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... with the usual bunch of insomnia masochists. We attended 3 lectures this morning. The first was by the aviation lecturer Ian Smith on Aden and South Arabia. He had worked in the area as a flight engineer in the years preceding the British withdrawal in 1967 and was able to show us photographs taken at that time of some of the places we had visited. Of particular interest was Dubai where 40 years ago there was very little. The British left Aden after what some describe as the ...
Only a 4 1/2 hour flight, arrive earlier than normal so a couple of hours sunlight left. Interesting journey via taxi to the hotel, which included having to get out of it as we got grounded on a sleeping policeman! Hotel is very spread out, nice gardens. First rooms not to good but the girls manage secure new ...
... could have parted. And they've found chariot wheels in this area. The sea here is at least 10 miles wide. That crossing must have been an unimaginable experience.
After a couple hours' drive we arrive at our hotel, the Hilton Taba, which is right on the border of Egypt and Israel. It was built when the Sinai was under Israeli control, but is now in Egypt. It's a beautiful hotel and our room has the most amazing view of the Red Sea. It's peaceful and calm ...
... there was a nice sea breeze that meant it didn't feel nearly as hot as usual. The first stop was at Jackson Reef to which I helped steer the boat towards as captain for a while. This was bar far the best reef we had seen in the Red Sea. The corals had some colour, there were more fish and varied species of fish not to mention a spotted ray and a giant turtle. So cool to see something different. We all snorkelled for about an hour before ...
... of Russia (prior to his rule), hold valuable relics including some remains of St. Katherine.
We visit the museum of religious and historical artifacts which hold many old books, icons, paintings and over 6,000 manuscripts. The Codex Syriacus, dating back to the 4th century, and Codex Sinaiticus, two of the most well-known codices of ancient times, were discovered on this property ...
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Got back from the St. George yesterday having enjoyed a week of perfect weather (ranging from about 32 to 37 degrees) for a horizontal holiday. First trip to Egypt so didn't have any expectations or much to compare with but found the hotel new, clean and not too busy. Rooms are very spacious (huge beds) if a bit basic and visited by the housekeeping team every day.
The food I thought was pretty good - well presented and plenty of it. Not a bad variety of hot dishes (some you'd recognise, some you might not) and a selection of salads every meal, plus a couple of choices for children. Tea, coffee and water are available all day on a help-yourself basis and the bars seemed to be open all day too.
The "entertainment" lets the place down a bit. There is a theme each night of the week and some of them were cringe-making, followed by a weird selection of music at high volume. Luckily (for an oldie like me and with a small person to settle to sleep) it was all over by 11.30pm.
What makes this hotel really exceptional is the staff. Other reviewers here have said they cannot do enough for you and this was our experience too. They work very long hours but are always cheerful, friendly and very respectful. They also make a big fuss of children wherever you go, which is totally genuine (if a bit alarming at first). The kids club is good - my rather shy daughter was asking to go every day.
All in all I'd rate this hotel as good value for money and we had a great time bearing in mind what sort of holiday we were after (low-key, complete chill-out for a week in the sun). I wouldn't have wanted to go for more than a week, though. Please bear in mind - the sun is extremely strong and the wind makes it deceptive.
If anyone has any questions about stuff I haven't covered here (getting there, tipping, shopping), feel free to ask.
Best holiday i have ever had
just back from st georges what a holiday.the hotel was beautiful so so clean food was great we could not have been treated any better. it was so good that we are going back in a few weeks time.
Ok but not great
Wife and I are just back from this hotel (16/23 Mar 06). I offer the following as a guide to visitors to Sharm and this hotel:
1. On arrival at airport we purchased a visa at a cost of £13 each, handed over £40 and was given £14 change in sterling. You only need this visa if you are travelling outside of Sharm and we were.
2. We went on this holiday believing it to be a Thomson's Platinum hotel (that is what I was told when I booked it). The hotel is actually an Egyptian 4 star but a Thomson's 3T. The hotel is fine, reception area clean and air-conditioned, 2 pools with plenty of sunbeds was not a problem for us. Sun beds had sun loungers. The sun shone everyday with not a cloud in the sky, temperature very late 20's and perhaps into the 30's - terrific.
