Baron Resort Sharm El Sheikh
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBaron Resort Sharm El Sheikh Sharm El-Sheikh
Arrive to 2 drummers outside the main entrance. Presume they are welcoming us to the hotel. Either that or the hotel has the worlds worst Phil Collins impersonator. Perhaps one is Phil and the other is Colin
Two single beds - so not the honeymoon suite this time.
Arrived after tea time, so wash, unpack and off to find the Main Restaurant. Unusually you go downstairs out of the hotel to go to the restaurant. It is connected to the main building, but accessed from outside. Go in and every table is candlelit. Look up and there are some spotlights, so it's for ambience not cos the power's cut off. However it is dark and makes it difficult to see. The glasses on the table feel dirty. However if there was proper lighting I would see they were a mottled design and not badly washed.
After dinner we wander around the outer part of the hotel find the pool the Seafood and Indian restaurants and what we assume is the beach/seafront. It's too dark to do a full recky.
In the morning we pull back the curtains and our educated guesses were right. Across the immaculate gardens is the beach with Tiran island on the horizon.
Off to breakfast. The restaurant looks very different in the light. Usual duties - June does the toasting, I find the fruit juice & butter and order tea/coffee. Which brings the question "Why is the butter NEVER any where near where the bread/toaster is situated?"
Breakfast over, its time to get the towels and do recognisance as to where the best spot is for sun worship. After a few trial locations a spot by the pool is chosen. The pool depth varies from 1.65m to 2metres. Which isn't great for my 1.6m non-swimming wife. However doesn't stop us venturing in later to cool down.
At 11 we go to the rep welcome meeting.
Mahmoud is very jovial and his Egypt/English is good and he has a sense of humour too. Good advice about
* paying in Egyptian £ not GBP ( better exchange rate);
* not getting involved in photos with camels as they can turn into abduction/extortion scams;
* not putting air con on Cold setting -" if you take food out of oven, then put in fridge, then oven, then fridge you would not be surprised if you had tummy trouble. So why do same on holiday? and get Egyptian curse!"
* two words which help when out and about "Shokrun" (no thanks) and "Phil-mish-mish" (not interested)
* overland excursions and even jeep safaris are all off in case of terrorism. There has been a big conference on in Sharm with Presidents, Kings and Emirates attending so Security is heightened. Last week the Security forces were patrolling the seas and plain clothes armed body guards accompanied some VIPs in the hotel.
Met Joyce and Colin from Newcastle. Joyce reminds me of the Oracle's P.A. (mum) in the TV show "Benidorm".
Find ourselves doing comparisons between this hotel and the Sunrise Arabian Beach hotel and the Arabian wins mostly.
The pool area, the bar areas, the A'la Carte restaurants, WI-FI and the Animation team at AB win hands down.
At the Baron the MAIN bar is hidden behind a staircase and the seating is very limited.
The pool is a quarter of the frontage at the baron, with immaculate gardens making up the rest. The gardens could be reduced and another pool could be accommodated or the bar area moved down stairs and extended.
There are 5 A la Cartes at the Baron (Italian, Indian, BBQ, Seafood and Egyptian). To book you need to be in a queue at 8:30 for the 9:00am start of the booking. You can go as often as you like but it had to be booked each time. It's a crazy process that happens each day. No longer are the holidaymakers getting up early for sunbeds. Now it's a race to get an evening meal. Some getting up a few hours after getting in. Really is silly system, especially as the restaurants are not 100% full. If the main restaurant was more appealing then there wouldn't be such a demand to eat in the A la Carte places every night
It was 4 days before we saw the Animation team asking people to join in. Seems they stay on the beach mainly. The evening shows are the very tired formats - belly dancing, karaoke, etc and held in outdoor amphitheater, where the audience look they are only there as there was no room at the bar.
In comparison the Arabian Beach ...
There are several pools leading down to the sea. This lends itself to having activities in one and peaceful times at the others. The pool bar has a swim up and also walk up. The waiters patrol the pool areas regularly topping you up (this only seemed to happen on the beach at the Baron).
Churchill bar area at AB is huge by comparison with outdoor overlooking the whole complex and plenty of seating in the indoor area too (either in bar or back of reception) daily new Cocktails seved by Boula
The A la Carte at AB are predominantly in one main area and the booking process is simpler.
WI-FI at the Baron comes without the "W" as in it's " IFI" Connection to Baron Resort Lobby is almost impossible in the Lobby and forget trying to get any connection anywhere else. How they can run business conferences with almost nonexistent WI-FI is beyond me.
