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Historical Traveler Reviews Sol Sharm Sharm El-Sheikh
We stayed at the sol sharm in dec 05, it was a weeks break b4 xmas. the hotel was very good and the staff were excellent, the only problem we had was that the description said kids club but due to the fact that the hotel was very quiet when we visited the kids club was virtually none existant, however the entertainment staff were very friendly and professional. The place is spotlessly clean and the egyptians are really friendly.
The standards of the hotel and service were way above those of a european package holiday, the guide said that this was 4 star i believe but you could easilly mistake it for 5 star.
This hotel is in sharks bay which is a little out of the way, the main resort being nama bay, but its only a short taxi ride away, oh yes the taxis, riding in an egyptian taxi is an experience in itself, get the hotel bus if you can as the taxis are dropping to bits and they drive like they have a death wish.
The main thing our family will remember is the red sea, if you do travel here please make sure you get into the water, the boat trips are good value and it really is the experience of a lifetime swimming on the reefs. Even if your not a good swimmer get down to any beach walk out 5 feet and stick your face in the water with a mask, you'll be amazed, its like a scene from finding nemo and its very safe.
As for the pestering little girls issue, the egyptions genuinely dont mean any harm when constantly asking my 6yr old daughter to marry them, i think its a way of complimenting someone to them and as i said i'm certain its harmless, however it is constant and by the end of the week i had to specifically tell the hotel staff to stop it as she was becoming distressed by it, they stopped immediately and were really worried they had upset her/us. My take would be that overall its harmless and well meant but you do need to consider it if you have a small daughter who is a little shy.
Hope this has been of some help to someone. Oh nearly forgot, the hotel has a towel folding Ninja in it, you'll see what we mean.
Just returned from one week at Hotel Sol Sharm, Sharm el Sheikh. I would say the reviews i read before booking this hotel to be about right. We are a family of four, with a teenager so the huge pool was a real plus. The hotel is of a good standard, with some nice facilities. We had two rooms overlooking the smaller pool and boat, this had a nice view also of the sea and mountains. Some rooms did have a view of the building site so be specific if that is a problem for you. The room was fine, air con, sky tv, fridge but the bathroom is tiny. The food was very good, we were half board and it was enough. There is a snack bar at the pool which is cheap to eat something, so not a problem. Overall i would recommend this hotel although if you want a boozy holiday definately choose another. You can only buy small bottles of beer which we found very strong so take the free shuttle bus to Nama Bay and buy from the supermarket. This is a fairly quiet hotel with not so much entertainment but the friendliness of the staff make up for this. We have been before to Egypt and stayed five star so can compare the two. Sol Sharm Hotel was a very nice relaxing hotel with pretty good food and a super pool.
Hotel was perfect.
The hotel is situated 5 minutes from the airport and approx 20-30 mins from namma bay (the main resort). There is nothing in the surrounding areas at all (desert) , so you either stay within the hotel or get a taxi to namma costing about 4-5 pounds. A hotel bus runs to namma which you need to book a day in advance runs at about 11am comes back about 1pm one at 11pm comes back about 2am. Lots of Italians in this hotel - sharm is filled with italians, hardly any scottish/english also a lot of russians some german. Italians friendly, germans, russians not so friendly.
The hotel grounds are very big and spacious. Plenty of sun loungers all day. The hotel has one large swimming pool and one smaller kids pool, there is also a pool down on the beach. The beach is a couple of minutes away - can walk easily, but there is a free mini bus that runs during the day every 15 mins. The hotel itself is spotless and the staff are very nice (except the rude reception staff).
There is one main resturant which serves dinner and breakfast and a pool resturant which serves lunch - Pizza, salads, sandwiches and pastas all rougly 2 or 3 pounds. We ate there everyday - the food was great. The breakfasts consist of breads, pastrys, eggs, cereal ect. The dinners changed every night, pizza, pasta, calimari, chips, chicken dishes, beef dishes, rice ect. The food was brilliant !!!
The rooms were spacious with single beds pushed together, tv with a few english channels with movies and news - very good. Large balcony/terrace. Very comfortable, cleaned well everyday, fresh towels everyday. They also provide beach towels so dont bother packing any.
All staff look to be tipped as they get very low wages - 20 quid a month ! Its a good idea to tip at the start of the holiday so they look after u well afterwards. The cleaners put flowers over our bedsheets and shaped our towels into our names and made swans and crocodiles - very talented.
