Amar Sina Hotel
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my fiance and i have recently returned from a fabulous holiday, in sharm el sheikh. what a place!!
we stayed at the amar sina, and i would just like to write a few pointers about the hotel.
Luckily and funnily enough, my fiance and i were the only 2 from our flight staying at the amar sina, so we had an air conditioned coach all to ourselves to the hotel. Do NOT worry about visas, as soon as you step foot in the terminal at the airport, all the reps are there waiting, and will guide you in what to do. i's really simple. Be careful, as there are some of the poorer egyptions waiting outside the airport offering to take your luggage, do NOT give it to them, as there have been incidents where they have just taken off with your bags!
The staff were excellent at the hotel....so efficent and friendly, and are willing to help you with whatever you may need. we cannot fault them. There is a 24hr room service, which is so quick! Drinks and food are very cheap in the hotel, you can have a meal for 2 and a few drinks for about 7 pounds. if that!
at the hotel during the day you can have massages, of all kinds, my fiance had one, and he was so relaxed he almost fell asleep, they come very highly recommended!! There is also a man there, that does tattoos, (not real ones), that he paints on saying they will last 3 weeks, my fiance also had one of these, and by the 3rd day you could hardly see it...and they are a little pricy, but up to you!!
my advise about the sun loungers, people at this hotel are EAGER to get a sun lounger, so i suggest getting up around 7am, to put your towels down! they put them out about 6.30am, and people are already there waiting!!
The food in the eveing was excellent, sometimes a tad repetitive, but not that much, it was a wonderfully wide selection, and was yummy!!
I have added a few photos we took with my review for you to see as well.
Well the hotel was gorgeous, the staff were brilliant. We were very sad to leave.
One more thing, look out for a man called mohammed at the hotel, he speaks perfect english, and normally works nights on reception, although he doesnt wear a uniform....he can get very cheap deals on trips and tours of egypt. on one occasion we went through him for a trip to cairo ( nile, pyramids etc....) and it cost us 60 english pounds. If we had booked with our rep, which we almost did, it would have cost us 120 pounds!!! so look out for him, he's a very kind man.
The egyptions LOVE english money.....and they think the english are very rich, so you have to barter pretty much everywhere you go!!
I could write all day, but i shouldnt! my email is email@example.com if anyone wants to ask any questions. i also work at the airport, so if anyone has any questions on visas etc, dont hesitate to ask.
if you're going, hope you enjoy your stay!!
Nice But Could Do Better
Just returned from the Amar Sina (22/09/05-06/10/05).This hotel is surley different it is not your usual high rise building where every floor looks the same but quit the opposite it is based on a small Egyptian village with a very rustic look (not new by far) but the staff were regularly cleaning everywhere the pool area is quit small so get there early (Damn Germans).The food is repetetive and is deguised cleverly to look different but the quality is good (DONT TOUCH THE UNCHILLED MEAT).The big downer is entertainment almost none at all and what there was was dancing,no pool games or any other games for that matter.The staff where great,i have to mention Ala (not alah)who worked behind the bar this guy is wasted there forever helpful and smiling even after 15hours work.The zoo is a sorry sight best give it a wide berth.The big dissapointment was Sharm itself it is one big building site.For any divers or snorklers this place is unbeatable i am a diver myself and the marine life is awsome and on the last day i was privelidged to see a dolphin.would i go back no i wouldnt only because the place still needs to be fully built.
Loved the amar sina
The Amar Sina is a lovely place to have a nice relaxing holiday.Its definately not 4 or5 standard American style but the staff are so friendly its unreal.They dont speak much English so you have to be patient and explain yourself.The food is good although it is a bit repetitive but you have to remember you are in Egypt not Blackpool.They run a free bus to the beach and to Naama Bay so make full use of it.The hotel is very quaint but dont go looking for luxury after all you only get what you pay for.Hope you enjoy is as much as me.Say hi to Bilal at the pool and Issat who is a fantastic waiter
Give this hotel a try!