Whereas at the AB you get a signal at the pool, as well as in the main areas
As for animation there is no comparison. Paola is exceptional and even taking this into account the AB wins. The team help the guests to mingle regardless of nationality and show REAL interest in their guests. Taking time out for a chat
When booking the restaurant today in the queue behind a little rotund man in an Iron Maiden T shirt. Turns out he is an Irish chap with a knowledge of the area and beyond " Naama Bay - Shithole; Soho Square - shithole" and "If you want to see fountains go to the Ballagio in Vegas" is his recommendation ... not very practical from Sharm!
Turns out K**** is a Drummer Technician (roadie) for Iron Maiden and others (Thunder ) so has seen the world or at least it's airports, arenas and mainly 1 star hotels ("the group stay in 5 star, the crew don't !") He tells me about various parts of the world tours - India: hot and a f'ing bamboo stage; South America: hot no f'ing air; Australia: too f'ing long a flight. The trick to long haul apparently is plenty of Ganja the night before. Other bits I 'learned' from K**** ...
Never missed a days work thru drink ever. whereas cant say same for other crew members
Air con plays havoc with his busted nasal passage (rugby injury)
Food needs to be very spicy or he cannot taste it
Retiring to his place in Cyprus in 5 years.
Two clever ideas at the Baron
1) Red "Do not Disturb" signs on small boards that you hang from your parasol on the beach which the hawkers pay respect too. So you don't have to keep knocking back boat trips, spa treatments or the guy selling daily British papers - which include the Sunday Mirror every day except Sunday.
The guy selling Spa treatments calls all the guys "George Clooney" and the ladies are all "princesses" and "shine like a diamond". So with his poor vision anyone he signs up will probably get their treatment at the local SPAR supermarket.
2) Free laundry each week, so get clothes washed on the penultimate day and can pack CLEAN clothes
Yet again I tan in patches. My torso looks like a poor game of Tetris with odd shapes red, next to a white patch.
Egyptian - looked like a converted shop. Appetisers tasty, then 45min wait for soup
Italian - looks like a smaller version of the restaurant used on Gordon Ramsey in Hells Kitchen
Seafood/BBQ - aka the pool bar. Dimly lit and needed to borrow a torch of a fellow guest to read the menu. Only given BBQ menu - despite booking for fish. Kebabs & chops. When they returned with menus to select the sweet course, the menus had small lights attached. Strangely they were removed before being given to us. Earlier guests had left so borrow mobile phone off next table to view the options
Indian- on the beachside. Building is a cross between an old Rail eating room and a Queenslander house.
2 Keema naan good, 4 plain naan (2 burned, 1 thin and crispy, 1 ok)
Jal Frezi and Rogan Josh
all served and eaten in under 20 mins
Beach bar quiet even though not windy. A bar with the appropriate amount of seating. So why isn't this the case in the main bar ?
Got a well suntanned (burnt) chin, result look like a ventriloquist dummy. Have to grow a beard
My inability to keep my eyes open when June takes snaps in Indian Restaurant means I look like Confuscious. Oh well makes a change from looking like Budha. My body is a temple ... a larger than average temple.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Baron Resort Sharm El Sheikh Sharm El-Sheikh
DON'T STAY IN THIS "HOTEL" !!!
I've just returned from an holiday at the baron. Well, I wish I'd chosen another resort !
This hotel was advertised as a 4/5 stars... Well, except the central lobby, nothing else gets a 4 stars rating.
Rooms are smallish, with few equipments, we didn't get a balcony in our first room, but after complaining, they gave us another room with a balcony. We had to complain VERY hard to get this room...
Hotel staff unfriendly, especially at the concierge desk. We were treated very poorly.
I've been to lots of resorts throughout the world, and the baron gets a 3-stars rating, not more !
Restaurants are awful, food is a problem there: lot of people were ill during my stay. I was ill for 2 days !
Also, the restaurants are cold like the Antarctic, they put the Air-Con at -10 degrees, completely crazy. I had to wear a sweat shirt during my lunch there.
Housekeeping very bad, never refilled correctly our room, I always have to ask for some toilet paper, only to get it 24 hours after, really the first time that happened to me !!!
I will definitely stay in another resort the next time.
I think you understand the real "quality" of this hotel now !
DON'T STAY THERE !!!
