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Historical Traveler Reviews Nubian Village Hotel Sharm El-Sheikh
Exceeded All Expectations
Well... where to start?
I booked up the nubian village with a telephone operated travel agents. As I would expect most people are, I was intrigued to know exactly what I had booked. I began reading reviews - they ranged from excellent to awful... I now had no idea what to expect and panicked slightly.
I was only 3 weeks from travel so would have stood to lose the full amount had I cancelled - only now, I'm so Glad I didn't.
We flew with Excel airways, the outbound flight was delayed by only by around half an hour so a smiles so far...
Arriving in Sharm, the weather was fabulous and there were hoards of taxis outside the terminal greeting tourists to take them the short distance to the resort.
We arrived at the Nubian and we were overwhelmed. It was clean, modern, amazingly designed and I was sure from this moment our last minute getaway was going to be fabulous.
The staff were friendly, polite and couldn't help enough, even those that struggled with english made every effort to maintain a conversation with you.
The rooms... WOW, our room was huge, the bathroom was also very spacious. We'd been on various 5* holidays and did indeed have realtively high expectations... this exceeded them all. The nubian village gives hotels in Dubai a run for its money in my opinion. To sum it up... loads of space, a very comfortable kingsize bed, quality air-conditioning, great bathroom and an amazing view.
The food was also great, good variety and always fresh. And don't worry about piling on a few extra pounds, there's a massive pool to cool you down and swim those calories off in.
Its one of few hotels in Sharm with its beach actually on site, and its lovely, the sand gets a bit hot at times so be sure to take flip flops down with you.
For those of you into diving/snorkelling Sharm is fabulous and the Nubian is a great luxury hotel which makes a good base for such holidays. If your like me on the other hand and are looking to do absolutley nothing... the Nubian Village is the place to be.
Couldn't fault it !
Many Thanks to all the staff and management there!
Great Vaule For Money! Great Holiday!
We got back from staying at Nubian Village just over a week ago. It was a last minute deal to get away for a relaxing week in the sun which is exactly what we got! We paid £360 for 1 week..considering some people pay this to go to Spain on a Club 18-30 holiday to stay in a grotty place and no food you can't grumble! 3 young ladies who are not easily pleased (although i would say that Sharm el Sheikh is more for couples rather than groups of girls and guys!)!! I think the trouble with these disappointing ratings is, obviously everyone has different expectations. This hotel is considered 5* - i dont know what some people expect but you know darn well not to expect the Ritz (which incidentally is also a 5*) - You expect the Ritz then should expect to pay Ritz prices! This is Egypt for christ sake and i literally do think this IS a 5* out there!
Rooms - Absolutely spotless!! Couldn't fault them! Our beds were made, towels changed and floor swept and mopped every day. The air con was brilliant and there were enough mirrors for all of us when it come to the 3 of us getting ready!! Our cleaner kept asking us if everything was ok which was really reassuring!
The pools were also spotless - i dont know what this talk of plastic cups is - at the swim up bar we were served our drinks in champagne flutes!! We were never once given plastic cups!! Nor were any of the cups or plates chipped or dirty!
Food - Had a great selection, basically they have the same varity of grilled veg, boiled veg, rice, fresh pasta every night, but the meats and fish change from day to day. English people might be disappointed to know they do not serve chips! The dessert choice is immense!! We just couldnt stop!! They do cover the starters and the bread with cling film but it IS put away and chilled!! The choice of bread and rolls is endless - from pitta bread to foccacia!!Breakfast couldnt have been better - choice of cereal, pancakes, omelettes, full english, danishes etc.
The only complaint id have is for the actual resort of Sharm el sheikh. The livliest spot is Naama Bay which is extortionate! Plus all the local men are sooo letchy!! Theres not really much there! It really depends on what you are going on holiday for i guess! Dont forget to go on a snorkelling trip - great day out! the weather was perfect - it was in the 30's everyday but with a nice breeze! Great tans all round!! Bite the bullet and enjoy it!!xx
We recently returned from a two week holiday at the Nubian Village Resort in Sharm El Sheikh (2/8 - 16/8). We are very disappointed by the lack of facilities at the hotel, despite them being advertised on the website.
Before writing this review we did write to Med Hotels, but did not receive a satisfactory response!!
