Gardenia Plaza Resort

Address: Shark's Bay, Sharm El-Sheikh, South Sinai, Red Sea and Sinai, Egypt | 4 star resort
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This 4 star resort, located on Shark's Bay, Sharm El-Sheikh, is near Tiran Island, Na'ama Bay, Shark's Bay, and El Fanar.
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        • TV Channel One Russia
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        Historical Traveler Reviews Gardenia Plaza Resort Sharm El-Sheikh

        Look elsewhere


        Stayed here for a week in July, booked on a last minute deal when we got a chance to get an extra weeks holiday so our expectations weren't too high and in that respect we were not disappointed.

        I'll try to start with the positive.....Our room was comfortable, everything worked properly and we were satisfied on the whole with the cleaning. The cleaning and restruant staff were friendly, helpful and pleasant. The pool is exactly as described by other reviewers{we know who you are!}, we were also aware of the problems with insects and the poor maintainence on the surface of the pool. The music at poolside is loud, relentless and not condusive to relaxation, like wise the disco, which is actually an outdoor theatre, plays to a largely absent crowd until 1am. and is directly beside the rooms.

        What really lets this hotel down however is the poor management. Reception staff {with the exception of Amir} were unhelpful, ill-informed and inconsistent. We were left with the impression that if they were unable to address your query or problem they were not above giving assurances that they were unable or had no intention of following up on.

        they have recently introduced a no T-shirt rule in one of the pools, while I understand that this is being done to address the cultural needs of guests from different backgrounds, I don't agree that this should apply to small children who have particularly sensitive skin. when I spoke to staff about this and tried to make this point, one staff member tried to fob me off with the explanation that t-shirts damaged the chemicals in their pool, we therefore wouldn't recommend a hotel which fails to take on board the needs of small children, and goes against the advice that is given to parents about sun exposure. Our advice regarding this hotel would be that it is not suitable for young families due to the above, the poor state of repair of the play equipment, and the standard of cleaning in the pool.

        The all inclusive programme is not what most people would expect, it's as previously described, limited to certain bars and restruants, think of it more as full board with refreshments. There is an animation team and they do try but you can only work with what you are given and again the mangement do not appear to have put much effort into entertaining the guests here. this is a shame as the hotel is quite isolated in relation to the main resort of naama bay. It has a four star rating but struggled a lot of the time to meet the expectation that most poeple would have of a three star. On the whole we would say that if you have not already booked for here that you look elsewhere.

        Worst ever hotel


        upon arrival looked nice from outside,once inside looked a little small at reception but still nice looking,walked to reception then it all went downhill

        was told that i would have to pay for room as i did not have accomadation voucher,even though i was on their system as stopping there,after almost an hour of arguing,being midnight i was given room,my party consisted of me,girlfriend,12yo son.8yodaughter and 19yo nephew,when i got to room there was

        a living room with sofa bed,and room with double bed,iwas supposed to have 2 adjoining room not one but was told for this i would have to pay more money

        went to pool nice size,but was full of dead insects and covered in algae,the music at the pool is abysmal ,you could be listening to black eyed peas then have bob marley then bill haley(rock around the clock,or you could have hours of

        egyptian songs depending on your luck

        the AI shack was tiny,they serve 1 beer,5spirits,cola,fanta,sprite when machine worked and tea and coffee,all served in white plastic cups you use for partys(mohammed with white shirt is best to see)

        the food is not suitable for english it is more catered for russians,italians and egyptians,tried some meatballs,ended up being ill with the trots and stomach cramps,after this just ate rice for lunch and tea,read below to find out why you

        should not eat in restaurant at all.