Loved the 'Baron' Hotel
We really had no idea what or where we going but literally just played pin the donkey with the brochure. What a lovely surprise, great staff, really fab with the kids. Huge rooms, immaculately clean. In fact, the staff everywhere just seem to clean or tend the fantastic gardens. No problems with food that friends warned us about (for the area in general). So cheap to eat out, free shuttle bus to Naama Bay. Resdtaurant manager really seemed passionate that everything was ok and had as much time as you liked to talk. We can not wait to go back and mock our friends who pay top dollar for Dubai. The beach was great with an excellent towel service on free beds with huge fixed straw umbrellas. Massage on the beach was addictive under a covered, open fronted 'tent'. Kids had a baby playground on the beach but amazingly only a few small kids were ever there (ours!!). The pontoon bridges out over the coral were amazing, I have never snorkelled & did not realise what I was missing until this holiday. So quick for the airport transfer 10 mins.), but not affected by the airport at all. Highly recommended.
Love the people
We have just spent 2 week at the Baron and enjoyed every minute of iour stay. We found the staff extremely friendly and helpful the whole place very clean --rooms comfortable and the food on the whole very good one could not have expected more for breakfast---- the Indian and Egyptian resturants excellent. The weather was good during the day but cold at night which you would expect for the middle of winter. We took a trip to Cairo on the bus which was very good. We are an older couple who have travelled extensively and would say that The Baron will be fondly remembered by us and we would hope to return some day
Great relaxing break
The Baron Hotel is great, very clean and the rooms are very spacious. The staff very friendly and always seem to to either cleaning, gardening and making sure everything is perfect.
The beach is fantastic with great snorkelling, a very quiet beach too, sometimes it was like we had our own private beach!
Lot's of facilities, and the shuttle bus to Naama is regular and free!, Naama has some fantastic places to eat, and very cheap!
I will definately be visiting Sharm again and Baron resort
Myself and my boyfriend went to The Baron last October (2004). What a fantastic hotel, situated in a quiet area but a reasonable distance from the lively Naama Bay. The free shuttle bus is brilliant and runs frequently to and from Naama Bay. The rooms in The Baron are lovely, spacious and most of all clean! All the staff are very friendly and helpful. The pool is a great size and so near to the sea, this is what i liked the most. All the restaurants are nice and the Indian especially - fantastic food and wine! All in all i would recommend this hotel to everybody and i am planning to go back there again this year!
Dream came true
the best hotel we have ever stopped at .marvellous views towrds tiran island .The staff couldnt have been better although its strange having men do allthe cleaning.the reef is just 130 yardsfrom the shore reached by a floating bridge with amazing variety of fish to be seen either from the pontoon or under water .The manager mr ahmed khaled actually comes around the resteraunt chatting to you and asking if you have any problems but there were none .The gardens were immaculent with a large range of exotic plants . definetly a pace to stay
Good for families with young children
Lovely hotel, very friendly staff, nice variety of restaurants: the main one a large buffet (nice, but nothing too special), two very good one (a fish and Egyptian restaurant) and two pleasant ones (Indian and Italian restaurant). Meals cost about £15-20 pp incl wine and are cheaper in Naama Bay but we really did not like that very touristy town 20 min away by courtesy bus.
It was very clean. The health spa was nice offering a good variety of services (scrubs, massages, cleopatra bath!). The snorkeling was beautiful and only a 50m walk over a jetty.
We had a great time with our children (3 months and 2 year old). Their young ages made us not very mobile but the hotel is on large grounds and with all the activities offered (my daughter loved the mini-disco, we hated the morning-gymnastics) we did not feel convined. It is easily big enough to stay far away from the Italian animation team! Arranging a dive for just a couple of hours or a whole day was quickly done.
Please go its lovely
I cannot understand anyone slagging off the Baron Resort Hotel in Sharm El Shiekh.
This Hotel is the best by far that i have ever been to.
It is so bloody good that we have been back 5 times.
The food is excellant and the staff are all to courteous and friendly.
The place is spottless and the food is fantastic.
To those who dislike it try staying at home .
The beach is beautiful and the sea views are spectacular.
We have always suggested that The Baron should have a 5+ rating.
Again those who slag it off should stay at home as they obviously do not understand the term luxury or relaxation!!!!!
We went to the baron from Jan 6th - 13th 2005 after staying in the Iberotel Palace the previous year. The hotel is a large complex situated directly on Ras Nosrani (Christians head).
The hotel was quiet, very clean and the staff were very helpful and pleasant to us. The food was generally quite cheap and of a good standard, although we both felt the Iberotel Palace was a little better in this respect.
One thing I will mention is that the main swimming pools are very cold - around 16C which feels like icewater and you can definitely not swim in them in the Winter period. However there is a good covered swimming pool with Jacuzzi and jets which is nice.
Temperature wise - in January, the coldest month, it varies from 18 C to about 24 C - sometimes there is a wind which can make things a bit chilly if you've been in the sea - it's certainly fine though. In the summer it has been known to hit 45 C + so take plenty of sunblock!
