Savoy Sharm El Sheikh
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The reason I love Sharm el-Sheikh so much is it's a holiday mecca! The place - a gorgeous sea view beach setting - has everything you need for a relaxing holiday. Yes it's nice to see the locals and culture on holidays, but here you don't experience the down sides of this. From clubbing to quading in the desert, diving to fine food, this place has everything for an enjoyable ...
... shark. In other news, while chatting with a fellow diver who's a radiologist, I asked her what's the oddest thing she's seen inside the human body. In one case, a man stuffed a USB wire (just the wire, not the insulation) up his penis to his bladder. In another, a woman stuffed a CD into her vagina. The CD apparently broke (human body 1, CD 0). The radiology department in this hospital keeps a file documenting these interesting cases. I bet it would make an amazing coffee table ...
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 ...
... We did find a resort selling alcoholic drinks, but drinks were priced at $14 USD each (without the tip, of course).
All in all, it's not a bad experience. It feels safe here, and we are having a good time. We are looking forward to Thailand next week (and our adventure on Oman Air), but in the meantime, we still have several more days here in the absolute beautiful weather and Scuba diving. Happy New Year everyone - sending some warmth your way....
... the sink.
The sun sets behind the mountains as we walk to dinner.
We dine in the gigantic dining room amongst hundreds of people. This is the largest hotel complex I have ever seen and the amount of people here is mind-boggling. Each buffet serving area is beautifully arranged but packed with people. As you stand in line for the salad, someone else simply ...
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We had a fantastic time
We have just returned from two weeks at the Savoy and have had an excellent time
The hotel was always immaculate and the cleaners were always around cleaner or tidying up. Our room was ok, however the bathrooms were a little dated. Our cleaner was excellent and we always returned to towel sculptures and flowers.
The pool area was fantastic and it was a lovely stroll to the beach. The beach was excellent and had two jettys where the snorkelling was fantastic. We always managed to find a place by the beach or pool no matter what time we went.
The main buffet style restaurant was good and had a different theme every night. We also had a few nice meals at the italian and used the snack bar on the beach for hot dogs and burgers
On a night we mainly used the cave bar and Le errace bar and the staff and service was always excellent. Nighly entertainment was ok, could have been better
We had a wonderful time at this hotel and would recommend it to anyone
What a way to totally chill out!!!!!!!
Just got back from Eygpt, staying at the Savoy Sierra. what a way to totally chill out, felt completely relaxed from beginning to end! There is nothing I could not say about my holiday without smiling. The hotel was unbelievable for it's personal service, nothing was too much trouble! Waiters constantly asking if they can bring you drinks, and believe you me with the weather you needed it, food - what a choice in content and quality, we did not have the same thing to eat twice, I hate to think how much extra weight i've put on from the sheer enjoyment of indulgence, you could have eaten 24 hrs a day if you had wanted to!
If any of the staff there want a job in England, then they can come to our place, because I have never seen cleanliness like it, they must enjoy it or get some kind of pleasure because the place was spotless, areas being cleaned over and over again, windows washed every day - and no I am not exgerating believe me!
I WILL be going back next year and that is a definate promise!
PS. Yes I do have a complaint, I am peeling!
A 5 star hotel which is a good 4 star hotel
We were in this hotel as a couple for my wifes 40th Birthday booked as a surprise. We would normally stay at the Hyatt but I picked this as an alternative and was not too overly disappointed in my choice.
We had only one slight issue on check in which was with our room. We travelled with Thomas Cook and had paid a £200 supplement for a garaunteed sea view room - on check in it developed that this section of the Hotel had been closed for renovation works. Thomas Cook were not aware and 2 days later I had a full cash refund of the supplement - full marks to Thomas Cook! I will break the areas in to section:
Hotel: Built in 2000 and not showing any signs of ageing in the Public Areas. The hotel grounds are beautiful and well kept with some plants we have never seen before.
Public Areas: Very smart, very very clean. Cleaners are always in evidence. If they are not buffing something they are wiping someting down. Public toilets are spotless. Be careful with your shoes though as the marble is polished so highly in reception my wife nearly came a cropper a few times.