        the entertainment is excellent if you are russian,italian or egyptian,mini disco is good to learn hokey cokey,birdie song and superman in i think italian,,the only english staff is vicky,who you can moan at,but all she is only entertainment,so not much use really

        the staff behind reception are ignorant and arrogant you could be complaining to them ,and they will walk away or deal with an egyptian instead leaving you stood there looking at them,cannot say who is worst offender but he will laugh in your face especially if you are female,the 2 staff to see are John and Mohammed(assistant general manager),they are helpful

        the guest relations is also useless,as she will talk back in english,but when you complain,cannot understand you

        lighting at hotel is terrible,especially at mini disco girlfriend fell over a step which was 6in on one side but almost 2 feet on other she injured knee and arm,saw manager he took her to on-site clinic,they wanted to give her injections,she refused so was given some cream,we have since found out they are

        not even qualified ,so best to avoid at all costs

        the rep for trust will not come to hotel,as we found out by waiting 4 days to see him,you now have to phone his mobile and tell him you want him

        after a week of stopping here was disgusted to find mouse feaces in room after it had been cleaned,was moved to another room,higher up

        ALSO-do not eat in restaurants as mice have also faeces in there as well,told manager but he said he knew,but they were doing all they could to solve this,no wonder everyone was ill

        i could go on and on about this place,but think this will help

        if you are intending going to this hotel ,DON'T,change if you can as it has completely put us of egypt

        i have stopped previously in a motel for 2 weeks in florida and it was better than this place

        so if you are english avoid at all costs

        also do not got to gardenia beach as it is in terrible state,pay 32 pound and go to sharks bay beach as it is a whole lot better

        Worst Hotel Ever Stayed In


        Terrible Hotel When You Arrive They Try And Make You Pay More Money And Say You Need A Bigger Room And They Are Putting You Into A Time-Share When They Say That,They Put Me And My Family In It And Made Us Pay Sixty (STERLING) Pounds!The Room Was Very Poor Standard For A Four Star Hotel,Every Meal We Eat The Same Food For A Fortnight Alot Of Pepole Fell Very Ill,The Pools Were Dirty,Fully Inclusive Was Not So Inclusive They Only Had One Bar Out Side And It Was So Bad Some People Nick Named It The Cow Patch,They Said To Use Other Bars But U Had To Pay 10 Dollers Per Day Per Person!!!,No EntertainMent What So Ever Unless You Were An Egyptian,The Room Cleanlyness Was Great!,Management Did Not Want To Know Of Eny Problems On The Up Egypt Is A Lovley Place To Visit The Boat Trips Are Great And The Snorkeling Is Most Intresting Other Hotels Are Good We Hear!This Hotel Is Not Recomended For British Holiday Makers!

        Give It A Miss


        My husband and I have just returned from this hotel after a weeks stay. A holiday we had planned for some time as this was the fist holiday in 12 years without our children.

        When we arrived at the Hotel we checked in and were told to come back in the morning to receive a wristband to say we were all inclusive. We were then taken to our room. The room was ok but everything seemed to be unfinished or broken

        1. Patio door wouldn't lock properly and wouldn't slide open

        2. The air condioning grid was handing off the wall at one side

        3. The curtains were hanging off the rail at one end

        4. Bathroom - no bath, the grout around the sink and shower area had just been thrown on and not finished. The shower area (a corner of the room with a door added to the front) was a total health & safety hazard. The shower floor was what looked like marble and when wet was like an ice rink. My husband and I almost slipped on two occasions. I hate to think what would have happened if one of my children had been in it.

        5. Fully stocked minibar - what minibar. There was a fridge in the room but this was empty and didn't work. Eventually this was fixed but even then it didn't get that cold.

        6. The furniture in the room ie wardrobes and headboards were broken ie parts missing and not replaced.

        On our first full day we swam up to the pool bar, showed our all inclusive wristbands and asked for a drink. The bar man said that this was not an all inclusive bar and that we would have to pay. The only all inclusive bar was called AI bar. We visited this and were astounded when our drinks were served up in tiny plastic cups. Even the evening drinks had to be obtained from this bar which was no more than a shack and was half way across the hotel complex. I can understand plastic cups around the pool area during the day but not in the evening when the pool is closed. We went to use the pools towels on one occasion but they were smelly and faided so we didn't bother in the end.

        The food was very much geared up to the Russians and Italian guests and was very repetitive and there was not much variety. The restaurant were always running out of glasses for drinks and on several occasions ran out of soft drinks aswell. Twice, I had to ask for a breakfast bowl for my cereal as there were none available.

