Hotel Novotel Sharm El-Sheikh
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Immaculate Clean & Friendly but could be noisy..
My second trip to Sharm-el-Sheikh this time armed with a bit of knowledge we decided to stay near where the action is.
"Action" being a few bars and restaurants and shops as well as a large choice of dive shops. Not mad crazy action - it's Sharm!
The hotel put us in a room near the main road upon arrival, this was not to our satisfaction. The road is very busy with tooting horns from taxis every 5 seconds, handy when you need a cab, but not so good when you want a good nights sleep.
After making a bit of a fuss we were moved away from the road to a room over looking the garden.
I must say- the rooms, lobby, balconies, stairs and pool area were immaculate, always someone trimming the plants touching up the paintwork or keeping the marble floors shiny.
It's a nice distance from the centre of Naama Bay, not too far, about a 20 minute stroll, or longer if you pop into a bar or two on the way in!
Breakfasts are large buffets spread over 3 or 4 tables, very nicely laid out.
There were never any large queues for the omelette station or coffee machine.
I would stay here again on my next trip to Sharm without hesitation.
Very nice hotel
I thought the hotel was very nice:
hotel is very close to private beach with comfy leather sunbeds. Could find a space by the pool or on the beach all the time. Looked like one of the best beaches out of the hotels around - not cramped.
easy walking distance to Naama centre - 10 mins
quiet hotel - entertainment finished at about 10.30pm
very nice spa, but if you're a woman, you might prefer one of the two female staff!
lovely tea garden next to pool for lunch - staff excellent
not so good points:
toilets a bit smelly though this is common in Egypt from my experience
no tea/coffee making facilities in room
Airport poor generally (new one on way)
try the Hard Rock cafe in Naama bay - went there twice - very lively and excellent food
Try Mojos for a drink - excellent views across the bay
go quadbiking in the desert - great fun and excellent scenery
if you go snorkelling, buy your own mask and snorkel - it works our better value if you plan to do it again and the hire marks are of poor quality
A very pleasant stay
The hotel is situated in the heart of Nama Bay and is fairly small (190 rooms). Consisting of 2 storey buildings each room has a balcony and has all mod cons including air conditioning, safe deposit box, drinks fridge etc. The rooms are on the small size but are clean and bright. We chose the hotel because a member of the party has physical disabilities that confine her to walking short distances on crutches or using wheelchairs. She found the ground floor room ideal and the walk in shower with grab rails easy to use. Ramps in various parts of the hotel made use of a wheelchair easy. A wheelchair was provided free of charge throughout the stay.
The staff were very pleasant and accommodating throughout our stay.
Food was generally cooked to a very high standard but those visitors who have children who demand nuggets and chips with every meal will be disappointed by the main restaurant. Although food caters to a more adult palate our children aged from 7 to 12 years had no complaints. Going bed and breakfast rather than half board will give visitors choice to going to any of the neighbouring restaurants. The location of the hotel means that the centre of the town is only a few minutes walk away. The "Fish Restaurant" is particularly recommended.
Evening entertainment is low key. It seems that most hotels in the locality, including this one, has a local crooner that knocks out middle of the road numbers like Tom Jones' "Delilah" and that Opportunity Knocks - Mary Hopkin's favourite "Those were the days". The Egyptian evening was particularly dire but this troupe visits ALL of the local hotels so there is no getting away from them. There are local nightclubs within walking distance but we did not visit them so cant comment on them.
The single swimming pool is a good size and there are plenty of sun beds available around the pool or on the adjacent beach.
There is a small gym with cardio equipment. We did not try the spa services.
The reef is close to the seashore and although there is a lot of human disturbance it does no seem to scare away the fish. We found snorkelling at the end of the day, when the tide was in and most of the populous had gone home, the most rewarding. There are regular trips to the Ras Mohamed National Park where the snorkelling and diving are said to be particularly good - make sure that you have a full Egyptian visa though.
We were a little worried about some of the negative reviews about this hotel but we were pleasantly surprised and would recommend this hotel highly. It is good for people with physical disabilities.
Clean, friendly, attractive
The Naama Bay Hotel is in a good location within easy walking distance to the beach, restaurants and shopping.