The lack of snacks was unacceptable and what was available were the left overs from the previous meal (usually mini croissants and small cakes - nothing savoury). If we did not make it to lunch then we would literally starve till dinner time. Having small children the AI snacks particularly appealed to us.
The Corallo beach restaurant did not open till the last four days of our holiday, until this time the only place available to eat was the main restaurant. Fruit was not available throughout the day at the pool bar and the beach bar didn't open for our entire holiday so nothing was offered there.
The disco was not open for our entire holiday and neither was the kids club. When our children asked one of the entertainment staff when the kids club would be open they were told that it wouldn't be open as it was for the Italian children and as there were no Italian children at the hotel it was closed!
The Seafood restaurant was not open so we couldn't even eat there.
The kids atelier, videos and books were not available (as they were not catering for British children).
There is not a pharmacy at this hotel.
The hotel theatre was not in operation once and judging by the poor state of it, it has not been in operation for some time.
There were not any horse or camel rides on offer.
The official rating for this hotel is five star - this hotel might just scrape in on a three star rating. The food was repetitive and did not cater for the varied guests this hotel obviously has.
The lobby bar staff are arrogant to the point of being rude, drinks during the day are served in plastic disposable cups (5star??).
Left over food is served the following day, it is not prepared fresh. The salads are left where they are from one day to the next (not in cold storage, nor are they displayed in a cold display unit) they are covered only in cling film at the end of a meal session, as are the bread rolls. The health aspect of the food side of this hotel leaves a lot to be desired and it is not surprising that majority of visitors end up with tummy complaints.
Glasses are rinsed under a running tap by bar staff, they are not washed in hot soapy water, or put in a dishwasher. Majority of the glasses are chipped around the rim. Cups and plates have cracks on them which have gone brown.
This hotel needs some serious attention, and the website is very misleading in its description. We feel that they falsely advertised the hotel to us as hardly any of the facilities advertised were available for us. To advertise the hotel as official rating 5 star mislead us to believe the standards at this hotel would be high, which they clearly were not.
We highly recommed a diving course with the Mr Diver team. They are all so polite, friendly and very helpful.
Warm and friendly egypt
we have just returned from this hotel. We went for two weeks and have to say that overall we had an enjoyable time. Yes there are a lot of Italians and Russians there but we found that the staff in the hotel tried very hard to accomodate the English. They even employed a new English entertainments fellow whilst we were there I think that they had a few complaints about most of the entertainments at the bottom pool being announced in Italian and most of the English people missed out on a lot of the fun. The bar staff and reception staff are excellent and we didnt tip them until we left, the same with the pool attendants. I was very impressed with the cleanliness of the hotel and the staff work very long hours keeping up appearances and making sure that you are comfortable. I will definately go back very soon I enjoyed the weather the lovely little private beach and the hotel and its very hard working staff. I agree that the hotel is not five star but that made no difference to us we enjoyed every minute well done Nubian Hotel.
Remember you are in Egypt
Having just returned from this holiday I must say if you go with a open mind you will love this hotel . My first comment about the hotel is it is not a 5 star hotel probably a 4 star by British standards. First of all arriving there the reception was well set up for arrivals no messing about with rooms or luggage your rooms were allocated very quickly and your luggage delivered within a few minutes. The rooms themselves are very spacious air conditioned and a balcony overlooking the pool. The large foyer area is kept immaculate with the staff working non stop emptying ash trays and collecting glasses etc. The swimming pools are also kept very clean and again the staff work hard keeping it that way. There are two pools one a quiet pool which is very large for people and young children to just chill out at. The other pool which is also large is more lively with most of the entertainment going on there during the day. Both pools have swim up bars a godsend in the heat. The food in the restaurants was to a high standard with a fish , meat and chicken option every lunch and dinner there was also a pasta station and plenty different salads. The dining staff again where very friendly and spoke good English. The hotel bar staff again are very hard working and your supply of liquid refreshments flows endlessly. One of the big assets to this hotel is its private beach where you can walk out into the rock pools when the tide is out and watch the fish swimming about at your feet. After talking to other holidaymakers in different hotels I found not all hotels had this natural beauty on their doorstep so to speak. I found with the staff that a small tip of 10 or 20 Egyptain pounds meant that your glass was never empty and it showed your appreciation for all their hard work and the long hours put in by them.The hotel was full of Italians and Russians which again made a foreign holiday different. The only complaints I heard were from the British holidaymakers such as you cant get bitter here you dont get a full English in the morning and the staff are all foreign to name a few. So if you want to drink warm beer,eat greasy fry ups and spend time with people from a different culture dont go here. There is a shuttle bus running to namma bay 6 times a day for shopping etc I would say do not go there early as the heat is overpowering and most of the shops are shut better to go at night when all the shops are open and it is a bit cooler.All in all a lovely place friendly people warm weather and cold beers what more can you want.
