Sharm Inn Amarein Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sharm Inn Amarein Hotel Sharm El-Sheikh
Super hotel and diving centre
We just returned from Sharm el Sheikh and the Sharminn Amarein. When we booked the hotel, we didn't expect miracles, since it was by far the cheapest hotel going in the brochure - but we were very impressed with the hotel and especially the service. We also took a PADI diving course next door at the Seamax Diving Centre - which was out of this world!
The hotel itself is only a few years old, and the decoration is charming and welcoming. The pool has areas for children as well as a jacuzzi area, and it was cleaned daily. True, the main restaurant is large and a bit 'cafeteria-like' but it was well decorated and didn't distract from the service and food selection. The outdoor fish restaurant was very pleasant, with resident storks and flamingoes (very exotic) in the grounds. Also, the Bedouin tent area was often used by parties and families, and although we didn't try it out, we could see that there was a lot of fun being had with the shisha pipes!!
Sharminn Amarein is Egyptian run, and we found all the staff, from the management to the pool attendants, to be very professional and very courteous. We saw cleaners working from the minute we awoke, sweeping round the pool and in the public areas - they never seemed to stop. Our room cleaner was especially talented with 'towel sculpture' and flower-petal scattering (worth a photo every time). A nice touch.
We were on the first floor and had a balcony, but when we discovered there was only one chair, we requested another, and it arrived quickly.On the second day, we found the hot water to be a bit hit-and-miss, but by day 3 that had been rectified without a word from us. And our balcony door handle was loose, but again, one mention to our cleaner and the whole thing was replaced in a day. The only slight 'moan' was the fact that we had an adjoining door to the next room, and we could hear the neighbours - but only if they were talking to each other in the bathroom. It didn't really bother us too much. Also, because the air-conditioning only worked when the electric was on, it smelled a bit stuffy when we first went back into the room - but an open window or aircon fixed that. But take your mosquito spray - they're everywhere once the sun goes down!
We enjoyed the food, so much so that we didn't bother going anywhere else for dinner although we could have. The food was tasty and plentiful, if a bit 'same-y', but I have experienced this in every hotel that has had to provide for all-inclusive and half-board customers. Of course, being abroad, the food wasn't as hot as some would like, but the vegetables were cooked to perfection every time. The selection was plentiful and I would thoroughly recommend the pancakes for breakfast - ymm. Also,the waiters were friendly and some had quite outgoing characters, complete with magic tricks and sense of humour. I found that the more respect we showed them, the more they pampered us. Doors opened and everything... Oh, you must try the burgers at the pool bar - to die for...
The only warning I will give is about bringing in food and drink. It's not allowed - not even bottled water. We didn't realise this was their rule, and we thought that, having a fridge in our room, it would be nice to have some drinks to fill it. Our purchases were confiscated at reception and kept behind the desk until we went out and asked for it back. Of course, we played the game and managed to bring some of it back in via a rucksack - so be discreet.
One incident that impressed me - one regular guest we got talking to said that he has been at the Sharminn Amarein 8 times in the last three years. He told us that one day, the manager asked to see him in his office - the reason being that a new customer was very dissatisfied and left after one day (sound familiar?) - so the manager wanted to gather some honest feedback so that he could improve his service and hotel. Okay, sometimes things don't go right, but it sounds like they are very concerned to make things better.
The hotel isn't in the centre of Naama Bay, but the hotel provides a free bus there (as well as the beach) and of course taxis are everywhere. But that suited us fine as we didn't care much for the noisy tourist/shopping bit.
We also used the diving centre attached to Sharminn Amarein, the Seamax Diving Centre, which I couldn't recommend more highly. If you want a day out to snorkel, or to take a course like we did, or if you're a diver that wants a real personalised service, Seamax is the place to go. I was so impressed, I've written another review just about them. They're small and personal, but they have their own staffed boats for day trips or liveaboards, and they are more interested in the customer than their own pockets!! At the end of every day we all sat together and enjoyed a beer or two - and I feel that we have acquired not only great memories, but good friends.
Only stayed 1 night - had to leave !
