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Historical Traveler Reviews Poinciana Sharm Resort & Apartments Sharm El-Sheikh
A wonderful holiday
A wonderful relaxing holiday. We hope to return very very soon.
Our holiday went very smoothly from start to finish. As we were arranging our own transport for the airport I was slightly concerned regarding costs of the taxis as there had been reports of people being charged ridiculous prices. However my concerns were completely unnecessary. Cab charges should be around 100 Egyptian pounds £10.00 sterling to the Creative Grand Sharm. Make sure you fix your price before getting in the cab.
On arrival at the hotel we were shown to our room within a few minutes. The rooms are of a good size providing your own free safety deposit box, tv, aircon and fridge. As we had arrived in the dark we thought it wise to eat in the hotel restaurant. Unfortunately this turned out to be the hotels only down fall. If we had been staying on an all inclusive basis rather than bed and breakfast I am afraid I would have been very disappointed we went back to our rooms slightly concerned and hungry.
However breakfast was a completely different story. There were plenty of options pastries, fruit, pancakes and fresh omelettes which were cooked in front of you. At lunch time we ate at the pool bar. Unfortunately for all inclusive people this was not included in your package. The food at the pool bar was very good but be warned the beer is expensive especially when the supermarkets sell beer.
We ate all our main meals in Naama Bay. All the food we ate in the bay was very good there is a good range of pasta, steaks and fish most main meals for two people including two beers cost us around 120 Egyptian pounds £12.00!
Back to the hotel, The pool is very nice and quiet large with a good number of sun beds. The hotel has a great service which provides you with clean beach towels for your sun beds everyday. You can also take these towels down the beach if you wish.
The beach is about a 10 min walk or there is a bus service if you are feeling a bit lazy these run quiet often ( Don't know as we didn't use it) There is also a jetty from the beach which you can snorkel off, however we recommend you take a boat trip to the reef we have never seen fish like it.
The hotel also has its own taxi service we used this every evening that we went into Naama Bay this cost 50 Egyptian pounds for the round trip you just tell them what time you wish to be collected and they were always on time. I must say that this is a better option then getting the blue and white cabs who would charge you 50 upwards each way.
All in all we had a brilliant time and we did not want to come back home.
I hope that this will be off some use to you. I would definitely recommend this hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.
Have a great time We wish we were going with you
Julia & Martin
i am a sinlge mum of 4 kids under 9 years, i booked a last min holiday over the phone on a whim, then excitedly looked up the place id booked.... my heart sank, i thought.. "what have i done"?
i can only assume the people who'd written the reports i read were staying somewhere else!
the creative grand sharm resort is FANTASTIC! the place itself is beautifull, well layed out, secure well maintained. now lets talk about the rooms (we stayed in two different rooms) first of all we had been booked into a room too small for us,(the fault of the travel company) as i sat in reception waiting to be moved i thought "here we go", the manager,Rafik, appeared and dealt with the problem quickly and more than efficiently, we were put in 2 large ajoining rooms. then, on the second week, we had to be moved due to the room being painted, Rafik said they were sorry to have to move us, and to compensate put us in a lovely 2 bed villa with private garden.
the rooms were thouroughly cleaned every day, fresh linen and towels, fresh flowers in vases and on my pillow!
we stayed 'bed and breakfast', the breakfasts were the only thing that made me want to leave my comfortable bed! what a marvellous selection, and such service with a smile. i miss it terribly!
the pool was second to none, with fresh big beach towels every day, which you could take out with you, and a poolside resteraunt, which i have to admit to only ordering pizza from, but i can assure you, it was lovely pizza, and it was brought to us at the poolside and to our room.
we booked a snorkelling trip to Tiran Island through Ibrahem, the resident diver, who made sure he came on the trip with us to help me look after the children. it was fantastic! ibrahem and the other crew gave us the most wonderfull day. (we'd done a trip to ras mohammed through CIAO CARLO, dont, u have been warned)
the security in the hotel are fantastic, they see you to your room late at night. i even recieved a messege at gatwick to make sure id got home safely!!!(thankyou ibrahim,police man)
sharm its self is great. yes you will get ripped off if you allow it, but you dont have to be on your guard all the time. treat shop owners with good humour and youll make a friend.
i was stranded in Na ama bay one night when my cash card wouldnt work, and a shop keeper, Mido, saw i was having trouble and he withdrew money from his own account to give to me, 200 L.E Would this ever happen at home?
as for the beach... what can i say.. el maya beach is great. the kids were taken out on the speed boat, pedelo and bananna and were looked after better than i would myself! mostufa, iman, mohammed, eman and everyone else are amazing, honestly.
i would highly reccomend this little piece of heaven to anyone.... im now making plans to move to sharm el sheikh for good!
as a single female with kids, i felt so welcome and safe there, i cant wait to get back.
if you haven't yet booked your holiday here, do so.. if you have, well done, you'll have a great time, tell everyone i said hello!