Rooms: We had a double King size in a good sized room in block 2 top floor overlooking the pool area with a slight side sea view to Tiran Island. Room was cleaned every day and fresh towels supplied too. The obligatory slippers and bath robes were also there. Didn't watch any TV but had MTV on a few times for music - which is plumbed in to the bathroom also. Towels made in to swans/crocodiles etc most days on our bed.
Bathroom: Needs a little attention in a kind of snagging way. Silly little things really like masking tape still on things that they had painted around, a thorough cleaning needed (not filthy but edges and floor corners needed some attention). Shower/bath,toilet and wash hand basin - sufficed.
Pools: What can I say-absolutley superb (and better than the Hyatt's - no really). Three lagoon style pools that flow one in to the other going from shallow to medium to deep. Water is nice and cool in the morning and warms up to be like a mild bath in the afternoon 2pm'sh. The pool guys are wonderful too - especially Mohamed Saad - he is a star.
Swim up Bar & staff: A treat at 4pm where we instigated a daily happy hour - not financially but mentally? The staff (Mohamed and Adhel) found this very amusing as we always had a Strawberry Daq to start. Tipped well and they got stronger as the holiday went on. Sitting on a stool in the pool drinking was imense - try it.
Restaurants: Ros Marino (Italian) - you cannot get Pizza even altough they call it a pizza restaurant (go figure)?- Is lovely but a little pricey. Sea Food Island is a romantic little place at night just off the beach. You pick your food raw and they chargrill it for you right there. Tirana (Buffet Restaurant)- This is where you will get your breakfast which is good but is the same every day which gets tedious for fourteen days. We were B&B so did not eat in it at night as we went out in the hotel or to Naama or the Hyatt. Rocky Pool Bar - we eat here for lunch every day as the Morgana restaurant was closed. Boring as they have a buffet which was one price and too much to eat in the daytime or burger/chips, cheese or chicken sandwich with chips - this got very tedious after four days never mind fourteen.
Staff: Absolutley lovely and a bit more relaxed and personable than the Hyatt which we both loved. Our cleaner Ahmed looked about twelve and was always smiling, Mohamed the pool guy called us his brother and sister and could not do enough for us, Adhel the pool waiter was a cheeky little minx but very funny. Mohamed the barman at the Rocky Pool Bar makes wicked cocktails and is always smiling. These guys earn a pitence and I gave them there tips for our holiday 4 days in. I thought this may be risky as the service would fold - not at all they were constant the whole way through-another tip was justified. Even to the point thet Mohamed our pool gaurd bought my wife a beautiful present on the morning of her Birthday - she nearly cried.
Beach: Beaitiful and clean and two jetty's to snorkel off of. Sheer drops over the reefs to the sea bed which was a nice change from previous snorkelling I had experienced. Seen some fish I had never done before.
Shuttle Bus to Naama: Courtesy of the Hotel and drops you outside the Hotel Naama Bay across the street from the mall in Central Naama which is great. This is very regular but needs to be booked with the concierge for the peak times that morning.
Caligula Disco: This has to be done to be believed. It is free every night except a Tuesday where other hotel guests can come in. It is 10 euros in which includes a free drink BUT if you talk nicely to Gorges the Bar Manager he may let you in for free as he did us and a couple we met there. This is a superb club, the interior is something to see built like a roman amphitheatre. The crowd is very "eastern block" with a lot of euro pop being played. GO you will laugh your socks off at some of the fashion and dancing - we all did (in a very polite way).
Entertainment: Well what can I say - oh yeah go out. They have a "life band" not a typo this is what they have it as on the advertising. I have seen more life in a wet kipper. It is at Le Balcony Bar - a nice spot with fab views - it consists of a duo man & woman singing a collection of mixed language songs from Abba to something in Russian. The guy is OK and plays a mean guitar, however, the woman is nice eye candy but couldn't hold a note even if it was a 20 egytian pound note. Go and be dumb founded - nobody stays longer than 2 drinks and never gives a round of applause - Says it all really.
A very good 4 star hotel branded/advertised as 5 star. The little touch's are missing that would make it so. There are new owners who seem to be a group of British Businessmen - as one was giving the maintenance manager an ear bashing one night and explained to one of our friends that they had just taken over the hotel. This may make the slight difference up.
