Iberotel Club Fanara & Residence
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Historical Traveler Reviews Iberotel Club Fanara & Residence Sharm El-Sheikh
Not the best!!!
Just had a 2 week holiday at the Club fanara, the hotel it self was spotlessly clean, staff were so friendly and couldn't do enough for you.The only thing that lets this hotel down is the FOOD if you like a variety of food don't come here. The fizzy drinks were often flat, snack times was pizza and hotdogs everyday and the buffet was rubbish with only chips and pasta that you would recognise as alot of the food was egyptian.
The entertainment here does not exist if you are english, caters more for the french during showtime.
The beach is great with all the fish in the reef, excellent pool area with plenty of loungers.
Did have a good holiday here but would not return as think its over rated and the food and entertainment lets it down and we were definatley bored here for 2 weeks.
Just returned from a 2 week stay at this hotel.
Room - I stayed in the residence part of the hotel which is a long stretch of two storey villas, with rooms about half the size of the club rooms, only some of which have balconys. You get a fridge, TV and basic en suite.
Food - I think I ate chicken and chips at every meal, frankly the food is fine, but if you are staying for two weeks, by day eight you are bored stiff of the food as there seems to be a 4 day rotation on the menu. The food is so cheap in Sharm that is really is silly to be on all inclusive.
Booze - the free drinks policy is limited to local spirts which are nasty. I suffered without a proper jack daniels and diet coke. Beer drinkers should be fine with this.
Beach - the snorkelling and coral reef are quite amazing, the 150 steps down the cliff are exhausting in the sunshine.
Location - the hotel is in a great spot for diving & snorkelling and you will see lots of boats from other hotels pulling up off shore. Its about 15mins in a taxi to the old market and 20 mins in a taxi to Naama bay. Fantasia a tourist designed shopping bazaar is locted 5 to 10 mins walk away.
Bear in mind that this holiday cost me £650 for two weeks and the equivalent cost at the hilton waterfalls (across the road) half board is about £460; I would have def picked the Hilton!
Second Visit Better than the First!!!
This is our second trip to this hotel. We first came here in Dec 2004. The sea was a too cold for us at that time, but the snorkelling was so good we had to come back for more & we were not disappointed.
The hotel is very clean and the gardens are kept immaculate. The staff are very friendly and are always joking, even though they are very busy.
There is plenty of choice for food, we never had a night where we could not find any food. Our two children had no problem.
The pools are good & there are some games organised during the day.
The snorkelling off the beach is wonderful, but you just have to watch out for the giant trigger fish whilst they are nesting.
We stayed at the main Fanara Hotel., spotlessly cleans as were the residences., long walks between restaurants., breakfast best meal., most of the tourists complained about the quaity of the food., very poor and served in sauces, which were tepid to cold. Not much choice., meat(1), fish(1), Vegey(1), salad bars fair., not much imagination.,
Clean bed linen and towels each day., Staff were fantastic., we were warned by our holiday rep, that apparently theere is a nasty little stomach bug in Sharm which affects most tourists for about 24/48 get pills from local pharmacy that usually settles things. Pool is wonderful as are the gardens, rooms spacious, air conditioned, fridge and safe supplied what a shame about the food though., wont be going to this hotel again I am afraid
Just come back from a weeks all inclusive at Club Fanara with my boyfriend and can only report great things, ideal for couples, families and single travellers.
The hotel offers a great range of activities with brilliant staff to keep you entertained during the day, with also a quieter pool area at the oppposite end of the resort.
The All Inclusive was one of the best I have ever been to regarding endless soft drinks on tap where you helped yourself and also large bottles of water available whenever you needed and the resort was immaculate throughout from the cleanliness of the rooms to the pool/beach areas.
Only thing we had a slight niggle about was by the middle of the week the buffet food in the evenings wasn't our choice, there was a great variety but food wasn't cooked to our taste, so we ate out a few nights in Naama Bay where food was extremely cheap, can recommend the Hard Rock but be warned to get there early evening as it gets v busy!!
The hotel does provide free shuttle bus into Naama Bay and Sharm at various times during the day and evenings but cabs are also v cheap and no problem to find. Just a tip that if you do jump in a cab always haggle the price beforehand and have the correct money, otherwise you'll get them saying... 'no change' :o)
All in all had a fantastic holiday and can't wait to go back
Have just returned from IBEROTEL CLUB FANARA & RESIDENCE, stayed for one week on a all-inclusive board.
Hotel is situated on a headland, set in wonderful gardens, and overlooking the crystal waters of the RED SEA, and a short distance from the old town of SHARM.
Weather was fantastic ranging from 29-38C during the day, and about 23C at night, with low humidity.
