Travel Blogs from Sharm El-Sheikh
... to see a film called ‘Haute Cuisine’ about a lady called Hortense Laborie who finds herself appointed personal cook to the President of France with responsibility for providing all his meals at the Elysee Palace. The ‘corridors of power within the presidential culinary
world’ are apparently ‘littered with traps’. Nick sat down with the resuscitated laptop to write the blog. After dinner because we had seen both the show and the film we ...
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 ...
... however, generally lifts my spirits, and thankfully there's plenty of it at the huge breakfast buffet at the hotel. I'm thankful for a full belly as we begin our drive northward across the Sinai peninsula. What a barren, treacherous terrain. No wonder the Israelites, whilst wandering in this area, said, "hey, Moses. You know, life as pharaoh's slaves really isn't so bad. Whaddya say we head back?"
In my current mood, I'm ready to head back to the greenery ...
... was so impressed with the sacredness of this area that she had a small chapel built on the site of the Burning Bush. Then in 530 AD the Emperor Justinian ordered the construction of a larger basilica, which became the Church of the Transfiguration, and built the fortress walls to protect the holy property from attack from local Bedouin tribesmen.
In the 12th century ...
... or two. We set out on our adventure and after walking at least a couple of miles we decided that we either missed it or it was farther than we could walk. We decided to take a taxi and as luck would have it a taxi stopped and asked us if we needed a ride (Ok luck was not involved, this happens every ten feet when walking in Sharm). We asked our driver if he knew Harry's Pub and how much to get there, he said sure he knew it and only ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sonesta Club Sharm El-Sheikh
Déçu de la formule all-in
Il s'agit d'un bel hôtel, très belle chambre avec belle salle de bain (douche) et terrasse. La pascine est magnifique, ainsi que la salle de restaurant. Quelques belles boutiques. Ce qui m'a déçu : nourriture (après 4 jours on a fait le tour), manque de vaisselle (tasses et verres, ce qui a même provoqué à deux reprises une grosse dispute entre les serveurs et le personnel de cuisine). Au bar de la piscine, pour les personnes en all-in, on vous sert les boissons dans des petits gobelets en plastique souple. Je déplore également la pauvreté des choix dans les coktails et jus de fruits. Le personnel de l'hôtel est très gentil et dévoué. MEFIANCE : le souper BEDOINS à 13.00 euros p.p. dans les instattaltions de l'hôtel = arnaque : 30 minutes de spectacle uniquement (une seule danseuse) et c'est la même nourriture qu'au buffet de l'hôtel. Personnellement, je n'y retournerai pas.
Très deçus par cet hotel
Nous venons de rentrer après 8 jours dans cet hotel en all inclusive . Nous sommes très déçus car la nourriture est très ordinaire et generalement froide . Il manque en permanence des couverts et des verres .La salle de retauration est sale ainsi que les tables ... envahies à l'extérieur par les moineaux qui laissent des excrements !!!
Seules les chambres sont correctes . Le personnel ,n'est pas désagrèable mais cela manque de rigueur par rapport à d'autres expériences en egypte .
Les serviettes de bain sont également sales et dechirées
Cet hotel ne mérite en rien ses 4 étoiles et il est loin de la plage contrairement au descriptif ... ( route très dangeureuse à traverser avec les enfants puis hotel Sonseta Beach à traverser ... pas de place à le petite plage .
Bref à deconseiller , pour le prix on trouve mieux sur place ...
mais attention SHARM est hors de prix en général
On ne nous y reprendra plus .
