Sierra Sharm El Sheikh
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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 ...
... built resorts along the shore, but no tourists to fill them on account of the terrorists.
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... amphitheatre, large screens and restaurants—all looks very new and very fake… but still a refreshing change from what I experienced in the “real” Egypt… and no sign of a city center of any sort. Finally I make may way back towards the main boulevard where I hop on an overcrowded van—I actually have to hang out from the door—a more authentic way of riding back to the bus station… and on to ...
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Very ill and dissapointed
Visited the sierra resort in september, very dissapointed. Definately only 3*, both were ill. Doctor called. Hotel still under construction. Took 2 hours to get to hotel. Food very bland and unapertising. Nobody about,un policed no mans land. Be aware. Don`t trust anyone. Water not safe, pool dirty. Beer uuuk! Wine uuuuuk! Staff pleasant, helpfull but lacked integraty. Naama bay, don`t go there. Entertainment nill. Not built for disabled people or those with poor healf. Locals don`t like us. Full of ignorant germans. You have to sign for everything, why? Its fully inclusive. Not allowed to enter the sea, because of coral. Savoy ok but no one there. Airport frightening. Would not go back if they paid me. Have logded complaint with excel airline, and oddysey olympic holidays, have a good time somewhere else.
ALL ROUND SUPERB HOLIDAY
Just spent a very relaxing two weeks at the Sierra Hotel. We had our reservations about the hotel having read some of the reports but we're happy to say it was a very pleasent suprise when we arrived. The hotel is spotless and once inside the atmosphere is lovely.
The pool area was the nicest suprise! The pool itself is landscaped with beatiful waterfalls, palm trees and cascades. The staff around the pool are very helpful and we found that for a £2 tip once a day you would never have to leave your lounger for a drink.
The same applies in the bar at night, a small tip each evening and the drinks just keep appearing.
As for the food, again we were pleasently suprised. The buffet has plenty of choice from stir fry to fish dishes to freshly made pizza and chicken, soup, pasta etc etc. Also loads of salad and deserts. All ice is made from bottled water so completely safe as is the salad.
The entertainment is not of the highest quality and if you don't like music around the pool most of the day you could find it a bit noisy. Evening entertainment was lively in the pool bar area and repetative in the lobby bar but naama has plenty to offer and the locals hassling you gets less and less as your tan gets darker! Just say 'no thank you' and walk on by.
The savoy is worth a walk but is very very quiet and why spend £9 on 3 drinks just to sit on your own in the very plush cave bar when you can get them for nothing back at the Sierra?
The rooms are very spacious and have Satalite TV and nice walk in showers, safe, fridge etc.
All in all a very very nice hotel with a good atmosphere. Vey clean, great staff and a fantastic pool.
Had a great holiday at the sierra
Went with Libra holidays. Flew from Newcastle with Thomas Cook airlines which was terrible as no leg room at all - it was cattle class.
The Sierra hotel however was lovely and exceeded expectations of Libra's 3+plus rating.
The rooms were spacious and clean, with a TV and fridge.
The pool was large with waterfalls and a swimup pool bar, lit up on the night it was really lovely- plenty of sun loungers & free beach towels.
The staff are lovely- really friendly, especially at the pool bar.
The atmosphere is really nice. The Savoy hotel (where you can use the beach) is beautiful but lacking the nice atmosphere of the Sierra.
The Savoy beach is nice, there's two jetties to get you out into the sea for snorkelling- and the fish are all around the coral so you don't need to go out very far- it was wonderful!
The restauraunt was large with a central hot food area and separate fresh pizza area, salad bar.
The food was OK, but the variety was limited, which we did expect, so we went out to eat in Naama Bay most nights.
The local beer is fine and the red wine is lovely, but we did hear that the white wine is terrible!
Egypt is Egypt so you will get hassled in Naama Bay, it is afterall a poor country, and you will be expected to tip.
The day trip to Cairo was fabulous- would highly recommend it- but it was expensive (£170 each) Overall a great holiday!
Good holiday in a reasonable hotel
Stayed here in October and overall had a great holiday but felt that the hotel is slightly misrepresented in all holiday brochures.
It is situated right next to the airport which causes aircraft noise although this did not go on all day.
There is also building work going on in the hotel but again this did not overly affect our holiday.
The hotel rooms are spacious with great showers and are kept very clean, but make sure you ask for one with a balcony, ours did not to begin with but it was no problem to move.
