about our holiday was the evenings, we went to Naama Bay every evening and had a nice meal most nights, but I wouldnt call it a relaxing experience. The locals who owned the shops were a complete nightmare (not all of them, but 80% of them). There is no concept of browsing in Sharm if you look you are expected to buy, the minute you walk into a shop they are on you like flies on **** constantly harrassing you to buy things and some of them get quite stroppy if you dont. But its not only when your in the shops, when you walk down the road they are everywhere and will do anything to get you in the shops, a classic line which we feel for on the first night is "I have just opened a new shop, can I please give you my business card" and like stupid tourists we fell for it and got stuck in a perfume shop for about 20 minutes.
The weather was fantastic sunny everyday, it is definately the right resort to go to for a relaxing week around the pool.
Better hotels than Marriot - not recommend
Not the best hotel for the star ratings it has been given. I states 4+/5*. However I would say 4* no more.
The Marriot probably gets highest rating because it has a nice pool, gym, health club, private beach and entertainment. But the service was awful, service on the beach and pool area was dreadful and slow, reception was not helpful and would not even try to accommodate requests. They were out of stock on water bottles and wine, things on the menu were not available. These sort of things make a 4+/5* hotel not just a pretty pool and a gym. There were building works going on, no warning to guests nothing. There was not enough space during breakfast to fit people in, and as the everyone is on bed and breakfast room type, you would expect them to know there may not be enough space.
It wasn't a rubbish hotel but I think there are many on other hotels on the strip that could hold up there 4/4+/5 star ratings. Definitely would not stay here again and would recommend others to pick another hotel on the strip.
I love this place
i was there with my freinds, it was in may 2004, it is very good place to live in and to spend your vacations in, you can't imagine how is the nataure is pure and beutiful in this place, it has some magic to get your relaxation in a very short time, the sea is very clear and every time you go in you find your eyes as it is happy by these pictures.
We had a many food varities ant it was tasty
Accomodation an services were excellent
At night we had a many varities to have fun ans spend a good time
Anyway, Sharm El-Shiekh in one of the best cities in over all the world, i mean it really becouse i visited many uropean countries and i can compare al least in prices.
Loved the marriott
me and my family stayed in the marriott beach resort in april 2005 and i loved it. i am 1 of 4 children, me being the eldest at 15. youngest is 6 and we traveled there with my parents. i loved the hotel i thought that the staff were friendly and would do anything to make you happy, the beach was literally a 1 minuite walk from the hotel. usually at hotels we stay around the pool but we were disappointed as the swimming pool wasnt heated, but this holiday we spent nearly every day around the beach. the weather was fantastic very hot and the animation team were ace. my youngest sister loved the minidisco and so did i! also the adults games and dances were on the stage as well as salsa dancing. the sea is fantastic, and was warm. the jetty came in very handy as me and my brother went snorkeling, also people just lie on the jetty and sunbathe. 1 thing that we didnt like was the service at the beach bar, 1 day i think we must have waited an hour for our food to come, but there are many restaurants dotted along the promanarde. we found sharm centre a little noisy but good for a night out. 1 thing that we did do whilst away which i can say should be done is a day trip to cairo, we flew by plane at 5.30am and arrived in cairo after an hours flight at 6.30, we were gretted by a guide who showed us all the sites such as egyption museum, pyramids and sphinx we also had dinner on the nile. we got back to the hotel at about 11pm. all in all well worth doing. i can recamend this hotel and we are going back to mariot beach resort next april for another holiday.
Marriott Beach Hotel
Stayed at the Marriott late February 2005. Fabulous weather so more than contented in that department. The hotel was absolutely fine if a little jaded around the edges. It's split into different sections, Marriott Beach and Marriott Mountain, divided by a duel carriageway (don't worry, it's not a busy road and traffic has to drive fairly slowly along it because of traffic calming speedbumps). However for some reason they don't believe in roundabouts so if you get a taxi or a coach, you'll have to drive some way in the opposite direction before they can find a turning for a legal U-turn!
The Marriott Beach side is the obvious one to go for - you may not get a seaview room but it's literally a minute's walk to the beach which has really clean, comfortable loungers with cushions, and an OK restaurant/bar. The sea is really clear and within a couple of steps you'll be able to see loads of fish swimming around the coral. Speaking of coral, it's not brilliant here because some people have been walking all over it but at least the fish still seem to like it! For non-swimmers, there are long floating jetties that stretch out from the beach which you can walk along but please don't feed the fish - it really isn't good for them and definitely shortens their lives. The sun stays on the beach all day but at about 1630, it'll slowly start to sink and gets a bit chilly. The hotel does have large clean pools but quite frankly, we preferred the sea. As per usual, people get up pretty early in the morning to stick their towels on to the loungers. Hotel beach towels can be picked up from a 'hut' near the beach and are free.
The hotel rooms are large, cool and clean with satellite TV. English-speaking channels include Star Movies, CNN and another English-speaking movie channel. They also show regular live British football games. Yes, the air conditioning unit is a bit noisy but we managed to sleep through it. There were a couple of mosquitoes but hardly noticeable - I've definitely seen, and experienced, worse! And if you need to get room service, then don't hesitate. It arrives really quickly and is very good value. A starter of calamari, a main course of grilled king prawns and a pot of tea was approx £6 - so not exactly breaking the bank. We had a twin room and the beds were large doubles. Bathrooms were clean with power shower. The tiles looked like they'd seen better days but you're not going to be spending all day in the bathroom are you?!
Main clientele at the hotel were Italians, Russians and Brits. The Japanese restaurant is good, the main hotel buffet restaurant isn't bad and the bakery across the road at the Marriott Mountain resort is excellent. We steered clear of salads and only drank mineral water, fearing the dreaded Egyptian tummy. But in fact we met many people who'd happily eaten salads and fruit to no avail. I guess just be sensible. However, if you're looking for a change, it's worth walking along the pleasant promenade and checking out the beachside restaurants - loads of them from Arabic cuisine to Italian pizza restaurants. There's also a few shops along the promenada which are worth popping into - however, walk all the way to the end of the promenade and you'll come to the main shopping area plus a wide pedestrian road with street restaurants - quite pleasant if a little Disney-esque.....but after all, it is a relatively new resort so not really a surprise.
Within the Marriott Beach hotel, there are a couple of shops including one which sells postcards, chocolate and knick-knacks. If you're desperate for an English newspaper, there's a computerised printing machine in the reception which will print out The Guardian (current day), Telegraph (2 days old) onto A4 paper.....cost approx $4. Or you can buy one of the newspaper sellers who parade up and down the beach.
The staff at the hotel are really good, very efficient and sort out any problems very quickly. They also appreciate a tip of approx £1 or £2 Egyptian pounds (hardly breaking the bank when it's £EG11 to £1 sterling) and a thank you (in Arabic, "shookran")
Would we stay at the hotel again? Probably not - there's an enormous choice of hotels in this area and I think we'd rather try somewhere else. However, if you are staying there, then don't worry. It's more than adequate.
Not bad but........
Enjoyed our break over new year but the hotel could have some improvements. The furnishings in the rooms are a bit tired (drawers dont open etc) and we had an aircon unit over our room which was noisy at night. There are no lifts and limited ramps so awkward for disabled or with a young child although the staff were always quick to assist. The Hotel is on the beach front and pleasant 10 minute walk along promenade to main area of Sharm. The beer and wine is not great tho as Government insist upopn local produce so most things are made under licence and are poor quality. Great resort for divers and snorkelling.
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