Me and my partner stayed at the Amar Sina for 14 days (8/9/-22-9/05 We have to admit we did really enjoy it, yes the food was basically the same every night and the entertainment never really changed but we used to hop in a taxi to Namma Bay as it was busier. The hotel was nice like a little Egyptian village, rooms were rather basic but comfy and they did smart little designs with your towels every day! You don't really go on holiday to stay in your room anyway so as long as it was clean we were happy. The staff were nice but the receptionist was rather arrogant as we had requested a wake up call at 4 am to go to Luxor and it never happened obviously at 4 am tempers are a bit flared but we got it sorted out and things were fine. But i'd take an alarm clock next time! I wish when you were lying at the pool they didn't come bothering you for a massage or henna tatoo but they did day in day out. If you can learn to ignore this and keep saying no its fine. The only part of the hotel I wasn't mad keen on was the zoo apart from the smell the animals didn't have alot of room which was pretty sad. The Sphinx and Obelixes in the gardens were well cool wishing I'd took a photo!!! We booked with Odyssey and to be honest our rep David was crap not helpful at all but the manager of reception was great a big shout out to Mohammed! Taxis are readily available but remember always negotiate a price b4 you set off or they will try rip you off! And if you can haggle its a big big bonus. Defo would reccommend this hotel and me and my boyfriend are pretty certain we'll go back next year. A big hello to Donna,Adam,Eileen,Leanne,Pauline & Kev
Kirsty Brown & David Grove ( Scotland)
Its certainly different
Dont expect 3 or 4 star at this hotel, its not . It does offer a charm that most other hotels lack, its unusual and thats a good point . The food was ok , but avoid anything thats not chilled which should be , you will also get used to the service ( if all inclusive ) everthing by the glass and logged by the book keeper . The staff in the main are friendly , and helpful ,but remember many work upto 15 hours a day 7 days a week . So if they seem slightly off you will know why ? . The rooms are simple and fairly basic , and in dire need of a little updating , the beds are huge the bath was small. Dont use the hotel beach, but walk to the public beach at the top of the road,(get a taxi back , its so exhausting sitting doing nothing all day ) plus the snorkling is great , buy your snorkle stuff out there its cheap. The zoo? should be closed down, its disgusting and cruel to the animals. Use the few local shops , some good bargains to be had, silver / gold etc, t shirts and your ( made in china ) toy camels . If you have booked this hotel or are looking for something little different dont worry , youve found it . If you want 4 or 5 star luxury, then look else where.
Have just arrived home from a two week stay at Amar Sina Egyptian Village and i do not have any complaints at all, we absolutley loved the place, i cannot for the life of me understand why there has been bad reviews, whilst i was there i did not hear a bad word from anyone staying within the accomodation, it is a lovely little place but would not suit all as it is not like your stadard holiday hotel or apartments as it is an Egyptian Village Theme which had myself and my partner totally captivated it is one of the most beutiful places i have ever stayed it has a small farm yard area up at the back with a camel which you can ride and monkeys etc. We enjoyed the food and had no problems with anything, whilst we were there new sun loungers arrived and the pool was cleaned out daily as well as there being a pool guy who maintained the pool throughout the day, did not see anyone cut themselves on anything nor did i see anything which could have caused anything like that.
The hotel is more suitable for couples and families with older kids, there were kids there who were well looked after by the staff, the staff are really friendly and could not do enough for you they made us feel extra special while on holiday. Housekeeping was above and beyond the service we had expected, our room was cleaned everyday new bedding and towel, the towel were layed out in a different style each day, we had them like swans, lovehearts etc and fresh flowers on the last day.
I highly recommend this hotel and advise everyone to use the shops on the premises as they are a lot cheaper than Namma Bay especially the Jewelery shop which is run by a lovely guy called Ali.
I will def be going back to this hotel and don't think anyone should be put off due to the other reviews.
I will try to add photos as the ones on the website for hotel do not do it justice at all.
Elizabeth & Joe (Glasgow)
Dangerous and dirty pool
Spent last 2 weeks of August here, weather was very hot in the 50's.