3. Rooms are spacious, clean and tidy. Rooms do not have hairdryers but we obtained one from reception for the week. TV with BBC World and film channels. Remember it is only a 3T.
4. The only problem I had with this hotel was the food, as someone else said "You won't starve" and you won't. I suppose because it is only a 3T hotel then I should not be complaining. We didn't eat in the pay restaurant as we felt we had paid enough for the holiday.This is the only thing wrong with this hotel and it would stop me going back to it.
5. Shuttle bus to beach on a regular basis, we didn't go as we found the pool area to be fine. Bus service to Naama Bay in the evenings, we did visit but expect to be hassled (worse than Turkey) but it's something that you just have to ignore, if you can.
6. Tipping is common place which to us Brits isn't something we like to be told !!!
7. We did visit Cairo (by plane) and had a fantastic day seeing the pyramids and would recommend it to anyone.
8. The hotel only opened on 5 Jan 06. We understand that a gym is being built, but as I write was not operational.
9. In summary, you will enjoy your stay but I think most will find that the food is basic but it is only a 3T hotel (Egyptian 4 star). I am told that it is in the Thomson Egypt brochure.
Hope I have been helpful to future visitors.
The weather was "out of this world" for March and can only assume it will keep getting hotter.
Will answer any questions you may have.
OK but not great
Stayed at the St George from 19th March to 26th March. This hotel is more a 2 to 3 Star and is the worst AI we have stayed in.
Excellent Tea, Bread and Butter.
Attractive Pool Area
Lovely restaurant Chez Pascal
Food Awful(Do yourself a favour and eat in the paying restaurant Chez Pascal this is very cheap and worth the money approximately £10 for two people)
Animation Team very poor infact embarrassing to watch they were so bad.
Bar in the evening is in the Reception area and had no atmosphere at all.
Entertainment in the evening was at best OK most people went to Naam Bay as it was very boring. Bingo is not my favourite pass time.
Drinks are served in very small glasses so the bar staff could not keep up serving everyone and resorted to rinsing glasses under the tap. The first night we arrived I was served my drink in a glass which was in the pile for washing, my husband was given a beer that already had some beer in from the last customer.
St George has not got its own beach it shares with the sister hotel. Overall it looks more like a building site so only stayed long enough to see the wonderful fishes.
All in all I would rate this Hotel a nice budget no frills Hotel.The biggest asset this Hotel has is the pool barman who works unbelievably hard and worth his weight in gold.
Having looked round the area I would stay in the Hilton Fayouz or Movenpick both are in a better area and are almost next door to one another.
St Georges Three Corners - great!
Just returned after a wonderful week at St Georges hotel one of the Three Corners Group. I would strongly recommend this hotel - the food is great, the staff are very helpful and it is outstanding value for money. A good hint - try to get a pool side room because the rooms at the front of the hotel face a major highway and it can get noisy and especially when busses are dropping-off new arrivals in front of reception.
We did not meet anyone who had any cause for complaint. This is the first hotel I have been to where there are water fountains freely available all of the time - very important in this hot resort. We took our own kettle but it was not required as tea and coffee are available from early morning to late at night at the bars.
We loved it
The Three Corners St. George. SHARM el SHEIKH.
26th February 2006. Excellent Holiday.
My wife and I stayed at this hotel for 2 weeks and had a great time, in fact we are going back all being well in November this year if we can make it. One thing for sure is we are going back in February 2007 for 2 weeks.
The food was great lots too choose from no matter what time of day you went to eat.
The rooms got cleaned everyday as did the towels, you even got clean towels at the swimming pools.
The bar staff are very friendly and polite and can not do enough for you, so are the guy's that have the little souvenir shops in the hotel.
They are two swimming pools and lots of sunbeds all with mattresses for your comfort.
We can not find anything bad at all to say about St. George's and we have been to many AI hotels and this by far the BEST. I can send more photo's if required.
Peter & Barbara W.