The hotel has all the facilities you'd expect of a good beach place with water sports, volleyball, football, bars, snooker, pool, restaurants, etc..
By far the best aspect of the hotel is the snorkelling/diving - you have to walk across the reef for about 100 - 150 m on a floating jetty - from there you can just jump right in to water about 10-15m deep and be on the edge of the reef where you will see pretty much the largest array of fish and coral anywhere in the world. Absolutely amazing!!!!
The hotel is about 20km from the Neama Bay area which is a tourist area full of bazars, shops, restaurants, jewelry stores etc.. the usual sales tactics are delivered - "come visit my new shop!", "my cousin is from " - just try to ignore them and browse at will - there are some good deals to be had but don't ever pay the price they ask as this is always far too high - it's difficult the first couple of times, but offer at least 40-50% of the price and they will probably accept the deal, for example we bought a diamond ring for 3500 LE (about £320 UK) when the sticker price was almost 6000 LE!
There are some good trips to be had, quadbiking, St Catherines monestary in the Sinai mountains, snorkelling trips to Ras Mohamed marine park - etc.. we'd done most of those the last time, but the Quadbiking is brilliant fun!
Overall highly recommended :)
Nice position but...
The Baron enjoys a nice position on one of the most beautiful beach of Sharm-El-Sheikh.
Hopefully, it is not situated in Naama Bay (which is Sharm's main town), because Naama is an awful place.
The most important point at the Baron is that you have a fantastic coral reef barrier (3 kms long!) just in front of the hotel, and you can use a special bridge to get directly on the barrier, without walking on the rocks & corals !
The barrier reef is one of the most beautiful I've seen (with the Maldives of course), 100 times better than in Hawaii or the Caribbean, the water is crystal-clear and you can see all the kinds of fishes & corals, while snorkelling on it !
But the Baron in itself has nothing of a good resort, its architecture is awful: it's a gigantic white building, with very few trees, so you don't really feel you're on a vacation near the sea, in fact it seems a downtown hotel.
Rooms are OK, cleanliness OK, but you must ask for a room with a balcony, if not you'll have a room at the ground floor, without the possibility to relax outside, or let your swimwear/snorkelling gear dry...
The big problem at the Baron is the food. While we were there, I've been ill for 5 days because of the food they serve at the main restaurant, and more than 30% of people staying there with us also had problems !
The other problem is that it's really hard to get some toilet paper. I mean, we constantly had to ask the housekeeping staff for some toilet paper, and we would get it only after 1 or 2 days, that was crazy !
Dining options are very limited, the main restaurant is, as I told you, very bad, and the other restaurant on the beach didn't seem better.
Baron's staff is OK, but some problems at the reception when we told them that I was ill for the bad food, and that we would have like to have some toilet paper in our room !
The beach is not quiet, because the entertainment team was always playing music VERY loud. So, you're on a nice beach, you try to relax because you're on vacation, and these guys play house-music from 9 AM until 7 PM, while nobody there wants to dance (it's 50 degrees celsius there by the day) or even listen to it...
Departing from Sharm, we had some problems at the airport, because the restrooms there are really awful, the custom agent was NOT friendly and made us open all our luggages, and our plane (Eurofly) was very late (3 hours delay).
I'll never go back in Sharm-El-Sheikh !
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... it to cool down to really watch the British embarrass themselves. It's hot here... doing anything but swim during the day leads to sweating buckets. Lucky the Britz dive really well, they were definitly at their best under the water, where you can't hear them... But the Egyptian staff at our B grade hotel were great, the barman was a lawyer that liked meeting new people so worked the bar, we chatted to him for ages solving all the ...
Sitting by the pool enjoying the wonderful atmosphere. All the staff here are so friendly and know you by name. My husband booked his diving yesterday. I will book myself some spa treatments I think when he is away. The spa is fantastic. Not cheap but really good. I love this place. It's been so good not having to worry about jobs and so on. We can just relax and enjoy the weather and the good food. Italian ...
It was a bit of a late night last night. A lot to drink and the sheer excitement of being here. Woke up early this morning. Went out on the balcony and saw people putting their towels down. This was at 7am. Now sitting by the pool in the sun. Oh it's hot. But di beautiful just as I remember it. Same faces even. My arabic comes in handy. Off for a ...
... The promos for it just slay me: a slick-voiced announcer rattles off advertising copy in fast-paced Arabic and then shouts, “Arabs Got Talent!” in English while people do improbable things on the screen. I’m not sure why I find this so funny, but since they run the ad every twenty minutes or so on the English-language movie channel here I got to see it a lot, and saw a bit of the show itself. It is quite as idiotic as all ...
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