First time Excellant
First time in Sharm El Sheikh at the Sonesta Club Hotel arriving at 9 30pm.Put suite casers in room, went off to pool bar for food and a beer,excellent service,talking to waiter to found out how to get to Nana bay by taxi and how much it would cost 10 e pounds= £1.00,next day went to sister hotel for the beach,nice walk after breakfest,found to be to crowded for us,spoke to rep the next day and pointed out sharks bay by taxi £2.50= 25e pounds,arrive at Sharks Bay ,had to pay20e pounds=£2 each,include sun bed,lovely,not to many on beach,never snorkled before,husband taught me and could'nt keep me out of the water,fantastic,food and drink at little cafes etc.Hotel ideal for couples as we used it for B>B and could'nt fault it.Beach every day and eveing nana bay,restrants good,food good,never found a bad one.If you stop for a beer,check for service charges ,some do some do'nt and the size of beer.Nice walk home along the front ,to sister hotel and across the road Some shops in nana bay,charging the earth for inported china goods,cheaper to buy at home,you have to hagal for every thing
Overal we enjoyed our stay at hotel and Sharkes Bay and would go back again (we are in 50s age group)
we booked this hotel for May this year and we had a lovely time, the hotel is very clean and our room was huge and very clean The maids come in every day and will do anything for you they are the most helpful staff i have come across. The pool area is clean if a bit small but you can use the pools at the Sonesta Beach. The meals are fine and they have a different theme night most nights which you can book if you are only bed & breakfast. If i was going back to Egypt i would go back to this hotel as i could not fault it or the staff.
Peggior hotel in cui sia mai stato
Sconsiglio chiunque a recarsi in questo hotel per i seguenti motivi:
1° Cibo di scarsissima qualità e poca scelta( i tipici buffet in cui ti ripresentano la stessa cosa + volte e col medesimo sapore)
Infatti la maggior parte degli ospiti era costretta a mangiare riso bollito (l'unica cosa decente)
2°Di proposito ci servivano bibite (anche la comunissima acqua) con il contagocce e calde!!! Per assurdo giardinieri e camerieri erano forniti di bottigliette d'acqua ben refrigerate a solo loro uso e consumo.
3° Penso anche che l'Egitto in generale sia una meta da evitare: i musulmani ci sopportano solo perchè portiamo loro soldi freschi e anche nel quotidiano ci vedono come polli da spennare (chinque sia stato in Egitto avrà provato l'insistenza di tutti i venditori e gli insulti, in arabo, al rifiuto di seguirli nei loro negozi forniti solo di merce inutile)
3° Con quello che è costato il soggiorno (1200 euro), devo definire il rapporto qualità/prezo: INDECENTE.
4°Colpa primaria è dell'agenzia BLUVACANZE che ci ha consigliato il posto.
Sonesta Club - Not Good
We stayed (myself, husband and 14 year-old son) at the Sonesta Club in August 06. We had booked the hotel as part of a tour in September last year and were dismayed to find when we got to our room at 1.30am that only 2 twin beds were in the room. The porter then had to call house-keeping to make a third bed up which consisted of a matress slung onto a concrete base - not a great start. I awoke the first morning, stepped out of bed and felt the floor was wet underneath. I looked up and found water dripping through the ceiling. The air con was leaking. We then put our valuables into the safe in the room, locked it and the whole key and lock came out all together - (I was begininng to think I was staying at Fawlty Towers). We saw our rep and he got the air con and safe fixed almost immediately. So my hat goes off to them for swift service there.
POOL - there is a large pool on two levels, however there were never enough sunloungers and we had to resort to lying on the grass.
DINING ROOM - what a free-for-all. To get a table at meal times was an effort. All tables were taken, when you eventually got a table you had to hunt for cutlery. The dining staff did work very hard but they were badly understaffed and just could not keep up. Service wasn't the best, you would ask for a drink and still be waiting ten minutes later. We were AI and the drinks were served in the smallest cups I have ever seen. You then had to wait in line for the buffet. The food was okay, plenty of choice, but again a free-for-all. Hardly any British tourists were there and of course nobody queues like the Brits.........
ROOM - apart from the air con the room was a good size and had a fridge, TV, telephone etc, however it wasn't particularly clean and was a bit grotty - I would give it a 2*.