Food is generally of a very good standard, but sometimes lacked flavour and got a bit repetative, the waiter service in the resturant however was not great.
Snacks at the poolside during the day are very good however forget the ones at night.
Pool attendants are all very friendly and can't do enough for you and the service at the pool bar was good.
Although the hotel is not on the beach it is only a 5/10min walk, or you can get the hotel shuttle bus. The sea is fantastic with some of the best snorkelling out.
Namma Bay itself was fine but you could be anywhere as it is just a purpose built resort.
Overall the hotel was good, however it could improve, and appeared to be trying to do this. One of the main problems, apart from some of the service, is probably more to do with the holiday company's than the hotel and the way they describe it in their brochures. Certainly not a 5 star hotel, more 3.5 or 4.
Don't even go there,
Just returned from a week at the Sierra with my 13 year old daughter. Was very disappointed. We went with Soliman travel who for some reason flew us into Taba airport which necessitated a 4 hour journey to our resort, which was odd as Sharm airport was within walking distance, approx 10 minutes. Please be aware that airport noise IS a problem also that there are many night flights! This hotel is not a 5*, the hotel itself says it is a 4* and having travelled a fair amount I would say pushing it at 3*. The rooms are very basic bed, TV, shower, and fridge which is not stocked. The pool is good and pool staff friendly and weather was great. Hotel was filled with mainly German and Russian guests (you need to reserve your sun lounger early) Sorry to sound so negative but was really looking forward to a break and winding down.
Drinks are only available by the glass and only local beverages, if you want a gin and tonic or (bailey's £4.50 per shot) it is all extra. Food is O.K. repetitive and rushed, you finish dinner before drinks have arrived.
A very poor relation to the Savoy which it is linked to.
We did 2 trips, the first was quad biking, great fun highly recommend and the submarine seascope O.K. but a snorkel is better.
All in all if you are someone like me who works hard all year and wants a great holiday with a bit of pampering go somewhere else.
Would not return
Attended Sierra Hotel 15/10/05-22/10/05. Libra holidays. Flew with XL Airways.
Flight: No leg room at all, pack'em in seems the order of the day. Take your own headphones for the movie or they charge you £2.50.
On return flight, had very few pillows or blankets!! Stated on the tannoy they could only stock so many!! Would not travel with them again if at all possible.
Airport: If you need a visa, go to the bureau de change. It costs £10 for them. If you use the Libra staff they charge you £15, and all they do is put you in a different queue. They say the extra £5 is an admin charge!! You don't actually need one if you are staying in the Sinai region only.
Don't get a trolley for your luggage. They will sting you £2 and the coaches are only a few yards walk. They try to get £1 from you for simply putting your cases in the luggage compartment of the coach.
The duty free area is mayhem. They have a good selection of booze etc but again be careful with the costs. The prices are in US$ but they will accept other currencies too. Tacky souvenirs are plentiful but you can get something to eat there.
HOTEL: The Sierra is the poor relation to the Savoy. There is no beach with the hotel, but you have to walk to the Savoy and there is a section for the Sierra. They have an all inclusive bar there too. The snorkelling is quite good at the beach and we found no strong currents etc. The beach itself is grubby, and despite the thousands of tons of sand in Egypt there is a shortage on the beach. You are packed in like sardines.
The room: Very tidy, aircon, safe, shower etc. If you want a decent nights sleep ask for a room away from the pool area. There is constant loud music, shouting from the entertaiments people- a complete nightmare.
A garden view is quieter. Colour tv, movie channel is channel 21 or 51. Has BBc news channel too. Fridge-not stocked. The sliding windows to the balcony are insecure. I used a wedge to keep it locked, and this seems to be a problem with nearly all of them throughout the hotel. Noisy at night as revellers return from a drunken time at the bar.
The food: Buffet service at all times and snacks available during the day. Reasonably good standard but often cold or slightly warm. The pizzas were hot though. Staff attentive but slow with drinks. Good variety of food at all times. Only heard of a few with bad stomachs.
Drinks: The wine was terrible- smelt like vinegar and tasted like it too. You have to sign for every drink but this is for stock control I believe so don't worry. Beer okay but not a lot else.
The hotel itself may boast being a 5* but in reality it is a 3* at most. Facilities don't make it a 5* at all and the music belting out all day would reduce it even further. The majority of guests were Russians and some were very rude to the staff.