        The hotel had its own beach area which they provided a bus for you to get to. However, this was very shabby. The sand bags along the causeway need repairing and the aqua park needed cleaning up. We couldn't even get an ice cream as the freezers weren't working.

        The pool looked nice and inviting but on closer inspection there were insects living in the water. There was also algae on the floor of the pool as you walk in from the shallow end. We, plus a few other European guests captured some of these insects and took them to Reception demanding that something be done about it - no wonder so many guests had dicky tummies. The long and short of it is if the pool had been treated with the proper chemicals none of these insects would be alive. Also, the floor on the pool was so rough that several guests including my husband and I cut our feet.

        We were told by Icon Travel that we were going to a new 4 Star Hotel. This was certainly not the case. Even the hotel receptionists confirmed that it was not a new hotel. An old tired time share complex trying to become a hotel is more the truth.

        The only thing that was in the hotel's favour was our cleaner, Siahd and Mo from the Restaurant and some of the Reception staff - they all went out of their way to help us.

        Overall a long awaited holiday ruined!!!

        Very friendly but watch the Medics!


        My husband and I, with two friends, have just returned from the Gardenia Plaza Resort in Sharks Bay, Sharm El Sheik and I would like to put one or two things written by others, straight as some of the earlier reviews left us really concerned about our holiday destination!

        The ups:-

        The front of the hotel is exactly as shown on their web page - not as the visitor from Horsham wrote back in May. The photograph shown in that review is further down the road from the front of the hotel and is, in fact, at the back of one of the buildings / store rooms.

        The mops ? - they have to clean the floors somehow!

        The staff there bent over backwards to help us - nothing was too much trouble and our rooms were kept meticulously clean by our cleaner - together with the beautifully arranged towels on the bed most days. Our room overlooked the lovely pool area and the only problem we had with it was that our shower leaked and therefore it did have quite an odd smell which they seemed unable to rectify. On one occasion the air conditioning didn't work properly but as soon as we reported this someone came and fixed it.

        We were half board and admittedly the food was a bit repetative, but there was plenty of choice so no one needed to go without. After a couple of days because there were so many guests, the "foreign tourists" were asked to eat in the new Italian Restaurant which is very nice and has a lovely view over the resort and to Sharks Bay. The food there was more or less as served in the other restaurant.

        The private beach of the hotel is alright but not as nice as Sharks Bay, though you do have to pay for a taxi to get there which costs about 2 (sterling) each way (even though you could walk there, it was far too hot to do that) and entry to the beach (again 2) but once there you are able to use the beds, umbrellas, toilets, restaurants etc., there are a few shops and there is also a small supermarket that is handy for cold drinks etc., The snorkelling from here is much better than the Gardenia beach and you can also go on the glass bottom boat from here, which is really worth while.

        The downs:-

        On arrival at the airport we were approached by locals who tried to get us to pay 2 (sterling) for the use of a trolley. Unless you have loads of baggage, don't get caught out by this because it's only a short distance to the taxis / buses etc.,

        We took a taxi which cost us 200 Egyptian pounds (about 20). As we were staying at a different hotel for the first night and didn't know exactly how far our accommodation was from the airport we didn't really argue, though the driver did try to up it to 250 when we got out. I refused to pay the extra and he didn't argue. When our friends came out to join us later on, we arranged for a taxi from Gardenia Plaza to the airport and back, for them, at a cost of 70 Egyptian pounds (7) so it may well be worth while asking the resort or your rep to arrange this for you. This taxi was one of the limousines that work out of the resort so was much nicer than the blue and white official ones, though I must admit, some of the drivers of these blue and white ones are really great fun.

        The evening entertainment was a bit of a nightmare as it consisted of an outdoor disco each and every night which went on until 12.30 am which meant we didn't get much sleep before 1.00 am each morning. Also the continuous loud music around the pool for most of the day gets you down after awhile - especially the Rap music! We did ask for it to be turned down on a couple of occasions but that didn't happen.