There are no street telephones and the phones in the hotel are very expensive - i was about 10 - 15 pounds for a quick 5 - 10 minute call.
Drinks are about the same maybe a bit more - 2 pounds for a heineken or a sakara and 3 pounds for the cocktails 1 pound for a big bottle of water. They also provide room service - they bring food or drinks to your room.
There is an entertainment team who have kids activities and they have night time singers and dancing shows in the bar. Most in italian, also play loud italian music at the main pool but it is quiet at the kids pool. The beach is lovley also playing music and salsa dancing classes ect. You can hire diving equipment cheaply about 5 pounds. the diving is amazing 1 meter into the sea you see massive amazing fish.
Sharm does have some building work.... near the beach the sol sharm has a little building work - some more rooms and a casino nightclub. it does not disturb you at all ytou hardly notice it - most hotels have a little ongoing work.
Loved Sol Sharm
We stayed in Sol Sharm in Egypt for two weeks in December 2005 and would without a doubt recommend it the rooms were fantastic, the staff very friendly and will do anything for you, good entertainment on during the evenings and the food was good as well.
Would go back again next year weather very hot as well ideal holiday.
Surrounded by beaches???
Was a little dissappointed to arrive and find that the description stating the hotel was surrounded by beaches was wrong and that really the beach was a 10 minute walk away (along the edge of a building site then across a busy road). attempts to book package holidays are frought with difficulties as the buyer is left having to trust the description sold to them. i stipulated that i wanted a hotel on the beach and although the sol sharm was actually a lovely hotel it wasnt on the beach.
Good for (doing) nothing
Stayed here for 1 week in july. The location is a bit isolated but this seems to be the same for most resorts in the area.Ideal for doing absolutly nothing which suits many people.
All the comments in the other reviews seem pretty accurate.Geared mostly towards the Italian touists.
Only downside was the Buffet style food which was 5 out of 10.Also the poolside music played daily is 200 decibles too high.Be prepared to haggle for a taxi fare to go anywhere as they start unreasonably high from the reception area.Good service, very clean although the "pharoes revenge" did strike for a couple of days.
All in all the place is to be recommended.
Sheiking it in sharm
last year my partener and i went to egypt and stayed at sol sharm, which was about 15mins drive from naama bay.
Our holiday was the best we have ever had and we are returning to egypt again this year.
The hotel was kept imaculate, the staff were friendly and did their best to speak english and learn english. The food was great and ran on a week rotation, with a wide variety of dishes and also fresh pasta cooked in the evening. There was also themed nights, italian and a bbq night which was quite nice. Staff do expect small tips for jobs as they do get paid very little and its a way of life out there.
The pool was great and towels were provided daily, in exchange for your 2 "towel card" given to you on arrival for free.
The beach was great and was a 5 min walk away or there was a shuttle bus for free every 5 mins if the walk is too much for you, and i must admit in the heat it was handy! The beach bar was great and there were clean toilets and a freshwater pool there, we had an arabic lesson down by the beach bar which was great fun as there was about 6 of us all speaking diff languages trying to learn sum arabic! There were also of italians and yes some of the activities were aimed at them, especially the constant singing of YMCA! and the constant WATER POLO! we went with airtours and did nearly all the trips so if you would like to know specifics give me a post on here and ill try help! Over all i would recomend this hotel, the drinks are expensive though and karioke night is quite loud if your rooms near the stage! (ours was) Be cafeful of runny eggs etc the usual and drink bottled water! If going to naama bay beware of shop keepers inviting you in! This was a great holiday and we have very fond memories of the staff and english friends we met at this hotel and are still in contact with :)
Loved the Sol Sharm!!
We stayed at the Sol Sharm in July 2004 and i didnt know what to expect when arriving at the Sol Sharm. The hotel is out on its own the closest hotel being the Baron but they were building around it whilst we were there.
The rooms are spacious and are cleaned everyday. The air conditioning excellent and is needed as it is so hot throughout the day. The cleaners are really friendly and always say hello when you pass them in the corridoors.
The beach is a short walk away from the hotel but there is a shuttle bus that is constantly running throughout the day. Once down at the beach there is a beach bar which provides plenty of shade which is needed throughout the hottest parts of the day. The sea is perfect for snorkelling. To get into the sea you have to walk in over the jetty because of all the coral but it is perfect if you want to snorkel or chill out and sunbathe! The entertainment staff organise games in the day particulary volleyball.