from Linza and
Georgie (9) Alfie (8) Laura (7) and Harrison (3)
CREATIVE GRAND SHARM RESORT
MY WIFE MY 2 CHILDREN AGE 9 AND 4 AND MYSELF have just returned 19jan 06 after a 2 week stay after reading some of the reviews on this site i thought ouch OH NOOOO well let me tell u the hotel was fantastic the rooms are fab especailly room 304 -food was great loved it everyday -very clean- the staff are well just the best ive met- they deserve more money than there £35 per month yes per month i felt so safe in egypt with my family if u do any excursions book them with [star tours] near fantastia across the road where the reps in the hotel charge over double for the same trip honest,the creative grand sharm beach is great ,sharks bay is the best out the lot only just beating creative grand sharms beach.we want to go back NOW PLEASE GIVE US MONEY [SMILES]if u do go please please tell AHMED the resturant manager hello from daren liam and bethany
We are here at the creative grand sharm
I have read the reports and wonder if I am at the same hotel
It is a great hotel food great and a good selection
Room great pool area great staff great and very friendly.
We have travelled all over the world and have had good hotels and not so good
But this place rates in my top 10
It is the 1st time in egypt and it certainly will not be our last
If anybody is worried about coming to sharm dont it is very safe and a great place to come too
Creative Grand Sharm Resort Good Value
I made the same mistake as the reviewer,I did not read my contract properly. I assumed it was a hotel but it is a resort, equal to three stars but not the 5 at the Ibortel Grand Sharm which stands in front of it on the beach. The rooms were good, very clean,towels and bed linen every day. Beach Towels every day which you could take out of the resort. The resort had access to two beaches, one by bus or walk the other down by the old town. A free bus service to both, but in fact you could walk quicker to the beach near the hotel than wait for the bus. We only had breakfast and it was fine. Reports were that the dinners were ok. The only people who appeared dissatified were on a all inclusive package which appears to be poor beacause there was quite a wide range of guests and the resort had to control who got what. Also there was no late night food.
The pool bar food was good but this closed about 6pm
With regard to alcohol and wine this is expensive, by local spirits and set yourself up for the night so that you do not have to buy too many when out.
We had fillet steak dinners for two, which came to less than the cost of a very modest bottle of red wine. a Bottle of their Gin £4.00 sterling. Beer appears to be reasonable.
The weather was great and we would go back to this resort. Naama Bay is better for the young as it is more like a structured resort, but keep in mind many of the hotels had rooms on both sides of a very busy road. Even the biggest so if you are paying a lot make sure your room is allocated on the beach side if you have children.
In general the people are very nice,but be very careful when changing money,carefully separate the notes into each value and count them in front of the teller at all times. The receipt will be right giving you the amount due as it would be illegal to falsify this but it appears that some will try to short change you. When the count is completed and you find a shortage another note will appear to make it up.
Beware of the jokey value place on some service as it may be ten times more than it should be, and if you payed this, that would be just great.
One shop keeper tried to keep 10 Egyption Pounds in change by offering a ten note and asking for 5 change
but not offering the further 10 that was due to make up the 15 from a 50 note.
Taxi drivers always ask for 50 regardless, half this at least old town to Naama bay 20 to 35 no more.
always negotiate the price before getting into the car.
Always have the correct cash for taxi's as some may say on arrival 30 dollars or euro's or demand more than agreed. Throw down the agreed amount and get out.
No road signs so getting about using car hire could be difficult. It also appears that they cannot be trusted with roundabouts so they have a weird road system which greatly increases the distances you have to travel.
Security appears to be high all hotels have police and security guards on the gates with some form of metal detectors. Regular roadside checks with groups of armed police, but not threatening.
In general a very interesting and enjoyable holiday
best weather yet for December.
Sorry its so long but it may help some
Very clean apartment
We are 2 women from Denmark,who just have spent 3 weeks at this hotel.We enjoyed it very much-the staff was very kind and the cleaning of the room in top.
The 2 beaches of the hotel very good,and the buses both to the beaches and to Sharm and Nama Bay went very precisely.
We did not use the restaurant at the hotel,but the prices seems to be Ok.In general Habada was very cheap.
The supermarket 247 and the big Sheik Abdella lying very close to each other in Habada were cheaper than most supermarkets and had much more to choose from.
Besides there was a very cheap place to bye bear,wine local alkohol etc.and a bakery in this area.
We had stayed in Naama Bay earlier,but were very pleased vith staying in Habada and next time we plan to stay at this hotel again.
We had booked a two week holiday at the Creative Grand Sharm after reading a view review had a few reservations.
I can safely say that I had a thoroughly enjoyable time at the Creative Grand Sharm. The staff were all helpful and friendly, the room was very clean and all the grounds were well kept.