I even caught a memebr of staff stealing from a guest's table right outside their room. The property belonged to a very young Russian couple and despite calling the security and giving a full description( one of the gardeners) he was still there a few days later. They even went quite funny when I said the tourist police should be called. Do not leave anything of value out!!
The reception area is still being built but there was no disturbance during the day .
The airport is very close and yes you hear aircraft all day!
I'm happy to say that we won't be returning as overall the hotel is very poor. The Libra rep's talk was rubbish, she didn't even know what facilities the hotel had or not. We went on one trip' the lazyday boat trip' it was a waste of money at £29 each. The snorkelling sites were rubbish and you had to go in a line with about 30-40 others. Again at the end they go round with a hat for tips! They also filmed everyone on the boat and then tried to sell DVDs to you of the trip-tacky.
The rep will try to tell you that the 'Sinai Star' seafood restaurant in old Sharm is fantastic. It's not. The food was cold and overcooked. It was only £15 for 2 though. You get constant hassle in the old market area and the shops full of tat.
Naama bay is pretty tacky too, be careful not to get ripped off for drinks in the outside bars. They will try it on if they can.
Taxis are blue and white peugeots, reasonably cheap but haggle.
Could not fault the weather though. Great tan and relaxed.
There is a supermarket nearby with a few other shops as well.
Went to the Savoy for a massage and had a very polite Thai girl and it cost 30 Euros.
One bizarre thing....if and when you go to settle up you can pay in any currency-don't let them tell you you can't. They ask for your receipt of purchase. Tell them you haven't got it. If they get funny simply ask for the manager and then they seem to take it! One other English couple got quite irate when they started to copy his receipt and they got quite funny when he tried to ensure his account details were not on it!
I could go on but getting bored now, so have a read and book elsewhere!
Overall rating:Let the buyer beware!
The hotel is situated next to the airport and there is some noise but not all day. You can sit in the dining room and watch the airplanes land and take off. We were dropped off within 15 minutes from the airport and the first view of the hotel was building work being carried out in the front/main entrance area however this had no effect on our holiday and there was no noise from the area under construction.
The rooms were of a good standard and kept very clean. The room we had had a walk in power shower cubicle. A point to note is that not all the rooms have balconies.
The pool is beautiful and is kept very clean. The pool boys are excellant and are very attentative. The hotel supplies beach towels.
There are 2 bars. In the lobby bar we found the sevice slow. It is open until 0100hrs and supplies snacks in the form of cheese sandwiches only. The pool bar is open until 2200hrs and the staff are excellant.
There is 1 restaurant which is self service and supplies good quality food with a good choice but it is bland and repetative. The table service of drinks is very slow.
There is an area set aside on the beach for Sierra guests with it`s own all inclusive bar. A float allows you to walk out to an area set aside for swimming, snorkling etc. The snorkling is fantastic with a wide variety marine life just a few feet below the surface. There is also the opertunity to take a try dive.
We went specifically for the diving and used the company at the hotel which we had no complaints about. The staff were friendly and provided a profesional service.
There is a lot of security around the hotel and you will have your bags searched each time you enter the hotel grounds. There are also security check points on the main roads around Sharm el Sheikh. If you fancy a meal outside the hotel you will have to take a trip in to Namma Bay as there is nothing nearby.
All in all the staff are generally excellant and attentative and the management are planning improvements after speaking to a number of guests and we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday.
Don't spend another minute worrying!
HAving finished writing this I can see its quite a long post!! If you have any questions do ask and I will answer them!
I have just returned from a weeks All Inclusive stay at the Sierra Hotel in Sharm el Sheikh. Having read previous posts I was very worried about the state of service in the hotel but I am glad to say that I had a FANTASTIC holiday and I wish I was still there (got home at 4am this morning!!)
We flew out with Excel Airways - you get a free meal but have to pay for drinks and other snacks. The crew are pleasant but its a basic airline so don't expect too much!
When we got arrived at the airport in Sharm we were met by a Libra rep and he directed us to the transfer bus. It was only a short transfer but we were disappointed when we saw the front of our hotel compared to the others. Currently the Sierra is having a new extension built on the reception but once you're inside the hotel you can't even tell. If you're arriving after 10:30pm you'll miss dinner but the hotel do serve "grilled snacks" at the bar. My advice is take something else to eat as the "snacks" were basically cheese sandwiches cut into fingers and the bread is not grilled, its more stale!
