Viva Sharm Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Viva Sharm Hotel Sharm El-Sheikh
Its all about the money lol
just returned from viva sharm and found the hotel to be pleasent enough for the price we paid ,£500 for 3 of us half board . food ok but very repatisious,although i enjoyed the breakfast .kept nipping over to the sister hotel falcon hills to use there internet for my buisness and found it to be alot livelier AND more energy to the place..free shuttle buses to beaches and nama bay . DONT BOOK TRIPS WITH REP., USE TEMPO EXCURSIONS AT BOTTOM OF STREET ,4 HALF THE PRICE .....enjoyable holiday and nice rest .
It is the best hotel in my opinion,really friendly staff, amazing place, nice rooms, nice food, always feel welcome. definatly going back next year :D:D:D:D:D:D
Great Holiday at the Viva Sharm hotel
Returned from a great holiday staying in the Viva Sharm hotel owned by Falcon Hotel group. Sharm el Sheikh itself is quite underdeveloped with lots of half finished hotels and pavements. Dont let this put you off though. We had a great time - lots of shops and places to eat/drink. Staff at the hotel were friendly and helpful - especially the pool attendant and cleaner who works hard - the whole hotel is spotless. Food is adequate, we always managed to fill up but "could do better" would be my comment re food. The free bus service offered from the hotel is great with a drop off at Namma bay. Reef beach is only 5 mins walk from the hotel and you can snorkle in the red sea - amazing warm water and the fish are breathtaking. All in all i would recommend this hotel - great value for money, decent location marvellous weather.
Dont be put off
Just back from a fantastic week in Viva Sharm. We were really anxious after reading some horrendous reviews... When we arrived at the hotel which was about half an hour from the airport we were delighted with the hotel. It was clean and fresh.. the staff where friendly and took our cases to our rooms which was a god send as we were all absolutoley shattered after our long journey. The rooms that we had were excellent..once again clean and fresh. What more do you need really .. There is a tv, fridge but no hairdryer. The plugs are 2 points so you do need an adaptor there was also air conditioning which worked very well. Tthe weather was brilliant .... the pool was clean but very cold... there is a man that puts hotel towels out for you in the morning and you give them back when you are finished at the end of the day and you get clean towels the next day. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The only down side was the food ... not to our taste at all. We ate mainly the soup and bread..we went half board - so you get cofee or tea in the morning free but if you want it at dinner time you have to pay. You have to sign for everything no money has to be given to the waiting staff you have to settle your account at reception ... we did this every second night so that there was no room for mistakes. Free bus into Nama Bay at 9.30 and back home at midnight that was great as well. We enjoyed eating at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nama Bay which was great . Things were cheap..haggle all you can and enjoy the atmosphere. We all had a great holiday and would certainly go back put it this way ..its November .... snorkling in the Red Sea .... very hot weather... need I say anymore
Bog Standard Three Star
We have just returned from a weeks stay at the Falcon Inn Viva.
The hotel is located outside of Naama Bay which means that although it's quieter than the lively Naama Bay, it does mean that you have to pay for taxis to get into the main town.
The hotel does organise a free shuttle service to Naama Bay each evening from 9.30pm to 12pm, which is worth taking advantage of if you need to do some evening shopping in town.
The hotel is probably about a 40-minute drive from the airport.
The facade of the hotel is beautiful and the entry way, pool and bar area are all very nice, but none of this could compensate for the bathing facilities in my room.
We booked for a double room which we were told was pool facing. Don't be fooled. All the rooms face the pool so everyone will be told the same thing - but it was a nice touch.
The room was a good size, very clean and considering it was a three-star I was surprised to find a proper dressing table, coffee table and two chairs.
Because of this, it was a bit of a let down when I went into the bathroom. The shower was temperamental - dropping in pressure and temperature at the drop of a hat - and the bathroom suite was worn.
A lick of paint - or maybe even the replacement of some tiles and the stained bath - would have really made the room a lot nicer.
But it was a good size, the cleaners came like clockwork everyday and there was a good-sized fridge and tv in the room.
The food was average - and again it could take the best part of 40 minutes to receive the simplest meal ordered via room service - but again, you had all you needed.
Avoid the shuttle bus to Fawnes Beach. It's tiny and the shoulder-to-shoulder sun beds are horrible. There is a public beach next door, but once you get off the bus the over-enthusiastic staff at Fawnes Beach will do all they can to persuade you to stay with them.
The best thing about this hotel was dinner. The fish dishes and desserts were fantastic.
We stayed all inclusive here Oct/ Nov 06. the hotel is very clean and your room is cleaned everyday with new towels and clean bed linen. the meals were buffet style which had something for everyone(except if all you eat is chips then your out of luck!). My husband always gets an upset stomach but not his time 1st time ever which probably had something to do with them having a French head chief!. All of the staff are very friendly from gardeners to reception staff, if you take a little time out to talk to them they can really increase your enjoyment of staying here. The entertainment is a little poor but is only for 1 hour and you can choose not to watch if you want. They have a free shuttle bus to and from Namma bay each night and free bus to 3 different beaches every day. The pool is very clean and cleand every night, there is always help at hand with beds and shade by "Imon" the poolman (please remember to tip Imon when you leave as i have witnessed that he does get forgotton). The only negative i can say about this hotel is that SOMETIMES outside one area of the complex there was a intermittant bad smell. All in all i have absolutly no problem in reccommending this hotel to anyone and i am already checking out dates to go back there next year. Enjoy your stay.
