Radisson Blu Resort, Sharm El Sheikh
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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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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 ...
... but to go for the business ticket (double the price). This was the first business class ticket I ever purchased in my life, but we were promised exclusive lounge access and priority boarding for paying the premium rate. Let's just say, this wasn't the Delta Airline's business class experience we've been accustomed to. I've been in better doctor office waiting rooms than their business class lounge (which served instant coffee and no alcohol to ...
... willing to work the hours so she could find someone who would.
I let it go and attempted to nap.
I figured she had thought about it because she didnt ask me to watch Momo during the day.
I was supposed to meet Rusher online later. he was napping so after I put Momo to bed at 9 I told him I would nap too and call him on skype after I bottle fed Momo as I needed a bit more sleep.
Momo woke at midnight. I fired up the laptop and before it was even at the ...
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Excellent if you want to do nothing!
Just come back from two weeks at the Radisson SAS and completely agree with most of what has been said previously. The hotel (Radisson, not Golden Resort) is very clean and well kept, with the pool and grounds equally as well managed. Did get bitten 13 times by the mozzies on the first night so make sure you take some spray/cream with you (they do go around with a leaf-blower style machine that pumps out mozzie killing fumes onto the grounds a few times a week, but it's not enough).
Food was ok, plenty of it but a few too many flies around the salads and deserts for my liking. Having said that, didnt suffer from any stomach troubles.
The planes are noisy and v low as they fly into Sharm airport just up the road, but most days it's only a few flights (about twice a week you get 5 or 6 flights in and it can get annoying).
Didnt like the jetty.. the water looked v deep and I didn't like the look of the two rusty old ladders that was the only way of getting in and out of the sea. The pools are so lovely though that it didnt matter that we didnt use the beach.
Naama Bay is about 15-20 mins away by cab and seemed like a nice enough place if you wanted to go somewhere different. It is much cheaper than the hotel but you will be paying cab fare there and back (unless you get the bus but then you are restricted on times).
All in all.. if you want to do nothing but laze by a pool in a beautiful hotel with friendly and polite staff, the Radisson is perfect. Anything more than that, go closer to Naama Bay.
Make sure which Radisson you are staying in!
We spent 7 nights at the Radisson SAS Sharm El Sheikh between 1st and 8th May 2005. Having booked room and breakfast only on the internet through Radisson direct in January and subsequently having read that there appeared to be two resorts - SAS and the Golden Resort - I hoped we were in the Radisson SAS on the beach side. Fortunately we were - the Golden Resort was across a busy road with a bus shuttle service and was all inclusive. The SAS resort was in beautiful gardens and the rooms were large, clean although perhaps a little spartan. We ate at the Lebanese, French and Tradewinds restaurants and enjoyed all three. We did not enjoy breakfast as it was a rather downmarket cafeteria affair. We did mention this to the Food and Beverages Manager. Wine has a 300% tax put on by the Government and so we survived on the odd glass of Egyptian wine and beer. The gardens were beautiful with lots of waterfalls and bridges but the beach was disappointing as it was shingle. You were unable to walk into the sea because of the coral and further along the beach resembled a building site. Naama bay was 10 minutes away and very cheap by taxi. We ate here several times and had excellent value for money. In conclusion, the Radisson SAS although rated 5 star by the Egytian Ministry for Tourism is really only a 4 star by UK standards. The Golden Resort certainly perhaps would barely scrape a 4 star rating. However, for a cheap break and weather guaranteed - it only rains once in 20 years - it does represent excellent value for money.
Gorgeous......if your not on the all inclusive side!!
after reading such different reveiws of this resort i started panicking, some reviews were excellent, some were awful. after visiting this resort in april i can conclude the results in simple terms: THE ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT IS MUCH LESS THAN 4 * ,AND THIS SITE IS ACCROSS THE ROAD FROM THE MUCH BETTER AND BEAUTIFUL, HALF BOARD RESORT. To reach the beach if you are staying all inclusive , you have to cross the road and go through the half board resort, which will be extreamly annoying especially as the half baord resrt is much, much nicer!
The staff here are fantastic, v. helpfull and polite ( there are of course the odd whom are not).
Its great for children, safe and clean with plenty to do both evening and day. Entertainment is not so good for adults, if you are looking for a good night out you are best heading out of the resort.