Think twice before staying in the Sharm Inn Amerien is my advise.. we booked for 2 weeks but stayed 1 night! and that was only because the rep was off duty till the next day and therefore we couldnt arrange a move till she was back! and belive me we didnt dare get in the bed! We boked this hotel as it was reasonably priced and I had only read 1 bad review and just thought that the person who wrote it must expect too much from a 3* hotel. The majority of reviews said this hotel was showing its age but was clean. we are ok with 'basic' so that wouldnt have bothered us but we foudn this hotel to be anything but clean ! the rooms are very dark .. like caves ! the bathrooms were tiny and unclean with stains in the bathtub and mouldy grout everything in dark wood and very old. Both rooms we had smelt of cigarette smoke and sewage to which teir answer was airfreshner!.. we had 3 lights that didnt work one broken window ( couldnt be opened ). Each room had a sofa which were badly stained, the rugs were filthy as where the bed covers. reluctantly we went to the restraunt and found its very dimly lit, tables squashed closely together it felt like a very bad Pontins holiday camp! After the state we found the rooms in we were very aprehensive about the food but had children that neede to eat after a long journey, however, having seen the guests pick up food ( fresh dates / bread rolls and slices of cheese) and then put them back down again ! and then seeing the chefs putting the food in to the containers with their hands - NO GLOVES or UTENSILS we'd seen too much! we drank water and eat biscuits that we had left over from the journey. We asked if our rooms could be upgraded but were told that they were the best on the complex! they literally faced the bar and pool.. so ALL the bathers and the bar attendants had full view straight in to room! The reviews stated that it was a very frendly hotel and nothing was too much trouble, I must admit as soon as they learnt that we wanted to leave they tried to do all they could to make thigs better for us but the bottom line here is it was NOT clean it was dark and dirty!. When they relaised i was making calls from my hotel room t other hotels to try to change they refused to connect me unless I went to the reception !!! With the help of the Rep we transfered the next day to the Coral Beach Tiran paid a small supplement of £100 per person which gave us half board aswell and had a lovely holiday.. the stark contrast was unbeleiveable.. this was not our first trip to Eygypt and we have traveled all over the world to Morocco / Africa and the likes but still we were horrified by this hotel... everyone has thier own standard but, this was not a place I could have stayed longer that the few hours we did!
Possibly one of the best hotels I have been in. The hotel was very clean and the staff were brilliant. Rooms are very big but a little short on storage space if 3 adults are in the room. This is the only fault we could find. Thank you to everyone at the hotel for making our holiday so special, especially the owner - Thank you!.It was so good that we are about to cancel next years holiday in the USA and go back to Sharm inn Amarein.
After reading the reviews and noticing that the Thomas Cook brochure has awarded the Sharm Inn the 'Marque of Excellence' we booked a week away at the Sharm Inn for the last week in August 2005 expecting great things.
The hotel was okay, but nothing out the ordinary. We felt it was definately past its best and could do with some up-grading. Our air-conditioning wasn't working properly on arrival and after two failed repairs we were moved to an alternative room which then suffered major electrical problems on the last day. An electrician attempted to fix the problem at least three times but it stopped working again just before we left - not too inconvienient unless you mind taking a shower in the dark! The fish retaurant was shut, as was the coffee shop which was being renovated.
On the plus side, the rooms were very clean and all the staff were friendly. Having said that, we've found this in all the Egyptian hotels we have stayed in.
We have been to Egypt seven times spending almost always in Luxor (apart from once in Cairo) and for those wanting to see the REAL Egypt and some of the sights that this marvellous country is famous for we would strongly recommend Luxor - Sharm is nothing more than Blackpool with sun! (unless you're into diving of course.)
We payed about £100 more for a fortnight in the excellent 5 star, Sonesta St George in Luxor a few months ago, a far better bargain with many more facilities than the Sharm Inn.
A word of advice when returning to your hotel by taxi - if you ask for the shram inn you will more than likely be taken to the far superior 'Sharming Inn' remember to ask for 'Sharm Inn Amerein'!
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I was defintaly surprised when me and my 2 freinds visted this hotel, for the money we payed we were expecting poor facilities, but when we got to the hotel we were definatly surprised. The facilities were brilliant the staff was wonderful, infact they were always on hand to help and always smiled when they spoke to us. I think we made quiet a few freinds in that hotel by the time we left sadly.
If you do go to the hotel pay a visit to the pool bar located upstairs and say hello to mohammed from us, wonderful man!
The swimming pool was very good aswell, it was a good size to swim around in. The food was fantastic although alittle expensive in the restaurant, but good quality. I would recommend going to the fish restaurant on the back side of the hotel, slightly cheaper food but just as good quality.
For all the fitness fanatics like us there is a nice size gym downstairs which is nice and cool, and has most of the weights that you would use back home, it is also a good size to workout in.
There is also a good size volley ball and footbal pitch at the back of the hotel, which is covered in sand. Thats where me and my mates spent some of our time running around getting a tan in the lovely sunshine, much more interesting than sitting around on the deck chairs and sleeping all day.
Overall i would definatly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting sharm el sheikh, there is good access to Naama Bay aswell.
Rizwan, Adil, Asim.
