Sharm Grand Plaza
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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 ...
... at the dead of winter. All I saw was a teddy bear nailed to a ladder. The sad reality is we're destroying the world's oceans. There are only a handful of dive spots (Cebu island, Philippines is another) I've gone to where marine life is so vibrant that it takes your breath away. Can't help but wonder where all the fish in the supermarket come from! I didn't see huge schools of fish and I saw fewer sharks here. You know it's bad when divers get excited when they see a white ...
... and the hostages were released. The next story concerned the Beirut Hostages of which there were many. As last time Terry Waite took us to the point where he was about to get into a car with the hostage takers and then said, ‘sorry times up, you’ll have to wait till next time!’ This was predictable but very funny.
The next lecture concerns his 5 years in solitary confinement and how he coped. The final ‘session of enrichment for the morning’ was ...
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 ...
We did a day trip to Tiran Island for snorkeling from Sharm El Sheikh. The boat ride is
approximately 2 hours from Sharm and actually doesn’t go that far from the shore. The boat follows are the resorts for about an hour before turning north for an hour to get to the snorkel spots on the island. You can see Saudi Arabia from here, but obviously you can’t ...
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If You Want A Good Poo Then Go To Grand Plaza
Let me start by saying, The place is gorgeous, the hotel is clean and the Housekeeping staff are great! BUT I WARN ALL OF YOU WHO ARE GOING TO BE STAYING HERE, i woke up at 4 IN THE MORNING with the worst pain in my belly, I was being sick and sitting on the loo that continued throughout my holiday(7DAYS) the food is disgusting and cold. I couldnt eat breakfast ,lunch without being sick all i ate for dinner was RICE, HARD COLD RICE! I couldnt bring myself to eat the other food and be even more ill! im still ill 3 days after returning hometo the uk.! ive never been happier to come home! the weather and hotel are great, the food people and entertainment are [--]! dont go in the blue and white taxis, UNLESS YOU HAVE THE NEED FOR SPEED!
Bottom line if you want a bowel detox the eat all the food and drink you can! It really works!
I now have a notifyable disease! Sharm el sheikh thankyou for the brillient food poisening!
Welcome to mass feedings with Russians is sweatpants
If you chose the Grand Plaza, you are better not picky about what you eat and who you dine with.
Okay, I understand that all inclusive doesn't mean gourmet food. But the daily mass feedings were just too awful, there was just nothing that tasted like anything. No seafood, no Arab food, no fresh food, just pasta and chicken. The hords of Russians in tight bikinis and Addidas sweatpants of course didn't mind--or didn't notice, since they were mostly drunk on the cheap booze included in the price. We tried to take the hotel's a la carte dining option, which costs extra. But the demand for this was so low that they simply shut the two places that they supposedly have. In the end we went for dinner to the Radisson next door.
There are a few nice things: the staff is generally friendly, albeit a bit exacerbated with their rude Slavic clientel. The place is new and nicely laid out, with good pools and good access to the reef. So at least our kids (age 5, 8, 10) had a good time.
Remarkably, the hotel didn't even have a comment card--which is why I am for the first time writing an on-line review.
Christoph, now living in Warsaw, Poland
Terrible, British not welcome!!! Avoid this place Grand Plaza Resort
I would not reccomend this hotel to anyone. I have read the reviews and they are spot on. It is full of Italians and Russians, that is not a problem, its great to go somewhere with a mix of people from all over hte world, and we met some nice people from other countries, but the staff, especially those at reception and the bars ignored us and other british people over Italians. It took us 20 minutes to get a coffee when we were the first in line.
On check in we were given a sheet to full out, thats it, told us nothing of the resort, no information, maps, etc. The room was clean, and that is about the only good comment I can say.
The food is terrible. Its not just bland and boring and the same every night, it is not hygenic. An ommlette dropped on the floor and served to a guest, people are to use there bare hands to help themselves at buffets. My wife and I like two other families we met left early. We checked into a hotel in the centre of Sharm that so far seems very nice.
Our rep from XL holidays is useless. While the bad food gave both of us bad food illness and kept us in the room most of the holiday he ignored us. Then made up excusses when he finally bothered to contact us. I really found this place unsafe, the food is just not good, room service is terrible, cold food brought to room, once with sand on the food. I have never been so ill in my life.