No way this is a 4* Hotel
We have just returned from the Nubian Village after 2 weeks. The weather was great even if a little too hot for me. The hotel is clean and the rooms are large, staff are freindly, the pool is lovely esspecially if you tip the pool guy...he will have your beds ready everyday..... BUT we we did have some major problems, My 11 year old neice cut her foot in the swimming pool on a broken bottle within 5 minutes on our first day....8 Sticthes in the sole of her foot which resulting in her unable to put any weight on her foot and not being able to walk very far, she was also unable to use the swimming pool, she spent the first 9 days of her holiday in the hotel room watching TV.Which also meant we were unable to go anywhere. The evening entertainment is very poor...all based around the Itailian guests/ Diso was not working when we were there. Food is very repetative Rice/Pasta/Vegtables/salad and chicken and vegtables soaked in oil every night. We all had upset stomachs for the whole 2 weeks. near the end of our holiday we did manage to book a trip to cairo to see the pyramids..this costs us 135 gbp each for 7 people.....the day was very long and very very hot... be prepared for the heat I would not rate this hotel as 4/5 Star more like a 3 . I would NOT go back again. This hotel is all set up for Itailan guests not English. We have raised our complaints with the Hotel and await there reply.
Great hotel very friendly
have just returned from this hotel had a brilliant time there are 2 pools the one near to the hotel is very quite and relaxing and is very big compared to others we have seen it has two bridges over to an island with waterfalls and a swim up bar which i do have to say needs a little tlc but the drinks come in double measures or sometimes even bigger if you tip the waiter at the start of your holiday! (gromer is usually here say hi from sue and buster if you see him) the rooms were very spacious and they all overlook this pool we had a ground floor room and only had to walk 6 yards to our sun beds which the pool attendant reserved for us everyday but again give him a tip at the start of your holiday for him to do this it is worth it. the food is good with a big choice every meal time although to be honest after two weeks i think it would be a bit repetative. go down to the beach if you can stand the heat and walk to the end of the pier and see the amazing tropical fish swimming at the end. we had a meal in the bedouin tent one night the guy is great and you get a huge tray of food just for two people and get to have a smoke on the fruit flavoured pipes!! all washed dowm with mint tea the entertainment at night is varied but to be honest you normally hook up and make some goods friends on holiday and sit around chatting. we would return to this hotel without a doubt i also notice that virgin holidays are now featuring this hotel in their egypt 2006 brochure for the first time
Sharm el sheikh - Brilliant!!!
This is an absolute brilliant hotel, the staff are really friendly, give them crisps they love em. The rooms are quite spaceous with balconies which all have table and chairs, really nice to sit down at night to watch the sun go down-really romantic.
The beach... where do i start, unmissable, incredible beautiful. The pool attendants are really accomodating and even more so if you tip them (it doesn't even have to be much either.) do this at the begining of your stay and they will reserve it everyday untill you leave.
The barmen arent shy about the amount of alcohol they put in your drink which i must add is blow your head off material, cocktails to die for!
In the resort there are 2 main swimming pools 1 with children/baby pool in which is sectioned off, and the other where they play water games which are good fun.
They have a reflexology and massage tables, as well as water and normal aerobic's, they provide other activities like teaching the salsa and other dances- a must your'll have a great laugh!!!
Beautiful scenery, i liked sitting around the pool, the peaceful sounds of bird singing and running water- never too far to walk for a drink with the pool bar 30 seconds away!
The only thing that let us down was the food, they try really hard to vary the food and there's no lack of it believe me but remember to take your imodium with you because they use different cooking oils to what we're used to and they also arent as clued up with food hygiene as we are. We saw them leave meat patties out and when you challenge them about it they say they can cook it out.??
