Continental Garden Reef Resort
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... travels that we have been pickpocketed! We noticed right after it happened in the Aswan souk but it was too late. The little ******* made off with $20. It could have been much worse, but man was he good. He had mad pickpocketing skills. More than once we had to walk out of a restaurant or raise a fuss when taxi drivers or restaurant owners were ganging up on us to charge us double or triple the price. And I’m proud to say that Panu, in one very particular instance, yelled at a ...
... of the Sinai Peninsula next to the Red Sea, and surrounded by desert Its population is approximately 35,000, and is made up of about 7000 km of land.
We stayed at the Marriot Hotel. Our Hotel was on the mountainside and the better half was on the beach side. Crossing to the beach meant a 5 minute walk over a busy highway with traffic police slowing down the traffic to allow tourists to cross.
... of the various kings and queens! She could explain any hieroglyph you pointed at, understood the symbolic meaning in every statue. And she loved to expound on everything that was going wrong in Egypt today...a good way to fill the hours on the bus! The temple of Karnak is huge. After a tour of the main features, we had time to wander through the various rooms on our own. One robed Egyptian motioned for Hugh and me to follow him off to a slightly hidden room where he had us ...
... and jellyfish, and many different types at that. None with the long tenacles but odd shapes just laying on the bottom of the ocean floor, eyes looking right up at us. It was magical to have this experience, however, I think my dive days are behind me now. The breathing was more difficult than years past and my confidence level was a bit less maybe becauase it was a one hour dive. Longer than I was used to, so once back on the surface was glad to ...
... of canned food as our fridge was not performing at all. Nevertheless the food was delicious and we polished it after a hard day of doing nothing.
A rowdy French group arrived at sunset to camp next to us for the night. Besides the warm wind and flapping tents, the singing and talking on the beach ensured we couldn’t enjoy a good night’s sleep.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Continental Garden Reef Resort Sharm El-Sheikh
Too much construction work going on!
I decided to take a relaxing break to Egypt earlier this year. Unfortunately the Intercontinental was far from that with constant building works going on next door and actually at the hotel itself from 6am to 7pm. We had a lovely room with sea view but couldn't sit out on our balcony due to constant banging and digging. Not great!
Just returned from an extremely enjoyable week at the Intercontinental Hotel. We (family with 2 boys aged 12 and 15) had large interconnecting rooms overlooking the pool and sea, only a few minutes from the beach. Fantastic views and superb weather, just make sure you get down to the beach early for a good sunbed position! Boys loved the snorkelling(amazing sea-life just near the hotel), but they also appreciated the English satellite channels on the TV, with a good choice of movies and American sitcoms! The Movenpick ice-cream and excellent pizzas went down well too.
Incredibly Beautiful Red Sea Resort
This was our first time to Sharm el Sheikh and the Red Sea. We were amazed at the beauty of this resort. The lobby is breathtaking with its high ceilings, Moorish arches and view of the sea. All of the facilities were great. We tried three pools (maybe there were more) and our favorite is the one closest to the sea. There is a restaurant and bar right there and it is a short walk to the shore. Our room with terrace was very tranquil and well decorated. We were within easy walking distance to the main building. This is something you might want to check on because you could end up pretty far away. The food was very good, staff was attentive and everywhere we turned there was a beautiful view.
We went just before xmas and paid a very good price for a week (£400). The drive up to the hotel is awesome and you definitely felt this was one of the best hotels in Sharm. We were lucky enough to compare it with other hotels which we saw on the way and they didn't even match the Intercontinental. Upon arrival we were told we had a twin room which I was not happy about. The staff were quick to sort this out and up graded us to suite on the beach front at no extra charge... which I thought was fantastic of them.
The Intercontinental Garden Reef is only a short 10 min journey from the Airport so transfer time is no problem.
JUST DON'T GO!
Me and my friends just came back from our holidays in Intercontinental Garden Reef. You have to get a lot of tranquilizers if you choose to spend even a few days in this hotel. It is impossible to deal with the staff, which is totally impotent to handle even the minimum service demands. You'll get a glass of water far after you have finished your food. It was New Year Eve and you would see the service staff totally confused and helpless. Food was disgusting and restaurants awful. We would never go back!
Me & my husband went to Sharm el sheikh on our honeymoon & stayed here. The Hotel is BEAUTIFUL, we visited all the other hotels in Sharl el sheikh, the ususal 5star hilton, marriot etc and none held any comparism to the Intercontinental. Staff is really friendly, the restaurant is good with plenty of choice., rooms are also good. We loved this hotel with its own private beach and coral reef. Downtown Sharm el sheikh where all the other hotels are is horrible, crowded and you are bothered all the time by locals trying to sell you something. One word of warning, if you are a night life person, dont bother with intercontinental, its a safe haven not a party area. But to get to sharm is not expensive, even if you use the hotels taxis, as the egyptian pound is so cheap. I can't believe the other review complaining about the taxi price, its peanuts on the exchange rate. We were never bored, we did one week of relaxing and one week on loads of trips, to the blue hole, up mount sinai mountain, on a boat snorkelling trip to some ship wrecks - but its not safe to get too close so you just stay by reef, quad biking in desert and a camel ride up from Blue Hotel to a secluded village with beach.We did not book anything through hotel, just go to Sharm and book through local agents there, there is a great one int eh shopping mall. overall, it was awesome, go and stay at this hotel! We are defiantley going back again.
It was a bad experience to be a 5 star hotel. This shall be the top-brand of ICHT group, but I think it should be rebranded to Holiday Inn. The staff was (mostly) not trained to 5 star level. The roms were spacious, but of tourist class decoration. We stayed only for two nigths.
We've stayed at the Intercontinental for 2 weeks in September 2004 and thoroughly enjoyed it. The reef in front of the hotel is fabulous. This can be seen by the amount of boats arriving every day to have tourists dive and snorkel there (I counted 10 once). However as you are staying at the hotel you can pick up time when it is not crowded. The hotel itself is quite atmospheric, resembling a Moor city in its architecture (nice walks in the evening). There are 2 pools (one smaller by the sea and one larger inland). Guests are mixed nationalities with majority of Russian and Italian.
Food at the Olive Tree restaurant was very good: lots of fresh vegetables and vg desserts. Service was young and enthusiastic although sometimes requiring getting their attention.
I visited Intercontinantal Garden Reef Resort in Sharm El Sheikh in June 2004. The hotel is beautiful and coral reef is fantastic. Front desk staff is very polite and helpful. We were given a beachview room but a view of Red Sea was limited by trees and constructions. There were also a contruction going on right next to the beach and sounds during the day were very loud and unpleasant. There were 3 free buses to Naama Bay (major and only entertainment spot) but only one at night and it was hard to get on the list. Hotel maintains own taxi park and charges almost 3-times more then a regular taxi service for a 5-min one-way trip to Naama Bay (50 Eg pounds vs 20 Eg pounds) and hotel staff refuses to call regular taxi for guests. Don't buy a board or half-board at this hotel because it's expensive and breakfast and dinner buffets at Olive Tree restaurant are not very good. You can eat breakfast at one of hotel restaurants near and on the beach and dinner in Naama Bay. There are many great and cheap restaurants in Naama Bay. I could never find any hotel management personnel to express my concerns and it took 3 days (and 10 calls) for Maintenance to change a lamp in our room. We took a tour to Cairo and were served breakfast and dinner-in the-box as a replacement for half-board. Both were exactly the same, pretty bad and very small. If you plan to visit Egypt I suggest to consider staying at another hotel in Sharm El Sheikh .