BEACH - to get to the beach you had to cross the busy dual carriage way and walk about 10 mins to the Sonesta Beach. The Sonesta Beach appeared to be a much prettier hotel, more quiet and with sunloungers around the pool. The beach was nice and we could always find a sunlounger. The snorkelling was fantastic, lots of colourful fish, clear water and warm too. If you did not want to walk to the beach you could always catch the free shuttle - just make sure you got there in plenty of time before it left as the Italians made great use of it.
SHARM - it was very modern and newly built. We had just come from Luxor and a Nile cruise so Sharm was completely different, not a true representation of Egypt at all. The shopping was great.
All in all, do your research carefully, personally I would not recommend the Sonesta Club,
I enjoyed a 2 week holiday in Sharm-El-Sheikh in March 2005 staying at the Sonesta Club Hotel. This purpose of this holiday was to spend the time advancing my diving skills however when we got there I only dived for 4 days.
I found that the hotel staff were friendly but because my friend was blonde, they did give us a little bit too much attention when we passed through reception - which can be a bit wearing after 2 weeks. Our passports were taken as a security deposit, and they were kept behind the 24-hour reception, however, two days into my holiday I requested it to take a trip to the duty-free shop(which visitors are entitled to) and they had misplaced it...which we found unnerving. In light of this, we did not return it to reception when we got back, certainly since we'd booked a trip to Luxor and had to fly there.
We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis, but found the food to be too continental for our English stomachs - the milk for the cereal was warm and there were mixed meats on offer, and cheeses and the extremely sweet egyptian pastries; which would have been fine for a mid morning snack, but not the best at 7am.
The hotel itself shares it's facilities with the Sonesta Beach Hotel over the road. The facilities at the Sonesta club were fine, the pool was clean, the poolside bar and restaurant served simple food. However this hotel does cater more for Italians and as much of the evening entertainment was in italian, we decided to explore what the town had to offer.
We had been recommended the restaurant of DANANEER's, a FANTASTIC seafood restaurant which do the BEST steaks also. It usually gets pretty busy, so get there in good time.
If I was to return to Sharm, I probably wouldn't stay at the Sonesta Club or Beach Hotel, for the simple fact that they are right at the edge of Na'ama Bay and it's a bit of a trek to the centre. If you don't mind being hasselled when you're having a stroll, then I would advise you to cut through the Sonesta Beach Hotel and onto the lovely promenade where you will be stopped by every man in Egypt asking if you're English...just tell them 'La Shuckaran' which means NO....say this and they won't know what nationality you are and just keep on walking. If you prefer the easy life, just walk along the dusty main road...
Taxi's from the Sonesta to the centre should cost no more than 2-2.50 egyptian pounds...get them to drop you at the sonesta beach and cross the road, otherwise they'll try to charge you extra for having to drive further to drop you on the doorstep.
stay: november 2005
this was me and my boyfriend's first holiday together!
the first adventure was at the airport getting a taxi! make sure you
barter a price before getting in the taxi!
the hotel was perfect when we arrived; very clean and welcoming. the room was very big and well equipped; the rooms were cleaned every day.
the hotel grounds were very clean and beautiful and always being attended to.
the pool area was lovely and we always got a sun bed.
we stayed on a bed and breakfast basis; the breakfast buffet had a huge spread and was very nice. we only ate at the hotel one night which was their bbq night. the food was yummy! and it was very romantic eating under the stars.
from the hotel you could walk into naama bay taking approx 15minutes and we felt very safe walking it at night.
we decided to use the beach at the hotels sister - sonesta beach hotel. you have to get there quite early as the beach gets busy and you will have more of a chance of getting a sunbed.
we hired snokels and masks at the beach for a very cheap price for the day approx 5tl.the fish were incredible and each time we went in the sea we saw something different - definatley recommended!
naama bay itselfs was really good for restaurants, shopping, bars/clubs and my favorite - cocktail bars!
