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Historical Traveler Reviews Verginia Sharm Resort Sharm El-Sheikh
Arriving at the 'Sol Verginia' we were impressed with our first impression, our room was spacious and clean. It took us two days before we finally managed to get across that we wanted the two twin beds made into a double. Our first night was great and the next day we went for breakfast and a day by the pool.
Breakfast is advertised as being available until 10:00am. Each morning we went down at around 09:15 / 09:30. It was hard to find a table to sit at as they were all a mess from the previous guests, every morning we had to ask for a table to be made up. Most mornings I had to ask for fruit as once the fruit has gone it was not replenished leaving only pastries, cakes and other stodgy foods. When asking one waiter for hot water in the urns for tea he took my cup and filled it up with cold water from the fresh water butt leaving no hot water for the rest of the morning for other guests, this was normally accompanied with having to also ask for milk, cups and spoons. They were so very quick to pack everything away form under you and most reluctant to keep breakfast going until 10:00am. Making breakfast a chore and battle of wills by the end of two weeks.
During our stay the animation / entertainment team was changed and this is our biggest complaint. It begins with inappropriate music at 10:00am by the pool, the music being so loud it distorts the speakers and means they have to have the microphone even louder to speak over the music, it varied from hard house, gangster rap (including expletives) and techno Russian. We had to constantly ask the animation team to turn the volume down. We were then repeatedly hassled everyday to join in the activities when we had made it very clear we wanted a relaxing holiday doing nothing more than lazing by the pool, this did not deter them and so the hounding persisted with "Why won't you join in? Why?" The best part of the day was the few hours in the afternoon when everything was switched off. Each evening there was a disco, again of deafening decibels distorting the speakers and even louder commentary. Each night for the first week we phoned reception at 23:00 to ask for it to please stop as we felt this time was fair on all involved. At the end of our first week we made enquiries about getting a flight home as we could not stand it any longer. The front of house manager moved our room to a quieter one but down grading the room, not as new, clean and the fridge did not work despite notifying the hotel. It was a no win situation but better than listening to the unbearable disco every night.
The hotel was 95% Russian so everything was catered towards them making us feel like we were encroaching on some else's holiday, for example announcements are all made in Russian, the evening disco and commentary in Russian. Boisterous vodka drinking outside our room door until 02:00.
Finally the temperature of the pool was freezing, it looked so beautiful and inviting but even the diving instructor would not do introductory dives in there as it was so cold.
I had taken my mobile phone with me and left it in the hotel room draw switched off for 2 weeks. On the last day we packed the majority of our belongings leaving only our hand luggage and change of clothes out. After a morning by the pool we went back to the room to get ready to leave. After packing the remainder of our stuff I could not find my mobile in the draw where it had been all holiday.We called reception to ask for a manager to come to the room. A bell boy turned up, then informed security and a thorough search of the room was carried out. When the phone was not found the hotel would not have anything else to do with us, refusing to help in any way and even removing their name badges. No managers would come because they were having an afternoon sleep. All I asked for was a standard letter on headed paper to say that I had reported the phone missing for my insurance but they would not provide me with anything so in the end I had to call the Tourism Police.
I would suggest you advertise this place as an 18 - 30's holiday . Entertainment should be an informed choice not forced upon guests until the small hours, smiling friendly waiters that don't make you feel like you are a burden and someone to give all the staff guidance on customer service. I felt like they were all thrown into jobs they did not know and are left to figure it out for themselves leading to very poor service.
I hope this letter helps you have clear idea of what exactly is going on at the 'Sol Verginia' I really did think that someone should know about this if for no other reason than to stop it happening to some other unsuspecting couple looking for a peaceful, quiet holiday.
And its a taxi ride into Naama bay NOT walking distance!
Travelled on 20th Jan for 1 week.
Vanessa and Tracey from Teesside.
After reading all the other reviews, my friend and I decided to book this hotel. Personally we both felt very disappointed. We found that the food was very average, and the majority of it was cold. We got hassled all the time by the pool staff. This was from breakfast time, while sunbathing, and at evening dinner times.
There was only one night when there was entertainment. Either side of the hotel, there is building work going on. We got hassled by taxi's as soon as we left the hotel foyer. We went on a half board basis, and couldn't drink the water from the restaraunt as it was for all inclusive only!! we even saw with our own eyes that a table of four who were on a half-board basis, had helped them selves to the water and they had it taken away from the table and thrown away.