        The British section of the Animation Team were brilliant, but one or two of the others didn't seem to want to take "No" for an answer when they asked us to join in the water aerobics / gym etc., It took them a couple of occasions to realise that we wanted to relax and read not jump about in the pool with them!

        Alcohol - very expensive on site though cheaper if you buy it in Naama bay. Look for the shops that has "Heineken" on the front and they generally have quite a good choice. Beware of imitations! - we got caught out buying a bottle of GordOOns gin which we poured down the sink! Imported wine is expensive but the Egyptian is cheaper and quite palatable - especially the Rose.

        The Clinic!! - beware! I think it's a brilliant idea to have a clinic on site if you do need medical attention but be aware that to have a medical examination will cost you 50 (sterling) and the staff there are quite insistent that they examine you no matter what you go there for. I just wanted some stronger cream for mosquito bites (which I always suffer from) and I ended up paying 60 for a "medical examination" which consisted of the female doctor wiping my bites with cotton wool and sterile water and applying some Calomine lotion which cost me 10!! The male doctor had wanted to give me injections / antibiotic tablets / cream etc., but I refused.

        The must do's:-

        Try and learn a few words of Arabic - the locals really do apprecaite it even if it's only hello, thank you, your welcome! It brought smiles to the faces of all the people I spoke to when I tried to use these, often with the comment "you speak good Arabic" !

        Go on a glass bottom boat; snorkel (we'd never done it before and it's amazing). Go on the plane to Cairo and visit the museum, Pyramids and Sphinx. We went into Naama Bay and to the Cataract Tours office, it cost us 108 (sterling) to fly to Cairo from Sharm airport (flight lasted 50 mins). The bus or taxi, even though much cheaper, takes hours and hours to get there. We were picked up from outside the Gardenia at 4 am and back by 10 pm, it is a long day but worth it!

        We had a fabulous holiday in Egypt. The people are friendly the area is gorgeous and the weather can't be beaten!

        Lovely place to visit


        I'l ltry and keep this as brief as possible, we went on the 30th April for 7 nights, the airport was a bit of a nightmare, got the passport stamped and went through customs which took about an hour, put us off going on the cairo trip but other people have said they didn't have a problem. On the flight home, we had no problem getting through the airport, it is a bit small and crowded, this should be rectified with the new terminal they're building, we boarded the plane about an hour early and there was plenty of calls and screens so you'd have to be a muppet to miss your flight.

        We didn't book a transfer we got a taxi and paid 25, this is a good way to do, just expect to haggle.

        The hotel looks very nice, the staff are very helpful, the maid cleaned the rooms very well, leaving various creations out of towels on your bed for you.

        The animation team are very good, they were always chatting to us and are always up for a laugh. They never pestered us into doing something if we didn't want to and they're very hard working.

        The food was ok, pretty much the same each day, don't eat the chicken, I think we narrowed down the cause of our stomach upsets to it.

        The building work is far from an issue, yes you can tell its going on, it doesn't detract from your holiday.

        The all-inclusive could have been better, the issue being that the evening entertainment takes place in the bar that is not all-inclusive which either means you have to pay for your drinks or go back and forth with them which is far from ideal. The animation team are also keen to get you in the bar as well, hopefully not a ploy from the management to get you to buy more drinks!

        The hotel is quite close to the airport so you do get noise from the planes, again it wasn't a major issue for us.

        The quad biking trip is well worth a go, you go through the hills and get to ride on a camel which was pretty scary.

        The hotel puts on a bus for naama bay but doesn't drop you right by it so expect a 10-15 minute walk to it. Its very cheap but not really comfortable if you're a fairly big lad.

        The hotel taxi is a bit of a rip off ( the white taxi) so please do haggle.

        Hard rock cafe is very nice.

        The hotel puts on a free bus to their beach. It's nice, you can have lunch down there, pick up towels, have a massage ( again, haggle!) there's a jetty into the sea to protect the coral, you then walk along it to get to the diving/snorkelling/"aqua park" bit.