We would both stay here again but it would probably be our second choice should we not get our first - Hyatt or Four Seasons
Just got back from a week's stay at the Savoy hotel in Sharm El Sheikh. It has to be said that this was not my first choice but with it being half term the hotels I really wanted (Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton) were not available. On the plus side the rooms are spacious and well equipped and the main big pool is ideal for children. The staff are very helpful and eager to please. However, the food at the hotel was at best dreadful - half cooked and warm would probably best describe the main restaurant. The Italian restaurant was slightly better providing you are happy to wait for up to an hour for your starter - the speed of service was very bad. The hotel was only half full so goodness knows how they would cope if it were full. Unfortunately most of the people I spoke to had been suffering from stomach upsets for part of their holiday, as did I and the general consensus was that the food was very poor for what is described as a 4/5 star hotel. I think the hotel is at best a 3 star.
Fractured my leg!
Eygpt is a great country, fascinating, multifaceted and full of history and culture. But it is also a third world country....! We went to sharm, the royal savoy whch is the vip quarters of the savoy hotel in sharm. My travel agency in london assured us that it was a new hotel therefore the service would be excellent.
But when we got there, after an exhausting journey via cairo, they informed us that our rooms were over booked, they would give us, (a family of 4) 1 room to change in till later that evening. It was only till after my husband insisted that ( we were travelling with 2 3yr old twins)that it wasnt our problem, and the twins needed 2 get settled in asap that they relented and gave us our rooms saying that another family which were coming in within the hour would have to wait another 8 -10 hrs for their room. We had our own private pools for the royal savoy, which savoy guests were not allowed to enter, but there was no service whatsoever (bear in mind you are paying double for royal savoy), getting a few drinks by the poolside was like a mission of some sort. The managers in the Royal Savoy were not more than 24 yrs old, not that age is an issue, but they were totally inexperienced and illequipped to provide a really,good service.
The gym was was falling to pieces, alot of the cardio machines were falling to pieces, faulty and badly maintained. Apart from that the rooms were nice, and the food in the Rosmarino italian restraunt wasnt bad at all. We were half board guests which meant we could eat for free at the buffet upstairs, which was another mission. The food looked dreadful, grey, bland and not very well cooked. Plus getting to the buffet was like survival of the fittest, there was a 10 -15 minute queue just to get to the salad bar, with people trying to jostle and elbow you out of the way! So we decided to pay for our meals everynight so we could relax and be served in a civilized fashion. By the way we went into the old sharm one night, and found a great little place to eat, reasonable and delicious, called the el misri grill. Tasty kebabs, chicken and fresh fish, very nice and clean. Its apparently a well known local secret in sharm!
As for our twins, the hotel boasted of the scooby doo childrens club, were you could leave your kids there for a few hours if you wanted a break, but it also was terrible. A scowling oriental woman just made you sign a book, and then plonked them in front of the tv and left them to their own devices. Really my kids wouldnt stay there for 5 secs, it had no atmosphere and really not much to do, apart from a few crayons and coloring books.
Well the worst part of our trip was on the final day. We came down at 07.30 am to have breakfast, as our car was coming at 8am to take us to the airport. Breakfast was served in the Royal Savoy lounge, where we could checkout and eat at the same time. The morning manager then informed us that the computer systems were down, could we trek to the main reception, 10 mins away by foot and check out there? We asked her to please send the bill down to us as we were trying to feed the kids breakfast. No she said its more easy this way. Easy for you or for us asked my husband? So i went ahead to the main reception and paid the bill while he got all the luggage in the car. On my way back into the Royal Savoy, as i walked into their lobby, I suddenly slipped and fell. To my surprise I found the shiny marble floor was completely wet, and there was a man cleaning the floor, whistling away without any caution wet floor signs or any verbal warnings. Meanwhile, the pain in my leg was excruciating, and i couldnt stand up! Myhusband and the travel rep tried to help me up but to no avail. The young mangeress came over as well and seemed to find the situation amusing! She smirked away, and said sorry and flounced off! We couldnt believe it! Any way I had a terrible flight home, luckily we were in buisness class and i had a foot rest, as i couldnt move or bend my leg. When i went to hospital they told me I had a small hair line fracture in my tibia. Can you believe it?We have now begun legal proccedings against the Royal Savoy.