The hotel is not directly on the beach but you do have access to a private beach which is a short walk away through their sister hotel. The hotel does provide a bus for people who may find the walk in the heat difficult! You do not have to take the bus! The beach is worth a visit as it had a fantastic reef!
I would recommend taking Egyptian Pounds instead of dollars as all the prices in the restaurants etc are in Egyptian pounds. This also means that you will not get "ripped off" when they try to figure out the price in another currency!
The food in the hotel isn't brilliant, however there are plenty of restaurants across the street, or you can take the free shuttle bus into Nama Bay which has endless restaurants and bars if you are willing to leave the hotel and explore!
As for alcohol, it is a Muslim country so alcohol is a bit on the expensive side. It was about £2.00 for a bottle (large) of the local lager and a little bit more for Heineken. The Spirits are more expensive but we just got our spirits from Duty Free and had a few drinks in the room before we went out!
The hotel is not as "posh" as the other hotels around it, but then you get what you pay for! You must also remember that it is a completely different culture and things are done differently. If you want things to be at the same as back at home then Egypt is not the place for you.
Just got back from 2 weeks staying at the Creative Grand Sharm and have found it to be an excellent hotel especially for the price.
There are 2 Grand Sharm Hotels, this one is the Creative Grand Sharm and the other is the Ibrotel Grand Sharm. The Ibrotel hotel is nearer the beach and from the outside looks a little nice but is more expensive.
Our room was excellent; there was a TV, Fridge, Safe and hair dryer in the room as well as excellent air conditioning. We did not have dinner in the restaurant as there is a free shuttle bus, which takes you to the nearby town (5km) of Naama Bay where there is loads of places to choose from. We did however have lunch and breakfast in the hotel and although it got a bit boring as there wasn't much choice the food was reasonably priced and of good quality.
The swimming pool was large but there were not enough sunbeds around it, these were always "reserved" with a towel before 8am but there were always sunbeds at the beach, which is a much better place to spend the day anyway.
I do not agree at all with the points raised in the review from the American guy. The only problems he seemed to have were the rum was too expensive - It's a Muslim country, alcohol (especially imported stuff) is expensive, it is the same everywhere in the country - and the exchange rate wasn't good - PAY WITH LOCAL CURRENCY!!! - they are doing you a favour by accepting USD so give them a break.
You do not need to catch a bus to go to the beach, the beach is 5 mins walk away; the bus is a free courtesy bus for the elderly, kids, or lazy Americans who have trouble walking in the heat.
We booked this holiday on a late deal and cost very little.
Our bathroom was the main complaint as it stank of sewage and the shower was freezing.
We had an all inclusive package the food was fine but got dull after a few days.
The in house 'club' was very dated and not great.
Although it was very friendly and good value for money.
If you are looking to lay in the sun and snorkel this place is fine! wild nights out you need to travel
Beware Bait and Switch.Horrible place
Well, if you go here after this, you have been warned!
FIRST AND FOREMOST, there is TWO Grand Sharm Resorts. The XXX Grand Sharm, and the "Creative" Grand Sharm. Now if you make the SAME mistake I did and book through a tour company like Travel Bargains, you will get their bargain, and your misery. I actually asked the rip off salesman if this was a 4 star ON the beach, and he assured me it was. Well, it wasn't. It was the suspiciously like named "Grand Sharm" that s off a transit road, stuck approximately one mile behind the REAL Grand Sharm (which really id look like a nice hotel). First clue when arriving at night was the drop off in the driveway of what looked like a roadside travel lodge.
The lobby was the second clue for the guest to go "Oh no, I've been had!" It is a tiny room off of the driveway. Third was the ridiculous rip off exchange rate the hotel offered. 76 cents worse than the real exchange rate.
First night we arrived at about 9 PM and the room still wasn't cleaned. They were friendly enough, but when we went for dinner, the ONLY open restaurant was either the very overpriced and underwhelming buffet, or their tellingly abandoned outdoor café. We tried it and the food was disgusting. Ordered a rum and coke. The waited reported they didn't have rum. But they had Bacardi! He was clueless that it was the same. He brought a can of coke and a glass with approximately 1 cm of rum. I objected and they said any more would be a "double". I surrendered and said to leave it alone. When the bill came and I was charged 9 USD for the joke of a drink I was shocked.
Having been to Egypt before I knew that you will get ripped off at any and every turn, and you have to be careful, but drinks are genuinely expensive here. I tried to make the best of being ripped off, but the next morning when I got up and headed for the beach and learned you had to take a bus to get to the beach (which is really the REAL Grand Sharm resort's beach) I realized I could not stay here.
The only decent thing was the pool was OK.
After a conversation with a VERY inflexible Thomas Cook representative, I was left with a decision. So I relocated myself to the Jolle Villa Movenpick in Sharm Na'am Bay. A GREAT hotel well worth the few extra dollars!
Stay AWAY from this flea trap! I learned. If you want to save a few dollars, arrange a bargain flight, but SELF arrange at a KNOWN good hotel.