The food is quite disapointing, but what do you expect for a 4*. its not bad, so you wont starve, just dont expect anything too much.
Heaven on earth
Having just returned from my second visit to the Golden Resort At Sharm el Sheikh, my first visit at christmas 2004, I am currently planning my next trip. The hotel is first class in every department. the rooms are large and spotlessly clean, the staff are friendly and professional, the pools are clean and nothing is too much trouble for all the staff concerned. The food was excellent with ample choice all buffet style with the chef and waiting staff only too willing to explain and advise you of local dishes including ingredients etc. I visited alone this time and being a woman on her own was a little afraid, however the manager and all his excellent staff treated me like royalty and made sure that i had an excellent holiday and felt very comfortable and at home. I would recommend the Golden Resort to all my family and friends and can't wait for my next visit, hopefully Christmas 2005-Andrea,Barnsley
A fantastic family holiday!!!!!
I have just arrived back from a Brilliant holiday in Egypt. My family and I stayed at the GOLDEN RESORT - Sharm El Sheikh and much to our surprise and relief (we had read some bad reviews before we left) the hotel was amazing. The staff and the animation team had to be some of the nicest and most helpful people we have ever met. The cleaniness of the hotel was beyond belief. The food although average/good was varied and ample with lots of specialty theme nights (Indian, Italian, Arabic and Mexican to name but a few). The grounds are kept spotless and maintained to a very high standard and the pools are huge (and again very clean).
My family and I have now arranged for another visit in September and are eagerly looking forward to it. I would recommend this hotel to anyone. And would challenge anyone to find fault..........
This hotel is not to be confused with the Golden resort, all inclusive. The Radisson sas ia a bed and breakfast 4 star hotel. This a a wonderful place to spend your holiday in sharm. It is kept 100% clean by the staff, who all work really hard to make you enjoy your holiday. The bedrooms are massive and are cleaned daily. The grounds are out of this world and are much higher than a 5 star hotel. All the restaurants are really good and very cheap. Around £14 for two, for three courses.
I would definatly reccommend getting your travel cheques changed in the bank on the hotel site, much better rate than here in uk.
Everyone is getting confused with the radisson sas sister hotel, called the Golden resort,. this is opposite and not very nice.
I am extremely fussy with where i stay and guarentee you will not be dissappointed.
This is a review of the Golden Resort all inclusive
We stayed over Easter so first time the hotel was full since opening.
Rooms good although some problems with air con but resolved quickly.
Make sure you get a pool view as the alternative is a building site
Staff very helpful very friendly, especially with kids but some times there were problems with language.
Two pools, one heated and very busy with loud music and lots of entertainment. The other pool, larger but unheated and much quieter.
Usual problems with towels on sunbeds. YOU HAVE TO BE UP EARLY TO SECURE YOU PLACE!
Food plentiful and good standard. No stomach upsets even with kids. Two weeks does, however, get a little repetitive.
Mostly UK Guests with the Russians being the next most common nationality and who tend to be loud and rather pushy.
Evening entertainment was poor and you are 20mins by taxi and 10 pounds return from Naama Bay. Even the the Sister SAS Hotel acrross the road was poor.
Italian Entertainment team at both Hotels provide the usual entertainment durinng the day. Both Hotels had free kids clubs.
Use the free bus to go down to the beach of the sister hotel. Much more relaxing than by the Hotel pool and there is an all inclusive bar on the beach for Golden resort guests. Good snorkeling. You can also use the SAS Hotel pools which are much nicer.
Taxi drivers will try to rip you off. Make sure you are firm and ensure they take you to the door of the hotel. Any problems and Hotel security will sort them out! If they get you to share the taxi with anyone else you should pay half fare!
Use the Hotel Limo taxis if you want seat belts and air con plus they use their lights at night! Price is the same as taxis
Don't agree to use the same taxi for the return trip as this ties you to a specific time and there are loads of taxis at Naama bay to take you back.
Sharm el Sheik is a rip off and stick to Namma Bay or better still Dahab. Hire the Limo to Dahab for the day for 50 pounds - cheaper than excursion if you have 3 or 4 people and more flexible.
Eat out some nights is so cheap - try the restaraunts on the beach at Naama Bay.