One saving grace is the Front Office manager seemed to be upset by this once one of the reception staff finally spoke with us (normally they will ignore you to speak with Italians). He seemed to really take pride. It is a shame as the resort is made up really well, its very pretty, but they do nothing for British people. I would go as far as saying that a number of the people that work there hate British from some of the comments we had from them about us.
I could go on and on but I would be writing all night long. Bottom line, if you are British do not go here. You really will not be welcome, there is nothing put on for you. Once it hits sunset thats it, its time for bed, watch some English channels on TV. the samethings we can do at home.
Its nice to be home.
I have just returned from Grand Plaza Resort Sharm this morning and what can I say. This hotel was probably one of the worst all inclusive resorts I have ever stayed in. I travelled with my 12 year old daughter who was constantly stared at by the staff, who were all male - no females at all. As mentioned in previous reviews, the resort was full of Italians but there were also Russians. There was no entertainment for the English of which there were only a handful.
There were 4 bars to use, but drinks were served in plastic cups and were only half full. The main restaurant was always packed to the rafters and complete mayhem in the buffet area, food was always cold and if you were lucky enough to have cutlery, you could eat it. The restaurants only seemed to cater for the Italians. The food was awful, cold, boring and tasteless. Always the same available every day, hardly anything different in the 2 restaurants. Tried the Italian restaurant one night - a la carte - NOT!!!!!!! Don't bother. May be 5* but in reality 2* food.
The rooms were very clean and comfortable, but no drinks in the mini bar. No lounge bar area to chill out in unless you used lobby bar and paid for drinks.
Could go on and on, but you get the picture. When you go to a 5* resort, you expect an 5* holiday. Didn't get it.
I would not recomment this hotel to anyone. I would go to Egypt again in the future, but not this resort.
State alla larga dal Grand Plaza!
Struttura bella in posizione discreta. Camere pulite e confortevoli. Spiaggia bella ma piccola in rapporto al numero di ospiti.
La nota dolente riguarda i ristoranti e i bar, sporchi e sprovvisti di tutto, il personale incompetente e indolente e il servizio in generale.
Da evitare accuratamente
Una settimana al Grand Plaza
Le tre stelline di valutazione sono la media delle cose belle e di quelle meno belle riscontrate durante il soggiorno. Il villaggio è nuovo, molto grande (si contano circa 1200 persone) e alcune parti ancora da ultimare. La posizione rispetto al mare è molto buona, le piscine e la struttura in generale sono belle. Il mare è di rara bellezza, indispensabile fare snorkelling dal pontile. Purtroppo l'organizzazione lascia un po' a desiderare, la ristorazione è di qualità sufficiente. Buona l'animazione. Un consiglio: fate molta attenzione al vostro numero di camera, infatti se siete tra quelli fortunati avrete un numero compreso tra 1000 e 3000 , per quelli con numero compreso tra 4000 e 6000
vi aspettano delle lunghe scarpinate per raggiungere la spiaggia!
We were made to feel like 2nd class citizens
I will start with the positives on this hotel
1. hotel rooms very clean
2. fab pool areas
3. Bar person Ahmed Hamdy looked after us, the only one what did!
4. The place was beautiful, including the sea & tropical fish
Back to reality..... The negatives
1. very poor service at reception
2. 95% occupied by Italians
3. food not good, often cold
4. Dining area too small, had to wait ages to get seated
5. had to pay for orang e juice at brecky, ice-cream and water!
6. needed to get up at 5.30am to put towels on sunloungerst o ensure we got one
7. fire alarms tend to go off in early hours of morning (3 times while we were there, 7 nights)
8. managerial staff not interested in rectifying any of your issues
9. Drinks you have to pay for after 11pm and have to pay at the reception bar, served in plastic cup!
10. snacks around the pool were few and far between (leftovers from breakfast/dinner)
11. Room service takes ages and tends to be cold
12. night-time entertainment is non existant unless you are Italian
13. The kids club is only for Italian kids
14. The room menu states you can pay in Euro's but you can't!
15. 2 of the restaurants were closed but you had menu's in your room.
This is the first time we have gone away all inclusive and were very disappointed in our stay. We definately wouldn't recommend anyone to book at the Grand Plaza. Our experience has probably put us off going back to Egypt in the future
Terrible !!!!!!!!!!!! THINK TWICE BEFORE BOOKING !!!!!!