We never really found the staff that helpful, and we were second best to the all inclusive guest..
The gym is also smaller than it looks on the pictures, and the Jacuzzi wasn't working, and had a scum mark around it.. I feel I have to write all this down as we were mislead by the other reviews.
Loved everything about it
The hotel was excellent, the staff couldnt do enough for us. The food was excellent and we always had a great choice of food, im a vegeterian and I had no problem at all in getting a really tasty meal. We did find it easier to go all inclusive instead of half board as it was expensive to continually buy drinks. The rooms were very clean and we had fresh towels and bedding every day. I would recomend this hotel to everyone and the staff cant do enough for you. If you are booking trips, go to the shop facing the hotel, it is half the price that the reps are asking.
The hotel itself was very nice and so were the staff. The food wasn't, however and I lived on omlettes and pasta which were the same every day and pastries - the cakes and pastries were very very nice! I travelled alone and expected to meet people while I was there which I perhaps would have done if I could speak Russian. 95% of the guests were Russian and I think the food may have catered to their tastes. It certainly didn't cater to mine and it wasn't local fare either, which I wouldn't have minded.
Entertainment begins at 2130 and ends at 2230 although as my room was right next to where it was held I was quite glad of that being tired from my course.
It was quite difficult to get water as part of my all inc deal as they would not part with the small bottles unless I paid extra and we were meant to get water from a dispenser in the lobby in plastic cups or tiny glasses in the dining room. This really annoyed me as I don't drink alcohol or soft drinks. I ended up sneakily filling a bottle from the dispenser but felt like I was stealing which I shouldn't have to after paying for AI.
I wouldn't go there again.
Friendly Egyptian paradise
My boyfriend and I stayed for one week at Sol Verginia resort, and enjoyed it very much. As you can see on the pictures, it is a beautyful place, well kept, and with lots of plants and flowers. All the rooms are built around the huge pool, most rooms with a balcony or a small terrace.
We booked last-minute for very low rates and were pleasantly surprised with this great value for money.
The staff is very friendly, they were making jokes and small talk all the time. I heard from other Egypt tourists that local staff can ask for tips all the time, but we did not have that experience at this hotel.
Room was large and clean, comfortable bed, large colour television and free safe in the room.
We only booked breakfast including, so I don't have experience with lunch / dinner, but the breakfasts were just fine. There's a man making fresh omelets and pancakes, and the breakfast buffet is many meters long: English breakfast, salads, yoghurts, lots of meat and cheeses and an absolutely enormous choise of pastries, sweet breads, pies, cakes... Be carefull not to grow too fat for your bading suit :-)
Every hour there's a free shuttle bus to the private coral beach, and a few times a day also to the private sand beach. The sand beach we found quite boring, just sand and people trying to sell you stuff, but the coral beach was great for snorkeling and sunbading. There's a floating platform you can walk to get to the coral part, and there you can jump safely into the sea. Beautiful coral with lots of fish!
At the swimming pool there's a bar where you can have drinks while sitting in the water, very relaxed. They also have a romantic Egyptian tent where you can try smoking a water pipe.
We had a relaxed holiday and I would certainly recommend this hotel.
My boyfriend and I stayed here for 2 weeks in August. The hotel was lovely and the staff welcoming, friendly and considerate. It is situated in a good area with only a short cab ride to the local hotspots and sites, however...................ALL INCLUSIVE!! They said there was an English pub, yet this was just a sign we found which looked like it was going into the back of the lobby bar. There was only one restaurant called Septimus, which is nice with lovely food, yet boring and repetitive if you are eating there three times a day for 14 days. The 'Italian' restaurant is not a restaurant it is just a counter in the main restaurant which offers one pasta dish and just that......no variety and the same one every day. The oriental corner was non-existent. They said there was a late breakfast and snacks between dinners, however, the late breakfast was the left over pastries from breakfast and the 'snacks' were small rolls with a filling and this was the same every day and at times we had to ask as they had not prepared anything. The pool bar has excellent food, but is not included in with the all-inclusive so is expensive. The hours are also only until 11pm and any drinks after that you pay for and the prices are V.high.
