Sharm Holiday Resort Hotel
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The reason I love Sharm el-Sheikh so much is it's a holiday mecca! The place - a gorgeous sea view beach setting - has everything you need for a relaxing holiday. Yes it's nice to see the locals and culture on holidays, but here you don't experience the down sides of this. From clubbing to quading in the desert, diving to fine food, this place has everything for an enjoyable ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sharm Holiday Resort Hotel Sharm El-Sheikh
Could'nt wait to get home
Where shall i start
Hotel reception/resturant stinks when i walked in i used to put my fingers up my nose.
Bed linen/towels were a dirty grey in colour should have been white.The towels for the sun beds were the same blue & grey should be blue & white.
Did not like the idea of MEN cleaning the rooms.
Food was rubbish.
The toilets in the health club were digusting there was blood in the shower _ _ _ _ up the toilet door.
Too many Russians, Polish, Italians you name it they were there and the staff were bending over backwards to keep them happy.
Tried to sun bath but could'nt because of the flies.
I could go on forever , i have never been on holiday and could'nt wait to get home i'm glad i only stayed a week.
Never again 4 star more like 1 star
Great staff and good base
The Sharm Holiday Resort is a very good three star hotel (not a four star) with great staff and a good, quiet location. We paid £435pp for all inclusive with You Travel which was excellent value although we ate out for many meals because we prefer to do this. (all inclusive cost us £10 extra so we thought we might as well). When we did 'eat in' we found the food and the choice to be excellent the only thing that lets it down is the canteen style atmosphere in the restaurant.
It is a big hotel with many Russian and Italian guests as well as English. The staff are very friendly and welcoming and do well to cater for the different needs of each nationality.
we booked through You Travel and had a great rep at the hotel called Ahmed who helped us to book the many different excursions and became our friend during the holiday.
I had a broken arm during the holiday so I was unable to do many of the excusions however I did try snorkelling for the first time and now I will never look back - simply stunning!!! (plenty of Nemo fish and nothing from Sharks tale!)
We will definiately return to Sharm - although it is a scruffy and purpose build resort (normally i would hate this) I found myslef really warming to the place, probablly because the egyptian people were so great , the atmosphere is good and you genuinely feel very safe there.
Not as bad as they made it out to be
we stayed here 11th-18th mach. myself and my husband 35, 43. the actual hotel has been nice in its time but is in need of some up-dating. it is clean and the hotel staff are nice and cant do enough for you. if you have booked this hotel, when you check in i suggest you ask to stay in the newer building which is next to the heated pool as the english tend to stay around this one with the other nationalitys staying round the cold pool and the rooms are much nicer and spacious. the only downside is that the food is cold and there isnt much choice. it is only a short walk into naama bay nightlife and the hardrock cafe. the food is brill there and very cheap. the hotel is quiet with not much entertainment. i reccomend that you o on the snorkling boat trip to ras mohammed it was out of this world. the fish and the reef wow!!! and on the way back we had over 100 dolphins swimming with the boat. a once in a lifetime experience. we also went quad biking into the mountains. the locals living in the bedoin tents, echo mountain, camels. a trip not to be missed. to sum this hotel up i would say, a good base in which to enjoy your stay in egypt the food is cheap enough so if the hotel food is not to your liking, it doesnt cost much to eat out. macdonalds, hardrock cafe, kfc, tfi fridays in naama bay to eat.
Great stay but not suitable for disabled
I stayed here on the 18th Feb. We booked to stay at the Sharm Cliff resort but ended up here which i now discover is the sister resort- A little confusing. Make sure when you book trips you give the correct name of resort as our friends missed their lift to scuba because the bus went to the sharm cliff resort instead!
I went with my mum who has difficulty walking long distances and uses a walking stick. On arrival, they had booked us into a room on the 2nd floor and upon realising that there are no lifts in this hotel but loads of stairways, I requested a room move to the ground floor. This was changed immediately with no quibbles whatsoever. The hotel did provide us with a wheelchair but it was a little outdated and the leg stands were broken! There are ramps everywhere around the hotel but they were so steep I found it impossible to push my mum up them, even if a took a run for it! Needless to say we had to ditch the wheelchair for the rest of the week and my mum had to struggle with the walking.
The hotel staff were friendly and helpful- they could not do enough for you. In particular, the pool attendant put our towels out every morning and was at our beck and call all day! The staff were all really helpful and caring towards my Mum- The waiters carried her plate back to the table for her and topped up her drinks. We stayed all inclusive- the local spiritds were a bit like firewater but you didn't notice after a few and at meal times you literally help yourself to the bottles! We could get drinks from any bar in the hotel. The food was ok- there is always plenty of choice so if you can't find something you like: you must be really picky! Some of the dishes were served luke warm but I'm not sure if this was how the egyptians eat it! One night we were arrived back at the hotel at 10.05pm due to a trip to Cairo and even though the meals had finished at 10pm, the manager was very accomodating and prepared some food for us as my mum is a diabetic. The hotel provides a free bus to the beaches and will also take you to the market and arrange to pick you up for free. I was glad of this as the taxi drivers are absolutely nuts- they drive like maniacs and don't even put their lights on in the night !