A handful of shops to buy little gifts from but try and wait untill you can go to Naama bay where there's a market and bazaar's to buy from which are far less expensive- But Do Haggle With Them!!! (they expect it)
There are normally 3 trips into Naama Bay everyday, great night life and food there!!- They've even got a Hard Rock Cafe which it a real laugh!!!
As we left our hotel on the shuttle bus to go to Naama Bay you just drive for miles and there's a continuous mound of concrete rubble to separate the traffic, We thought it looked like Garza Strip so that is what it was nick named for the remainder of our stay,- Your'll see!
Loads of leisure activities to do, try and arrange your trips with the same person that way you can haggle and get them for a good deal.( mostly in Naama Bay, near the beach)
The fish and coral are amazing, take some bread to the fish when you go down on the beach they love it, your'll have swarms of them around you!!!(An underwater camera is an absolute must!!)
Overall very impressed with our choice of hotel and holiday destination!! We will definately go back. Recommended to all!!!!!!
We were booked to stay in the Nubian Village Hotel, and when we arrived we were not on the register, we were then forwarded to the new sister hotel next door called the Nubian Island, which was un-finished. Many others suferred the same fate.
There is a lot of work going on to get the hotel ready, but it is by no means there. Work goes on both day and night.
The staff speak little if no English and out of the 250 guests there were only 12 English the rest being Italian and Russian. All of the entertainment is conducted in Italian and there are no English speakers. The rep did not turn up to the welcome meeting and we did not meet him for the whole of the two weeks.
Of the five restaurants that we were supposed to have, only two were in operation and served the same food on a daily basis. No variety whatsoever. We ate out much of the time, and therefore all inclusive was not cost effective. We ordered from the room service menu, and paid but the management did not like this in an all inclusive resort and put a stop to it, refusing to supply.
The permitted drinks were very limited and even real coca-cola and fanta were hidden.
We were given no information as to what was included and were left to fend for ourselves for the whole two weeks.
When finished I can imagine the hotel will be nice, but by no means a five star, and the catering will seriously have to be improved to get anywhere near to that level.
The bar staff were very friendly and made the experience much more enjoyable, but over all we had many complaints that fell on deaf ears.
Nice but could be better
This is an extremely nice hotel with excellent friendly staff and in a pretty good location but does leave you thinking that you could have got more for your money. There is a lot of building work going on at this resort at the moment and the quality will improve but for now parts of the hotel look a little dated and could do with tidying up (Cracked tiles, peeling paint etc).
The first thing that strikes you about the place is that it is full of Italians. We were the only British people there for the first few days which is not always a bad thing but can be annoying when everything is geared up for Italians. Holiday reps are on site 24/7 for Italian tourists and they run the entertainment, this includes running through the restaurant blowing whistles and making you feel as though your on a Club 18-30 holiday.
The rooms are large and well laid out and most have a pool view. The best rooms though are the bungalows, which are scattered throughout the large gardens.
There are two huge pools, one is a relaxing pool close to the hotel that is freezing cold but looks great. The other pool is where the games are played and is almost on the beach.
The private beach is a mix of coral and sand so some footwear maybe required. It is full of sunbeds and getting one is never a problem. The best part of the hotel is the sea, it's warm, it's clear and it is full of fish. You can hire diving kit for a couple of Euros a day and spend hours swimming around. Even if you don't swim you can see a wide variety of sea life in a couple of feet of water. The best part to swim in is of the jetty about 200 yards out, this is where the reef is and is absolutely fantastic.
The hotel offers a buffet style service, which they try to vary as much as possible and the quality, is very good. Although this is all inclusive do not expect to be able to get food all day and the promise of snacks, ice creams etc fell well below what I had expected as nothing was provided. You may also struggle with kids as this is not a burger and chips style hotel.
The staff are excellent and extremely friendly, my tip is to tip the barman and the pool attendant on your first day and you will never have to wait for a drink or a sunbed during your stay.
Overall this is a nice place, not sure it can call itself a 4 star but the staff do try hard. As mentioned earlier I do feel that I could have got more for my money at another hotel but then again this was my first trip to Egypt.
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