We were due to stay at the Ritz but unfortuntely our tour operator had messed up so we had 3 nights at the Hyatt and were then moved to the Savoy for 4.
We were upgraded to the Royal Savoy part of the hotel which is away from the main part of the hotel and has its own club room which provides free drinks and canapes throughout the day. It also has its own exclusive pool area although there are plently of others to choose from.
The rooms in the Royal Savoy were lovely with 4 poster beds and fresh fruit, but no tea or coffee facilties or mini bar which we had at the Hyatt and is a nice to have after a hard day around the pool!
The pools are beautiful- the main one wasn't heated but this didn't matter.
The beach is nice with plenty of beds and watersports.
The staff are friendly but we found the food a bit disappointing.
The italian restaurant was nice but very dark, and we were nearly the only ones there. The fish grill was average and quite expensive and the buffet was average too.
I think we were spoilt at the Hyatt but the Savoy is a lovely hotel and we would stay there again but we would grade it as a 4 star.
Sharm is a brilliant place to go to get some winter sun- the weather was great and the people lovely.
The only downside is the chaos at the Airport- our rep was brilliant and met us as soon as we got into the arrivals and he sorted out our visas etc but expect to wait for over an hour to get through customs and probably double that to get back on the way out.
The new airport is due to be finished in 2006 so hopefully things will improve then
Better Than expected!
Has a brilliant time with my boyfriend and his family! The hotel was lovely and the heated swimming pool made all the difference as it was too cold in the other pools in feb. The breakfast was excellent with everything you could want! The room service food was lovely too and the service around the hotel was excellent. The thai girls doing the massage were excellent and tips are muchly appreciated as they are all on low pay in egypt. the beach is lovely and the sea is full of tropical fish which is a sight not worth missing! The only down side to this hotel is the bathrooms they are a bit grubby but the rooms are nice and spacious and cleaned everyday.
The rooms were very large, well appointed, and we had two a joining rooms for a family of four. Wine and fruit in the rooms on arrival. Clean sheets and towels in the rooms each day. The sky TV had english channels. All the staff were very friendly and attentive. Myself and my daughter received a posy of flowers each for valantines day and on the last night the management held a cocktail party in one of the many bars - and on this occasion there was a free bar. Three large swimming pools and a number of smaller childrens pools dotted around the complex, one on the private beech all in lovely surroundings. Clean towels provided for the beach/pools each day. A number of resturants to choose from which served a variety of food from Italian to hamburgers and chips. Food very good and no problems with queues or service. Plenty of entertainment in the hotel and activities, i.e table tennis, snooker, spa, tennis, volley ball, etc. Lots of staff around keeping the whole complex clean and tidy. The hotel only seemed half-full and there was ample loungers by the pool and on the beach to choose from. No cash exchanged hands as everything had to be signed for and payed for at the end of the holiday with either dollers or by credit card. The hotel also had its own shops and banks. I would say overall the hotel lived up to the five star rating. I would recommend this hotel to anyone and would return to stay there if visiting Sharm again. The only drawback is sharm airport which is a nightmare.
What great surprise
I wanted a chill out, relaxing 2 weeks somewhere hot but not too hot, so we chose Sharm, not having been there before the hotel choice was a shot in the dark.
What a choice large comfy rooms, massive balcony and the pools were out of this world. but it was the staff that made the holiday. the front desk staff were very helpful and you could talk quite freely Ehab especialy.
Adam the maitre du, Olga and Shaymaa at the restruant marshalled it well and Hanny and Bassem couldnt have done more at the table who can forget though the Gentle Giant Walheed, we missed him when he went on holiday.
We will go again a superb hotel with it's own beach front can't wait to return
I have been luck enough to stay at the Savoy 3 times in 2004, the first visit was in march where we fell in love with the hotel, i have been to egypt before this trip was a cruise on the nile and from then on i loved the places and the people.
I am just booking to return march 2005, I stayed there with my daughter, we found the rooms to be first class, comfortable just like home we never wanted for anything the staff were there when every you wanted anything no question. i have travelled alot over the years and always stayed in 5 star and above once staying a 6 star in marocc, i found the savoy to be one of the top hotels i will always return.