The hotel shops are an experience- don't expect to go in them without buying something! We spent a fortune in them but their prices are as competitive as the market if you haggle! We spent many hours in the papyrus shop with Mohamed who was very hospitable and an interesting guy! We paid £475 Al incl holiday . i would say we ahd good value for our money. We had some interesting experiences in Egypt being 2 women on their own- plenty of marriage proposals in exchange for camels- i was lucky to come back as my mum could have easily sold me off! Once you get used to this and the haggling; you will enjoy! The weather was fab with most days reaching 27 degrees. it does however get cold in the evenings so you need to take a fleece with you. I would definitely go back to Sharm el Sheikh and would use this hotel again but only if i was going with my husband- It is not really suitable for people who have difficulty walking.
Just got back 13/02/07. I read reviews after i booked it, and thought what have i let myself in for. Was taking my daughter and her friend both 16. Hotel was clean. food was fine, (was a lot of choice, but i am a fussy eating, so i stick to wot i no!!) - none of us got ill ! You can help yourself to drinks anytime, and you can get served at different bars, not just the pool bar, wine is not included in all inclusive, one women did complain about that. The staff were helpful and friendly. Cant say much about entertainment at night as we went into town every night ( 5 min walk), but lots of actitivties in the day if you want to join in. One pool was heated so that was nice. Room was clean, did say that the room had a mini bar, but all we had was a fridge!! Hotel shops very expensive, try and stay away, because you cant just look in the window, they will try and get you in!!, but this is the same in town so you cant win!! Weather was great, getting hotter everyday we was there. great location, no need for taxis into town, hotel does a shuttle bus to the beach, but that is only a 10 min walk, but gets busy as they share it with other hotels.
I only read the bad reviews for sharm holiday resort after I had booked it. I found the hotel to be perfectly adequate in cleanliness and facilities, though I think they should hire out irons. The staff were excellent, they are always genuinely friendly and amazingly hardworking (bar, restaraunt, bell boys and house keeping) and they all work long hours, they don't expect tips (we noticed the russians were especially tight and quite rude) but they are always very grateful for them, as you can imagine they probably earn peanuts. The food was good and varied and the egyptian food they served was gorgeous. The only reason the food tends to be lukewarm when you sit down is because you spend so long deciding what to have as you tend to get a bit of everything. Every one in my party got the ----- for a day or two but thats happened every time I've ever left the UK, and at least there are western toilets and plenty of loo roll available. As for having to drink out of plastic cups, so what, they are sturdy enough and some of the bars give you glass anyway and beer is always served in glass. It does say on the intro letter that you can only get all inc drinks at Sunset Bar but we and the other guests when I was there got served in every bar including the hotel club. The hotel is full of Russians, Italians and on weekends hordes of Arab families and their uber cute well behaved kids, but if you want to be surrounded by other Brits constantly you should go to Tennerife or stay at home. Some people insist on finding fault with everything, and to say that Sharm holiday resort is 'horrendous' or 'the most terrible experience of my life' leads me to believe the people who wrote those reviews are sad gits and should get out more.
Worst Holiday i Have Ever Known
When we first arrived in the hotel it was late so we never saw what state the hotel itself was in
The first thing i noticed on my arrival was the lack of any odour of cleanlyness
When i went down to the restaurant for my meal there was a very bad and pungent odour, we ate there for two days and spent the rest of the holiday bed ridden
we i ventured out of my room and spoke to other people i was made aware that i was not the only person to be struck with this illness
when i went to the Pharmacy the proprieter was already aware of the problem at the hotel and charged me £270 (egyption) and informed me that this epedemic had been going on for atleast 3 weeks
The Holiday Rep also informed us that this has been going on for three weeks and when we asked him why nothing had been done about it he just shrugged his shoulders at us
i could not wait for my flight home i will not be recomending anyone to go here
Did I stay at a different hotel???
I read the previous review before we travelled out to Sharm and was really concerned.
I haven't got the time or patience to sit here and go into alot of detail but a few important points.
The hotel was perfectly clean throughout, with rooms clean daily.
Staff v. friendly and helpful.
Great location, we have stayed all-inclusive in sharm several times now and without doubt the best location of any of the hotels we have been in. Great to not have to haggle with taxi drivers all the time.
Private beach so no paying to get on to a beach.
I would say if you can get it at the right price go for it just don't expect 5 star Hilton style property but a good 4 star in a great location.
We all thought the food was fine even the kids!!!
hope this helps
divemaster & family
Horrendous Experience! Avoid like the plague!
It is now October and it has taken me this long to get over my experience at the Sharm Holiday Resort in Na'ama Bay. This was to be a dream holiday - and it became a nightmare.