Just returned from Grand Plaza Sharm and thought i'd give you some feedback on my stay.
The complex looks beautiful and the rooms are very nice, also cleanliness is fantastic. On a down side the resort concentrates mainly on italian people, there was approx 30 english there with us and most were complaining about the All Inclusive ( i use that term loosely) and the package that was on offer for english guests. The communication from the management was poor. As others have said you can only use 2 out of 4 bars for you All Inc. and drinks whatever time your served come in deposable white plastic cups. To let you know Water IS NOT on your All inc. nether is orange juice at brecky, ice creams etc. As a special treat for thomas cook guests you are entitled to a bottle of water per room of which you have to walk down to the lobby bar each day and collect. yipee. When we arrived we were kept waiting from 10pm till gone 11pm for our rooms to be made ready then were told that there was nowhere for us to eat and if we wanted drinks we had to pay!!! We usually go on approx two All inc holidays per year and have always had better treatment than we received here - this holiday may have put us off going to Egypt ever again, and we would never ever go back to the Grand Plaza or recommend anyone else to go there!!! I could tell you loads more about our dissappointment but i'm saving my typing hand for the letter i will write to Thomas Cook!
THINK TWICE BEFORE BOOKING THIS HOTEL !!!!!
If anyone would like to ask any questions i'd be happy to make the picture clearer.
Visually beautiful but very flawed
As an all inclusive guest to the Grand Plaza (which all English guests are) you would expect free drinks and food around the clock. This wasn't the case. There were 4 bars in total, free drinks were only available at 2 of these bars and these two bars were situated next to the swimming pools; hence no seating. The best bar, the Lobby bar which was in reception was by far the nicest although no free drinks were served at this bar. The hotel itself is beautiful and the rooms were flawless. But the policies implemented by the hotel management were sometimes ridiculous. Something like charging £2 extra for a fresh glass of orange juice in the morning, what do they expect us to drink, soft drinks all day? The range of food in the restaurants wasn't that good. Most of the guests are Italian (over 90%) so the food was catered for them. Since almost all the guests are Italian (Us and 3 other families were the only English) all the entertainment and activities which frankly there weren't much of anyway were done in Italian, leaving almost nothing for an English family to do at night other than drink Egyptian beer at a swimming pool bar on a stool. I would continue to rant but I just arrived home so I'm fairly tired, all I can say is I wouldn't recommend this resort for an English family. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any question.
Great relaxing holiday
We've just returned from the Grand Plaza in Sharm el Sheikh. This hotel is not in any brochure yet, but only Tomas Cook go there. We had a great time, but I was with my 21 year old daughter so we got very well treated by all the staff there which made a huge difference to our stay.
Out of the 1100 guests, 1000 were Italian and 10 were British. So if you can speak Italian you'll be fine!
Evening entertainment is non existent in the hotel (only in Italian)
It's often difficult to get a cold drink, unless you risk having ice in it.
You need to be up by 8.30 am to bag a sunbed for the day.
The Air Conditioning won't go below 18 degrees
If you haven't been All Inclusive to Sharm before, but have been AI elsewhere in the world you will find it very different. Grand Plaza is the same as all the hotels in Sharm with regard to what is included in the package.
The fridge isn't stocked on arrival; you have to buy a mini bar pack 10 Euros, for pop, water, tea and coffee.
You have to pay to use the Jacuzzi, billiard room, and internet.
These are all the negative points - here are the plus points.
The hotel is only 7 months old and is very nice. The rooms are spacious and very clean. The complex is spread over a wide area so you don't feel cramped.
You should try the Falafel A La Carte Restaurant (£5 approx) it's well worth it, but you get too much food!
We didn't try the Seafood or Italian A La Carte so can't report on that.
The swimming pools are really clean. The English tended to go to the top pool where it's quieter.
You'd be best to take some Euros with you as most things are priced in Euros. Although they will readily accept Sterling, Egyptian and American dollars, but it all gets a bit confusing trying to work out the different exchange rates.
We loved it there and would go again. There tends to be a breeze most days, but yesterday it was 43 degrees in the shade without a breeze, so be warned. It can get to 50 degrees in July and August.