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Only a 4 1/2 hour flight, arrive earlier than normal so a couple of hours sunlight left. Interesting journey via taxi to the hotel, which included having to get out of it as we got grounded on a sleeping policeman! Hotel is very spread out, nice gardens. First rooms not to good but the girls manage secure new ...
... so I guess we disappointed them.
We wondered the length of the beach looking for the "public" beach area. On the way, we found a sign for "Happy Hour" from noon to 1pm. After more wandering we found the "public" beach. But by that time it was noon....so we went back to our first find - HAPPY Hour - and had some Egyptian beers with some ...
... or Cairo too. And it's no wonder the Israelites needed manna. All there is in this part of the world is rocks.
So we have armed military guards - eight of them, I think. One military vehicle is in front of us (to hit the land mines first?), and one is behind. I would be nervous, except that I like a little adventure, and our tour guide, Bruce Porter, is giving a really interesting lecture on Cain, Abel, and priesthood authority as we ...
... an experience not to be forgotten. Wish I could tell you more! So today no st caths, but the old market of Sharm and then the airport to wave Sam goodbye. I am sad! This weekend has been awesome and has gone by too quickly. He's been great company, we've had many a laugh, and though he hasn't seen egypt like I have, he still has many stories to tell. Though on the downside, he's reminded me of family and home, but ...
... truly a comedy sketch watching him try to drive off still attached to the fishing boat that was docked at the pier. We had a nice lunch and then paddled in the Red Sea. We had a pirate party last night that was probably the last chance top be outside at night as we head to the Mediterranean. We have just reached the end of the Suez Canal, a very easy dy of travelling. Heading ...
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Right i have jus come back from eygpt yesterday (4th March) some reviews ive read have had some truth to them and some have been a load of rubbish! i went to al diwan all inclusive for 2 weeks with my boyfriend for our first holiday. You will always get hasseled where ever you go in eygpt because all they want is money Fact but the are lovely people and will try in a nice way by giving you compliments, just dont fall for it to much because they will take you to there shop and try to make you buy things so try not to get sucked in! Any way about the hotel it was cheap yes so what do you expect for what you pay? the people in the hotel cleaners mangers waiters ALL excitment friendly helpfull and allround lovely people, the hotel rooms well what can i say clean very nice and big rooms but i must say need re doing i had doors hanging off cupboards our bloody hot water in the shower never worked for us only when an engineer came out then it would suddenly work, got to be a running joke between us! but not that bad its liveable. and as my boyfriend was ill out there and stayed in the room 24/7 for over a week he didnt mind it 1 bit watching movies on tv. while i would sunbath. hmm what else i would say though u do need quite abit of money if you want to do all the extertions they do get abit pricey, theres also a free shuttle bus everyday that takes you to shakes bay about 10 mins down the road and a free bus ti nama bay 830pm and picks you up at 1130pm so you get a while to shop and if you want to go back early there is millions of taxis everywhere so its not hard getting out of there just becarful they dont rip you off its 40-45 LE to get back to the hotel! OHHH my god how could i forget the food IT WAS HORRIBLE!! first few days we though wow this is yummy then the day after hmm same food day after that same food rice salad some chicken or fish and water soup with a taste of salt! oh and if you hate garlic stick to salad because eveything has galic in it , i think thats why we spend so much money we had dinner out everynight after about 3 days, my boyfriend got very ill with the food but i was fine so it depends on your tummy! overall great country going back this september must say though it will be a different hotel weather beautiful bout 25-30 everyday LOVED IT !! xx
Well where shall I start. Ok firstly the staff is very professional and friendly. Always got time for you if you need anything the manager is such a diamond, really nice bloke he is on the ball 100% of the time, always checking every thing is ok. Never been to a hotel where the manager cares so much always got time for a friendly chat think he's name is nagi or miagi he nice man. Ok food what lovely me and my mate Eddie went all inclusive so glad we did they changed the food variety regular. Also quality of food was excellent. Something for everyone's taste. The room was really nice and very clean. Cleaned every day without fail. The hotel is kept to a very very high standard of décor. The staff work very hard to keep it all running well they are all a credit to the manager and he is a credit to the hotel. Go and you will see what I mean. Im going back to sharm in a few months for the diving and I will be booking this hotel no question. Nice little gift shop in the hotel. The owner and son are really nice you need any advise talk to him he is very helpful. Only negative while we was there was all the Russians and polish, they are so rude. luckily met some lovely English people there Jo, Lou, Ian and shaz thank again to everyone at Al Diwan from Glenn & Eddie ROOM 131 see you in a few months!!!!
