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Historical Traveler Reviews Iberotel Lido Sharm El-Sheikh
A couple of sceptics converted!
The Lido is a fantastic hotel: not for kids and not for the (more infirm) elderly.
My partner and I took advantage of the cheaper rates for package deals in Sharm that have been the norm since the unfortunate incidents there earlier this year.
We used this site to glean some information about the hotel and it has proved accurate and helpful, so it seems a good idea to add some more weight to the growing body of reviews!
The Lido (drop the chain name, because nobody recognises it out there!) is very central in Naama Bay, forming one end of the beach in front of the Helnan Marina Hotel (the Helnan, built in 1968, is said to be the oldest resort hotel in Sharm and it is just beginning to show the first signs of age).
We didn't find the hotel to bear more than a passing resemblance to an ocean liner, which I say because I found that prospect a little discouraging before we went there. The analogy sounded a bit twee to me.
In fact, the Lido is probably one of the most interesting hotels in Naama Bay from an architectural point of view, since it is built directly into the rock and shows a lot of creativity in the materials used to build it.
The location is close to a diveboat jetty. There is a small dive excursions and equipment hut onsite (it is a separate private business, though, but hiring things is possible and cheap) and the substantially larger Werner Lau dive centre next door.
The Lido has a small curve of beach loosely partitioned for the use of guests, though this doesn't keep out the regular interruptions of hawkers selling you quad bike, camel riding, introductory dive and snorkelling excursions. Everyone in Sharm is just trying to make a living, of course, so a polite no thanks or better still "La shukram" (the Arabic equivalent) will suffice if you're not interested - hawkers are rarely persistent past that first post.
This is a great time of year (Dec) to go to the Lido if you want warm sunshine without the suffocating temperatures and the masses of flies they say can bother you in high summer. And it's really a tonic for the horrid Eurowinter that you don't get even in the Canaries.
We managed to lobsterize ourselves by snorkelling out on the reefs, but it's not easy to get a severe sunburn onshore if you're applying your lotions sensibly.
Watch out for the Lionfish (Pterois miles) close to the rocks at the hotel's beach and the sundeck jetty at dusk and night time. These extraordinary tropical species are very shy, amazing to look at, but highly poisonous if touched and if we hadn't read some books on the local sealife before we came to Sharm, we would have been none the wiser swimming around as the sun was going down.
Apart from an excellent daily breakfast spread (enjoyed on a seafront terrace while fish spotting), the Lido had a slightly limited menu in the evenings (perhaps due to some very quiet refurbishment going on in the bar area) but if you like Lebanese food, you'll still be in hog heaven. Being so close to the centre of Naama Bay, though, there's no reason to miss out on some great food experiences anyway.
The interior of our standard room, if not quite as interesting as the exterior spaces of the hotel, was comfortable and well furnished.
Staff are pleasant and friendly. They are helpful and keen to have a joke with you. Make sure you are understood though - one lateish night we ordered creme caramel on room service and received fried calamari instead.
If you want opulence, you'd be better served by the Hyatt, the Sheraton or the InterContinental around the opposite side of the Bay, and there's a lot of that heavy stuff around Sharm. We loved this hotel for convenience, intimacy and simplicity instead.
Lido - Being guest, not another number
Away from crowd, swimming pool at the top, lots of wood and natural materials, rock in the middle of the hotel, limted staff (=instant familiartiy), nice place for dinner, good swimming during the day (you can have 1 hour swimming trip towards open sea part of coast and see some coral reef and fish). I really enjoyed. It is not 5 star, but very friendly and my No. 1 choice for returning.
Loved the Lido --But!
The hotel is lovely but nowhere did it tell me that there were literally dozens of steps (without handrails) where ever you wanted to go to! I add this review only to forwarn people like ourselves, of restricted mobility, who are tempted by the Hotel description and position. Most reviews I read said there was wheelchair access and a lift. Being in our late 60's and not so good on our feet I thought the Lido would suit my husband and myself down to the ground. However wheelchairs would have to negotiate - from the road - a 6" step, a 10" step, some uneven ground and a further 4" step. The lift would then take you to up to the reception area. We were put in room 112 which meant down 20 steps. The next morning we found the restaurant and bar down a further 20 steps and from the restaurant to the pool meant climbing up a total of 40 steps, then if the toilet was needed, down 20 steps and back up them to the sunbed and a further 30 to our room! An awful lot of steps in a day and even more in a week! There were only 6 rooms allocated to people from the UK the rest were Germans, Austrians, Dutch, Swiss & French Egyptian and Italian all of whom were on All Inclusive deals. The staff although very good were geared mainly to our EU cousins. I would agree that while the Hotel was lovely, built to imitate a ship - all decking -it tended to be extremely noisy at 3am when the stilettos returned from town and marched down the decking overhead! The town was just the right distance away - being within easy reach but you weren't in the thick of it. The hotel food was plentiful if not terrific in quality , we only ate breakfast (which had a great variety of food on offer which is usual for Egyptian hotels) & a couple of buffet dinners there. We did have soup - the lentil and the cream of tomato are to die for - at the pool most days but whatever you do DON'T try to get anything that isn't on the Menu. We had several attempts at a cheese and tomato roll ( hard cheese and sliced tomato) and received amongst other things- a cheesburger and next day what looked like cottage cheese, lettuce and tomato chopped in mayo! YUK! Most evening meals we ate at the Pomerdoro or the Tandoori- both part of the Camel Dive Hotel and brilliant !