Had a really good time in The George.I am 34,male,and travelled alone.Met lots of really friendly people there,from all of European countries,including Britain,and of course my homeland,Wales.The staff there bent over backwards to please you.The food was really good.Even for a carnivore like me,and ate everything from steak,to cooked to order pasta with sauce.I had a double room,and it was spotless,and so comfortable.The air con was good too.Situation wise,its a mid between,the old market,and Naam bay.Taxi ride to both,about 2 quid stirling(that was being generous),20 egyptian pounds.To be honest,was dissapointed to learn that the beach was a short bus ride away,and did'nt go,but was told it was worth the trip,as you could also eat and drink there free too.Well all in all,i'd recomend it,but mix between the hotel and going to Naam bay in the evenings for drinks,as Naam bay is quite vibrant.You will make good friends with the staff.In fact they're texting me to come back.Enjoy your stay,regards C, Swansea.
Ok I will try to put down as much as I can remember without boring everyone!!!!
Check in was quite quick with a welcome drink given
Once you were allocated your room they took your suitcases to your room. Just give £1-£2 tip to bellboy.
The room we had was really big (room 1003). We had a double bed (more like a king) and a single bed (more like a queen). Plenty of storage for clothes (short on hangers though)and bits and bobs. Tv in room with plenty of channels though obviously only a few english. There is a film channel but we never bothered with it. (Too much to do!!)
We had a good size bathroom with a big sink area. We only had a shower so no bath. Very good power though. They never provided soap (maybe they do now)but always plenty of toilet paper and fresh towels.
Cleanliness of the rooms was very good and I have no complaints at all.
We stayed opposite the main pool (the one with the swim up bar) The pool was kept very clean and was checked during the day. There is a couple of pool attendants who are very helpful and take pride in their job. They will happily change your towel if it is wet, get you a sunbed and move the umbrellas for you. The bar is open from 10am until sunset. Here you can get all your drinks (there is a water dispenser which you just help yourself too) and between 4pm-5pm kids get the ice cream. (Try it it is really nice. Just pretend you have a kid if needs be!!!) This pool is were the animation team come to so maybe if you want peace and quiet you would be better at the other pool(the one with the bridge across)They play waterpolo here and it can get a little rowdy but is funny to watch. It is not for too long so don't worry!!!
The main restaurant La Princesse is where you have your meals. The food choice is quite wide and I think you would be hard pressed not to find something you like. There is a salad bar, hot buffet and dessert bar. Some of the food we had was rice, fish , variety of meats, lots of vegetable dishes, even chips occasionally(!).
For breakfast you can have an egg cooked to how you like or they will make you an omelette with your choice of fillings. (Note to die hard english breakfast lovers - there was no bacon!!)Cereals are available and plenty of bread so you can have toast too.
Afternoon tea(!!) is served here with pastries and drinks. There is also a terrace outside where you can have your meals. Plenty of space for everyone. Child seats are available too.
On top of La Princesse is Chez Pascal. This is not part of AI but the prices were very reasonable. If you are staying AI you get 30egyptian pounds off (per person) your bill.
I didn't eat there but it looked very nice. The menu is available from guest relations in the main lobby where you also need to prebook a table.
This is the only one that was open of a night when we were there. Plenty of choice. I liked the red & white wines, the shorts seemed ok well everyone was drinking them anyway!! Local lager was available as well as named ones. The AI runs out at midnight so make sure you order double before then!!! Some people complained that there were not enough seats. I never had this problem but I know that if you ask they will bring more seats in from La Princesse terrace for you. The only complaint I had was that it was not no smoking, but just because I don't smoke doesn't mean no one else can!!! Sit near the doors if this annoys you. Here there is a pool table which you have to pay £2 for 1/2 an hour.
All staff we dealt with were very helpful and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble for them. They deserve every tip they get!!
They are always smiling and are great with the children.
Run by two girls who were really nice. They will look after them from 1030-1230 then from 1430(could be 1500) to 1730. My 7 year lad loved it and made a few friends. They do face painting, sand balloons(!) drawing ,bowling, table tennis, painting and play in the club grounds. There is a water dispenser which they encourage the kids to drink from regularly.
There is a couple of jewellery shops in the hotel and a few souvenir shops. I never bought from the jewellery shops so cannot comment on the price, though the items looked nice. Some of it was very bling bling!!