        It's amazing seeing yourself float in the red sea so is worth going but we much preferred the hotel pool.

        Have fun!

        Hotel from hell


        Our flight was from Gatwick Airport to Sharm El Sheikh and we landed in Sharm El Sheikh at 16:25p.m. We travelled by local taxi which cost us 20.00 in English money, just to travel for 10 minutes to the hotel, immediately advised in correctly with regards to how cheap taxi's are, i.e. 4.00 to travel in Egypt all day, do not pay anymore than 10.

        We both arrived at the hotel, Domina Gardenia Plaza Resort, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt and we even clarified with the taxi driver if this was the correct hotel, as from the outside of the hotel did not look impressive at all, certainly not what you would expect for a four star hotel.

        We booked into the hotel, received our colourful wristbands to say we was all inclusive and received our room keys, the room itself was pleasant and comfortable, however not equipped with as specified in the information e-mailed to us, i.e. ADSL Internet Connection, Tea and coffee making facilities, minibar, iron and iron board, telephone could only be used for internal calls to other rooms within the hotel, but not for outside calls.

        We refreshed and changed into comfortable clothes and attempted to obtain a drink from the lobby bar, were we was amazed to be informed, you have to pay for your drinks.

        We advised the bar man, but we are all inclusive, showed the wristbands, we do not have to pay for drinks, he said the all inclusive bar is situated outside and this is the only bar that is all inclusive, no other bars are included in the all inclusive programme.

        We therefore visited the all inclusive bar, called AI bar and was amazed to find the drinks can only be served by plastic cups, if you want a glass you have to pay for it, we can understand plastic cups being used for around the pool area, but not to have to consume drinks otherwise in plastic cups.

        We could only drink in the AI bar, which consisted of a shack basically where the drinks were served and garden furniture where you could only sit to consume your drink.

        We obtained a drink from the AI bar and once again even in the evenings all drinks were served by a plastic cup not a glass, so it appeared to be all inclusive people were treated like second class citizens, even though we have paid an additional premium to receive an all inclusive package.

        Other points: -

        Kettle supplied to our room absolutely stunk.

        Fresh towels for the pool area and beach are dull in colur and stink.

        No evening entertainment only a repetitive disco, otherwise entertainment for italians.

        Aqua Park does not cover 5000m and not located within Domina Gardenia Plaza as suggested, it is located in the beach area and consists of inflattables.

        Bottled water chargeable.

        30 minutes billards per room per stay, charges after this period.

        30 minutes table tennis per room per stay, charges after this period.

        30 minutes tennis court per room per stay, charges after this period.

        30 minutes gym per room twice a week, charges after this period.

        Both toilets located near reception stink of urine and the floor is cleaned with a disgusting towel.

        Food preparation is totally unhygenic, use the same utensils for collecting food and frying pans not cleaned from the previous foods cooked.

        Continous building work daily.

        Heaps of rubbish outside hotel.

        Hot snacks only served at AI bar, which consists of cold pizza slices, no other foods available until 19:00p.m. unless paid for at an additional cost.

        At 17:00p.m. the food is cooked and prepared at the pool bar outside, for the evening buffet, which commences from 19:00p.m. therefore by this time, the food is cold and a bacterium has formed, causing other people including us to be ill.

        No Terattoria Italian Restaurant, this is where all the building work was taking place everyday, in which you could not relax without hearing building work all the time.

        This building has been here for six years and used to be a time-share for the Egyptians, but now taken over by Domina as a hotel, however we noted Egyptians still using the hotel as a time-share.

        During our stay, other English couples experienced problems with Diarrhoea, one couple found cockroaches in their room, they reported the incident to the reception and they replied, well what do you want us to do, the couple replied, we wish to be moved from the room, eventually moved to another room, no apologises made.

        We also noticed, all the plates, knifes and forks and glasses, from the outside buffet were cleaned at the AI bar, using only running water, no washing up liquid and using their bare hands to clean with.