More of a Motel than a hotel
We booked the Falcon Viva on a late deal so were not really sure what to expect, we were All Inclusive and now wish we had booked somewhere nearer to Naama Bay and gone bed and breakfast.
The food here apart from breakfast was dire, we went into Naama bay 4 times for our evening meal!
The rooms were ok, but not as clean as they could have been, some of the surfaces were a bit sticky where something had been spilled by a previous guest, and they stayed like that all our week there.
The worst thing was the smell outside our room, we were on the ground floor and did not sit outside the room at all as the smell was so bad, it smelled like blocked drains. We did report it to reception but they shrugged their shoulders at us.
The hotel is not on a beach but there was one nearby which you were taken to by shuttle.
I would say this hotel is more like a small Motel, I would not recommend the Falcon Viva.
We have been All Inclusive to Egypt before so knew not to expect too much from the food. However the Falcon Viva food was mostly the worst I have ever seen anywhere in the world, all I can say is that I wish we had gone B&B then we could have gone into Naama Bay to eat.
The rooms were fine, nothing special, just ok, pool was quite nice but freezing cold, also you had to walk to the nearest beach or pay for the hotel shuttle, there is no beach directly at the hotel. There was no free shulttle to Naama Bay. Any other hotels we have stayed at have all had a free shuttle to Naama Bay.
Because a lot of guests are B&B they seemed to get priority service at the bars, perhaps because they were paying for drinks etc.
We had great weather for the time we were there, and made the best we could of the hotel.
We will return to Sharm, but next time will pay a bit more and go to a 4 star hotel, at the most I would rate Viva as a 2 star.
Stay away awful place!!
Myself and my partner stayed at the Viva Sharm or Falcon Inn from 21st September to the 5th October 2006. On arrival we were shown our rooms, on the way we noticed a rather unpleasant smell, once in the room itself it was basic and clean , however our sleep was interrulted by a loud noise rather like a washing machine, investigating the source to our disappointment it was created by the pump to an open sewerage system not more than 30m from the hotel pool hidden behind the block where our room was. The smell was vile and unbearable nearer to the four sewer access points. The pump causing the noise was obviously trying to keep it moving and was run nearly all day and night.
The hotel had no other rooms available so for two weeks we had to put up with this inconvenience, we could not even open the bathroom window as the smell was too bad.
Not all rooms at the hotel have a balcony area as promised in the literature given to us when booked, our room did not although we would doubtfully have used it due to the smell.
As well as the above problems the hotel has a problem with the honesty of the room cleaners. During our stay we had money stolen which was reported to the management, they came to our room and told us the man in question had been fired that evening. Imagine our disappointment the following day when whilst eating our breakfast we noticed he was still working at the front of the hotel. The cleaner had taken many english pound coins that were in a drawer and more than likely helped himself to some of the notes there. He then to our disbelief as we later discovered had changed our pound coins the same day with two other engish men three rooms down.
When all this was verifed to the hotel front of house manager he said that the company would pay for our bar bill that was accumulated during our stay, around £40 up to that point. When we came to leave however he changed his mind. We refused to pay for the bill as it would have been around the value of what was stolen. He denied saying that he would pay the bill and we had to get an independent witness to verify this infront of the manager and tour rep. By the end of the stay our bill was £75, we gave them £30 and refused to pay the balance. The manager said unless we paid the balance our flight would be cancelled, deciding to call his bluff we tried to leave the hotel. I was allowed to exit but seven men grabbed my boyfriend and tried to restrain him, they called the police and as we went to get into a taxi to the airport the police arrived and we had to go to the police staion with only 2 1/2 hours to catch our plane home. The hotel manger claimed we had paid him nothing although we had already paid him £30 and to be able to leave we had to pay a further £20. We got to the airport with 35 mins to spare.
I wouldnot recommend this hotel to anyone unless they sort out their sewerage problem and have a major overhaul of the management. Other than that, Sharm itself is excellent and I'd recommend it to anyone but just don't stay here or its sister hotal across the road the Falcon Hills - it has the same management.
We booked our holiday with On the Beach and had a fantastic time. It was our second visit to this hotel and we came back as we had such a good time and there is a really good dive school on site "Moon Divers".
We went half board and the food is very Egyptian which we loved but I wouldn't recommend if you are a fussy eater.
There is a courtesy bus to town and the nearby beaches which is pretty handy.
A taxi into town should be no more than 200 Egyptian pounds. To the airport no more than 600 egyptian pounds.
The hotel staff are lovely and we had clean sheets and towels every day as well as fun towel sculptures on your bed.
There were a few thefts in the hotel when we where there but it was other holidaymakers and not the staff who were doing the stealing.
There are free safety deposit boxes in reception which we recommend you should use.
Overall a fantastic holiday and would definitly go back again.