Booked again within 12hrs of returning home from this wonderful hotel,
A trip to sharm inn amarein alone in april this year,2005, was far from being alone! the hotel was spotless,friendly, staff couldn,t do enough for you, a great location if you want to either go into naama bay or old sharm, taxi ride was an experiance, but a laugh too, the indicator in abdul,s taxi didn,t go click,click. it was tinkle,tinkle. you had to hear it to appreciate what i,m trying to say.ha,ha. (even recorded it on my phone) real mad but funny(-:
I am partialy disabled and found that!
The private beach which was a short courtesy bus ride away was, lovely, free beds and matresses, sights out on the jetty were amazing, fish were actualy so close to you, it was as if they were posing for a photo(fab)
Food was amazing, especialy the fish restuarant, fresh barbequed shrimps big style were yummy, breakfast was the usual but also the option to have an omelette or pancake while the chef made them fresh.
All in all, cant wait to go back in october, cant think of a better way to spend my birthday, this time with my son.
Excellent Relaxing Time
Just arrived back from the Sharm Inn Amarein. Fantastic Hotel. Very quiet with ideal pool area. All staff extremely helpful, friendly, chatty - just what you want. 3 Restaurants incl. poolside bar, fish restaurant and main hotel restuarant. Food Great. Breakfast ok - omellettes and pancakes made to order - kids loved it. Typical Bedouin Tent -Eygyptian Night on Weds for only £10 per person food incl. - good night. Would definitely go back to this hotel - ideally situated. Only a short taxi ride into Naama Bay and Sharm Town - Sharm Town better in my opinion. Taxi drivers are crackers - but once you get the hang of bartering - its ok. We travelled with Thomas Cook/Neilson Active Holidays - the rep (Petrina) was very informative and helpful and around whenever you needed her. Airport - well a bit of a nightmare getting in - organised chaos actually. If your staying in Sharm you don't necessarily need a Visa - but you will if you want to go on any trips.
Excellant Value for Money
Pleasantly surprised. Very clean and friendly hotel. well situated for Naama Bay and the Old Town and beaches. Very good value for money.
For a relaxing stay in Egypt first time there in April 2003 now returning in Nov 2004. Staying in Sharm Inn Amarein with a warm welcome and personal service was more than expected and wish I could have stayed longer! Perfect for couples relaxing in the Bedouin tent and stepping out of the room to the bar and pool! Convenient for a fast door to door taxi ride to the Bay or Sharm Town. Great value for money, fresh fish favourite food at restaurant next door, near diving school and bus ride to beach. Comfortable rooms in nice garden setting, hotel shop and restaurant....wonderful Easter breakfast served with painted eggs?! Can't wait to get back! Certainly recommended....wish I could go more often!
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Travel Blogs from Sharm El-Sheikh
3 Continents in 4 days, not bad! So after Kate's major stress about the Egyptian visa situation, it turns out that you just play dumb an the super friendly Egyptians will let you in! It's a pay on arrival system that is in the process of being changed, a note to anyone thinking of travelling to Egypt, bring some US dollars it will get you far. So Sharm el Sheikh looks like MARS! it has the most bizarre landscape that falls into the Red Sea ...
Sitting by the pool enjoying the wonderful atmosphere. All the staff here are so friendly and know you by name. My husband booked his diving yesterday. I will book myself some spa treatments I think when he is away. The spa is fantastic. Not cheap but really good. I love this place. It's been so good not having to worry about jobs and so on. We can just relax and enjoy the weather and the good food. Italian ...
It was a bit of a late night last night. A lot to drink and the sheer excitement of being here. Woke up early this morning. Went out on the balcony and saw people putting their towels down. This was at 7am. Now sitting by the pool in the sun. Oh it's hot. But di beautiful just as I remember it. Same faces even. My arabic comes in handy. Off for a ...
So todays a full day of travelling. I've finished the nile cruise and now it's time to head to the airport bound for Cairo. At Cairo i get picked up by a car by some locals i've met and we drive down to Sharm El sheik for three days of scuba diving, dune buggy driving, Climbimg Mt Sinai and visiting the monastery of ST Catherine. I arrive at Cairo after a one hour and thirty minute flight and we head off by car to Sharm el sheikh. In total it's a 6 plus ...
... me down to meet the new girl, and talk. Great. Now Im going to miss him.
She wants to hand over the cell I have been using which would be fine, but without it I can't get ahold of Madi at all.
Karina tells me she hires 2 people to take my job. One for night. One for day. Oh thanks. you couldnt have just hired another one to help me out? Then again, it is one bedroom and she figured it would be better to hire a mother/daughter team to help out. ...