It's quite a large complex, and we had a room in one of the outer "zones," in an attractive building with beautiful landscaping and just 8 rooms. I say this first because most rooms are in two far larger buildings, but I took a peep in one and the room looked about like ours. Our room (715) was spacious with a large balcony, and very, very clean. Comfortable beds and pillows, too. There are a lot of stairs and no elevator if you're in one of these exterior zones, but it's quieter and feels more exclusive.
Breakfast was not so quiet. The food was plentiful and the selection good, but you need to get there early. Otherwise, it's hard to find a clean table with a full place setting, and hard to catch the eye of the fellows serving coffee and tea. Plus it gets rather hectic and crowded at the buffet.
The hotel beach is very small, but the snorkelling is good. And you can always explore other beaches. There are several pools, so if you prefer to be poolside, be sure to check out the pools back in Zones 6 and 7, too. They're a bit quieter and you can see the sea and the mountains in the distance.
The staff was very friendly, and we felt quite welcome.
Wonderful place to stay
This hotel is a wonderful place to stay. The first day we arrived the people at the front desk made us wait a long time to get our room, that is my only complaint. They were not as nice as I had hoped but at the end their attitude changed. The food is delicious. The theme changes each night and it's an open buffet. The pools are Fantastic! There are about 4 pools to 5 pools. Each one is clean and well cared for. I liked each one of them. The staff I met with was all nice and polite. The beach was small and you have to arrive early or it will be hard to get a beach chair. IT was crowded. The rooms are clean and pleasant to be in. The rooms have everything in them to make you comfy. There is also good entertainment there, Such as shows and music. Its a great hotel and family friendly. I recommend this hotel to anyone.
Great hotel but don't use the spa
We stayed in this hotel a week in February 2005. I liked the hotel and its natural surroundings a lot. Service and staff were friendly but the Egyptians are in general not very polite. To me they seemed agressive and rued. I signed up for SPA treatment and that was a horrible experience. It looks very proffecional but I don't think it is. I was massaged by a horny young man who tried to do more than just the massage. It was really unproffesional and I felt terrified.
LOVELY FAMILY HOTEL
Christmas last year was a nightmare we booked in to a bad hotel called the Halomy, The rep would'nt move us, so I went walk about and found this hotel the Naama bay hotel, the Staff couldn't do to much for us they got us a taxi and helped us move our cases to their hotel. What a difference, We have been back to this hotel last Easter and will be going there in Dec. The hotel's staff are very friendly and can't do enough for you, the room's are very large and clean. Excellent is all I can say.
My favourite place in the whole world
We have stayed at the Novotel in Sharm for two consecutive years and found it to be the cleanest and best hotel we have ever stayed in. The staff have always been friendly and helpful. The location is fantastic. There is excellent snorkelling directly off the beach which is spotless. I wouldnt want to stay anywhere else in Sharm.
Naaama bay must do before you die
great place to stay and eat snorkelling out of this world do not miss this place
An absolute disgrace
I recently visited Sharm and was outraged by the dreadful customer service from the Novotel staff.
We weren't staying at the Hotel (thankfully) but had paid to use their private beach which provided loungers, towels and waiter service.
After paying the hire fee for the loungers and a refundable deposit for towels (including the blatant skimming of tip money by the staff) we received no service and had to go to the bar ourselves. When we were ready to leave we tried to get our refundable deposit back. To our amazement , we were accused of not paying one! The staff were rude, ignorant and uninterested. When we complained to the manager in the hotel they tried every trick in the book to delay taking down the details, no doubt hoping that we would give up and go away. I get the feeling that English tourists are seen as a soft touch by some Egyptian locals and we saw plenty of evidence to support this at the Novotel. Never again.
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... Everyone who asks me where I'm from have Italy in there mind before they ask. When I come out with this British like English accent and say I'm from Australia there are somewhere surprised. They enjoy asking questions about Australia and listening to me answer about the country. So we head to the marina and board and large diving boat. He head out to Tiran island which neural land between, Egypt, Israel, Palestine and Jordan. Time for ...
... incredibly warm and clear!
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