We arrived in August to a hotel that has the strangest odour permeating it throughout. Barely any of the staff spoke English (the majority of people staying were Italian) and no on-site British holiday rep to guide us to any activities or book any tours/trips. We asked the receptionists about our rep and they were not at all helpful, just kept repeating "speak to your rep" - if only we could.
Plus points - The hotel reception area and the room were clean, and the air conditioning was an absolute God send. However, you soon acclimatise to the heat. The room was serviced daily, clean towels provided. Towels were provided by the hotel for the sun loungers and the pool side boys were very helpful in moving around the parasols to stay in the shade (absolutely necessary in that heat).
And now to the negatives - where do I begin?
* Food - awful. Repetition of dishes on a daily basis. The restaurant was well staffed - you barely had time to finish before a waiter whisked away your plate. I attempted to 'eat' some of their soup after being ill for some days but was unable to do so. 'Cream of ...' meant bland and tasting of cornflour. The 'fresh' orange juice is not fresh; it tasted like some powder that had been mixed with water. All other drinks for those on all inclusive deals, including water and alcoholic drinks, are dispensed by the cup (you are not allowed to fill up your water bottle, and they wash and re-used the plastic cups). For those on AI (All Inclusive), you must wear a plastic band and you are only allowed to get your drinks/snacks at the lower pool bar which is situated far away from the main pool area and the nearest toilets. You may not be surprised to know that the few other British families we encountered had suffered from tummy upsets, as did we after the first 36 hours. My 'tummy upset' consisted of severe sickness and diarrhoea for the remainder of the holiday. Immodium does not work with this 'bug' and the local pharmacy (of which there are many) enjoyed a brisk trade from the hotel's guests. There are a number of 'fast food' shops nearby - MacDonald's, KFC, and Pizza Hut - need I say more?
* Gift shops - there are a few small shops in the hotel but beware - they 'mug' you to have a cup of tea, show you their wares, offer you a 'gift' then before you know it you are parting with vast amounts of money for what you thought was supposed to be a gift. You cannot browse without being pressured - they do not like you to 'waste their time' if you look around then leave without buying. Always bargain otherwise you'll end up paying double! This applies to the nearby shops as well. My advise, leave your gift buying till the end of your stay.
* Amenities - the main pool was mobbed by the Italians and other Arabian families staying. The British families, who had all unfortunately booked AI, were mainly found by the lower pool area. This is a small pool, we never saw it re-chlorinated, that has dangerous concrete pillars in it demarking the children's area from the deeper end of the pool. There were loose tiles around the pool and the drain tiles were also loose. I also saw fungus growing. The bar staff were surly and dismissive.
Drinks? Locally produced spirits (all tasted the same and smelled like methylated spirits) and beer. They do not make up cocktails or anything exciting that might make your holiday even the slightest bit more pleasant. The only drink palatable was their beer. There was a self-dispenser for cola/sprite etc but we were not convinced these were the genuine drinks. We tried to refill our water bottle and were told this was not allowed so you have to buy bottled water to avoid using the plastic cups they washed and re-used (we only found this out after we had been hit by the stomach bugs, so it was too late to avoid being contaminated by the local water).
Do not expect to see 'local' women in or around this whole region - it is only the men who work in the tourist areas, and this is a highly cultivated tourist resort, absolutely no sense of Egyptian culture here.
All entertainment was aimed at the Italians - not a thing was available for British guests. They played the same music over and over, and not all that was appropriate for families with younger children because of the 'adult' English versions (which included many references to whores and abusive language).
I had hoped to visit Mount Sinai and the Red Sea. The Mount Sinai trip did not happen because by the time we found out who to contact to arrange the trip we were both so ill we could not have managed the trip! I did manage to paddle in the Red Sea (@ 4 minutes away by free shuttle bus provided by the hotel) but was still so ill I could not enjoy this (day 6 of a 7 day holiday), in fact I vomited in the sea. By the way, they do not provide AI service down at the beach so you have to pay more for drinks/food, but at least it was bottled water and not the awful gruel they served at the hotel.
Would I go back? I was on the point of tears just getting on the plane to return home. Never again.
We stayed at the Sharm Holiday which was rated as 4 stars, the hotel room was dirty, had no plugs for the baths and the mini bar was empty. The food was plentiful but unappealing and the salads were washed in their own tap water not mineral water thus by making me ill. To be all inclusive meant that you could only drink at one pool away from the main pool area, making you a second class citizen there were no tonic waters or diet cokes unless you paid for them. We had to make our own way to the hotel which involved getting a taxi from the airport and they all wanted 150.00 Egyptian pounds which was excessive in fact overall the taxis were dirty with slashed seats and excessive in their pricing, it seemed that they all got together and wanted the same price. This has been my second visit to Egypt and overall a very unpleasant one except for the weather, there will not be a third and I will inform as many as my friends as possible not to go to the Sharm Holiday. Yours Mrs L. Little