The rooms are spacious and the bathrooms are really nice (with hairdryer but no bath) with air con, TV (no kettle etc though). Each room has a balcony or terrace. We were lucky as our hotel was quite near the back so it was really quiet. If you are by the pool then you can hear the odd aeroplane from the airport but its not too bad.
The pool area is great with lots of comfy sun loungers. The pool is REALLY refreshing in the heat! It was about 40 degrees when we were there. There was quite a strong wind which took a bit of heat out of the sun but it was still v hot.
The hotel staff are ALL fantastic, from the cleaners and gardeners to reception, bar staff and waiters. They have a great sense of humour and will do as much as possible for you.
I really enjoyed the food even though I am quite fussy. It is quite similar at every meal. They have a good salad bar, pasta, fish, usually some kind of stew or stir fry, lots of veg and pizzas. For breakfast they also had pastries, cereal, pan cakes and cooked breakfast. Drinks were good. My friend said the beer was nice. The white wine was pretty nasty but red was ok (we got used to it!) The cocktails were nice.
You can use the sandy beach and gym at the Savoy Hotel for free and its a really pleasant walk down there (takes about 10 mins). At the beach there are more sun loungers (free) and you can paddle in the sea but not too far as you're not allowed to walk on the coral. If you want to swim there are two jetties which you can swim from. You can buy a mask and snorkel from the super market at the back of the hotel. We bought the most expensive one which was £32 but they have them for £12 as well. The fish are AMAZING. Its like swimming in an aquarium!
There is the chance to go windsurfing, wake boarding etc - you can book that on the beach.
We went to Naama Bay and Sharm Old Town in the evenings and were disappointed both times. There is a distinct lack of tourists and business is obviously quite hard for Egyptians at the mo. The hotel itself wasn;t even half full. The shops in both places are mostly what I would call 'tat', and, as usual, be prepared to haggle big time! They are very pleasant, and funny, but can be VERY insistent. If you feel under pressure just continue to say 'no thank you' and walk away and don't turn back. A smile goes a long way and if you say you have been to Eygpt before you will probably get an instant discount.
As for excursions - we only did the boat trip to Tiran Island which was really good. Three new places to snorkel and a good lunch. That cost us £28 for the day through our rep but you may be able to get it cheaper with the guys on the beach.
There is a lot of security - we felt really safe, so don't worry about that aspect of things.
All in all, I had a really good week, I wish I was still there and I would definitely recommend the hotel.
Beutiful Hotel, Wonderful Staff!!
Before I start this review a message to all people concerned about security.
I HAVE NEVER FELT SO SAFE IN A RESORT DUE TO CONTINUAL BAG CHECKS AND WALKING THROUGH SCANNERS!!
My girlfriend and I booked a last minute deal to The sierra in sharks bay sharm el sheikh. First impressions of the hotel from the outside were that it was awful compared to other places we had been on the transfer journey! However upon entry any complaints were extinguished!! The hotel was beautiful, the staff were amazing, entertainment average though! The food selection wasn't the best but the quality of food was amazing! The drinks however are not the best especially for an all inc place.
The temperature is amazingly hot but is more than bearable as there's little humidity. It also helps how the parasols spray you with a cool mist every hour!
I would recomend the quad biking, and moses mountain climb - (not for the faint hearted though) we found the diving a bit of a scam but maybe that was just us? If you don't intend on going to cairo or luxor or diving in ras mohammed DO NOT buy a visa...it's a big con!
Anyway the hotel and staff were amazing and we would both recomend this hotel.
A Fantastic Holiday
We have just returned from a weeks All Inclusive holiday at the Sierra Resort. We booked it last minute. The hotel is situated opposite the Savoy (which actually manage the Sierra). We had a fantastic holiday.
The staff at the hotel were exceptional. In particular, the 'pool bar' staff really gave us first class service all week. Nothing is too much trouble for them. They are genuinely lovely people.
The pool itself was amazing. It had a little pool for the kids, a pool with a volleyball net and also the main pool which contained the pool bar. The pools also had waterfall features which were stunning especially at night.
The rooms are clean and contain everything you need.
The hotel only has one buffet restaurant so I guess you could say that the food can seem quite repetitive but you always have the choice to eat out at Naama Bay. However, what they had was a good choice when they are trying to cater for so many nationalities.
For the price we paid for a week, I think it's great value for money.
It's the perfect place to go and just relax for a week.