At first the entertainment programme seemed good but describing it as 'extensive' is a lie. After two weeks you never want to do water aerobics or water polo again, again thee is no variety. It is the same things every day and each week they do the same shows in the theatre so if you stay for 2 weeks there is nothing new for your second week - the Italian reps were fabulous though!!!!
There are positives though.....our room was spacious with a HUGE balcony, it wasn't packed with English larger louts but a lot of Europeans i.e. Italians, Spaniards and poles, the food was nice overall (just not for 14 nights), staff were friendly, good location, fantastic beach, brilliant managers and superb reps. We would return but only when they actually have the number of bars and restaurants which they state in their advertisements.
Value For Money
We visited Sol Verginia in Aug 2006 and stayed for 1 week.
Apart from the fact that the weather was fantastic (which got our holiday off to a super start), the hotel was above our expectations as we had booked a late deal and we all know what you can get landed with sometimes.
Hotel is quite a bit away from hustle & bustle of what I expected but a short taxi ride (always agree on price before getting in) can take you anywhere you want for around £2-£3, but be prepared to haggle!! My husband and I only wanted a quiet break and were pleased with this.
Our room was huge, balcony even more so and cleanliness was exemplary. We also had a great view as you can see from the photos I have posted.
The food was good, but I think if going for 2 weeks, it may seem a bit repetitive although of a high standard and plenty of choice.
The staff couldn't have been more helpful and were always friendly, in particular, the Animation Team. One of whom even allowed me to use her "english" medicine (Pepto Bismol) as she called it as she was Italian, when I suffered from a dose of the dreaded "D" word - Diahorreah. PS; if get this don't use Imodium as is useless in such a high climate - take along a bottle of PB.
The pool and surrounding areas are pristine and well maintained although can get very busy during high season but usually you can find a quiet spot to relax and soak up some sun.
Please be aware if going "All Inclusive" though as not all things are "pre-paid" ie; any drinks from the bar after 11pm as well as non-locally produced alcoholic drinks and if you don't pay at the time of service, you'll get a bill to be settled on departure.
Lots of different nationalities (Polish, Russian, Italian as well as Middle Eastern) and although we had a lovely couple from Manchester next door to us who we got friendly with, we only heard a few other British people the whole week
All in all we couldn't complain and would certainly return in future.
Loved sol verginia
we stayed at the sol verginia for two weeks in august 06 and had a fantastic time. the food is great, hot and fresh every day with a great choice and lots of yummy desserts! the room is large and well equiped including hairdryer and tv, though could only get cnn news and bbc world news! but didn't spend enough time in the room to worry, kids were happy with a cartoon channel in english! we didn't have to get up early to get a sun bed as there was always plenty and the entertainment was good during the day and evening. entertainers were friendly and all staff always had time to answer any questions. beach was only a few minutes away with an hourly run bus, the hotel has its own sun loungers to use. as we booked the holiday online we had no tour operator but it wasn't a problem as there is a couple of places accross the road which we booked scuba diving trips and trip to cairo and other trips, which all were well organised and went well. we would book this hotel again. a+
Beautifil 3 star hotel
We stayed at the Sol Vrginia in November 05 and found it to be well above our expectations.
Our room was amazing for the price we paid - the staff were all really friendly (and seemed pleased to have some Western Europeans staying there at last).
The food was fine for a 3 star hotel, but we were dissapointed that the bar was not as well stocked as the Bar Menu advertised.
The pool area is gorgeous, and the Hannibal Spa located within the hotel offered great value massage/relaxation facilities.
Too far to walk to anywhere interesting, and you have to agree a price with Taxi drivers before you get in. The ATM was never working at the hotel, so make sure you get some Egyptian £ before you leave the airport.
Fab food,Great gardens
Two seniors stayed 2 weeks in this nice hotel in Feb 2006. The food was exceptionally good. We had a room overlooking gardens and pool( some rooms are at the back or sides of hotel and are not recommended -no balcony or patio/facing building sites.)Staff very friendly,efficient and honest.Pool not heated in off season.Twenty minutes walk to nearest public beach for excellent snorkelling. Free hotel bus to their own beach.Thirty mins walk to centre of Sharm el Sheik. Supermarket nearby (overcharges!)Taxi rank at door for cheap trips to other beaches.Only drawback were uncouth Russians and noisy Italians!