Well what can I say we arrived home yesterday 1st Feb and I am missing it so much already!! I'd book tomorrow to go again! As 2 girls on there own we were abit worried about being hassled but we couldn't have been more wrong. The hotel staff we couldn't fault AT ALL they made us feel welcome and are all very friendly. Specially the manager we used to stay up and drink with him and chat for hours he was lovely and couldn't do enough for us if we ever had a problem he would sort it out asap.(not that we did)the bar staff and waiters were very funny and always making us laugh, specially Hany (behind the bar!) who always played tricks on us (got us every time!!), It was nice to see on the Egyptian night (sat) all the staff get involved with the guests and everyone had such a good time. Could say there could be a bit more entertainment (as had such a good time on the Egyptian night) so would like to see it more often.They run shuttles to Naam bay(certain days) and will order you a cab if you'd like one.(will warn the cabs can drive very fast but if you ask them not to then they won't) Don't get in the car and say schumacher!!!! The beach was nice and all the people down there equally as friendly (specially Mr.Lovely!!) very funny guy!! who looked after us everyday.The restaurant by the jetty did very nice food (umm pizza!) for a very good price. The weather was lovely considering it was there winter!!only saw one cloud the whole time we were there!! if only we had winter like that!! This holiday has made me want to go back to Egypt the sooner the better! and I would love to go back to this hotel. In previous reviews people have moaned about the food I couldn't fault it, it was lovely and no upset stomaches!! I can't beleive the staff were miserable because I didn't see that at all they were always smiling everytime we walked into a room!(it was probably the people that complained that were the moody so and so's!!) Our room was clean and spacious our shower was lovely, actually very powerful and we had loads of hot water!!Room 477!!!!!! Everyone in the shop was lovely and got us anything we wanted, one day my friend was a bit burnt and the boss gave her some of his own weird oil stuff!!!! but it worked! The only one down fall to my whole experience was there were so many bloody polish!!! I found them rude and abrupt not very nice people at all!!!!! oh and when there around you have to push into every que going (ie.shuttle,for food,pool table!!) overall I loved my trip and would definately go back. I'm back and work and all I can think about is how much I'm missing everyone back at the hotel!! ;-( please don't listen to bad reviews go and see it for yourself because for every one thing that is bad there a 3 things that are good!! I loved it every single minute and wouldn't change it for the world!!! I wish I was still there!!!!
I've been there from 30th dec until Yesterday 3rd Jan, it was great, if compared to another 3 stars plus hotels! servie is great and stuff is really great, they are friendly, I advice other people to visit it.
i stayed in this hotel from xmas day and left on january 1st, with my family - parents, younger sister and friend. we absolutley loved this hotel and all the staff. although we were only there for a week, we felt that the staff were so friendly and couldnt do enough to help you.
just recently returned back from eygpt and i must say i am gutted we had to return back to england. excellent holiday overall so much to do and see and cheap.
We read the less than positive review before we went, and when we arrived we couldn't have been more pleasently surprised! ! For a 3* hotel it was fantasic in terms of value, hospitality and service, literally 5*. The staff really couldn't do enough for us and went out of their way to make us feel welcome and to help in any way they could, especially the hotel manager and Hussain, who runs the hotel shop. They even sent for medicicnes for us, ordered taxis and were always eager to help, give advice and answer any questions we had. We literally became friends with all the staff there, where you ususally expect it to be a little superficial and cheesy, they were all fantastic, we can't complement or thank them enough. We spent time talking to almost all of the staff, and over the 2 weeks we had loads of interesting conversations, and found a much more authentic experience and understanding of Egyptian life than just what you expect to find as a tourist. The hotel is not brand new, and so yes the lights were a little dim & the plug sockets a little loose, but it was still one of the best holidays I have had, and any criticisms were entirely superficial and had absolutely no affect on the enjoyment of our stay. I would go back next week if I could! The food was good value and always enjoyable, and in the evenings there was always a good selection and very pleasant surroundings. The friendly atmosphere was at its best on Saturday night, when the staff and guests all join in the weekly celebrations. They organise entertainment with top notch belly dancers, and other authentic Egyptian dancers/enterainment. The staff and guests all partied together and the evening (both weeks running) was enjoyable to say the least! It was so refreshing to see the staff, and guests, relax and genuinely enjoy themselves together! The hotel has two fairly large pools and so there was always room, you can have scuba lessons, arrange visits and Sharks Bay couldn't be closer.
We arrived at the Sharm El Sheikh airport in Egypt, I queued to get our visas and I paid the cost of £10 each, we then proceeded through passport control and had our visas stamped. After collecting our luggage, we walked quite a long way to the transport bus, I chose to carry our cases, as the airport charges for a trolley, minimum £1, but more if they can get it.
I have not long come back from Sharm and I can quite honestly say that I fallen in love with Egypt! The Al Diwan Hotel was a great place to stay for my first time in Egypt - it's decoration is very true to authentic egyptian style and it is a nice distance away from the busy town centre, with free bus services running in the evenings into Na'ama bay every half hour there and back. It was quite a way from the Sharks Bay beach, but again, there were free buses running too and from the beach every hour, so it was no problem. However, the jewel in the crowm for the Al Diwan Hotel is most definately it's staff - they couldn't do enough for you and they were so friendly! Also, Hussein and Sayed in the Bazaar were so welcoming and friendly and unlike most traders in Sharm El Sheikh, really were giving you a great deal! My advice to anyone staying in the Al Diwan Hotel is to go and see them first before buying anything in Na'ama bay!