The souvenir shops were very hit and miss with their prices. Never knew what to expect!! We bargained them down quite a lot before we bought anything. Go for a third of the price and try and stay around it. I found the beach shop to be better as everything was priced.(sometimes you don't feel like haggling)
This is about a 10 min drive away. The bus timetable will given to you after check in. At the beach you can change your towel pass for a towel. There is quite a few sunbeds available. Here also is a beach bar and a restaurant. The restaurant has a hot and cold buffet (like a small version of the hotel) plus a menu you can order from. On the menu there is burgers , club sandwich and pizza. The pizza is an additional charge. It was only about £2 for a cheese and tomato one. They are quite big so be careful not to over order.
Also at the beach there are bungalows. They are available to rent on a daily/nightly basis. We never stayed in one but met a couple who had previously stayed. They said it was lovely. Nice change from the hotel. If you are interested ask the girl at the bungalows she will give you all the info.
The shop at the beach sold postcards,(10P) souvenirs , underwater cameras (£4)suncream and lots of other essentials.
Next to the shop is the toilets and a diving school. Don't know the prices offhand but my husband said they were very reasonable. He rented a pair of flippers quite cheaply and went off the main jetty to snorkel. The drop from the jetty is deep but there is lots of fish and coral to see.
I have heard that this is not going to be the St George beach forever as they are creating another one just for St George. When we were there it was for Kiroseiz hotel as well.
I am not a beach person but I found it to be nice and clean with a good size area for the sunbeds and plenty of umbrellas. The sand and sea part is down a few steps which with children in buggys is a little awkward. Not like the beaches in spain but doable. You cant walk into the water much as the coral reef is near to the beach.
I only went once to Naama Bay as we didn't really like it. Thats not to say it was rubbish. We went on the hotel courtesy bus which was packed out. (They need to get a bigger bus to ferry people around as it is way too small) A taxi there should cost between 20-25 egyptian pounds don't pay any more. Plenty of restaurants, bars & shops. We ate at Hard Rock cafe (just for a change from the hotel)which was quite nice. Meal for 2 adults & 1 child was £12 including drinks and tip.
Plenty of excursions to choose from with an assortment of prices. Bear in mind that in Naama Bay it will probably be cheaper but check that you are insured properly if doing this. Even in the hotel the prices varied with the reps. Just for example Airtours were charging £175 (reduced from £195) for Cairo & Pyramids whereas the Medholidays rep was charging £135. My one bit of advise is don't expect luxury no matter who you book with!!!
NEGATIVES (well for some people they are!!)
1. No sea view
2. Rooms facing garden can also face a very busy main road
3. No gym (though there was talk of them building one. Who wants to sweat more than you need to on holiday?!!!)
4. Not everything is finished , though we never saw nor heard any building work at all. I suppose if everything was finished it would cost a lot more to stay there.
5. Not near any main shops
1. Great value for money
2. Nice, friendly ,helpful staff
3. Big pool areas
4. Food - great selection
5. Clean rooms
We only booked Sharm after researching thoroughly as we had a 7 year old to think of. I can honestly say that I have stayed in Europe (especially Spain) in worse hotels (and yes I am talking about 4 & 5 star hotels there). I wonder sometimes if the star ratings raise peoples expectations. We were advised by the travel agent that 4 star can sometimes mean 3 star in Egypt. We were also told that if we found 3 star unacceptable then make sure we booked the likes of Hilton etc and pay the extra money for it. Fair advise I think.
So the question is "would we go again?"
Answer is a definite "YES"
A decent hotel
We stayed here end of Feb, weather great, hotel very clean and fully open. Staff excellent and the food was good - could be repetative if there for more than a week. Rooms clean and spacious. Priavte beach via hotel shuttle is good with excellent snorkeling. Down sides - location, next to a water plant which was noisey at night for block nearest it, evenings were dull as entertainment was poor and the lobby bar lacked space and very smokey. Lack of sun beds - crazy habit of people reserving them with their towels at daft times in the morning ie all gone by 9am. Overall this would suit many people but personally preferred the location of other hotels where you could walk along a prom and visit defferent bars ie Hilton Fayrouz Na'ama Bay area.
Loved the saint george three corners
went to the saint George three corners in sharm el sheikh in feb 06 the hotel was first class, the food was great a wide choice, the staff was excellent they could not do enough for you, the rooms were spacious and very clean there's a courtesy bus that takes you to Na'ama bay. will be going to this hotel next year as it was great value for money.