        This hotel was managed in such a way, to make only a profit, no customer satisfaction, when we meet a couple who had stayed at the Domina Gardenia Plaza Resort the previous week, they were served in glasses and bottles, but the hotel ran out of bottled drinks, as it was exceeding their budget for the hotel, so therefore the hotel manager decided to only serve alcohol and soft drinks out of a plastic cup, which can only hold 25ml approximately, therefore you would need to make many trips to the bar, as they only served one plastic cup at a time, thus this slowed down the serving of alcohol i.e. consumption, which therefore reduced costs.

        We certainly would not recommend this hotel to anybody, how they can award this hotel as a four star, is a total insult.

        We felt like guinea pigs


        when we arrived at gardenia plaza its not what we expected, what we were shown by internet was different to what we got.

        our room was like an old spanish property from 20years ago wasn't very clean and several days smelt of sewage. NO MINI BAR ,NO IRON OR IRONING BOARD,NO COFFEE MAKING FACILITIES, we couldn't belive it. when we wanted an iron it took 3days to get as they only had 2 irons for the whole complex.there was nothing in and around the building in english but this was slowly being introduce after several parties complained as they were not ready for us ,even the amination team didnt speak english when introducing themselves for several days .

        the food was always cold and always the same nothing changed people were dropping like flies with the runs and tummmy bugs ,the complex ran out several times of fanta, coke, sprite, whiskey, vodka,and beer they have several bars but there is only 1 all inclusive which is outside and if you went to the disco you paid extra for your drinks .there was never many people in there i wonder why.

        if you are russian or italian they will look after you as it peredomintly those two countries that visit there.

        the aqua park needed to be cleaned up and more safety ropes introduced and repair the sand bags going out to sea .this is not a country we will visit again and never return to this complex

        Great Holiday, Great Hotel!


        Just came back from a lovely week staying in the Gardenia Plaza. This is the second time we've been to Sharm and I must say we had a fantastic trip.

        I was looking for a cheap priced holiday, I had a quick hunt around for a hotel and went with this one. We stayed all inclusive and paid just over 600 for the 2 of us for a week which we both agreed was a very good value for money.

        The hotel was very clean and friendly, had a lovely private beach and 2 great pools. All the staff were willing to help and were always working!

        The only down side to the hotel is that 1, it was 5 minutes bus from the beach and 2, the food was average.

        The beach bus came every half hour throughout the day and to be honest you probably could walk there but we were just being lazy! Once you get down to the beach they have a private section with sun loungers or you can just walk up and down the coast line which in the Red Sea is beautiful.

        The food was ok, Breakfast and lunch were fine you could get cerials, fruit, pasta etc. The All inclusive drinks were brilliant, bottled beers, bottled mineral water fruit juice the lot.

        Dinner was on the average side, try and get into the restaurant early while the food is still hot! It wasnt too bad and we new it was so cheap to eat out in Naama Bay so 3 of the 7 nights we did!

        All in all i would stay there again, its not 5 star but if your looking for a good deal or its you 1st time to sharm then the Gardenia Plaza would be a good choise.

        Never again


        We have just returned from this hotel and can honestly say it is grossly misrepresented on its web site. We were told by Imperial Travel thet it was just 3/4 months old. In truth it is undergoing transition from time-share to hotel. It is not on the beach, there is a bus to take you and the "aqua park" is a few inflatables out on the sea. The Italian restaurant is just an outside eating area. Having been all inclusive on numerous other trips we were supprised to say the least that payment was required at the swim up bar, the disco and the lounge bar. There was no mini bar, no hairdryer and no tea/coffee making facilities in the room, and the beach/pool towels were smelly and dirty as if only laundered occasionally. The food was mostly undercooked and cold. The upside was the two lovely pools and the staff, who were always happy to serve you. The room was clean and supplied with fresh towels and sheets every day. Our room boy was called Mohammed and managed to get us a hairdryer and kettle, requests which were ignored by the staff on reception. This hotel caters more for Russian and Italian clients. As this was our first trip to Sharm it was a great disappointment to us to say the least. We`ll return to the area but will most definately not stay at this hotel.

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