We spent most of our time around the pool as it is spacious and quiet perfect for relaxing! Again the entertainment staff organise activites such as water aerobics and dancing around the pool. There is a swim up bar which is a bonus but it can get busy! There is a restaurant at the pool which has nice pizzas and sandwiches for a snack in the day. Again at lunchtime it can get a little busy as people come back from the beach for lunch.
The majority of the guests staying at the hotel are Italians and the food in the evening is aimed more towards them but there is always something to eat. The best meal of the day is breakfast as there is a chef there preparing fresh pancakes and ommlettes to your request. We ate out a few times in Nama Bay once at the Hard Rock Cafe. The food here is excellent definetly try it one night and the prices are suprisingly very cheap. Go down to Naama Bay early and reserve a table then have a walk round and return time you reserved. You will not be disappointed!
We went on a few trips through the hotel reps. Definetly go on the trip to the pyramaids in Cairo, this was the highlight of our holiday. It was a two day excursion including a overnight stay in 5* hotel. You visit the Egyptian Museum, Khana khilli Bazaar, a mosque, churches, lunch on the Nile and the pryamids. One piece of advice to women would be to take suitable clothing such as long trousers and cover your shoulders as i didn't and was hissed at by the muslim women! It was a little scary!! Men are ok and they can get away with wearing cropped trousers and vests! This excursion is brill and not to be missed! it costs around £110 each but is well worth the money!!!
There is only a little entertainment in the hotel so if you want something lively head into Namma Bay its busy and carries on till early morning! The drinks in the hotel bar are a little expensive but you are a little tied to the hotel unless you head into Namma Bay. The staff in the bar are exceptional and cannot do enough for you!
I would definetly visit the Sol Sarm again in the future. If you want any more info or have any questions dont hesitate to ask ill be glad to help! Hope you enjoy it as much as i did!
Enjoyed our stay
We went for a family holiday in June 2005. The hotel is newly built, designed for those on package holidays. It is isolated in Sharks Bay, with the Conrad Baron being the nearest hotel.
However this is not unusual as many hotels in the area are low rise built on sprawling grounds, and therefore isolated from each other. You will also find that there Sharm el Sheikh is bustling with new hotels being developed.
We had a pool view, you can also opt to have the views of the Sinai mountains.
There is a high number of Italian tourists, but the number of UK visitors are increasing, and you will also find Swiss, German and French tourists.
If you like Italian, you will love the food. The British tour rep made sure that in the evening chips are available to guests, but you must request them. Also make sure that you have a good look around at the dining area, as on some evenings some food would be available in the barbecue area, or away from the kitchen area.
In the morning there is a chef who will make fresh omlettes, eggs, pancakes which I felt was a nice touch for this class of hotel.
It must be noted that most people suffered from King Tut's revenge. However this is not consigned to this hotel, but to most people visiting Sharm el Sheikh generally.
There is a large pool. In fact it is too large as even in the heat of June I felt the pool felt cold. There is also a nice children's pool at another area of the hotel with a mock up galleon ship.
There is a kid's club, and the animation team did make an effort to get kids involved with different activities. In the evening they had various activities, such as a sketch show, Karaoke, etc. They did well considering they have to entertain different nationalities. I initially felt that they had an Italian bias, and although many are Italian, the team leader and a few others are from Tunisia, and used to entertaining British holidaymakers.
The beach is 5-10 minute walk away (or you can take the regular shuttle tram). There is a platform where you literally jump off and snorkel to see the fishes and the coral.
There is also a free shuttle bus to Naama Bay. Once in the morning about 10:00 am. It stops near a KFC. You will find that Naama Bay is hot, and most of the shops, markets are still to open. But it is a good time to get water etc from the supermarkets. The other time is 11-00pm, although this sounds late, Naama Bay is in full swing until the early hours, probably because it is cooler at night.
The staff were freindly, the hotel is clean and well maintained.
Simply the best
I visited the sol sharm in june 2004 and was highly impressed by everything in the hotel. Rooms were spotless and food was of a good standard - better than I expected. There was a free shuttle bus to the beach every 10 mins and one to namma bay twice a day which is useful as most of the shops n restuarants r in namma bay. we enjoyed our holiday that much we are hoping to go back at xmas!!!
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Ah, yes, I feel loved.
"am I dreaming?" "No"
"Are you really here?" "As far as I'm aware"
"How are you here?" "a big metal bird that goes real fast. Then there was a bus."
5 minutes later I FINALLY get my kiss. It is now well beyond 1:30, and he has to go to work in a few hours. I am home.