Definetly not a 4 star
I have recently come back from the golden resort hotel the sister hotel of the radisson sas. The hotel is beautiful and the staff are very friendly. Although it is only ten minutes away from the airport and has alot of noise, the beach is 500 m away not as the brochure says and you have to cross a very busy main road to get to this. The beaches are o.k but because of the coral you have to go off the jetty which is very deep so no good for childen. At the hotel the entertainment at night is not up to much but there is half an hour of kids club, otherwise you have to take the children over to the sister hotel of which you have to pay for your drinks there, there is entertainment at the other hotel but you have to pay. One week of the food is enough as there is alot of chips and pasta. I have been in 4 star hotels before and this definetly is not one i will writing a complaint .
Not bad, but definitely not a 5-star hotel!
Don't be fooled by the 5 star rating of this hotel. When compared with the other 5 star hotels in the area (eg the Carlton Ritz) it seems almost criminal that they can get away with it. The Radisson is a poor 3 star hotel, at best (by UK rating standards).
That said, however, there are a number of very positive points about the place. They have a wonderful pool area, and the gardens are immaculate and beautifully landscaped.
In a nutshell, here are the good and bad points:
1) Expect to pay a premium for everything at this hotel. Drinks are more expensive than UK prices, and the cost of meals at any of the restaurants is almost double what you would expect to pay.
2) There are not really '11 restaurants' as they like to say. There are in fact just 3 restaurants, then a few poor annexes to these restaurants masquerading as a 'french bistro' and a 'lebanese restaurant'. The remainder of the restaurants are limited to beach bars and the pool bar where you can order room-service style meals such as burgers or steak sandwiches.
3) The restaurants are absolutely awful, especially the Italian and the Trade Winds restaurant on the beach.
4) The waiting staff - surprisingly for this part of Egypt which normally boasts exceptional service - are slow, surly, accusatory and frankly, just crap. The room cleaner guys are so desperate for tips that they will be 'making their presence known' as much as humanly possible (generally knocking on your door to see if everything is ok. About 6 times a day!)
5) The beach is ok, but the sand is like building rubble rather than soft beach sand, so leave your buckets and spades at home There is a wooden jetty which stretches out the edge of the coral reef, from where you can swim and snorkel but the reef here is largely uninteresting, despite there being quite a few big and colourful fish.
6) The rooms are simple and, on the whole, poorly finished off. That said, they are quite comfortable and are always clean.
7) Finally, this hotel is said to have the best 'Animation Team' in the area. This is the term they use for their foreign group of 'entertainers' who put something on - usually with audience participation - each night of the week. Do not be fooled. If your idea of a VERY bad high-school play constitutes the best in the area, then you will be enthralled with their rubbish stage antics! If you enjoy those weird game shows on Italian/Spanish/Mexican TV where the gawky host shouts instructions at contestants and tries to be the centre of attraction is your idea of fun, you will love this bunch!
1) The breakfast buffet in the morning is excellent with buckets of pastries, fruit and cooked breakfast fare. There are waffles and pancakes, and a chef who will cook you an omelette in front of you.
2) I didnt get ill at all during the trip, which is unusual for Egypt, so you can be sure that kitchen hygeine standards are no doubt high.
3) The landscaped gardens, complete with countless individually designed bridges criss-crossing the water features are wonderful.
4) You simply cant fault the weather. No amount of poor service could sully the fact that you will enjoy the most fantastic blue sunny skies (even in January!)
5) The management did deal reasonably well with our complaints about the service and quality of the food in the restaurants
If the Radisson correctly called itself a 3-star hotel, overhauled the menus in their restaurants and dropped the ridiculous prices of their drinks and meals, this would be a wonderful place. But you WILL be disappointed if you go expecting a 5-star experience. Would I go there again? Yes, I would, but it would have to be a very cheap deal!
Which hotel is it??
To be brief, my partner and I booked a two-week holiday at the Radisson SAS. Our friendly agent told us that it had its own beach, and he thought it was excellent. Great, we thought. Upon our arrivel, we were told that we were in the Golden resort hotel, across the road from the Radisson SAS, and the beach, shops, bank, restaurants, etc ...
The SAS was half-board only, we were told, and the GR was all-inclusive. Was the GR being treated as the 'cheaper' option??
The hotel itself was very clean, and the food improved after the second week and a few complaints, but according to the brochure it was a 4-star resort. According to Expedia's star system, it was not, not having (for example) room service.
A letter of complaint will be sent to our travel company.
To others, please check and double-check which hotel you are actually staying in ...