Beer and water served by the glass was always warm.
Allotted bottles of water (3 per person per week) most of the guests didn't get.
Cocktails not included in all inclusive package nor milk shake or hot chocolate for the kids, no ice cream available
Food was the same chicken-rice-beef-chips and the odd pasta dish, well presented and kept hot, cold dishes were not kept cold though and butter was often runny and on occassion rancid.
The fish restaurant was open only once a week for paying guests @ £9 per person, the hotel info states it is open at lunchtimes for all inclusive guests.
Jacuzzi not in use and where are the 2 tennis courts advertised ? I didn't see them.
Thermal pool ? where was this ?
Broken sunbeds tied together with bits of string and whole sections missing, dirty sunbed cushions.
Tiles on the bottom of the pool were slimy, broken and sharp causing 7 people to cut their feet in the 1st week we were there, also tiles missing from around sides of pool cutting one girls hands while she attempted to get out of the pool, there are no ladders or steps to gain access in and out of the pool.
Staff were mostly friendly but frequently took it on themselves to join the guests and butt into conversations.
Book any excursions at the car rental shop outside the main doors.
If you do not plan on going to Cairo or Luxor during your visit to Sharm you can get the SINAI ONLY VISA free of charge you only need to write the words SINAI ONLY on the back of your visa application this covers you for 15 days to visit all the AQUABA COAST and ST CATHERINES...you can travel to RAS MOHAMMED by boat but not overland on this visa.
Take sterling and change it at the banks in Na'ama Bay or Old Sharm, the hotel money exchange don't give as good a rate.
The security is A1 so it is a very safe place to go.
Would go back to Egypt and maybe Sharm but would not stay at this hotel.
Keep out of the pool
Stayed for one week,all inclusive. Food got a bit boring after a few days,rice,chicken etc.Dont touch the cold meats,in the evening the food is set out at the side of the pool,up to one and a half hours before,no refrigiration,temperature never falls below 36 degrees,so you can guess what I mean.
There were numerous complaints about the unclenliness of the pool,lots of people got bad rashes,apparantley it hadnt been drained for ages,they put chemicals in at night.Lots of people cut thier feet on broken tiles.
All inclusive drinks meant bottles of stella,between two,you couldnt have a full bottle.Also it was usually warm,as they never put a used bottle back in the fridge.
The hotel was very basic,and could do with a complete revamp.Weather during the day was upto 50 degrees,metal benches to burn your butt on,hardly any shade,and the sun loungers were dated and grubby.
Sharm itself is brilliant,loads of buildings going up,but not near hotel.
Would certainly go back,definately not to this hotel,or all inclusive,as food and drink is reasonably cheap.And certainly not in August,much too hot.
Worst hotel to have stayed in so far !
The 1st day we had arrived we were told that the had to keep hold of our passports without any explanation and anything translated into english for us to understand what was happening so that was slightly confusing.
Then we had arrived to our rooms and there was no water running. So we contacted reception to come and fix it and they hadn't come until the next morning. All rooms needed air conditioning as it was such a hot country but our rooms window got wedged so it wouldn't close. So with all of this the air conditioning had been escaping through the gaps. We had called reception to look at the problem and still no one came.
Underneath the sheets the matteresses were ripped all down the sides. The food was ok - the same sort everyday for 14 nights to go you very bored. The same entertainment that was only given 3 times a week.
The chairs were also ripping and the paint of the chairs were flaking apart. The staff loved to play with my son - they love kids.
Janel - london
Stayed here one week recently.The hotel itself was olde-worlde which we liked very much. Staff were very nice and very helpful. Rooms were a bit basic, but the domed ceilings and decor were very nice. The mini-bar was full on arrival,and room service (pizza) was speedy. The only complaint we have is that in the evening, when we sat round the pool for dinner, the "cold" meats, which were not refrigerated, were warm!!! This caused us both to have upset stomachs. So, advice is Don't eat the meats unless they are hot in containers. Overall, we enjoyed our stay there, and are going back in November, when it's not as hot.
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