Accomodation was first class, rooms were spacious and very clean with rooms cleaned daily, along with linen and towels being changed.
Dining was a choice of two restaurants for main meals (Buffet style) with breakfast being served indoors within the main complex of the hotel. (Gents please take note that T shirts must cover your shoulders!!! when wearing them at breakfast. Vest type shirts are not allowed. This does not apply to small children. Also long trousers must be worn at both restaurants) Lunch/ Dinner can be taken at the Temple Pool Restaurant which is outside, and situated at the main swimming pool,s also this is where all the snacks and ice creams are served.
For those looking to dine in a much more intimate location walk up to the top restaurant called LA GAZELLE.
We dined at both, with excellent quality and choice of food. Good selection of spirts plus local beer and unlimited soft drinks.
Pool area was excellent, there are threepools plus a good sized childrens pool,all with excellent safety standards( THOUGH NO LIFE GUARD) lots of sunbeds and the use of free beach towels is a bonus.
The hotel has its own private beach with free sunbeds and umbrellas.and is very safe for young children, excellent snorkling and swimming. the coral and fish are amazing, one must see it to believe. also noticed that the hotel has a large selection of bicket and spades for the children on the beach. their is a beach bar also situated on the beach. Though on the minus side thier is no public toilet facilities, so its a small climb up some steps or ramp to the pool area.
Excellent beach just outside the hotel called EL FANARA (5 mins walk) not suited for children.
Entertainment looked excellent for the young and teens, but was limited for the adults, their was a disco but it appeared that the teenagers used this as their meeting place.
We did venture outside, this was totally safe!!! we visited the local bazar, outside the Fantasia, about 10 mins walk, excellent place to try your hand in some haggling for your gifts. People here are very friendly! well worth a visit. also went into NAAMA BAY, recommend HARD ROCK CAFE, we had a brillant night. also went on a Bedouin night, this also very good, though not suitable for young children.
Other advice, take english sterling. The hotel will not change money,there are money changing facilities on the complex, but check opening times. Also take mosquito reppelant, as we did have some unwanted bites
As you can see we had a great time here!!!! and looking forward to going back to CLUB FANARA
Iberotel Club Fanara
We have just returned from one week all-inclusive at the Iberotel Club Fanara and once inside the hotel had a superb time - excellent facilities, food choice and quality superb - breakfast, lunch and dinner (gents make sure you have long trousers for dinner or you won't be allowed in restaurant - even cropped trousers are banned as I found out!). The gazelle restaurant, also part of the hotel offers a total contrast to the main hotel - much quieter, outside eating etc. and same quality. The staff couldn't be more helpful. The kids club was great fun and though the official age +4yrs, our 2yr old had a great time joining in with the activities - the staff are happy for them to be there as long as you don't leave them. The evening kids dancing was a highlight for our daughter. The snorkelling from the hotel beach was incredible. We didn't leave the hotel for the week.
The worst part of the holiday was the airport - a complete disaster area - baggage delay 2 hours when we landed and total chaos and unbelievable queues when we left - hopefully we caught them on 2 bad days!!
returned 24/2 from sharm after visiting this hotel. what a fab holiday the whole family enjoyed it. hotel very clean and comfortable, service excellent, food excellent, cocktails strong!
All inclusive was all inclusive my little boy was eating icecreams at midnight!
Best part of hols was the snorkelling in the sea, the hotel beach is an excellent place to start, the fish are amazing like being in a fish tank.
We had a great time and would return to the same place.
ps. we did not buy a visa and had no problems.
All round fantastic holiday
Just spent 14 days at the Club Fanara from 20/1 - 3/2, and found the staff, accomodation, food and location excellent. The weather was in the upper 80's, and there was no sign of mosquitoes due to the fact that the outside greenery was sprayed daily at dawn and dusk.
The rooms had air conditioning and heating, and were cleaned on a daily basis, with all bed linen and bath room towels changed.
Ample pool and beach towels were also available free of charge.
A very safe enviromment for families young and old.
I will definitely be using this hotel again.
Best ever holiday
Just got back from Sharm this week, the hotel was excellent. It's surronding were great, the beach was lovely it's not soft sand, but very clean, no one bothers you there, the only person i saw was the hairdresser asking if you would like your hair done. If you are going for the night life go somewhere else, it's a daytime holiday, they did have so called entertainment on, but not as we noticed, it's the sort of place where you have your dinner then a few drinks and a walk to the shops or along the beach. The snorkeling is excellent, we went everyday. The whole holiday was the best one i have ever had. I would recommend the hotel to anybody, it's fit for the queen. I can't wait to go back.