We left 24 hours before the bombings occurred and my heart goes out to everyone of all nationalities lost or affected in any way by these attrocities. Although we will not return to Sharm this is only because it wasn't our sort of holiday resort. We have been going to Egypt at least once a year since the late 80's and we will return to Egypt, to our usual haunt - Luxor - as soon as possible!
Das Lido ist erstklassig
Das Lido ist das angesagteste Hotel in Naama Bay. Tolle Lage, direkt am Strand und weit weg von all den Massen. Da es ein kleines Hotel ist, wird es nie zu voll. Die Angestellten sind freundlich und hilfsbereit. Das Frühstücksbuffet ist tolle, es gibt so viel Auswahl. War zum ersten Mal in Sharm und ich weiß schon, dass ich nirgendwo anders wohnen werde, wenn ich wieder hierher komme.
The Lido is excellent
The Lido is the place to stay in Naama Bay. Great location right on the beach, and away from all the crowds elsewhere. As it is a small hotel it never feels or gets overcrowded. The staff are friendly and helpful. The buffet breakfast is superb, with so much variety. This was my first visit to Sharm, and I know that I will not want to stay elsewhere when I go back.
Loved the Lido
Returned from Iberotel Lido on 24th March 2005. Excellent. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Rooms, layout and pool were great. We sunbathed on the jetty which belongs to the hotel so we could get the breeze as it was over 80deg. The excellent location of the hotel ( only 3 or 4 mins) to the centre of Namma bay was brilliant. Will definitely be going again. Have tried to book with Thomas Cooks for Xmas but no rooms left. The night life in the resort is very laid back. Plenty of resteraunts. We liked the chinese which is next door to the thai, and also the dananeer which is always very busy. The best time to go there is before 7pm. Main place for having a drink is the camel bar on the main street. We opted to sit outside but there were plenty going into the rooftop bar. There is one english bar the Tavern but bit grotty. Good atmosphere in Hard Rock cafe but always very busy.
Wouldn't stay anywhere else!
We stayed at the Iberotel Lido, Sharm el Sheikh for a week on Jan 10th 2005. The staff at the hotel were lovely, helpful and always available. We were unsure of staying in a smaller hotel but the quality of service, facilities, rooms, food and room service were all second to none and don't believe any of the larger hotels in the area could have bettered the service we received. The hotel is in an excellent location, almost directly on the beach, plenty of sunbeds, loungers and room around the heated pool. The hotel also had a free jacuzzi, steam room and small gym. We enjoyed it so much we are planning to return later this year. The resort of Sharm is built for tourists but there is plenty to do and see whilst in Egypt. We visited Luxor, tiring but well worth the effort! The people are very friendly, food is cheap and drink is also good value. We stayed B&B at the Lido and the buffet breakfast was excellent. The resort itself has an enormous selection of restaurants, bars and cafes.
Loved the Hotel
Love this Hotel, it is in a great location right on the beach, two mins walk from the night life of Naama Bay. We booked through Thomas cook as this is the only UK operator that deals with this Hotel. There are other foriegn tour operators that used this Hotel though.We spoke to Itallian and Polish guests, that were all very nice.The Hotel staff were brill i slipped and twisted my ankle on a night out, the next day sitting around the pool area with a cold towel on my foot, i was asked if i was ok. There was no end of ice sent over to me and one of the staff sent my husband to the chemist to buy a sprain type cream, he wrote it in English and Arabic. Within a few days i was much better, and you wouldn't get that in a europe holiday resort.The Airport at Sharm was a bit upside down as it is being extended, but i am told that it is now near completed,i will be returning back to Sharm on the 3rd or March back to Iberotel Lido, and i will keep you posted.
Loved the Lido
We have just returned from a fantastic New Years break staying at the Iberotel Lido in Naama Bay.
The hotel is in a perfect position as it is on the beach with a wonderful view a private beach & jetty for soaking up the sun and a superb pool area. It is a 2 minute walk into the town so no taxi rides required or you are right next to the harbour for the divers and explorers to catch the boats in a morning.
The hotel staff are all wonderful always have a smile and can't do enough to help you.
Breakfast is a continental buffet but has the best selection I have seen in a hotel. A buffet is also available at lunch time or there is a great menu to choose from at any time.
They also put on a New Year gala evening with belly dancers, a magician and a disco which was a great night.
There is plenty to fill your time in the hotel including steam room, jacuzzi & small gym, you can also have a massage for a small extra charge.
Overall a great hotel for a great holiday.
Best possible position in Naama Bay.
The location of the Iberotel in naama bay is 2nd to none.
It's about 3-5 minutes walk to the main street. Yet still sits on the beach with ocean views and a roof top pool. The hotel is spotlessly clean from bow to stern. The staff
are amazingly helpful and pleasant as with most hotels in sharm. the food at night time comes in the form of an outside buffee with live music on a romantic illuminated decking area that looks out to the sea. i was diving everyday so found the immediate location fantastic, meaning I was changed showered and in the bar while other divers where probably still waiting for there transfers back to the out of town hotel. I'd probably say this is not the place to stay if you have children or are planning to spend the day around the pool. as most of the other complexes have awesome pools surrounded landscapes. Again as a diving trip out of the 4 hotels I've
stayed at in sharm the sheer convenience of the place puts it above the competition.