the restaurants offer something for everyone, there was one restaurant in particular on the beach that offered excellent food.
people are very friendly and will do anything for you.
like anywhere now the shop/restaurant owners all try to get you into their business but you just need to be firm.
when you go shopping you must barter - they expect it don't pay full price!
i just want to mention the amazing excursions on offer in egypt; i did the day trip to cairo. it was 6 hours in a mini bus there and back but it is well worth it! the pyramids, etc are excellent.
egypt is a fantastic destination and i would recommend it. i am a travel agent myself and i have been to many destinations. egypt is one of my top and i can't wait to go back!
we stayed at sonesta club resort (03-july-2006 to 10 july 2006) when we arrived at the hotel we found that it was clean and attractive and staff were abit too friendly, but never the less that was just the start, after reading previous reviews abt 2 girls travelling alone we still went, but found that workers at the hotel were constantly trying to talk to us which we found abit uncomfortable,when we arrived in our room, it was spacious and tidy but the tv didnt work but workers at the hotel fixed it straight away, the room was generrally nice.
we were on b & b and and thank god as the food was terrible in the hotel, there was a good choice of breakfast and something for everyone, but i wouldnt reccomend eating in the hotel, as there is a great choice of restaurants along na' ama bay like the mexican bar which was very nice, hard rock cafe is nice to and staff very friendly, but u will constantly get harrassed on na' ama bay to eat in thier restaurants and will call u beautifull jus to get u in thier restaurant or shop, we found this very strange as we just wanted a relaxing holiday but local people jus didnt understand that so we were being really firm with them,
the beach was just a short walk away at the sister hotel sonesta beach, but beaware that taxi's dnt rip u off and haggle with them,
the beach was lovely with the colourful fish but found that people were constanly trying to talk to us and asking us to marry them, they have no respect for personal space, we found that this was not a place for two girls alone.
In general i would reccomend sharm el sheikh for famillies and couples or large groups of friends and not two girls alone,
in general i would not go there again, and the only thing nice about the place was its red sea!!!
The Perfect Place
Date 27 july 2006
Trip Advisor Member, Hull Uk
We have just returned from 2 weeks at the Sonesta Beach 5 star resort Naama Bay Egypt. The hotel was fantastic built over a piece of land with seven pools 2 heated in winter all buildings are on two levels with spacious accomodation all the usual refinements that go with a 5 star hotel. i must commend them on there fantastic service the only door we opened was the one to our suite all other doors are opened for you 24hrs a day.
The hotel has 4 resturants to which we ate at 2 of them for the whole lengh of our stay and food was absolutley 1st class at the Citadel/La Gondola resturants and there is always a waiter there to take care of you whilst you are eating and entertainment whilst you are eating was also 1st rate. Nothing was ever a problem they were friendly polite smart and very clean and even try to learn you arabic which can be very funny if you pronounce it wrong, me and my wife built a great friendship up with approx 7 waiter and bar tenders to whom we did look after each week with a tip.
The Complex has its own private beach with permanant umbrellas and sun beds and a very good bar called Sea Breeze. also on the beach is a pier to which you enter the sea if you are going snoorleling or diving (RECOMMEND EVERY ONE DOES THESE ACTIVITES AT LEAST TWICE AS IT IS A LIVING AQUARIUM THAT CHANGES EACH DAY) and if you go to the sea shore you will also see several species of colourful fish because the water is so clear also you can not sink in the Red Sea as it is vey salty and all you do is float (great way to get a tan).
There is also a pathed walk into Naama bay from the hotel which takes about half hour but you must be stern and not aggressive with the shop owners who want you to spend you money.never tell them later as this is a promise in there language and they do remember(if you are a haggler then is your paradise). weather can be any where from 38c to 47c in july/august daytime and 30c on nights. So if any one would like to know more then i am a member. I would like to point out that i will be going back to the sonesta beach in the coming future and will be on my holiday list time and time again to go back. Once again Fantastic.